Micron recently added two new solid-state drives to its lineup, the Crucial X9 Pro and X10 Pro. These drives are small, sturdy, and very fast; they are available in 1, 2, and 4TB capacities. We have the X9 Pro 2TB and X10 Pro 2 TB models for this review.
Hard Drives and SSDs
Imagine having a terabyte of data in your pocket; now imagine having a terabyte of encrypted data in your pocket. A microSD card with that much storage capacity and the smarts to keep all that data completely secure sounds like science fiction, doesn’t it? Well, science fiction meets reality in the iStorage datAshur SD Flash Drive, and the result is pretty impressive.
I remember the days of large, hard drives with mechanical internals and enough storage for just a few songs or photos. Those days are long gone, and the new Samsung T7 Shield Portable SSD shows just how far we have come. Available in 1TB and 2TB capacities, the T7 Shield is a small, fast, rugged drive for 2022.
Xbox systems come with 512GB to 1TB user memory, and PlayStation systems come with 500GB or 1TB user memory. Even with no games installed on either gaming console, the device’s software and systems will use some of that stated user memory. Considering that the average Xbox and PlayStation games require 40GB of memory for storage, it’s easy to see how memory can suddenly become a very precious commodity once you start loading games to either console. Rather than picking and choosing, or worse, deleting games, the WD_BLACK D30 Game Drive SSD proposes itself as a solution.
Everything important anymore is stored on our computers, laptops, and portable flash drives. This data can include personal things like photos, medical information, passwords, the projects we are working on, or the novel we keep starting and stopping. Depending on our jobs, that data can also include sensitive materials that could wreck our companies and livelihoods if it fell into the wrong hands. Knowing that our personal or work information is protected while remaining portable and accessible — especially in this time of hybrid-work locations — is essential, and that’s where the iStorage diskAshur M2 comes in.
LaCie is known for its premium external hard drives and SSDs that have been proven to be reliable at saving all the important data of our lives. I maxed out the 1TB hard drive on my Macbook Pro, and the 10TB LaCie d2 Professional Desktop Drive has become a great extension of my storage!
Over 40% of the bits in the world are stored on Western Digital products, which is insane when you think about it, but here we are. Just about everything that we use or do utilizes some form of storage, and Western Digital is the global leader in both hard drives and SSDs. During the Western Digital Flash Perspective Event today, they shared some exciting announcements that give us a glimpse at how Western Digital will continue creating environments for our data to thrive.
This week, Sandisk, WD, and WD_BLACK have announced that four of their popular portable SSD lines will soon be available with 4TB updates. If you’re a photographer, content creator, or gamer, you’ll definitely want to check out the larger capacities now available in the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD V2, SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2, WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive SSD, and the WD My Passport SSD.
When Qi Wireless charging finally appeared on phones, there were (at least initially) a limited number of available chargers. That’s changed. There are more offerings than ever, and many of them deliver a full charge in far less time than ever. Then there is the SanDisk Ixpand Wireless Charger Sync. It’s a wireless charger and a solid-state backup device.
Back in 2016, when I purchased my MacBook, I thought that 1TB of storage would go far. At the time, I was using Dropbox to store larger files in an attempt to go all-in on cloud storage. Four years later, and I once again find value in having my crucial documents and files readily available without having to use a browser to get to them. And thanks to these LaCie and Seagate portable storage solutions, I’ve been able to do just that.
Cloud backups are great, but there is nothing better than knowing you have a hard copy of everything important — whether it be your computer backup or all of the photos that you have ever taken. The thing is that all these types of files can take up a lot of memory space, and that’s where the Western Digital My Passport SSD comes in so handy. It was already available in 500GB and 1TB sizes, but now you can get one with 2TB.
It wasn’t so long ago that 1GB seemed like an astronomical amount of memory, but now it’s passé. Most laptops come with at least 512GB, and now you can even get a 1TB flash drive that’s about the size of a child’s thumb for less than $300. Crazy, right? Say hello to the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive.
Full transparency, Apple keeps the lights on for a lot of third-party companies in many ways, typically in accessories — one of the biggest markets for them happens to be in the form of USB-C docks. And one of those companies is Linedock. But why Apple? Why?
A few years ago, I realized none of my mobile devices used a mechanical drive any longer. Not only did my iPhone and iPad used solid-state drives, but both my MacBook Pro and iMac had shed the mechanical drives. My external drives, however, were another story. Now, thanks to Kingston’s HyperX SAVAGE EXO SSD, my external drive has joined the party.
The one flaw with having a MacBook Pro is that if you want to get anything done, you will suffer from having to travel with a host of various dongles to get things done. If you have been looking for a single USB Type C hub to fix dongle hell, Satechi’s latest may be your best solution to a problem that only Apple could create.
If you have an Xbox One X and are running out of storage on your device, Fantom Drives XSTOR is an external hard drive that will make sure you won’t have to delete your favorite games’ progress for a very long time.
Mobile World Congress has just wrapped up, and wow — it was a doozy. So many new devices were announced, and there was never a dull moment. We were in Barcelona for the event, and it was tough knowing that we could only pick 10 for our ‘best of’, but here they are — Gear Diary’s Best of Mobile World Congress 2019!
We’ve covered a lot of amazing gaming rigs here, especially during CES. But the truth is, a gaming rig is only as good as all the components, and you definitely want your storage working as hard as your gaming fingers. Western Digital knows you need the best, and they’re aiming for it with their new WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD.
Have you ever got that annoying pop-up on your phone or tablet telling you that your device memory is low, so you can’t take any more pictures or download another app? I hate it when that happens. If you have an Android device and the SanDisk Ultra 400GB MicroSDXC Card, low memory warnings will be a thing of the past.
Data has become a modern-day currency of sorts, and in some cases is valued more than money itself. This type of data must be protected but it has not always been easy (or economical) to do so for the individual. The new diskAshur2 portable solid-state drives from iStorage can provide this security easily and affordably.
If you need a large capacity portable SSD, and you prefer one that is small, tough as nails, and fast, then you should check out the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD. With read speeds up to 550MB/S, rugged IP55 water and dust-resistance, shock and vibration resistance, capacities up to 2TB, and its small size, it’s great for on-the-go students and professionals.