Items tagged with Backup

External storage is commonplace now, but traditional standalone storage products sometimes leave a large number of devices hanging. I've got a 2TB external drive plugged into a USB 3 port, for example, which is great for the main PC, but it doesn't help much with the laptop, iPhone and iPad. That's where some of the latest wireless storage products like the WD My Passport Wireless Pro we're going to be showing you here come in. Through creative piggy-backing onto your Wi-Fi network, you can add multiple terabytes of additional storage that can be accessed by any wirelessly-connected device, giving your phone, tablet, laptop and anything else shared access through a high-speed wireless interface.... Read more...
Apple bills iOS 10 as being “More personal. More powerful. More playful.” It’s hard to argue with that train of thought, given the features that Apple has infused into the mobile operating system including a totally revamped iMessage app, rich notifications, third-party app integration with Siri, more useful 3D Touch actions, and other various tweaks and additions. However, at least one area in iOS 10 has seen a bit of a regression compared to previous versions, and it could leave your iPhone and iPad data less secure than before. We know that some of the world’s best hackers come from Russia, so we’re taking this latest report from Russian firm ElcomSoft very seriously. Researchers for the company... Read more...
We often talk about the importance of backing up data and keeping multiple backups, preferably in different locations -- an offsite archive is insurance against floods, fires, earthquakes, and other unfortunate incidents. That's great for short-term situations, but in the long run, does having all these backups really matter? Vint Cerf, considered the father of the Internet and currently serving as VP of Google, warns of what he calls the "digital Dark Age." Cue the ominous music foreboding something bad about to happen. This digital Dark Age he speaks of is something he sees affecting future generations as today's hardware and software enters into obsolescence. It's a topic he recently discussed... Read more...
Seagate and LaCie came to CES with armloads of new storage devices, and the first thing that jumps out at you about the whole schmeer is the impressive capacity of the lot of them. And capacity, it seems, was indeed a focus. “People around the world are in urgent need of space to store their most cherished memories, information and data, so we at Seagate are on a mission to provide people with the space they need for all of their lifelong experiences,” said Scott Horn, VP marketing. “To keep pace with changing needs and demands, we have to remove limits around design, function, form and features.” Seagate Backup FAST First up is the Seagate Backup Plus FAST ($299.99),... Read more...
Drew Houston, a former student at MIT, would often forget to pack his USB flash drive on the way to class. He solved his problem by creating Dropbox for his own personal use, but it didn't take him long to figure out that others could benefit as well. That was around six years, and since then, Dropbox has become one of the most popular cloud-based services around, and apparently a pretty valuable one, too. Just how valuable is it? Perhaps as much as $8 billion. Apologies if that made you choke on your early morning donut, but rest assured, that's not a typo. Dropbox to date has secured $257 million in funding, and now the service is seeking an additional $250 million investment within the next... Read more...
A wise man once said, "I pity the fool... who doesn't backup their data", and despite having just made that up, it's a piece of guidance that I stand behind 100%. Part of the reason I feel so strongly about backing-up important data is that on two occasions in the past, I have been foolish enough to lose data because I didn't have proper backup schemes in place. Likewise, I've also had a good friend of mine lose a slew of baby photos because he deemed it safe to keep them stored in a single location. It's situations like those when that hard drive click-clack can make you feel sick to your stomach. With 2TB drives regularly costing less than $100 nowadays, there's really no... Read more...
Who has time for manual backups these days? Exactly. To meet the demand for more automated backup processes, Toshiba has today introduced the Automatic Backup Portable Hard Drive, which will interestingly be sold exclusively (at least for now) at Walmart. t’s compatible with both USB 3.0 and 2.0, and not surprisingly, It's pretty basic outside of the intelligent storage / backup. It'll ship in 500GB ($59.99) / 1TB ($84.99) sizes starting July 23 with a 2-year warranty and a palm-sized form factor. The software included works with PCs using Windows, so Linux and Mac users need not apply.... Read more...
