TreasureStone VirtualDrive DVD Server

Here is a great solution for people who want to turn to the world of digital storage. As we all know, backups and storage devices today have become increasingly advanced and while we have the usual optical storage devices, here is one contraption that houses all of them and eliminate the need to be wary of safekeeping of data and files.

This software-hardware integrated solution virtualizes physical discs and stores them in manageable virtual CD towers. This solution suits the needs of libraries, schools and small businesses as it aids in the management and organization of music, DVDs, videos and applications.

TreasureStone VirtualDrive DVD Server can hold up to 1,000,000 digital photos, or 1,000 DVDs to be shared across a network among unlimited clients. With flexible management capabilities, the administrator can customize security access privileges at the high speed of 1000 MBPS. This virtualizing technology relieves the hassle of CD scratching, and conveniently helps organize physical discs.

Features and Benefits:

  • Virtual Cabinet–Allows the administrator to create 1000 virtual cabinets, set the privileges and share different virtual CDs for different clients.
  • No Need for CD Drive–Converts physical discs to virtual CDs and eliminates the need for a CD-ROM!
  • Virtualize/Clone CD and DVDs–Copy your CD/DVD and create an identical backup.
  • Convenient and Economical–Unlimited licenses with initial purchase! Removes the hassle of physical discs and CD scratching.
  • Web Interface–Access virtual discs under any system through a user-friendly WEB interface that supports Windows, Mac, Linux, and UNIX systems.
  • Main-Sub Server Design–Easy switch to sub server in case of Main Server failure with no loss of files or changes in settings
  • Administrating Console–Flexible management capability; set security access levels within your network.
  • High Speed–200X faster than physical discs!
  • High Capacity–TreasureStone storage units available in 2TB and 4TB. Store up to 6,000 CDs, 1,000 DVDs, 1,000,000 photos, and more!
  • File Archiving–Compiles important files, music, photos as a virtual CD/DVDs for easy management and sharing.

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Samsung USB Hard Drive “Story”

Mobile storage solutions are coming out like crazy and here is another one from Samsung. In a move that is obviously aimed to give Western Digital’s My Book a run for their money, the Story hard drive is something that serves as a great back up device.

The brushed aluminum slab with “passionate red lines” plays host to your choice of 500GB, 1TB, or 1.5TB 3.5-inch disks. The Story Station can backup your data in “real-time” or be setup to backup on a set schedule of your choosing. Data is secured via password with an optional SecretZone virtual drive setup for encrypting all your swine-flu conspiracy data. This device is single-port, USB 2.0 only so you’ll have to take your dreams of network attached storage, eSATA, or FireWire 800 elsewhere.

Use it either for audio, video or pictures, the Story Station will surely come in handy for people who want to make sure that all their data and files are safe and secure. With an easy plug n play interface via the USB, expect this mobile hard drive to be a hit for people who value their backup and storage needs.

Available in Europe first sometime in May for an undisclosed price.

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Kingston DataTraveler Vault USB Flash Drive

If you are agog over the USB drives, here is a new one from Kingston which is also compatible with the MAC OS. Normally, there are a select number of USB flash drives that can be read by MACs and now Kingston has put all those conflicts to rest with the DataTraveler Vault USB Flash Drive.

“Our DataTraveler Vault – Privacy Edition has been popular with enterprise and government customers who use Windows-based systems and are looking for a safe and secure way to transport portable data,” said Mark Akoubian, Flash memory business manager, Kingston. “We are happy to add Mac support to this 100-percent secured drive so the Apple community can be assured they have an on-the-go storage solution that is the best on the market at safeguarding data.”

Data onboard the DTVP is secured by hardware-based, on-the-fly, 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). The drive has fast data transfer rates and is protected from brute-force attacks by locking down after 10 unsuccessful login attempts. After lockdown, a reformat is necessary to make the Flash drive operable again.

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Western Digital Announces Launch of New 2 Terabyte External Single Drive Systems

Western Digital continues the developmental prowess by announcing the availability of a new large storage device that has been added to its My Book family of external hard drives. The new addition is the 2 TB External Single Drive System, the largest available capacity for a single-drive system today. With its wide variety of models, WD offers a solution for every type of user, whether they’re a creative power user on a Mac or a home user on a PC. The new 2 TB My Book family includes: My Book Studio Edition, My Book Mac Edition, My Book Home Edition and My Book Essential Edition models.

