PlexEasy PX-650US: Computer free back ups

Whilst all the talk is about cloud based storage and blue sky thinking, Plextor have their feet planted firmly on the ground. After all, there is still a market out there for those who prefer a more hands on way of storing data.


Plextor have cut their teeth on producing low cost peripherals and the PlexEasy PX-650US is another affordable storage device that provides 8X DVD and CD backups without the need for a computer.

Using the built-in SD/MMC card reader the PlexEasy PX-650US allows users to transfer and create backups from data stored on a memory card or directly from devices with USB such as tablets, smartphones, hard disks, flash drives, camcorders, and even digital and SLR cameras using the PTP protocol.

The slim, light and portable device will be a handy tool if you’re travelling or out and about and in need of a quick data back up. It’s a simple process made easier through the integrated LCD screen so you can check the progress of your data back up. You can even copy discs on the go too.

The PlexEasy is not entirely PC independent though. It can also be connected to a PC or notebook and be used as a mains free back up device too with all the functionality of an external DVD rewriter burner drawing power from its USB Y connection.

At just £90 including VAT the PlexEasy PX-650US is an affordable and efficient way of backing up whilst travelling, and perfect for those of you who prefer clouds just for looking at.

Drobo & Pogoplug Collaboration: A Seamless Solution?

There is no escaping the fact that as our reliance on gadgets to execute work duties, be entertained and stay connected with people grows, so do our files and data, and whilst I have so far managed to avoid buying a ‘cloud data solution’, with so many files and data stored in my computers that I am actually causing them to run at probably a tenth of their potential efficiency, perhaps it is about time I transferred my data into a remote file access. Being on the lookout for such a device, I was therefore keen to write a piece on Drobo and Pogoplug’s solution to personal cloud storage with instant access to files anytime, anywhere.


In combining the knowledge of the award-winning data storage products for businesses and professionals, Drobo, with the experience of Pogoplug, another award-winning outfit for its creation of streaming and lining devices, one would expect Drobo and Pogoplug’s Personal Cloud solution to deliver the goods.

In using Pogoplug Cloud, users can transform their Drobo into a multi-terabyte private cloud. ‘Pogoplug, private cloud, multi-terabyte’, what does all this jargon actually all mean, we all cry?! Basically, the new co-created ‘Personal Cloud’ device provides secure and remote access for an entire digital library of documents, photos, music, games and movies. On top of providing a safe home for our precious digital data, the Personal Cloud also provides users with 10GB of free public cloud storage, meaning it is ideal for synching crucial files between Drobo and ‘the cloud’.

Shedding some much needed further light on, what we are assured is a ‘sophisticated yet easy-to-use and affordable solution for professionals and businesses,’ is Tom Buiocchi, CEO of Drobo, who said of his company’s latest storage creation:

“Small businesses, professionals, and consumers already store large collections of files on their Drobo. Adding remote access, media streaming and other cloud capabilities turns the Drobo into the ultimate personal cloud – combining the simple, reliable storage Drobo users have come to expect with the flexibility and freedom of the cloud.”

While I feel inclined to shop around a bit for my data storage solution, if the Drobo/Pogoplug partnership has convinced you, you’ll find more information about this ‘seamless hybrid cloud solution’ at:

Mozy online back up by EMC

As the designated IT guy in my social circle I’ve had to say “… but you’ve backed everything up right??” more times than I care to remember. The first line of working with computers 101 and the mantra of IT support professionals , backing up your work should be second nature (case in point, I instinctively hit Cmd+S after typing that). But the good old days of saving files to a second floppy are long gone and – much like everything else in computing these days – the future lies in the cloud. It’s good to have all your documents and photos on a secondary hard drive in your study. It’s great to have them safely tucked away on a secure remote server hundreds of miles away.

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Every computer is vulnerable to failure and data loss, and every week 140,000 hard drives crash in the United States alone. The most common forms of failure and data loss are hard drive crash, theft, loss, viruses, natural disaster, and accidental deletion. So it’s an exploding market. Among many of the names jostling for attention in this space is Mozy. No small potatoes Mozy is the online backup service for more than one million consumers and 50,000 business customers and 25 petabytes of backups under management. Copies of backed up files are securely stored in world-class data centers, protecting them against data loss.

But do you want strangers fiddling with your files? Well probably not. Fortunately Mozy takes privacy quite seriously. MozyHome gives you the ability to select your data’s encryption method: a Mozy-generated key utilizing 448-bit Blowfish encryption or your own personal key utilizing 256-bit AES encryption.During the backup process, all files are first encrypted with 448-bit Blowfish or 256-bit AES locally your computer. These encrypted files are then sent via a 128-bit SSL connection—the same encryption used in online banking—to a world-class data center. All data centers are SAS70 certified with 24/7/365 on-site monitoring and security, state-of-the-art fire detection and suppression systems, redundant power distribution units, and seismic safeguards that can withstand a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. So y’know … whilst not fool proof (no system is) it’s reasonably safe.

Much like Apple’s Time Machine, there is an initial long, long back up period as all your digital gems are beamed into the cloud. However after this first use, the back ups are incremental and much much faster. Cool as Mozy is, it is not intended for file sharing, synchronization, or as an online hard drive. Use DropBox magic for that.

You can get a slice of Mozy goodness for free as Mozy offers consumers 2 GB of free online backup, with no credit card details needed and with no expiration on the service. 2GB is enough space to back up 300 photos, 200 music files, or 250,000 text e-mail files. It you have a bit more you’d like to digitally stash away there’s MozyHome, which costs £/€4.99 per month. Customers who purchase an annual contract pay £/€54.89 and are given one month of free service.

Check it out for free here