There’s actually a mechanism created by Samsung that can write DVD±R at 20X, and it’s found in OWC’s Mercury Pro DVD-/+RW Samsung Super Writemaster 20X external DVD burner.
If you’re looking for the fastest DVD burner for writing at 20x (single-layer) and 12x (dual-layer) speeds using compatible media, the d2 is an excellent choice.
LaCie’s Portable DVD±RW with LightScribe, Design by Sam Hecht, is one product where style and weight trumped speed and (to a certain extent) sturdiness. Even so, it’s the portable DVD burner of choice for MacBook Air owners.
DroboShare is a companion product for Data Robotics' Drobo that let you share a Drobo's storage to other computers on the same network. Just as Drobo deftly shields the user from the technical details of RAID, DroboShare aims to keep things simple by eschewing the more complex—but more secure—granular access controls found in traditional Networked Attached Storage products.
With its solid metal construction, smooth finish, and sleek looks, the eGo slides handily into a purse or pocket so you can tote your important digital files wherever you go. It's not a particularly fast drive, but it's good for carrying with you on a regular basis.
Time Machine’s polished user interface will instantly grab the attention of anyone who has struggled with the staid backup offerings thus far available for the Mac. Of course, this powerful backup engine is of little use unless you supplement your Leopard upgrade with a massive amount of new hard-drive space. To help you with that task, we’ve reviewed seven worthy contenders for getting your backups in gear.
The combination of features, compact design, good performance, and price make My Book Studio Edition (1TB) worth a look if you’re thinking of adding more external storage to your Mac.
Although the Buffalo DriveStation TurboUSB (750GB) offers just a single USB port and lacks the designer looks of certain other external drives, its value and price make it a solid candidate for your backup needs.
While the drive no speed demon, the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus’s attractive styling and encryption features make it worthy of consideration.
With four different types of connectors from which to choose, Iomega’s UltraMax 750GB offers maximum flexibility for those who need it—and it does so at a very respectable price.
If you’re serious about backing up your data, the WiebeTech RTX100-SJ makes shuffling among multiple drive mechanisms much easier. But at $527 it’s no bargain.
Despite a few rough edges, the SimpleDrive represents a good overall value. It packs a large amount of storage into a petite, classy-looking package, though the USB-only design limits its performance.
The Mercury Elite-AL Pro (1TB) certainly delivers on performance and versatility, but it’s also fairly pricey. If you’re hoping to save a little cash, you might want to look elsewhere.
If you’re in an environment where you routinely share large data files with others, then look elsewhere. However, if you’re after a safe and easy personal backup solution, the Drobo is an attractive solution.
Quad-interface drives—with USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and eSATA ports—are smart choices because they’ll satisfy your backup needs now, but they’ll also be relevant in the future.
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