In an effort to help users back up important files, Hitachi recently announced HitachiBackup.com, a cloud storage service that provides anywhere, anytime access to your digital files. With the service, the first 3GB of online storage are free. For $49 per year, you can upgrade to 250GB. With a paid account, you'll also get the Apple iPhone or iPad mobile digital device apps for free. Hitachi uses an encrypted SSL channel to help secure the files. HitachiBackup.com is compatible with both Mac and PC. Hitachi GST Launches Cloud Storage and Backup Service; First 3GB Free Protecting and Accessing Your Photos, Videos, Music and Documents from Any Web Browser Anywhere in the World is Only a Few Clicks... Read more...
Carbonite is making it even easier for you to access your files through a smartphone with the beta release of Carbonite Access for the Android platform. This free new app lets Carbonite users share backed up files via email, Facebook, Picasa and many other Android-supported applications. The app also features an integrated photo viewer for viewing backed up photos and Carbonite Access for listening to backed up music on the phone in a matter of seconds. Carbonite Launches Android Application for Quick and Easy File Access Consumers can download or share files, view photos and listen to music through new Android app BOSTON, Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Carbonite®, a leading provider of online... Read more...
Upgrading your cell phone can be a bittersweet process. On one hand, you get a cool new toy with lots of new features to check out. On the other hand, transferring contacts, pictures, settings, email accounts, etc can be a bit of a pain. Wirefly, an online retailer of cell phones and plans, is working to make transferring data from one phone to the next a bit easier thanks to its new Wirefly Mobile Backup service. This new service is designed to help you backup and transfer your contacts and more, regardless of carrier, manufacturer or operating system. Oh, and did we mention the service is free? Wirefly Launches Free Mobile Backup Service Backup and Transfer Cell Phone Data for FREE Reston,... Read more...
Toshiba says it's targeting the "everyday consumer" with its new Canvio Basics portable hard drive line, but really it's going after anyone who simply needs additional portable storage without added extras like backup software, encryption, and other features that add to the bottom line. Just plug it in and start transferring files. "With the Canvio Basics line, we wanted to bring an effortless digital storage solution to the masses," said Manuel Camarena, product manager for consumer storage at Toshiba Storage Device Division. "This new drive offers a sleek solution with plenty of storage capacity for the growing amount of digital content, from photos and videos to music and documents. The Canvio... Read more...
NETGEAR and StorageCraft have teamed up to shorten the amount of time it takes businesses to back up their data. In fact, the companies are claiming their solution can "take backup and recovery times from hours to minutes." The combination of NETGEAR's ReadyNAS network storage systems and StorageCraft's ShadowProtect software gives businesses reliability, speed, and affordability for disk-based backup and disaster recovery. The combination also provides a tremendous advance over traditional tape-based solutions. NETGEAR and StorageCraft Partner to Take Business Backup from Hours to Minutes Partnership Delivers Exceptional Reliability, Speed and Affordability for Disk-based Backup and Disaster... Read more...
Don't let it ever be said that Toshiba doesn't love its PC and Mac brethren equally, lest how would you explain the Canvio, Toshiba's latest portable backup solution for Macs? The thing comes in 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB capacities, each one pre-loaded with Mac specific backup software. "Toshiba develops personal storage devices that combine the latest, high quality designs with top-notch performance and an intuitive, easy to use interface," said Manuel Camarena, product manager for consumer storage at Toshiba Storage Device Division. "Our Canvio for Mac products give Mac users a save, convenient, and truly portable solution for backing up their digital entertainment, documents, and other content... Read more...
Data Robotics shipped their first true NAS drive early last month, caving to requests from users around the world to finally add a native Ethernet connection to their otherwise very intelligent RAID box. The storage solution itself is basically little more than a Drobo S (which we just took a deep dive with), but rather than having USB/eSATA/etc. ports, there's just a single Ethernet port to plug it directly into your network. One thing that was curiously missing at launch, however, was native, official support for Apple's "Time Machine." This is Apple's built-in software program that backs up your Mac (or Macs) on a regular schedule, and it smartly pauses during sleep/shut down and resumes later.... Read more...
The original Drobo direct-attached-storage (DAS) device hit the scene in summer of 2007 and took the tech world by storm. It represented a new paradigm in how you could implement external, redundant back-up storage with much of the same goodness that RAID offers, but without a number of the headaches and the complexity that also comes with traditional RAID solutions. The Drobo still used RAID to redundantly store data across multiple hard drives, but did so using Data Robotics’ own version of it, which it calls BeyondRAID.  The primary advantages that Data Robotics’ BeyondRAID has over traditional RAID is that with BeyondRAID you can add and remove hard drives that have different... Read more...
