Sim­ple stor­age so­lu­tions

There are new and var­ied ways to store your dig­i­tal mem­o­ries, writes Jennifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH -

ECHO ZX LEXAR, $ 16-$ 46 au. lexar. com

ONE of the most sub­tle and sim­ple backup so­lu­tions, Lexar’s Echo ZX is also one of the small­est. This USB stick is only a lit­tle big­ger than a thumb­nail and sticks out of a com­puter by 8mm – small enough to keep it con­nected at all times. The drive, avail­able in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB ca­pac­i­ties, can be set to au­to­mat­i­cally backup cer­tain fi les on com­put­ers run­ning Win­dows 7, Vista, XP or Mac OS X with its pre­loaded soft­ware. It also en­crypts th­ese fi les for safe- keep­ing. The drive only trans­fers fi les at 28Mbps, how­ever, and can­not store as much as some of its ri­vals.

MY PASS­PORT UL­TRA WESTERN DIG­I­TAL, $ 149.99 ( 1TB) wd. com

WESTERN Dig­i­tal’s lat­est My Pass­port cre­ation, the Ul­tra, has a lot of mod- cons, but one that is par­tic­u­larly use­ful and un­usual. It of­fers built- in Drop­box sup­port so you can backup fi les to the on­line stor­age ser­vice di­rectly from its soft­ware. The drive it­self of­fers one ter­abyte of hard- drive stor­age, quiet op­er­a­tion, a slen­der 1.5cm profi le, and USB 3.0 speeds. The Ul­tra is also Win­dows 8- ready, though Ap­ple Mac users must re­for­mat the drive to use it at all. It comes in four colours and with a carry bag, as well as a longer than usual USB ca­ble.

CANVIO SLIM TOSHIBA, $ 79 ( 500GB) my­toshiba. com. au

AT just 9mm thick, Toshiba’s new­est backup drive is in­fea­si­bly slen­der. It’s one rea­son the drive won a Red Dot de­sign award, though that was surely helped by its at­trac­tive, brushed me­tal ex­te­rior. The Canvio Slim is ob­vi­ously de­signed for por­ta­ble stor­age, be­ing pock­et­sized, and can backup doc­u­ments and me­dia quickly thanks to its USB 3.0 com­pat­i­bil­ity. The drive comes ready for Win­dows PCs, though not Win­dows 8, but of­fers Mac soft­ware on the drive too. The drive it­self can also be pass­word­pro­tected and is well priced, though not avail­able in larger ca­pac­i­ties.

EX­TREME USB 3.0 SANDISK, $ 39.99 ( 16GB) sandisk. com. au

WHEN you have to backup large fi les quickly, to take on the road, SanDisk of­fers this so­lu­tion. The Ex­treme USB 3.0 stick, as its name sug­gests, of­fers a speed boost over typ­i­cal USB sticks for any­one with a USB 3.0 port. That speed can reach 190MB per sec­ond, de­liv­er­ing photo trans­fers promptly. Soft­ware pre­loaded to the drive also lets users set up a pass­word- pro­tected folder. The body of this drive is also im­pres­sively solid, with its slide- out USB con­nec­tion un­likely to buckle. How­ever, it is only avail­able in ca­pac­i­ties up to 64GB.

SEA­GATE CEN­TRAL SEA­GATE, $ 369 ( 4TB) sea­gate. com/ au

HOUSE­HOLDS with mul­ti­ple lap­tops, tablets and smart­phones should ap­pre­ci­ate Sea­gate’s so­lu­tion that of­fers up to four ter­abytes of net­work- con­nected stor­age. The Cen­tral drive is a large but low- profi le black box that con­nects to a house­hold router and, dur­ing set- up, a com­puter. Once es­tab­lished, the Cen­tral unit can au­to­mat­i­cally backup fi les, and al­low those fi les to be ac­cessed or streamed through the Sea­gate Me­dia app on any in­ter­net­con­nected de­vice, in­clud­ing smart TVs. For such a large de­vice, it’s risky to rely on just one in­ter­nal hard drive, but the Sea­gate Cen­tral could solve an en­tire home’s backup is­sues.

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