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G-RAID with Thunderbolt

G-RAID with Thunderbolt External Hard Drives

The G-RAID line of external hard drives by G-Technology has always been a favorite of creative professionals that need a combination of performance, reliability and capacity.   The G-RAID Thunderbolt series offers up to 4 TB of capacity spread across two mirrored drives, or 8 TB if you use it in RAID0.
The Thunderbolt interface was developed by Intel and delivers over 300 MB/s read and write performance.  This is double the transfer rate of USB 3.0 and 12 times faster than Firewire 800.
The G-RAID with Thunderbolt case has a case made of durable aluminum with smart cooling fan technology.
G-RAID with Thunderbolt Specifications
  • Capacities
  • Disc Drives – 2  SATA III 7200 RPM
  • Interface – Two Thunderbolt Connections
  • Cooling System – Thermo-regulated, quiet smart fan
  • RAID Controller – RAID 0
  • Size – 9.25″ x 5.125″ x 3.374″
  • System Requirements – Mac® OSX® 10.6 or higher

You can learn more in the G-RAID with Thunderbolt section of our website

Lacie’s New Fastkey!

For the user on the go, the Lacie FastKey provides speed, durability, reliability and ease of mind with any type of transferable data.

Lacie has always been known for their superior backup and backup solutions and their brand new FastKey is no exception. Lacie’s Fastkey utilizes the superior SSD USB 3.0 which can deliver speeds up to 260MB/s. In other words, the Fastkey is able to transfer 1,000 mp3 files from your PC to the flash drive in less than 60 seconds.

The reasoning behind FastKey’s incredible speed is that the Fastkey uses USB 3.0 technology in place of the standard USB 2.0, meaning the user has a flash drive that can write small files up to 100 times faster than a USB 2.0 drive.


Lacie’s tested and proven metal design for their drives have always been a reliance for users worried about their flash drives longevity and the FastKey continues Lacie’s excellence in dependability and durability. Lacie has combined the Solid State Flash Technology with the drive’s exterior aluminum casing which protects the FastKey’s flash drive capacity which ranges from 30GB to 120GB, but do not bulk the user’s pocket as the FastKey drives do not exceed 26cm in length.

Data Protection:

To protect the users valuable information, the FastKey uses AES 256-bit encryption. This software protects all or some of the data within the flash drive, whatever the user may want to specifically encrypt. After the encryption process, the data is only accessible after entering the correct user set password. In addition to the this source of protection for your data, Lacie provides an additional 4GB of secure online storage which is provided by Wuala.


The Lacie FastKey is available in 30GB, 60GB and 120GB and information regarding each specific drive can be found here.


LaCie Hard Drives

Desktop and Portable External Hard Drives?

An external hard drive is the same type of hard drive as you would find inside a PC or laptop, except that it is mounted in a separate enclosure. It can be used to store information (data) permanently or temporarily, in the same way as a computer’s hard drive.

External hard drives (the actual drive itself) come in two main sizes (physical size), 2.5″ and 3.5″. The 2.5″ drives are the same as you would find in a laptop computer, whereas the 3.5″ drives are identical to hard drives found in desktop PCs. The difference is in the interface that connects the external hard drive to your computer.

Usually, external hard drives connect to the computer via a USB/Firewire cable, most modern operating systems will automatically recognise the hard drive as a storage device, and assign it a drive letter.

The fact that external hard drives are simply placed in an enclosure, means you can usually change the actual hard drive itself without too much effort. This allows you to swap drives between enclosures, so you only have to buy one enclosure for many drives (of the same type).

There are two main types of external hard drives, portable and desktop

Desktop Hard Drive – Desktop external hard drives are normally 3.5″ hard drives mounted in a larger enclosure than its portable counterpart. The enclosure may also have fans integrated to assist in keeping the drive cool during operation, which extends the life of the disk drive. The desktop external hard drive is designed with storage capacity in mind, rather than portability.

