ineo I-NAU320U Plus USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station and I-NC05 HDD Protection Box Review

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There is this mass push to have everything in the "cloud". I'm honestly not to sure that is a good idea. It's hard enough for an end user to keep their data safe, however, their data is still on something that can be disconnected from the net and prying eyes at any time. Once you start uploading, or storing, all of your information in a central (or clustered) location, it marks a bulls eye for potential hackers. We hear all the time of hackers getting into high security servers and stealing millions of people'e information. Sony's PS3 network ring any bells? With cloud services, it goes from some demographic information, like numbers and names, to pictures and movies and sensitive documents. Regardless of how safe you think a network is, there are always people out there that can, and will, get around anything. I'd much rather have the ability to pull a plug, rather then sit helpless waiting for some corporation to fix an issue. We all know how well that works.

 

While cloud services seems like a nice pipe dream, reality keeps all of our important things local on our computers. Advancements in technology also means that files are bigger. Old SD DVDs only really took a max of 4GB of space. Older games could range anywhere from 500-4GB in size. Now, an entire Blu-Ray DVD is 35GB. Most of the newest games take up around 15-20GB, after online updates. External media is slowly being phased out and this means that everything is coming through online transfers with sites like iTunes and Steam. That's just the normal user and gamer end of things. If we take a look at the professional side of things, medical records are all going digital. This means everything from MRIs, X-Rays, EEG studies, etc.., are all being stored somewhere on a hard drive. Video editing can take hundreds of Gigs of data at a time, and many people like to store the RAW originals for any future edits and safe keeping. This creates a demand for 2 types of products. Something external to interface stored hard drives if the data is ever needed, and something in which to store all of the extra hard drives.

 

For those needs, we have the ineo I-NAU320U Plus USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station and I-NC05 3.5" HDD Protection Box. The I-NAU320U has an aluminum exterior build with a lightweight and portable design. The I-NAU320U Plus uses a USB 3.0 interface for excellent compatibility and exceptional speeds. This dock supports both 2.5" and 3.5" HDDs and SATA I/II/III interfaces. Maximum capacity for 2.5" HDDs is 1TB, while the 3.5" HDDs can support 3TB. This dock is both Windows and Mac compatible. Second, we have the I-NC05 3.5" HDD Protection Box. This box offers good protection from the elements for HDD storage. This I-NC05 has a polypropylene build and features anti-shock, anti-dust, anti-spill, and stack-able properties.

 

 

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