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CES 2011 CES - Storage

By Terry Currier
Prices listed are rounded up.

CES 2011 - Video of many exhibitors   Computers   Tablets   Storage   Cameras First Part (Canon, Casio, Kodak, Mustek) Second Part (Olympus, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Vitar, Accessories)

Clickfree Clickfree
Released Clickfree Wireless in the U.S. will backup as many computers as the customers needs, both Windows and Mac. Consumers don’t have to know anything about their home’s wireless setup or network configuration. By simply plugging the Clickfree Wireless device into each computer and performing an initial backup, all settings will be found and configured, and backups will be done automatically using 802.11n wireless technology. The device can be placed anywhere in the home, and does not need to be plugged in to any of the computers for it to continue backing up and safeguarding customers’ digital data. It has an easy to use automatic restore process, and you can archive important files to DVDs/CDs for additional security. Available now online from The MSRP for a 500GB is $179 and 1TB is $249. Larger capacities will be available in Q1 2011.

Data Locker  Data Locker Drive
The DataLocker DL3 puts advanced security features at your fingertips. Its patented touch screen interface allows you to authenticate, administer and encrypt at the device level without any connection to your host operating system. No software or drivers are ever needed. Simply connect, authenticate with your personal passcode and go. Available in 500GB and 1TB capacities.

The drive features hardware based, military grade CBC/XTS mode full drive encryption. The DataLocker crypto engine has been evaluated by the National Institute of Technology’s (NIST) Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program and has been issued a Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 197 certificate. In addition, both the Crypto engine and the entire DataLocker drive have passed testing for FIPS 140-2. Shipping in March 2011, price is expected to be $299 -$499. Key Features:

International Supplies Interanational Supplies hard drive
This new hard drive is practically disaster-proof. Made by Silicon Power, the Armor A80 is a 2.5” portable hard drive that is waterproof, shockproof, pressure & vibration proof and dust-proof. It can be fully submerged in up to three feet of water for thirty minutes, survive a freefall from four feet onto concrete, and is not susceptible to those unexpected vibrations or hits that would typically incapacitate most hard drives. Designed to work with USB 3.0 allowing a transfer rate of five gigabits per second (Gb/s) – 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

No drivers needed. It fits in the palm of your hand so it is small and compact, and it comes in royal blue. Available in 320 GB, 500 GB and 640 GB, and includes a three year warranty. It also comes with a free Silicon Power Widget backup and security software that enables users to sync or backup any folders, and encrypt the data. Prices start at $159 for the 320 GB drive.

Iomega Home Media DriveThe Home Media Network Hard Drive is a feature-rich drive has a built in UPnP™ AV Media Server (DLNA ® certified) and iTunes™ Server so content can easily be shared between computers and any other digital media adapters such as game consoles, digital picture frames or networked TVs. Plus, automatically post files to your Facebook®, YouTube®, and Flickr® accounts. Now with Iomega Personal Cloud, you get direct access to files via secure login from anywhere in the world – allowing friends and family to easily view, edit and share files. Available in 1TB and 2TB capacities. Cost for a  1TB model is $170, and a 2TB model is $230.

Three step setup – simply plug it into your router, power it on and install the software CD. The interface screen makes it easy for all family members to use. Utilizes a dual core processor to handle all your tasks and applications. With 3x the read performance over the last generation users can easily stream multiple HD movies at the same time. Consumes less than 9 Watts of power during operation, uses less than 3 Watts of power when idle. UPnP and DLNA Certified AV Media Server. Receive a full suite of backup, protection and recovery software with Iomega Protection Suite which includes:

Device-to-Device Replication – Replicate your data to and from your Home Media drive, or to another network target using Copy Jobs.

Time Machine® Support – The Home Media drive will serve as a Time Machine target for your Apple® computers.

EMC® LifeLine™ – The management software that powers all Iomega® StorCenter®

NAS devices and home network solutions delivers robust functionality that stores, shares, manages, and protects data.

Iomega’s Personal Cloud is a revolutionary web-based computing architecture that connects your Iomega network storage device to other individuals and/or devices via the Internet. Iomega’s Personal Cloud technology is completely self-owned – the content and accessibility is always under your control. There are never any usage fees or subscription charges; instead, Iomega gives small businesses and consumers a great value for cloud access and protection. Available now it also a built-in feature in the new Iomega TV with Boxee, launching in February.

The onscreen Personal Cloud setup page asks you to name your Personal Cloud and then confirms creation of your Personal Cloud. You can invite up to 250 members (devices) into your Personal Cloud, giving your business contacts, co-workers or personal friends and family around the globe the ability to copy and share files directly between computers as though they were all together on a local network. Safeguards, such as AES 128-bit encryption, can be enabled to protect your data while in transit on the Internet.

LaCie  www.lacie.comLaCie Little Big Disk
The LaCie Little Big Disk featuring Thunderbolt—the next generation of storage. Developed by Intel® and brought to market by Apple®, Thunderbolt is a high-speed interface that lets you transfer files faster than ever before—download a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds.

