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Benchmarks: Western Digital Scorpio Black

Quiet, efficient, and only marginally hotter than your standard laptop hard drive, the Scorpio Black is an attractive drive for any high-performance seeking user.

Review: LaCie Portable DVD±RW with LightScribe, Design by Sam Hecht

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.

Review: LaCie Hard Disk Designed by Neil Poulton 1TB

The LaCie Hard Disk Designed by Neil Poulton offers multiple connection options, zippy eSATA performance and a striking design.

Review: Final Cut Server 1.1

Final Cut Server is a client-server-based workflow tool that can potentially help you in three ways: in cataloging and searching assets, especially video-based assets; with version control through check-in and check-out capabilities and approval; and with automation capabilities to convert, copy, and execute scripts.

Review: MobileMe 1.0

MobileMe is a rebranded .Mac, but the service offers one stellar feature that may convince new people to subscribe. Some information can now be synchronized among devices as it changes.

Bus-powered hard drives and older Mac laptops

Macworld Lab tests a plethora of older Macs to see how they handle bus-powered USB portable hard drives.

Review: My Passport Studio 320GB

The My Passport Studio is a portable hard drive that’s bus powered—it doesn’t include a power adapter. The drive ships in a Mac-friendly format, and works with Leopard’s built-in disk back up utility, Time Machine.

TimeMachineEditor 1.3

If you’ve ever wanted to change Time Machine’s schedule, Time Software's TimeMachineEditor lets you do just that. You can tweak the interval so that Time Machine backs up every, say, four hours, or you can choose to have Time Machine back up once a day, once a week, or once a month.

Review: Little Big Disk Quadra 500GB

LaCie’s Little Big Disk Quadra is a high capacity, portable storage device that can be powered off of a FireWire connection. It will cost you considerably more than a similar capacity desktop drive, but its RAID configuration helps keep the drive competitive with desktop drives in terms of performance.

SmartBackup 2.2

There are many good backup utilities out there, and the number of choices is growing. What makes FreeRideCoding'sSmartBackup 2.2.4 unique is that it lets you define files to be backed up using saved Spotlight searches.

Review: LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Disk

As an external hard drive, LaCie's d2 Quadra Hard Disk is versatile in terms of connection support, generous in terms of software bundles, and solid in terms of performance. If you’re in the market for an external hard drive, the d2 Quadra Hard Disk definitely deserves your consideration.

Review: Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II

Western Digital's My Book Studio Edition II external hard drive provides fast performance and a ton of data storage (1TB, in this case) in a box that's bigger than a dictionary.

Newer Technology eSATA Extender Cable

If you're looking to add eSATA ports to your Mac Pro, Newer Technology offers an inexpensive approach, though it's one that requires a bit of work.