Hitachi has unveiled a new line of USB 3.0 portable HDDs called the Touro Pro Desktop and mobile drives. These drives provide local backup service and online could storage access to content from anywhere you are. The drives can be accessed remotely with your smartphone or tablet.
You can plug the drives into your USB 3.0 port and use them just as you would any other attached storage drive for moving data to and from your computer. With the download of apps for the drives from iTunes, the user can then access connected drives remotely using the iPhone and iPad and access the content from any web browser.
The apps also offer web links to share the content on your drive with other people. Each owner of the Touro Pro family drives gets 3GB of cloud storage at no charge too. The users can get 250GB of storage for $49 per year if they need more space. A paid account also gets the iPhone and iPad apps free.
“Unbound by convention, Hitachi GST was the first to blend personal storage with cloud backup. We’re liberating our customers from the limitations of today’s technology and giving them free reign about where they store and how they access their digital content,” said Mike Williams, general manager of Hitachi GST Branded Business Group. “Our new intelligent storage products and services continue to redefine how we connect to our content - while providing data protection, simplicity and ease of use for just about anyone.”
The Mobile Pro drive spins at 7200rpm, a 500GB version is $109.99, and the 750GB version is $129.99. Those drives are USB powered too. The Desk Pro external comes in 1TB for $129.99, 2TB for $179.99, and 3TB for $229.99. The Mobile Drive has 320GB of storage for $79.99, $99.99 gets you 500GB, and $119.99 gets you 750GB. The final drive in the line is the Desk Drive at $99.99 for 1TB, $149.99 for 2TB, and $199.99 for 3TB.