Archive for January 20, 2014

Wireless USB3 External Hard Drives – Battery Powered

Buffalo Air hard disk driveBuffalo Technology has launched new storage options in the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show, like the new MiniStation Air Wireless Mobile Hard Drive (HDW-PD1.0U3), LinkStation 200 Series, and also the LinkStation 420 Network Video Recorder (NVR).

MiniStation Air Wireless Mobile Hard Drive

The fresh MiniStation Air Wireless Mobile Hard Drive supplies as much as 1TB of storage for computers, smartphones, tablets and much more. This new streamlined mobile storage option contains up to 10 hours of battery life and supports up to eight devices; this gives users the capacity to take their multimedia library with them while traveling in addition to streaming content wirelessly to any computer, smartphone, tablet PC, smart TV, or supported gaming console.

The MiniStation Air supports up to eight wireless connections, features an USB 3.0 interface, and lets users create a Wi-Fi hotspot to talk about its recognized network and Internet connection with linked apparatuses. Free cellular apps for Android and iOS can also be accessible, offering a rich UI along with a premium user experience. Moreover, the MiniStation Air may be used to stream multimedia content to any DLNA playback apparatus, including smart TVs, media players, and gaming consoles.

Essential Characteristics include –

Features long battery life so users can access and stream multimedia files for up to 10 hours on one charge
5S twice doubles as a mobile battery charger for charging smartphones while away from home – Totally charge an iPhone
Contains an USB 3.0 interface for quick file transfers and access when directly connected to any PC or Mac computer
Supports connections from up to eight devices for simultaneous access to files for multimedia streaming and more
Enables users to establish a Wi-Fi hotspot to talk about their recognized network and Internet connection with linked apparatuses
Use MiniStation Air to stream multimedia content to any Wi-Fi DLNA playback apparatus
Free cellular apps for Android and iOS are offered for downloading

Pricing and Availability

The Buffalo MiniStation Air 1TB Wireless Mobile Hard Drive will probably be available sometime in March 2014 for roughly $199.99 and is backed with a small three-year guarantee; this contains toll free U.S.-based technical support available 24/7.

WD Users and Problems with Mavericks

OSX Mavericks - Recover Deleted DataWikipedia has documented the known issue with users of Western Digital external hard drives who upgrade to the OSX Mavericks. Here’s the link.

To summarise, issues became apparent when some users of WD products and especially WD disk management software upgraded to Mavericks. The most common issue was hard drive data loss &/or data corruption. WD were quick to withdraw the problem causing software from download and issued new versions that did not cause data loss issues with Mavericks, but for some users the damage had already been done and it was often not possible to reverse this either.

If you’ve been affected with this problem you may like to try talking to a decent data recovery company, there are reviews of them on Google. My advice would be to avoid any DIY or free software methods as they could easily make matters worse. If there is any software issued on the WD site that addresses the data loss problem you should be ok using that to help you.