The entire family of My Book external hard drives features:

  • New 2 TB capacities allowing users to store and backup all their data in one central location;
  • Elegant, small footprint design;
  • Capacity gauge to see at a glance how much capacity is available on the drive (not available on the My Book Essential Edition drive);
  • Environmentally friendly design that saves power by going into standby mode after 10 minutes of inactivity;
  • SmartPower features that turns the drive on and off with the computer and Safe Shutdown that prevents the drive from being powered down until all the data has been written;
  • Kensington Security Slot that allows users to secure drive to their desk with the separate purchase of a Kensington lock kit; and,
  • 1-year limited warranty.
  • The My Book Studio Edition, My Book Home Edition and My Book Essential Edition 2 TB external hard drives are available now at select retail stores and online retailers. My Book Mac Edition 2 TB external drives will be available next month. Estimated pricing ranges from $329.99 USD to $379.99 USD, depending on drive model and capacity.

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    Freecom Launches Extreme External Hard Drive

    Freecom has announced the release of a rugged external drive, the “Tough Drive Sport”. The new external hard drive is a durable, shock-resistant, 2.5″ external hard drive designed to endure even the toughest conditions. This latest addition to the ToughDrive family is perfect for heavy duty users that want to carry their data on the move, from backpacking around the world to cycling up mountains.

    The ToughDrive Sport features a handy loop in one corner enabling easy attachment to bags or belts – allowing people to carry their data hands-free. The drive can also withstand falls of up to two meters and is fully protected against adverse weather conditions associated with outdoor pursuits.

    The ToughDrive Sport has an outdoor sports design and an integrated USB cable designed to look and feel like a climbing rope – this makes the drive extremely portable as no external power adapter is required for charging. Ideal for mobile use given its size and robustness, the internal anti-shock mechanism insulates the hard drive against unforeseen shocks that could cause damage and result in the loss of masses of data.

    The ToughDrive Sport holds up to 500GB of information and the Turbo USB 2.0 connection offers transfer speeds of up to 30 percent faster than competing solutions for downloading or uploading data. The drive also features secure password protection whereby the user’s password is encrypted and stored on a 256bit hardware chip. This added security feature gives users peace of mind even where the most sensitive information is concerned as, if the drive is lost or stolen, no-one will be able to access the data it contains without the password. In these instances, the drive would be reformatted, automatically erasing all of its contents and ensuring information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

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    HP Pavilion DV6T Gaming Laptop

    Modern day laptops today are coming out with higher specs not just for business and mobile professionals. They have now become the new device that gamers use, thus needing to increase areas like video cards and processor capacity. While the standard desktop is still there, it just remains that many users today want to access or play their favorite games regardless of where they are.

    Laptops come in all shapes and sizes and normally, specs are important over the outer features. Apparently the HP Pavilion DV6T is a makeover from the previous DV7T laptop that was released last month. And the new offering is certainly enticing considering its specifications.

    That includes your choice of 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530 or 1GB HD 4650 graphics, which have edged out the previous NVIDIA options, although the rest of the specs seem to have remained largely untouched, including the usual range of Core 2 Duo processors, up to 8GB of RAM, a max 500GB hard drive, and an unfortunately lackluster 1366 x 768 resolution on that 16-inch display.

    You can also now get the laptop in your choice of Espresso Black or Moonlight White color schemes, although there seems to be a $25 premium over the $679.99 base price for the latter option

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    Larger Partitions Needed for Windows 7 Installers

    For the many people eagerly installing the Windows 7, you may have noticed by now that you need big space allocations on your hard drive to install them. Apparently, many of us are familiar with partitioning and if you are planning to install this latest Microsoft operating system, adjust the partitions so that you will not have space issues once you commence installation.

    As the next release of Microsoft Windows, Windows 7 has drawn much attention even though it is still in testing phase and lots of Windows fans can’t wait to try it out. Installing Windows 7 Beta alongside other Operating Systems for a dual boot system seems to be a trend. And the first step is to resize the current System Partition.

