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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hard (Drive) Decisions


In the era of high-megapixel cameras, storing your large image files requires the use of a separate hard drive

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Seagate Barracuda ES
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LaCie LaCinema Rugged
Checking in at about 10¢ per gigabyte, the Iomega Prestige 1.5 TB external USB 2.0 hard drive is compatible with both Mac and PC platforms. It features an 8 MB cache and 7200 rpm performance. PC users receive a license key so they can download EMC Retrospect Express software for easy file backup operations. It’s also available in 500 GB and 1 TB versions.


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LaCie LaCinema Rugged
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It comes as no surprise that a company whose name is synonymous with data storage—Imation—offers one of the most versatile portable drives on the market. The Apollo Expert UX is bus-powered, so there’s no AC adapter to fool with. It features a unique integrated swivel stand that allows it to be positioned vertically or horizontally, a low-capacity data indicator to alert users when the drive is full and one-touch Imation Live backup software. Built with travel in mind, the Apollo Expert is covered with a textured, rubberized skin that protects it from scratches. It’s available in 250, 320 and 500 GB capacities and is compatible with PC or Mac computers.

LaCie is widely known for highly reliable products, an innovative cosmetic design and a relentless commitment to data safety. (As they put it, “You can replace a keyboard, processor or printer but you do not want to lose your data.”) But the coolest product for photographers is the LaCinema Rugged. It’s a 500 GB multimedia hard drive that features HDMI upscaling, which allows you to watch stored movies and television programs on your HD TV—or even enjoy your digital camera images—in full HD resolution. Created for LaCie by world-renowned industrial designer Neil Poulton, the LaCinema Rugged features a shock-resistant, “all-terrain” design so you can safely take your shows on the road. It provides USB 2.0 throughput and comes complete with a dedicated remote control.

RESOURCES
Buffalo Technology
(800) 456-9799
www.buffalotech.com

Imation
(954) 660-7000
www.imation.com

Iomega
(888) 516-8467
www.iomega.com
LaCie
(503) 844-4500
www.lacie.com

Seagate Technology
(877) 271-3285
www.seagate.com

Western Digital
(877) 934-6972
www.westerndigital.com

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