Sony is making data storage and backup easier, safer and more enjoyable with its latest range of external hard drives. The new HD-EG5 and HD-EG5U offer advanced features in a slim, stylish package that enable users to save and access their data quickly and conveniently, wherever they go.

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The new drives with 500GB capacity provide USB 3.0 compatibility and use pre-loaded Data Transfer Accelerator software to increase transfer speeds up to three times as compared to data transmission without the software. When connected to a USB 2.0 port, the software boosts transfer speeds up to two times. These features make them one of the quickest 2.5-inch hard drives in the market.

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StarTech.com, a leading manufacturer of hard-to-find connectivity parts has announced the release of the USB 3.0/eSATA to SATA Standalone 1:3 Hard Drive Duplicator Dock, which enables users to perform 1:3 sector-by-sector duplication from a single SATA hard drive onto three others simultaneously, without having to connect the dock to a host computer. The Duplicator Dock also includes a SATA to IDE adapter, which provides the option of connecting an IDE hard drive in one of the SATA slots.

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“IT professionals are always looking for ways to make their jobs more efficient and this new multi-drive duplicator allows them to accomplish just that,” commented StarTech.com Senior Product Manager, Carey Cline. “The ability to perform a sector by sector duplication on up to three drives simultaneously, frees up the user’s time to perform other functions while the back-ups are created in the background. The fact it acts as a standalone unit also means it doesn’t use up resources on their computer system.”

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Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced its Canvio® 3.0 portable hard disk drive (HDD) line featuring cloud-based backup capabilities. With storage capacities of 500 gigabytes (GB), 750GB or one terabyte (TB), the new Canvio 3.0 line also features simple plug-and-play operation, pre-loaded backup software, and is compatible with personal computers and other devices equipped with USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 ports.

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Designed to meet the needs of consumers who increasingly rely on the cloud for digital storage, the Canvio 3.0 drives are pre-loaded with Windows™-based NTI® BackupNow EZ™ software that provides step-by-step and fully-customizable backup capabilities to the cloud and to the drive. Users create a cloud account with NTI® BackupNow EZ™ where they can backup specific folders, certain file types, and conduct a complete system backup to the Canvio 3.0. The backup software also scans the user's system and files and recommends which files to backup to cloud-based or on-device storage.

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The Verbatim Store 'n' Save USB 3.0 desktop hard drive features high performance storage using a USB 3.0 “SuperSpeed” interface and providing up to 3TB of storage capacity. USB 3.0 delivers bus speeds of up to 4.8Gbit/sec – a ten-fold increase in performance compared to existing USB 2.0 connections – making it ideal for both home- and office-based users who want to transfer large files. For added security the Store 'n' Save includes Nero BackItUp and Burn Essentials software. It can be placed flat or on its side to help create more space on your desktop.

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For added security Nero BackItUp and Burn Essentials enables to back up all files whenever wanted or starts the auto back up at a set time for added security. It also gives the option to burn files to CD or DVD or to recover damaged files. Verbatim Hard Drives also come with Green Button energy saving software. Green Button software suspends the hard drive from spinning while not in use increasing efficiency and saving energy.

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Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, today announced the new MiniStation™ Extreme and DriveStation™ Axis Velocity storage solutions. These latest additions to Buffalo’s portfolio of innovative and performance-driven USB 3.0 storage solutions provide consumers with a fast and reliable way to store, back up and transport their content safely and securely.

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Because data protection is a priority, the new MiniStation Extreme offers a feature-rich portable storage solution in a rugged, lightweight package, designed to keep your files secure. Its attractive design and high-quality finish equipped with a unique wrap-around USB cable, a rubberized base, sophisticated shock protection elements and hardware encryption blend form and function to deliver uncompromising data protection and mobility. With USB 3.0 support and backward compatibility with USB 2.0, it works with nearly any PC or Mac® and provides interface speeds up to 5 Gbps. MiniStation Extreme features US Military Standard shock protection with a ruggedized chassis and specialized bumpers designed to absorb and transfer shock away from the hard disk due to accidental bumps and drops from up to 2 meters. Its convenient wrap-around cable hugs the body to ensure you’re always ready to connect while on the go. Simply plug it into any available USB port on your computer and instantly add capacity or store files to take on the road; with 256-bit AES hardware encryption, you can rest assured your data is safe, wherever you go.

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