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IT Show 2014 - Cameras, Printers & Storage Buying Guide

IT Show 2014 - Cameras, Printers & Storage Buying Guide


External Storage

External Storage Deals at the Show

Here are some highlighted external storage deals at IT Show this year.

Western Digital My Passport Ultra

The Western Digital My Passport offers portable storage in a slim package, and it comes with a complimentary data recovery service by Kroll Ontrack that is valid for 3 years.

IT Show 2014 Offer

  • IT Show Price: 1TB S$99 (usual price: S$139); 2TB S$189 (usual price: S$229)
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Location

Level 1, Booth 1413

Western Digital My Passport Slim (1TB)

It's slim, has a metal design and features USB 3.0 for fast data transfer speeds. The WD My Passport Slim also features hardware encryption and password protection.

IT Show 2014 Offer

  • IT Show Price: S$139 (Usual Price: S$149)
  • Brochure

Location

Level 1, Booth 1413

Seagate Backup Plus Slim (1TB)

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim has a slim, metal design. The Seagate Mobile Backup App allows you to easily back up photos and videos on the go directly from your mobile devices to Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive.

IT Show 2014 Offer

  • IT Show Price: S$89 (U.P. S$109)
  • Sitex Promotion: Free pouch
  • Brochure

Location

Level 1, Booth 1401

Seagate Backup Plus Portable (1TB)

If you don't need anything fancy, the Seagate Backup Plus Portable offers tremendous value with its price.

IT Show 2014 Offer

  • IT Show Price: S$69 (U.P. S$109)
  • Brochure

Location

Level 1, Booth 1401

Seagate Central

The Seagate Central connects to your home router, and allows you to share its storage capacity with connected devices on your network. It comes in 2-, 3-, and 4TB versions to meet your storage requirements.

IT Show 2014 Offer

  • IT Show Price: 2TB S$169 (Usual Price: S$219); 3TB S$269 (Usual Price: S$269); 4TB S$299 (Usual Price: S$329)
  • Brochure

Location

Level 1, Booth 1401

 

Western Digital My Book

If you need no - frills storage, Western Digital's My Book offers good value with its price and dependability.

IT Show 2014 Offer

  • IT Show Price: 2TB S$139 (Usual Price: S$169); 4TB S$269 (Usual Price: S$309)
  • Brochure

Location

 

Level 1, Booth 1413

 

 

IT Show 2014 External Storage Portal

 

External Storage Buying Guide

Whether you are looking for an internal or external hard drive, you would be spoiled for choice at Sitex 2013. Look around you and you would be amazed and dazzled by the sheer selection of drives. Read on as we give you some tips on choosing a drive that’s right for you and also show you some of the standout deals from the show.

 

EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES TODAY

External hard drives can be broadly divided into three categories - desktop drives, portable drives and network-attached storage. Desktop drives are so-called because they require an external power source (typically from a power socket) and usually employ the use of larger 3.5-inch hard drives inside them. They sacrifice portability for storage and you can find drives with as much as 8TB of storage space. Portable hard drives do not require an external power source and are smaller in capacity, usually topping out at 2TB. Inside these drives, you will find a 2.5-inch mechanical hard disk. Finally, network-attached storage are like desktop drives except that they are specialized computers that function as file servers so that data can be shared amongst clients on a network.

 

 

 

Desktop drives require an external power source to work, hence the name. They typically come with larger capacities, with high-end ones having as much as 8TB of storage space and can even be configured in RAID 0 or 1 configurations for performance or redundancy.

 

 

Portable drives are highly portable and typically come in 500GB, 1TB or 2TB of storage. Their portability makes them ideal for transferring large files between systems or as an expansion drive for your notebook.

 

 

Network-attached storage drives are ideal for users who need to share data frequently amongst many systems on a network. These drives are typically meant for enthusiasts or SOHO users. Their capacity is dependent on how many drive bays they have, and they often have security features built into them.

 

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

Capacity: As with all things storage-related, be sure to get an external hard disk that fits your storage requirements. These devices are not meant to be user-upgradeable, so you want to get the largest one possible to maximize your spending. For NAS drives, pick one that has enough drive bays to allow for future expansion. NAS meant for home and SOHO usage typically offer two to four drive bays.

Interface: The standard interface for most external hard drives today is USB 3.0. However, do take note that your system needs to have USB 3.0 ports to be able to take advantage of USB 3.0’s speed advantage. USB 3.0 is backward compatible with USB 2.0.

Thunderbolt is the latest high-speed interface that’s capable of up to 20Gbps of throughput (considering bidirectional transfers). This is many times faster than USB 3.0 and FireWire 800. Thunderbolt is presently found on a handful of drives and their usefulness is still being debated, considering the drive within external storage devices are typically mechanical hard drives that are not fast enough to take advantage of Thunderbolt’s tremendous bandwidth.

Personal Cloud Storage: Increasingly, we are seeing external drives that provide cloud storage services. With this, users can access files on their external hard drive from anywhere in the world so long as they have a working Internet connection. This differs from cloud storage solutions such as Google Drive and Dropbox in that there’s no need for subscription fees and the data is stored in your own external hard drive as opposed to some server in some unknown location on Earth.

Ease of use: This is more applicable to NAS drives which can be difficult or tedious to setup. Look for one that is user-friendly or offers some kind of a quick-installation feature.

Check out the latest external storage products at our HardwareZone External Storage Product Guide.