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