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PCR’s guide to external storage

Although cloud storage is growing in popularity many people prefer to keep their data in a more tangible format. PCR checks out the external storage solutions on the market.

Transcend StoreJet 25M2 – £56.99
Distributor: EntaTech
Keep your data fully protected with the StoreJet 25M2 portable hard drive. Featuring a three-stage shock protection system that incorporates a vibration-absorbing silicone outer shell, a reinforced hard casing, and an internal hard drive suspension damper as a last line of defence, the StoreJet 25M2 is rugged enough to protect against excessive vibration or sudden jolts.
Specs: Military grade shock resistance, rugged slip resistant outer shell, 500GB capacity, USB 2.0 compatibility, one touch auto-backup, USB powered, plug and play.

WD MyBook Studio 3TB – £159.99
Distributor: Micro-P, Ingram Micro, Computer 2000, VIP Computers, Computers Unlimited
My Book Studio external hard drive features a premium, cool-to-the-touch, aluminum enclosure to complement your Mac and delivers blisteringly fast FireWire 800 performance.
Specs: FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 interface, aluminium enclosure, formatted for Mac, available in 1TB, 2TB and 3TB capacity.

Kingston Wi-Drive – £55.00
Distributor: Computer 2000
Built to address the ever-increasing storage needs of Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices, the Wi-Drive, a wireless, Flash memory based portable storage solution, allows users to expand the number of documents, images, music and video files they can access from Apple devices.
Specs: Available in 16GB and 32GB, encrypted wireless interface, compatible iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad.

Seagate Satellite Mobile Wireless Storage – £179.00
Distributor: VIP Computers
The Seagate Satellite device lets you take your media library on-the-go and stream it wirelessly to your iPad, Android tablets, and smartphones.
Specs: Stream media over wi-fi to eight devices at a time, automatically syncs media from Mac or PC, up to seven hours battery life.

WD MyPassport Essential 500GB – £69.99
Distributor: Micro-P, Ingram Micro, Computer 2000, VIP Computers, Computers Unlimited
Put your digital life on the stylishly small My Passport Essential portable hard drive. With WD quality and leading-edge technology, this drive is designed for today with tomorrow in mind.
Specs: USB 3.0 compatible, ultra-small design, 500GB capacity

Adata Dash Drive 1TB – £119.00
Distributor: VIP Computers
The DashDrive Durable HD710 external hard drive has arrived, providing mobile, rapid, and dependable data access in a rugged and sporty package.
Specs: Available in 500GB, 750GB and 1TB capacity, USB 3.0 interface, Windows, Mac and Linux compatible, 220g weight, choice of yellow, black or blue colouring.

Freecom Mobile Drive Mg 750GB – £105.99
Distributor: CCI Distribution
Specifically designed as storage expansion for your MacBook. Available in capacities up to 1.5TB with USB 3.0 and FireWire800 versions, there will always be a Mobile Drive Mg which exactly suits your needs.
Specs: Ultra thin, styled to complement the MacBook, magnesium enclosure, Mac HFS+ formatted.

Intenso 32GB Flash Drive – £14.99
Distributor: CCI Distribution
This is an exceptional value USB flash drive and is CCI’s most cost-effective brand.
Specs: 32GB capacity. LED indicator, compact size and lightweight, 28MBps read speeds, 6.5MBps write speed.

iStorage DiskG – £178.99
Distributor: CCI Distribution
The diskG is the world’s most secure, compact and affordable USB2 portable hard drive, employing PIN code access with Military Grade 128-bit or 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption. The diskG can only be accessed using a personalised 6-16 digit PIN code similar to using an ATM.
Specs: Secure access with personalised 6-16 digit PIN, encrypts all data on the fly, admin functionality, utilises FIPS PUB 197 Validated Encryption Algorithm.

Intenso 320GB External HDD – £41.99
Distributor: CCI Distribution
Intenso are commited to providing high quality standards, the most up-to-date technology and constant adaptation to changing market requirements.
Specs: USB 2.0 interface, 5,400rpm, 320GB capacity.

iStorage DataShur – £58.99
Distributor: CCI Distribution
The iStorage datAshur is the world’s most secure, easy to use and affordable USB flash drive, employing PIN code access with military grade AES 256-bit hardware encryption.
Specs: Military grade 256-bit AES encryption, drive reset function, compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux

WD MyBook Essential 3TB – £179.99
Distributor: Micro-P, Ingram Micro, Computer 2000, VIP Computers, Computers Unlimited
Put your digital life on the high capacity My Book Essential external hard drive. Designed to last with both WD quality and reliability plus USB 3.0 connectivity for next-generation speed.
Specs: Global best seller, USB 3.0 compatible, automatic backup, available in 1TB, 1.5TB, 2TB and 3TB sizes.

Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2 8GB – £8.61
Distributor: Computer 2000
The new, lower priced Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G2 works interchangeably between Mac OS X and Windows systems and all data is secured with hardware-based encryption.
Specs: Available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB, compatible with Mac and Windows, hardware encryption, password protection, 10MBps read and 5MBps write speeds.

DataTraveler Elite 3.0 64GB – £44.70
Distributor: Computer 2000
The DataTraveler Elite 3.0 is based on the USB 3.0 standard and is an economical choice for consumers looking for fast data transfers, enabling users to store and transfer their digital library quickly.
Specs: Available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, USB 3.0 connectivity, up to 70MBps read speed, up to 30MBps write speed.

WD MyBook Live 3TB – £229.99
Distributor: Micro-P, Ingram Micro, Computer 2000, VIP Computers, Computers Unlimited
Shared storage for computers, tablets, and smartphones. Connect this powerful drive to your wireless router for shared storage on your home network that you can access within and outside the home.
Specs: Personal cloud solution, centralised storage and wireless backup, in-built CPU, available in 1TB, 2TB and 3TB capacities.

WD MyPassport for Mac 500GB – £74.95
Distributor: Micro-P, Ingram Micro, Computer 2000, VIP Computers, Computers Unlimited
The world’s most popular portable drive is now smaller than ever. And it’s smarter than ever with automatic, continuous backup software and password protection.
Specs: Mac formatted, 256-bit encryption, backup software included, available in 250GB, 320GB, 500GB and 640GB capacities.

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