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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.
The concept of instant and automatic backups is a good one. But LifeAgent 2.1 needs significant work, especially in the area of file restoration, to contend with the likes of Time Machine.
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.
Dan Frakes replaces his MacBook Pro's optical drive with a second hard drive.
The Missing Sync for BlackBerry 1.0.1 certainly has room for improvement—it needs e-mail synchronization, Bluetooth support, and profile automation, to begin with—but it’s light years ahead of the free option.
If you’ve outgrown your current storage and need to expand, consider the Mercury Elite-AL Pro Quad 500GB. Its quiet operation, good performance, and software bundle will make it a welcome addition to your desktop.
Although offering decent performance and a reasonable feature set, nothing short of a superb software bundle could justify the $100 disparity between the ToughTech XE Quad 500GB and comparable drives from other vendors. But since the ToughTech includes no extras, such as bundled software, a better deal may be had elsewhere.
Though lacking in extras, the affordable Rocpro 300 C 500GB will adequately address a basic need for additional storage.
From its basic enclosure to its lackluster performance, there’s nothing particularly exceptional about the DiskGo Quad Interface drive.
Although it’s small and quiet, and it turns in a decent performance, the FireMax 500GB Quad Drive’s high price and lack of extras—such as bundled software—makes it hard to recommend wholeheartedly.