Portable Hard Drive – Portable external hard drives are usually 2.5″ hard drives (laptop hard drives) in a slimline enclosure, making them easy to carry. Although they are portable, they are not unbreakable and extra care is needed while transporting them, for example, don’t put them in your back pocket and then sit down!

The Significance Of Using External Hard drive 

LaCie External Hard DrivesA portable or external hard drive is quite a useful piece of equipment. It allows the user to back up or store important information separate from the main internal hard drive, which could become compromised by online or offline activities. Sensitive documents, large music files, DVD images, movies, disk images, and even a backup of the contents of your main internal hard drive, can all be kept securely and safely on an external hard drive. When you are online, you can even leave the external drive turned off.

Another advantage of an external hard drive is that it is portable and operates on a plug-and-play basis. Any computer with USB or Firewire capability will recognize the external hard drive as a storage device, and assign it a letter to designate it. The drive can then be accessed like a normal internal hard drive. It’s a snap to transfer huge files back and forth from work to home, to a friend’s house, or between your desktop and laptop. Just plug in the interface cable to quickly reconstruct a working environment, making your favorite programs virtually portable.

If you have multiple family members using your computer system, consider an external hard drive to keep financial information and other sensitive documents secure. When you are ready to use the computer, you can plug in the external drive and have all your data and programs available. When finished, simply unplug the drive and take it with you to lock in a drawer or other secure location.

LaCie external Hard Drive from TapeandMedia.com 

Lacie Hard DriveExternal disk drives are an essential piece of kit, even if just for backing up everything on your laptop or desk-top hard-drive. If it is just for back up it needs to be inexpensive, as it may be used infrequently, but must also reliable.

LaCie External Hard Drives

The first thing one notices about the LaCie Hard Drive is the layout. It’s not merely good to look at but also provides serious protection. The aluminum case is scratch tolerant. The rubber padded edges are a great shock absorber. All this protection increases the durability of the hard drive. It also minimizes the possibility of data damage through physical damage to the drive.

This device is effective with older OS versions, in both PC and Mac machines. The Fire Wire and USB ports allow greater versatility, compared to other portable hard disk drives.The drive includes a three year warranty.

This is the portable drive of preference for those who travel a lot. Additionally it is the data storage product I would recommend, if you switch between PCs and Macs. In general a robust and versatile solution.

Buy LaCie Hard Drive From TapeandMedia

TapeandMedia.com is woman owned small business with 2 locations – Austin, Texas and Danbury, Connecticut. The company was founded in 2000 and has established a reputation for selling quality media products at discount prices. We are an authorized reseller for the major manufacturers and sell professional quality video, audio and data media and accessories at discount prices

The Lacie Disk-Drives by TapeandMedia.com are good inexpensive back-up disk, which looks good if you dust it regularly and should be compatible with most new computers (although if you have Apple Mac OS X 1.2 or older it won’t work straight out of the box)

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Are You Prepared if your Hard Drive fails?

Tips to Help Secure Your Data
Imagine you wake up and go check your e-mail in the morning only to find that your computer has stopped working. Your hard drive has failed; you don’t have any backup system in place. All of your personal files, from tax returns to pictures of your loved ones to family videos, are gone forever. This scenario plays out all too often, why not take a few simple steps to protect yourself and avoid this from ever happening to you!

To help avoid this headache, there are many options available to store your data and to keep it secure. We are going to talk about a few of the options available to consumers today that provide ease of mind regarding the protection of your valuable files.

