Hitachi Unveils Two HDDs, NAS Adaptor
Hitachi Global Storage yesterday unveiled a duo of portable USB HDDs and a tiny NAS adaptor. The HDDs have been dubbed the SimpleTough and the SimpleDrive Mini, while the adapter is simply called the SimpleNet network adaptor.All three systems have been released through its subsidiary SimpleTech.
The SimpleTough is available in capacities of 250GB, 320GB and 500GB respectively, same as the SimpleDrive Mini.
If Hitachi’s claims are to be believed, the SimpleTough is “one of the world’s most rugged drives for protecting data in harsh environments.” What Hitachi means to say is that the drive has the ability to weather “more falls, knocks and spills than any average external drive on the market.”
The integrated USB cable, which can be folded away easily, makes the drive handy to use. While the SimpleTough comes only in a black colour case, the SimpleDrive Mini comes in three colour options – red wine, blue dusk, and carbon fibre, each colour supposedly linked to a particular capacity.
And if you get yourself the Hitachi SimpleNet network adaptor, you can just plug two of the Simple drives together to create your own NAS. Two USB 2.0 host ports, a single 10/100Mb/s Ethernet port and support for FAT32, NTFS, HFS+ and EXT3 file systems make SimpleNet a perfect adaptor for home users. It will work for you regardless of the operating s
ystem you have – Windows, Mac or Linux.
Multiple on-board servers give you direct access to iTunes, FTP, and DLNA shares, while an SSH server makes command-line access simple and easy. The SimpleNet adaptor will retail at $79, while the SimpleDrive Mini costs $90, $110, and $140 respectively for 250GB, 320GB and 500GB capacities. SimpleTough drives of the same capacities on the other hand will carry price tags of $100, $120, and $150 respectively.
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