Verbatim Europe recently announced its new external RAID hard drive. This two-disk solution offers both eSATA and USB 2.0 interfaces and can be configured in RAID 1 (mirrored) mode for extra protection or RAID 0 to access its full 2TB of storage space.

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Verbatim is expanding its range with an external RAID hard disk offering 2 terabytes of storage. The 3.5-inch HDD offers the maximum storage and the fastest data transfer rates in RAID level 0 and continuous data storage based on mirroring in RAID level 1. The Verbatim RAID 2TB eSATA & USB 2.0 Combo is now available in retail outlets.

The market for external hard disks is characterised by three main trends: ever greater storage capacities, faster transfer rates and higher data security. "With our new RAID HDD we are offering all this, as well as giving users the option of customised configuration," says Kai Miroschnik, Business Development Manager HDD Verbatim EUMEA.

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Western Digital announced today its new My Passport Studio portable hard drives now support FireWire 800 as well as USB 2.0. These new Mac-ready drives are available in 400GB and 500GB capacities and come formatted HFS+for use with Mac OS X and are compatible with Apple Time Machine application.

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WD® (NYSE: WDC) today added a high-speed FireWire® 800 interface to its popular My Passport™ Studio™ portable drive to give Mac® computer users and creative professionals the fast performance they need. The new interface also makes this drive a perfect storage companion for the newly introduced Apple® MacBook® Pro computer. With FireWire 800/400 and USB interfaces, the new My Passport Studio portable drives offer up to 500 GB of storage capacity, are formatted for Mac computers and weigh less than 7 ounces.

"Photographers and videographers, be they creative pros or Mac computer enthusiasts, have a genuine need for large amounts of fast, portable storage for their high-definition files," said Jim Welsh, senior vice president and general manager of WD's Branded Products and Consumer Electronics Groups. "With a new FireWire 800 interface, My Passport Studio speeds up editing and transferring of big media files making it perfect for performance-minded Mac computer users on the go."

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Hammer Storage recently announced its new line of morespace Portable hard drives. These pocket sized drives are available in capacities up to 750GB and can be customized through the use of personalized skins.

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Hammer Storage, a division of Bell Microproducts Inc. (OTC: BELM.PK), one of the world's largest value-added distributors of storage and computing technology, today announced the release of its latest storage solution: morespace™ Portable. Hammer's morespace Portable is a compact, lightweight portable hard drive that allows users to instantly add more space to both PCs and Macs. Complete with easy to use back-up software, morespace Portable is available now. Priced below comparable offerings, morespace Portable costs under 26 cents per gigabyte (GB) of storage and can be found at select retail stores and online retailers listed at www.hammer-storage.com.

For on-the-go consumers, the new morespace is small enough to fit into a shirt pocket and offers users the ability to make their morespace exclusively their own through the use of customizable skins – which will also protect it from scratches. morespace Portable sets itself apart by offering more than just the standard color choices available from its major competitors. One skin is included with the morespace Portable unit to get consumers started, which can easily be removed and replaced with a custom skin of the consumer's choice.

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Iomega sent out a press release this morning, announcing its new ScreenPlay Pro HD Multimedia Drive.  Using this multimedia drive, consumers can connect to their PC to their TV over their home network and play back photos, music and video at resolutions up to 1080i. The ScreenPlay Pro HD Multimedia Drive features ethernet and wireless capability and offers 1TB of storage.

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Iomega, an EMC company (NYSE: EMC) and a global leader in data protection, today added to its ScreenPlay™ series of Multimedia drives with the new Iomega® ScreenPlay™ Pro HD 1.0TB* Multimedia Drive.

The new ScreenPlay Pro HD Multimedia Drive creates a convenient link between the home network and the home theater, giving users a convenient way to show off their family photos, play music, and enjoy their videos from the best seat in the house.

New features in the ScreenPlay Pro HD Multimedia Drive include 10/100 Fast Ethernet for true network storage and more convenient access to files on the home network; wireless capability (USB WiFi dongle sold separately); new 1TB capacity (as well as a 500GB model in EMEA); better support for native high definition 720p and 1080i video; an Energy Star qualified adapter; a USB 2.0 connector for accessing additional storage from a portable hard drive or a USB Flash drive; as well as support for an even broader selection of formats for enjoying photos, music, and video selections.

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LaCie recently launched its new line of rugged multimedia hard drives. The LaCinema Rugged features a scratch-resistant aluminium shell, internal shock absorbers, and shock-resistant rubber bumper. The drive also offers up to 500GB of storage and ,when connected to a television, it can be used to listen to music, view pictures or play videos at resolutions as high as 1080i.

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LaCie announced today the LaCinema Rugged, the latest generation in multimedia products to provide high quality movie viewing with the compact and acclaimed reliability of LaCie’s trusted mobile enclosure. Bus-powered and durable, the LaCinema Rugged allows users to enjoy their collections on the go or at home.

Designed by Neil Poulton, the Rugged features a unique scratch-resistant aluminum shell, internal anti-shock absorbers, and a shock-resistant rubber bumper to better protect media files against everyday blunders. Similar to previous LaCinema creations, the Rugged edition provides the convenience of a centralized media library with graphic menus and an easy-to-use remote control.

Compatible with both Mac and Windows environments, the USB 2.0 interface connects to the computer for easy multimedia loading. Once the data is transferred to the portable drive it is ready to be viewed on any display, where the user’s media can be accessed through an HDMI connection or legacy composite video connection. Optimized viewing through HDMI 1080i upscaling will allow you to play back videos on your HDTV or enjoy photos in clear HD resolution.

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