    Easy operation and data security are the key factors that computer users are most concerned about when resizing their System Partitions. To fulfill the aim of EASEUS group to make life easy, EASEUS Partition Master is designed for simple operation. And the most attractive feature is that all the data is completely protected during the resizing process. Besides resizing and moving partitions, EASEUS Partition Master also provides a wide range of other functions, including: Copy/Disk Partition, Hide/Unhide partitions, Create, Delete and Format partitions.

    EASEUS Partition Master is a nice choice for Windows users to resize their System Partitions to install Windows 7. This freeware works perfectly with hardware RAID and Windows 2000/XP/Vista (32 bit). For 64 bit, please try EASEUS Partition Master Professional Edition.

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    EASEUS Partition Master 3.0.2 Home Edition

    Everyone is familiar with hard disk partitioning, particularly the ones who own large storage devices and want to divide the storage capacity into equal and smaller proportions. And with the influx of new hardware sizes in the terabyte era, here is one software that is certain to be of great use for people who want to easily and effectively make the right space allocation for their new hard drives today.

    EASEUS Partition Master 3.0.2 Home Edition, like its name, “partition master,” has a powerful range of functions such as resizing partitions, formatting partitions, copying partitions, creating new partitions, deleting partitions, hiding partitions, changing drive letters, setting active partitions and a handful of other functions. It’s the best choice for computer users who need a free partition manager to optimize the performance of a computer.

    EASEUS Partition Master 3.0.2 Home Edition is totally free with hardware RAID supported. In addition, this free partition manager supports Windows 2000/XP/Vista (32 bit) Operating Systems and also different file types. It can handle 32 hard drives, up to 1.5TB. However, the most outstanding feature is its ability to resize and move partitions without any data loss. Moreover, the “Partition Copy” and “Disk Copy” utility of EASEUS Partition Master 3.0.2 Home Edition can protect your data loss from program error or some other accidental occurrence.

    Hard disk space can be a problem if you don’t partition them properly into manageable spaces. Especially when you consider defragging them, the time element allows you to focus on one part of the drive rather than the whole which can take hours to finish. And with terabytes, you may even say it can take you days to optimize your hard drive.

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    Western Digital’s My Book Released

    Western Digital continues its stride in carving out its niche in the mobile storage solutions sector with the new My Book. Armed with eco-friendly considerations, it looks like Western Digital has once again jumped the gun on other hard disk manufacturers ever since their first Terabyte hard drive was launched some weeks back. The new updated version of its My Book World Edition NAS device is compatible with both MACs and PCs and will be available in 1TB and 2TB versions.

    With the flexibility options made obvious, it should not be surprising that Western Digital has set the bar high in providing efficient hard drives for the techies of today. So don’t be surprised to see the other manufacturers like Seagate come up with their own solution, a familiar scenario that they did when the terabyte was born.

    It uses Western Digital latest high capacity drives, the Caviar Green series, which means that it now consumes a third less power compared to the previous models and should have better performance.

    The drive comes with a USB2.0 and a Gigabit Ethernet port; it is also UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) and DLNA 1.5 ready and features an embedded iTunes media server.

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    Samsung Releases New External DVD Writer

    Samsung has released a new external DVD writer in the market, the SE-S084B series. This is a tray-type DVD writer that comes in seven color choices, and was specially designed to meet market demand for external DVDs particularly for lacking laptop requirements that need the assistance of backing up files and making more space for files.

    The SE-S084B series uses a solitary interconnect cable for both data transmission and power supply, and weighs less than 0.4kg for easy transportation. It also adopts a lead-free soldering technology to further reduce the carbon footprint while making it safer to dispose of a few years down the road.

    With this new release, expect other storage solutions to follow. We have seen a lot of them in the market today but until now, the marketability and feasibility of turning to external drives has not been realized until now. With larger files and embedded storage space on the PC or the usual notebooks, these external writers are not being groomed as the solution to address the said needs.

    You can pick up the SE-S084B series in a 8X DVD+R and DVD-R writer, a 6X DVD+R and -R Dual Layer writer, and a 5X DVD-RAM writer models, with each of them retailing for $79.99.

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