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[CES 2009] Pogoplug Networks Your USB Hard Drive With The Internet In Zero Easy Steps


By Evan Ackerman

Well, okay, maybe it’s not literally zero steps. You do have to plug something in and go to a website. But in practically zero steps, you can turn any USB hard drive into a networked hard drive that’s accessible from absolutely anywhere, without going through all of the complicated and nausea inducing networking drama that’s usually required to do something like that.

Pogoplug is a piece of hardware that looks like one of those A/C adapters we all hate because they’re huge and they take up a bunch of outlets. On the bottom, it’s got a USB port, and an ethernet port. You attach your USB HD to the Pogoplug, and the Pogoplug to your router. Then you go to the Pogoplug website, set up an account, and you’re done. You now have access to your drive just like it was physically plugged into your computer, except it works like that from anywhere you have internet (it just might be a little slower). You can even get at your files via an iPhone app.

I got a demo of the Pogoplug at CES yesterday, and it seems to work exactly as advertised. There was a drive showing up on the demo computer as local network storage, except that the physical location of the drive was in Arkansas or something. It’s completely, impressively transparent. The file browsers online and on the iPhone are simple to use, and I’m told the security is excellent. Oh, and you can even hook up multiple USB drives to one Pogoplug using a USB hub.

Pogoplug is on pre-order at the moment for $79, and even though Pogoplug is also a service, there’s no subscription fee. Look for it in March of this year.

[ Pogoplug ]

Is That A Secure Hard Drive Or An Ugly Number Pad?

By Luke Anderson

Very rarely do I ever carry around highly-sensitive information on my laptop. However, it seems like a month doesn’t go by that we don’t hear about some government or bank notebook getting stolen, which has private information from thousands of people stored within. Honestly, if you’re going to carry around sensitive data, why not put it on an encrypted external hard drive such as this one from Lenovo?

This drive features 128-bit advanced encryption, which should keep out all but the most determined of hackers. What sets it apart from some other encrypted drives is the physical keypad on top. This means it can be easily used on any number of computers, so long as you remember the code. There doesn’t seem to be a specific length that the code needs to be, so it would take a very long time to guess the correct one. It will come in 160GB and 320GB flavors when it launches this month for $179 and $219 respectively.

[ Lenovo ] VIA [ GearLog ]

LaCie Internet Space HD

By Evan Ackerman

A disadvantage of having a whole herd of computers (is it “herd” or would they have to have legs for that?) is that it’s hard to keep them all synchronized. Inevitably, I’ll be a thousand miles away and desperately need something that can only be had on one of my other computers back in my underground lair… It keeps thwarting my schemes to take over the world. If I could just solve this one thing, you’d all be my servants. This is why I’m optimistic (and you should be terrified) about the LaCie Internet Space network hard drive. It will automatically sync its 500 gigs with as many folders on as many computers as you like, and stream media files to your PS3 or Xbox 360. Also, you can access the files on it over the internet through LaCie’s website, which is a pretty nice feature.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that this is totally something you can set up on your own with just a little bit of computer know-how, and at $210 for a 500 gig drive, you’re paying maybe twice as much as you would be for an equivalent network attached storage system without the fancy software. But there is something to be said for plugging it in and having it ready to go in five minutes, and this drive (according to reports) really can do just that. And, you know, it’s got that featureless white slab look going for it, so you know it must be good.

[ LaCie ] VIA [ Electric Pig ]

Put That eSATA Port To Good Use With A Dual-Interface Flash Drive

By Luke Anderson

I have two computers that sport eSATA ports on them that I’ve never touched. Sure, I even went the extra mile and made sure that the front ports on the case were hooked up, just in case I ever actually came across something useful that took advantage of it. It might finally come in handy if I ever picked up one of these new SSD drives from AO-Lab.

The new drive will instantly bring to mind thoughts of a USB flash drive, which is sort of is. It even has a USB connector, however, it also works with eSATA. If you happen to have a port that will take advantage of it, you can get read speeds that are almost 3x faster and write speeds that are twice as fast than if you used it with USB. If you’re one that does a lot of data transferring, this might be something to look into when it comes out. It will debut in 8, 16 and 32GB flavors. No word on pricing or availability.

[ AO-Lab ] VIA [ EverythingUSB ]

Buffalo MiniStation Shinobi Isn’t A Ninja

By Luke Anderson

External hard drives are great, but they can be rather bulky. Sure, there are slim enclosures that hold notebook drives, but you still have to mess with the USB cable, and they aren’t really small enough to fit in your pocket. If you really need something small that’s going to hold plenty of data, you might check out this new drive from Buffalo.

When I hear the name Shinobi, I’m reminded of the video game series. However, the MiniStation Shinobi is clearly not a game. This tiny drive measures 1.8” long and a mere 0.2” thick. One of the best features about it is the integrated USB cable. Just pull it out and plug it in, no more dealing with loose cables. The drive will debut next month in 30GB and 60GB flavors for $120 and $170 respectively.

[ Buffalo ] VIA [ EverythingUSB ]

Fabrik [re]drive Is World’s Most Eco-Friendly External Hard Drive

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Going green is the latest big thing for companies and product manufacturers. Many different items we use with our computers are getting more energy efficient. The gear is also being built with materials that have less of an impact on the environment– certainly a good thing.

Fabrik has announced what it calls the world’s most eco-friendly external hard drive today called the Fabrik SimpleTech [re]drive. The drive enclosure is made from recycled aluminum and bamboo. Fabrik packages an Energy Star power adapter with the drive and the actual package material the [re]drive ships in is made from 100% recycled materials.

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