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Desktop Storage Solutions

(April 2007) posted on Wed Apr 18, 2007

A sourcelist of external desktop hard drives.

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By Clare Baker

All models in the Speedano line offer storage capacities of 80, 120, 200, 250, 300, 400, 500, and 750 GB. In addition to drive speeds of 7200 RPM, they feature a stackable design, an aluminum enclosure for protection and temperature control, and a shock-absorbent rubber strip on the top and bottom of the drive body. An LED light indicates power and data access. The plug-and-play drives are compatible with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP and Mac OS 9 and OS X. Price: $95 to $600.

Buffalo Technology
Buffalo Technology’s DriveStation Combo external hard drive has both USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 interfaces. The storage device features a 7200 RPM SATA drive and is pre-formatted for immediate use. Offering storage capacities of 250, 320, 500, and 750 GB, the Drive-Station Combo can be placed vertically or horizontally. Upon installation, drivers do not need to be installed due to Auto Setup technology (with the exception of Windows 98SE). The fanless drive automatically turns on and off with the user’s computer. The storage system comes with SecureLockWare and Memeo AutoBackup software for Windows PCs; it is compatible with Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP and Mac OS 9 and OS X.

Also available in the DriveStation line is DriveStation SATA, a 7200 RPM SATA drive with a USB interface that supports USB 2.0 and 1.1. The DriveStation SATA offers storage capacities of 160, 250, 320, 500, and 750 GB.

Cavalry Storage
The Cavalry CAUE series offers storage capacities of 80, 120, 160, 200, 250, 300, 320, 400, 500, and 750 GB. The drive supports USB 2.0 and 1.1 connections and has a drive speed of 7200 RPM. The CAUE series is preformatted for plug-and-play functionality and features a built-in fan and a stackable design. An LED read-out signals power and data access. Compatible with Windows 2000/XP and Mac OS 9 and later.