Thunderbolt technology supports both data and display protocols simultaneously over a single cable. Integrating the two communication methods, PCI Express and DisplayPort. With both protocols on the same cable we can build even thinner laptops while limiting the amount of connections between devices. This technology can connect to a wide variety of devices, such as peripherals, displays, storage, docking stations, audio/video devices, and more.

It has the ability to daisy-chain up to six computer peripherals, hard drives, cameras, monitors, etc. and still enjoy the speed of Thunderbolt technology. Its two convenient ports increase reliability.

With capacities up to 1TB, the 240GB and 500GB models integrate the latest in storage technology: solid-state drives (SSDs), which are safer and more reliable than traditional hard drives. The dual disks are preconfigured as a striped RAID set provide enhanced performance and security. Available Summer 2011.

Today’s market is all about speed and performance and with the new SSD (Solid State Drives) with astonishing write and read speeds and a lightweight design, users will be able to upgrade their current systems (laptops) and bring them to a whole new level of performance. Maxell’s SSD offers a 210 MB/s write and 230 MB/s read speed in 1.8” and 2.5” form factors -  identical in size to most of the current internalHDDs. The SSD
Maxell SSD drive will be available using MLC (Multi Layer Cell) flashtechnology to offer speed and performance at a reasonable price. Available SSD capacities are: 64GB  to 256GB with a roadmap to 512GB late in 2011. Specifications:

Maxell has developed the USB 3.0 flash drive with capacities ranging from 8GB to 64GB and speeds up to 80MB/s read and 60MB/s write. They also introduced the myGEN series Superspeed USB 3.0 hard drive. The myGEN 2.5” portable drive transfers data at a rate of up to 5 gigabit per second. Available in 500GB capacity, and offers a 3-Year Limited Warranty.

Launched its Quad channel hard drive offering users four interface options: USB 2.0, e-SATA, Firewire 400 and Firewire 800. The easy to use 1TB and 2TB drives provide 7200 RPM rotation speed, hot plug and play functionality and a low function on/off switch to offer energy savings when not in use. PC and MAC compatible, the 3.5” external drives are available in a classic black color and are uniquely designed to be stackable.

SSDs designed with optimized NAND components. Using leading 25nm NAND technology and a high-speed ONFI 2.2 interface. The C400 SSDs utilize the leading SATA 6 Gb/s interface and third-generation flash translation layer (controller NAND management algorithms). These highly sophisticated NAND management features enable the drives to deliver sequential read and write speeds of up to 415 MB/s and 260 MB/s, respectively. The C400V is 64GB while the C400 comes in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.

Don’t lose data, even if one hard drive crashes. PopDrive contains two laptop hard drives that are in sync at all times. If one fails, simply replace it with a new drive, which will automatically sync with the other workingPopDrive drive. Removing or replacing either hard drive is as easy as changing a CD. No tools needed.

It stores everything you want to safeguard. It’s all in a package slightly larger than a wireless mouse and barely more than a pound. PopDrive fits in a pocket, pouch or purse, so you can carry it anywhere. In an emergency you can quickly grab it and go.

When you use the eSata interface it is 6 times faster than USB and 5 to 10 times faster than tape. So backups take 50-70% less time. Management software makes it easy to monitor the drive’s operations. Keep track with an event log, and set it to send you notifications via e-mail.

Rocstor Rocstor drive
Unveiled its newest encryption product the COMMANDER 2U3.The COMMANDER 2 Pocket Drives meet the needs of the secure mobile data storage market. FIPS (US Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 Level 3 Cryptographic Engine validated for Physical Security. Commander 2U3, with USB3.0 and FireWire 800 interfaces offers security-sensitive users a wide range of NIST certified DES (Data Encryption Standard) and AES encrypted algorithms. The 2.5" drives are designed with AES-256 bit real-time hardware data encryption security performance which effectively intercept, interpret, translate and relay SATA data commands to and from disk drives in "Real-Time". Designed with new shock-absorbent Damper Strip protection. Additionally, the encryption contains “ECB”, which is one of the most secure encryption modes. This drive is both bus-powered and bootable.” With key-Token authentication Pocket Drives contain a fast, high capacity 2.5” SATA drive mechanism, with up to5,000Mbits/sec transfer speeds and silent operation.

Launched three new lines of consumer external hard disk drives, including two new portable drives and a new desktop drive. All of the new drives feature distinctive styling as well as SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interfaces.Samsung External Hard Drive USB 3.0 provides data transfer rates of up to 5 gigabits per second, allowing users to transfer a 25-gigabyte high-definition movie in just four minutes, compared with 13 minutes for previous USB 2.0 interface drives.

Samsung’s new portable external drives offer up to 1 terabyte (TB) capacity in a compact, easy-to-transport format with curved sides for a comfortable grip and sleek. The newly implemented 256-bit Full Disk Encryption provides additional security on a hardware basis. Auto backup software supports both automatic and continuous data backup, so that users' files are backed up automatically every time they are changed or newly created. SecretZone™ allows users to create a secure virtual drive, and SafetyKey™ software provides encrypted data backup and password-setting. A convenient USB docking station will be sold separately for both the basic and premium line products, allowing users to easily connect and transfer data to a PC.

