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Vol. 5 No. 7 September 2006

The pros and cons of portable storage

IT managers who support home users, branch offices or employees who frequently travel may be tempted to equip them with new portable storage devices that are easy to set up and use, and may also increase the chances that users will actually back up their systems. At the same time, these devices can introduce major security holes and could even prevent files from being backed up to an organization's centralized backup systems. Portable storage devices are smaller and have more capacity than ever. They run the gamut from tiny, inexpensive flash drives that store as much as 8GB and USB disk drives that fit inside a shirt pocket, to shoebox-sized NAS devices that provide file and print services for less than $1,000. There are countless examples of these devices. Pexagon Technology's Store-It Drive is typical of small drives; it comes in both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch models, and attaches via USB 2.0. Olixir Technologies' Mobile DataVault 3DX can connect via USB 2.0, FireWire, an external SATA connector or it can be installed in a ...

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