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HGST Introduces Lifestudio External Drive Range

Japanese storage specialist Hitachi Global Storage Technology has unveiled a new range of external hard disk drives, called Lifestudio, with a number of new features that sets it apart from the rest of the competition.

HGST has teamed up with Cooliris which provides with a software solution which allows users to browse through their files visually and according to the company, will allow them to sort out their digital mess.

The Lifestudio application suite also make the process of backing up data much more easier by offering native integration with social websites such as Facebook or Flickr. Users may access photo albums of their acquaintances and perform basic manipulations without having to login through a browser.

It will also index and manage all the files on your computer, arranging photos in chronological order for example although it doesn't work with network storage.

The drives, which will be launched in the US shortly, also come with 3GB Cloud storage backup courtesy of HGST. Should you want to upgrade it to 250GB, it will cost you a mere $49 for a year which is fairly cheap compared to a service like Carbonite which charges £42 per annum.

Lifestudio Plus models will also benefit from an additional feature in the form of a magnetically-attached microSD reader with a 4GB microSD card which can be carried around and synchronises with the mother drive. Prices start from $80 for the 250GB model.

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