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WD Upgrades G-Technology Drives With Thunderbolt 3

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WD Upgrades G-Technology Drives With Thunderbolt 3

Western Digital (WD) follows the launch of the G-Drive USB-C with upgrades on the G-Technology product lines-- the G-Drive with Thunderbolt 3, G-Raid with Thunderbolt 3 and G-Speed Shuttle XL.

Aimed at creative professionals such as videographers and digital photographers, the upgraded storage products promise "complete, high-capacity workflow solutions" customers can easily integrate into the larger Thunderbolt 3 ecosystem.

The G-Drive with Thunderbolt 3 is a high-performance storage solution offering x2 Thunderbolt 3 ports and a USB-C port. Users can daisy chain up to 5 additional devices, while capacities reach up to 12TB through an included HGST-brand Ultrastar 7200RPM enterprise class HDD, with transfer rates reaching up to 245MB/s.

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LaCie Adds Thunderbolt 3 to 2big Dock

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LaCie Adds Thunderbolt 3 to 2big Dock

LaCie announces an evolution of the 2big 2-bay RAID storage solution-- the addition of Thunderbolt 3 makes it a "sleek yet powerful" docking station for modern laptops such as the latest MacBook Pro.

Featuring a chassis designed by Neil Poulton, the 2big features a single cable to connect with laptops, SD cards, compact flash cards and other devices. It handles up to 20TB of storage (a 25% increase over the previous version), while Thunderbolt 3 allows transfer speeds of up to 440MB/s.

It has front-facing SD and CF card slots, a DisplayPort port for connection to displays and dual Thunderbolt 3 ports able to simultaneously power a laptop while daisy-chaining up to 5 additional Thunderbolt or x1 USB-C drive. Also included is a USB 3.1 port for compatibility with legacy devices (via adapter cable).

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WD G-Drive Adds Both Storage and Power

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WD G-Drive Adds Both Storage and Power

The Western Digital (WD) G-Drive USB-C is a storage device ideal for use with laptops featuring USB-C ports, such as the next-generation MacBook, also able to charge compatible devices.

Available in 4, 8 and 10TB capacities, the G-Drive USB-C has a maximum transfer rate of 195MB/s, allowing it to handle 1080p and compressed 4K video. It is compatible with Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 devices, includes both USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cables, and can be reformatted to work with either Macs or Windows machines.

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The First My Passport SSD

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The First My Passport SSD

Western Digital adds a first SSD option to the My Passport portable storage portfolio- the My Passport SSD promises transfer speeds of up to 515MB/s, making it the fastest in the line.

Designed for use with USB-C devices, the My Passport SSD features a USB-C port and ships a USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-A adapter. The drive is palm-size and pretty tough, since WD says it withstands falls of up to 2m and 1500G of force.

"The WD brand is focused on delivering fresh, new personal storage devices that offer amazing performance in a beautiful, yet durable design," the company adds. "Our fastest portable drive yet, the My Passport SSD is a powerful solution for people who need to move content quickly and easily wherever life takes them."

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Sony Aims Tough SSDs at 4K Video

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Sony Aims Tough SSDs at 4K Video

Sony presents the G Series Professional SSDs-- drives able to write up to 2400 terabytes without failure or frame dropping, making them ideal for videographers working on 4K video.

The G Series drives come in 960GB (SV-GS96) and 480GB (SV-GS48) capacities, with both drives able read at up to 550MB/s and write at 500MB/s. Also included is "built-in technology preventing sudden speed decreases, while ensuring stable recording of high bit-rate 4K video without frame dropping."

Built-in data protection technology protects the drives from power failures, while the connectors are able to handle 3000 removals and insertions, or "six times more tolerance" than regular SATA connectors, even in "harsh conditions."

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Drobo Intros 5N2 NAS

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Drobo Intros 5N2 NAS

Drobo announces the 5N2-- a 5-bay NAS with featuring functionality from the company's enterprise-level products while being aimed at connected home users, media professionals and SMBs.

The 5N2 holds up to 5 HDDs or SSDs, with any mixture of drives. It also carries one mSATA SSD in the Drobo Accelerator Bay. BeyondRAID technology allows features such as drive hot-swapping, single or dual disk redundancies, instant expansion and secure remote access for private cloud configuration.

Connectivity comes from two 1Gb ethernet ports. Included software such as DroboDR allows users to set up a pair of 5N2s for offsite data copies and DroboPix provides mobile picture and video management. An internal battery protects against data loss during power outages.

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Qnap Intros TSTS-453Bmini Verical NAS

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Qnap Intros TSTS-453Bmini Verical NAS

Qnap systems releases the TS-453Bmini-- a vertical NAS powered by an Intel quad-core 1.5GHz CPU ideal for both home and small office use.

Aimed at data storage, backup and file sharing applications, the TS-453Bmini features AES-NI hardware encryption and 4K media output and transcoding capabilities. It promises drive read speeds of up to 225MB/s with smooth performance under dual network environments. Pushing performance are 4/8GB of DDR3L dual-channel RAM, while connectivity comes through dual gigabit LAN ports and SATA 6GB/s, as well as x1 HDMI, x4 USB 3.0 and x1 USB 2.0 ports.

Total storage can reach up to 120TB by using an 8-bay UX-800P expansion unit (when using 10TB HDDs). Container Station supports container applications, including QIoT Containers and IoT applications, while Virtualisation Station allows users to run multiple Windows, Linux Unix and Android virtual machines. QmailAgent centralises email accounts for simplified management, and Qcontaz centrally stores and manages contact information.

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SanDisk Intros Larger Flash Drive, Wireless Stick

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SanDisk Intros Larger Flash Drive, Wireless Stick

Western Digital announces 256GB versions of the SanDisk iXpand flash drive and Connect Wireless Stick at MWC 2017, providing iDevices users with larger external storage options.

“As people continue to capture more photos and videos on their iPhones, some eventually want to move them to another storage device or back up their valuable digital content,” the company says. “Our goal is to keep up with these evolving technologies by offering mobile storage solutions that help ensure consumers can capture those perfect moments without having to worry. With these incredible new capacities, we are delivering on that goal by helping users save, share, backup and transfer content without storage limitations.”

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Sony Claims Fastest SD Card

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Sony Claims Fastest SD Card

According to Sony the SF-G UHS-II SD card is the fastest yet, with read/write speeds reaching 300MB/s and 299MB/s respectively, making it perfect for photographers and videographers.

"The quick write speed supports maximum performance of digital imaging devices, contributing to longer continuous shooting of high-resolution images with UHS-II supporting cameras," the company says. "It also contributes to a shorter buffer clearing time so users never miss a critical moment."

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