CD/DVD – This is an effective solution to backup some of your most important files. Most PC’s come with a CD/DVD Burner and it is simple with today’s operating systems to burn a disc with your important files directly to a CD/DVD and keep them in a safe place. Simply insert a blank CD/DVD into your burner and copy and paste the files onto the media folder. All computers that come with DVD or CD burners have burning software preinstalled on the computer which may help the user set a specific time to backup their data, specify which files are to be burned and many other options that vary from program to program. Now when it comes the type of DVD or CD that you need the user must know , the difference between the two media options are; CD’s typically hold 700MB of data and DVD’s can hold 4.7GB of data. This is sizable difference in storage space for about the same cost per disc. There are many types of DVD’s and CD’s that come with different surfaces for example there are White Inkjet Printable DVD’s, Silver Inkjet printable DVD’s many more. The same applies for CD’s as they also come with different surfaces and finishes that each suits the needs of a specific user. One more thing that should be considered when purchasing a disc is the writing speed that the drive can handle. Most modern burners support burning speeds as follows; for most DVD’s discs can be burned at a maximum of 16x for CD’s, writing speeds can go up to 48x. The end user should however, check with their drives manual to see the adequate writing speeds for the type of content that they are burning. The disadvantage to using this method of back up is that the CD/DVD’s burn fairly slowly and are not always universally compatible. Also, depending on the amount of data you are backing up, you may need many CD/DVD’s.

External Hard Drives – Manufacturers like LaCie, G-Technology, and ClickFree offer a simple solution to your storage problems with external hard drives that are reasonably priced. These hard drives are peripheral devices for your computer that usually connect though a USB 2.0 cable and offer “Plug and Play” capability. Some of these offer some customization as to how the drive backs up your data; these options are accessible via proprietary software built into the drives themselves. These drives come in a wide variety of capacities. They offer simple and effective methods to ensure that if you do have a hard drive failure or data loss, your data can be recovered easily. In terms of the data capacity that these drives offer, the aforementioned manufacturers have disk drives that range from 250GB up to 1 TB of space. It is up to the end user to determine which drive and what capacity they may specifically need as the range of different drives vary tremendously. As mentioned above, USB 2.0 is the one of the most recognizable methods to connect any peripheral device to a computer. However when it comes to External Hard Drives there are many new methods to which a drive can connect to a computer. These include:

  • FireWire connectivity
  • USB Connectivity
  • Ethernet connectivity

These drives are also subject to mechanical failure and will need to be replaced as part of your data management plan.

Network Attached Storage Device (NAS) –LaCie, Hewlett Packard and other manufacturers have been offering these devices for situations where multiple users need to store and access the same data. These devices are less cumbersome than traditional servers and have been geared to support small businesses and for the Tech savvy home. Through your home network you can connect one of these devices like LaCie d2 Network 2 or Hewlett Packard Storage Works Data Vault, where you can partition the drive and create a file server from which everyone who needs access to the data has it available to them. These devices are now wirelessly accessible and some offer the ability to store your data securely on the web to allow user total remote access to items stored on the drive. These, like traditional external hard drives, also have proprietary software that allows you to instruct the device to store your data at your convenience. These devices have become much less bulky recently. For using network attached storage it is still recommended that you have another set of back-up tapes/discs offsite so if something were to happen to the facility/home you have them in you could still recover your data.

Tape Drives – Tape Drives are a tried and true way to backup you data. They make backing up your files an easy to do automated task. You are only required to change the tape in the drive and store them securely to prevent loss from a catastrophe. Tapes have much larger capacities than CD/DVD’s; some drives offer as much as 3 TB of data with the compression feature. Most tape drives work with Windows Backup and the ones that don’t come with software that allow you to customize your backups.

Online Backup Service – Cloud services are now available to back-up your data on an off-site service. There are many of these available; Carbonite.com, Mozy, and HP Upline. They all offer essentially the same service. These programs use a software program that compresses the files then using a secure encryption transmits the files you to select and saves them on an off-site server. This is a very effective way to secure your data; most of the software packages allow you to schedule routine backups. The system does require a monthly fee to store your data and depending on the amount of data you are trying to store and the transfer times can often be slow. Online backup also requires an internet connection to use, so if you have to do a system restore but do not have any connectivity you are out of luck. Online storage services are a relatively new business and if the company you chose to store your data with goes out of business you might lose your backup. There are also some questions of privacy. You trust your data to a 3rd party that is subject to Cyber-Attack; you might have to deal with your data being stolen at some point. They also have limited capacities so if you are trying to store a large amount of data your cost will increase rapidly.