Most of us don't back up our data as often as we should. In an effort to help make data backups less of a chore, EZPnP Technologies recently announced the new EZDigiMagic DM110 series of portable backup burners. These burners are designed to give you one-touch backup from flash memory cards or a PC to optical discs (CD, DVD or Blu-ray). The new DM110 series will be available in July in four models ranging from a base model with a DVD burner to a higher-end model with a Blu-ray burner and data bridge function. EZDigiMagic Announces New Storage Products That Back Up Flash Memory Cards and Laptops with the Touch of a Button EL PASO, Texas, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Take advantage of simple and convenient... Read more...
Imation has become the first company to break the 1TB barrier in magnetic tape storage with a new LTO Ultrium Generation 5 tape cartridge capable of storing 1.5TB of uncompressed data or up to 3TB if compressed. Imation has been at the forefront of tape storage research for about a decade; the US National Institute of Standards and Technology gave the company $11.9 million back in 2002 to drive data capacity. "Imation is pleased to be one of the first to provide customers the advantages of next-generation LTO 5 tape cartridges. Magnetic tape remains the most cost-efficient way for businesses to address storage and compliance requirements, whether for long-term data archive or regular backup of... Read more...
Comcast Corp. is launching a cloud."Secure Backup & Share" is the cable/Internet/entertainment giant's latest service.It's for customers of Comcast's high-speed Internet service, who will be able to "retrieve and share their personal digital media from any Web-enabled or wireless device." I.e., it's a big ol' cloud.Some might find it creepy to give their ISP access to their most important files, but with about 140,000 hard drives crashing weekly in the U.S., according to stats cited by Comcast, there's a lot of need for backup. Files also can be lost, the company points out, through human error or lost or stolen computers. Though some might argue that if you are careless enough to lose a... Read more...
If you've ever wondered what caused massive hard drive failure or what a pretty much destroyed hard drive looked like, there's an app for you.Drive Savers has created the DriveSaver app for the iPhone, calling it the "first online hard disk drive simulator," which it is, in all likelihood. The app is free. Of course, Drive Savers isn't being completely altruistic here - they're a data recovery company and want your business. But for those who aren't intimately familiar with the interior of their computers, the app is pretty cool.Be forewarned: Turn the volume down a bit before playing with it - it's loud.The simulator lets you look at the inside of a drive, both a spinning platter hard drive... Read more...
ioSafe is expanding its lineup of ioSafe Solo external USB hard drives with a new 2TB model for $399. Like other models in the line, the new drive is waterproof and fireproof. With the new drive, ioSafe hopes to provide both business and home users with an easy way to backup and protect against data loss. Additional details are available in the press release below. ioSafe Announces the Availability of the Two Terabyte ioSafe Solo - Fireproof and Waterproof USB External Hard Drive The ioSafe Solo, the world's first high capacity fireproof and waterproof external hard drive, now offers up to two terabytes (2 TB) of storage space. Priced at $399, the 2 TB ioSafe Solo provides an unprecedented amount... Read more...
McAfee recently launched an online backup service that lets you store and encrypt photos, videos, music, emails, and other files. To make things even easier, McAfee Online Backup is a completely automated service that provides unlimited capacity. After installation, the backup process is automatic and takes place in the background at regular intervals so you won't have to worry about remembering to back up your files. Furthermore, since storage is unlimited, you don't have to prioritize data. Should a catastrophe or device failure occur, your files are easily retrievable with a few clicks from a secure remote server. “The McAfee Online Backup service addresses many of consumers’ concerns about... Read more...
The old adage, "looks can be deceiving," applies very well to the Western Digital My Book World Edition network-attached storage (NAS) device. With its small and simplistic physical design, housed in white plastic, and featuring only a set of white LED status lights on its front, this NAS device belies the power, features, and depth of configuration options just hiding beneath its shiny veneer. Which is not to say that the WD My Book World Edition NAS device isn't simple to use--it is actually one of the easier NAS devices we've worked with. Network storage neophytes should have little trouble getting up and running in no time. But contrary to the seemingly simple nature of the product, those... Read more...
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