With the new external drives for desktop PCs they offer up to 2TB. With 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB storage capacities, the new desktop drives will be available in Brown black and Noble beige. All lines will be available through leading U.S. retailers in April, with pricing to be announced at that time.

SanDisk  www.sandisk.comSanDisk SSD
This SSD opens files up to twice as fast compared to a 7200 RPM hard drive, and is backed by a ten year limited warranty: Up to 220 MB/sec read speed and up to 120MB/sec write speed; endures shocks and vibration; and the 120 GB can withstand at least 80 terabytes of data written.

SanDisk ExtremeFFSTM technology has the potential to accelerate random write performance thus extend the endurance inside PCs that use operating systems such as  Windows XP and Windows 7. Lower power consumption results in cooler operation along with noise reduction for quiet drive operation.

SanDisk iSSDThe SanDisk® integrated Solid State Drive (iSSD) A fast, light weight and affordable storage solution for Smartbooks, Ultra-thin PCs and Tablets that require high performance combined with an innovative form factor and low cost. The iSSD drive delivers all the benefits of SSD: It is rugged and reliable, power efficient and small in size. In addition, being an SSD in a BGA form factor and tiny in size, enables the SanDisk iSSD drive to be embedded into a larger variety of new thinner and slicker devices, such as smartbooks, Ultra-thin PCs and media tablets, with surprising and new innovative designs. Capacity: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB


Introduced brand-new portable hard drives that combine high-style with high-speed, allowing consumers to quickly and reliably back-up and transfer files anytime, anywhere.

Titan XS™ SuperSpeed USB 3.0 – an irresistible combination of speed and storage. They are housed in a shock-resistant rubber enclosure that protects against rough-and-tumble use. The new 3.0 drive features transfer speeds up to ten times faster than USB 2.0 drives and is backwardly compatible. Comes with 500GB available capacity – and includes Nero BackItUp & Burn software for full system backup and restore.

Verbatim Store and GoStore ‘n’ Go® SuperSpeed USB 3.0/FW 800 – This sleek portable hard drive is for Mac users. The glossy black Store ‘n’ Go SuperSpeed USB 3.0/FW 800 is compatible with all MacBook® models. Available in 500GB, the unit is HFS+-formatted specifically for the Mac operating system and features both USB 3.0 and Firewire800interfaces.

Verbatim Netbook USB DriveVerbatim Netbook USB Drive – only about the size of a quarter it is simply inserted into a netbook or  other electronic device with a USB port. Once inserted into the USB port it  protrudes only 5mm, allowing it to remain in the device on an ongoing basis for convenient, long-term use. Available in storage capacities of 4GB, 8GB and 16GB.

Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go 3.0 Flash Drive –offers extreme speed, large capacity and plug-and-play operation. The unit supports transfer rates of up to 100MB/sec on USB 3.0 host systems. With a  retracting design that protects the connector, available in capacities of 8, 16, 32, and 64GB and is backed by the company’s Lifetime Warranty.

Verbatim USB 3.0 External SSD – This ultra-slim, easy-carrying 32GB to 128GB capacity external SSD with USB 3.0 interface, supports transfer rates of up to 190MB/sec when used with the USB 3.0 host system. Utilizing 8-channel I/O it is designed for lightning-fast transfers, making it an ideal choice for data-intensive operations such as HD movie editing, photography and performance gaming, on the go. Backed with Verbatim’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Verbatim 2.5” SATA II SSD – Intended as HDD replacements for laptop PC’s, it provides data transfer rates up to 250MB/sec READ and 220MB/sec WRITE. Offered in capacities ranging from 64GB to 256GB, Verbatim 2.5” SSD provide faster system boot up, improved system responsiveness, improved battery life, and increased shock resistance over HDD equipped systems. Includes 3.5” bay adapter and power cable for optional desktop installations. The drives will also be offered in a DIY upgrade kits, complete with ghosting software, data transfer cable, and detailed instructions to facilitate end user installation, later this year.

Victorinox Victorinox
It is always fun to look around to see the Swiss Army Knifes with all the tools built into them. Announced three new secure flash drives for travelers who want more than just your generic USB-powered storage key. The Slim and Slim Duo devices are outfitted with Victorinox's classic folding pocket knives, scissors, and nail files, but each also includes a USB flash drive, with up to 64GB of storage for the Slim and 128GB for the Slim Duo.

The Victorinox Secure SSD is the company's first foray into the solid-state market, and this tiny drive comes in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities with a double USB and eSATA plug interface. A small 96x48-pixel monochrome LCD/e-ink screen on the side shows storage details and gives the option to personalize the text.

If you need an airport safe version with USB keys only, there is also one that comes with a blade, nail file, LED light, pen and scissor. You can remove the drives from the knife and swap them out for a higher capacity drive. The USB drives can carry up to 64 GB and there is a Duo which carries up to 128GB.


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