It is important to save your data and keep you personal information well protected as we vault into the digital age. If you back up your data properly, you’ll ensure that your business and personal files will never be lost.

Verbatim InSight Hard Drives

We are excited to carry the new Verbatim InSight Hard Drive!

For a portable hard drive that continuously displays available free space, take a peak at the Verbatim InSight™ hard drive with an Always On LCD that shows the drive’s available free space and personalized name. The Always On LCD display automatically updates when the drive is connected and/or safely dismounted and is easily renamed right from your PC or MAC. Compatible with all USB connections, the InSight™ drive includes a USB 2.0 cable, a Quick Start guide and Nero BackItUp software that offer full system backup/restore functions and optional password security. Compact but big on storage capacity, the InSight™ drive is available in a sleek piano-black finish with capacities of 320GB and 500GB and carries a 7-year limited warranty. With an Always On display, the Verbatim InSight™ hard drive is a plug-and-play external drive that keeps you in the know – even when it’s disconnected.

Check out this great video on the InSight hard drive:


Features and Benefits

  • New! Extended 7-year limited warranty–same price!
  • Sleek piano-black finish adds style and elegance to your PC accessories
  • Features an Always On LCD that display’s a personalized drive name and available free space.
  • View the Always On LCD display without power
  • Identify drive and free space without connecting to a PC
  • Includes Nero BackItUp software*
  • Package Includes: InSight™ Hard Drive, USB 2.0 cable, Quick Start Guide

* Software compatible with Windows operating systems only.

System Requirements
USB 1.1 or 2.0 Port
Windows 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7
Mac OS X 10.1 or higher

Get yours today on our website here

HP Storage Works X510 DataVault

New Product: The HP X510 Data Vault.

HP’s latest storage solution! This product delivers all the simplicity and efficiency you desire in your IT infrastructure without the IT department!!!!

HP announces the release of a new Data Storage Solution geared to the small business and home user. With a price point below $1000 HP’s new X510 Data Vault is ideal for Small Businesses that don’t have an IT staff. It supports upto 10 PC’s or Mac’s and is accessible via wireless connection through your local network and provides up to 6.5TB of storage.

HP also provides you with a 1 Year remote access contract with TZO.com. This allows you to access your data via a secure personalized URL.

The X510 Data Vault uses Windows Home Server a package that is designed for users who don’t want to rely on “Professional” IT support or have a complicated IT infrastructure.

This product is ideal for home and small business users with up to 10 PC’s or Mac’s that allows for centralized storage of files, automatic back-up and the sharing of files. “Store It, Secure It! Share It!”

The X510 does everything that you could want out of a data storage package.

  • It Safeguards your data easily and cost effectively
  • Lets you share data remotely or locally
  • Delivers Complete system protection, including OS and all software and files
  • Secures data in a centralized location with multiple codes
  • Automatic backup of data
  • Comes from a reliable manufacturer with a warranty

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LaCie Rugged All-Terrain Hard Disc.

We are now stocking LaCie Rugged All-Terrain Hard Disc.

The exclusive creation of world-renown designer Neil Poulton, this portable storage solution offers the supreme speed of FireWire 800 along with FireWire 400 and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interfaces for true universal connectivity. Conveniently bus-powered and plug & play, it’s ideal for backup, video storage and large data volume exchange on the go. Simply plug it into just about any computer anywhere for backup, video storage and large data volume exchange. Its unique scratch-protected aluminum shell and shock-resistant rubber bumper make the LaCie Rugged Hard Disc especially resistant to harsh elements for extra protection along the road of your adventures.

You can view this product on our web site on the following page: http://www.tapeandmedia.com/lacie_external_hard_drives.asp


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