Thursday, October 16, 2014

ICY TIP: Prevent Personal Photos and Videos Leak with ICY DOCK Storage Solution

Prevent Personal Photos and Videos Leak with ICY DOCK Storage Solution

As the latest generation of Smartphones become unveiled to the public, we can see that each replacement model boasts more powerful specs than the previous generation. Processing power increases, phones become thinner and lighter, and camera quality improves. Phones like Apple's iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 can snap magnificent quality photos and video with the ability to take slow motion videos. Because of this, smartphones have become the main device for snapping photos on the go. The drawback of these high quality photos and videos are that they require large storage space and the default capacity a phone provides can quickly fill up. One method to overcome this limitation is through cloud storage programs such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and iCloud. These programs provide a means to backup your data and access it anywhere, which could be convenient but may be slow and bandwidth intensive. One big issue with cloud storage is privacy --can we really trust these programs with our sensitive files? In recent news, "The Fappening" or an event of celebrity nude leaks of several artists and models including: Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Ariana Grande, and others, were taken from their personal iCloud accounts and posted on the image-based bulletin board 4chan. The images spread like wild-fire across the internet on social media, which led to the distrust of cloud storage by many of its users.
A great way to backup your personal photos is to save them locally with encryption software and to set it offline when not in use. This provides a great deal of protection since the files cannot be accessed when they're offline, and they're encrypted even if the storage is physically broken into.
How do you easily create an offline storage locally?
It's simple to create an offline storage locally and it doesn't require much in terms of effort. There's a few things you'll need though in order for it to work smoothly.
First, find a high capacity hard drive
Make sure you have a hard drive with high enough capacity to accommodate all the files that you'll be backing up. has great information of reliability of hard drive brands, click the following link for detail info:
Second, choose the type of storage
It's simple to create an offline storage locally and it doesn't require much in terms of effort. There's a few things you'll need though in order for it to work smoothly.
If you decide to go with an internal computer case data storage solution, you can choose between a variety of multi bay or single bay enclosures with support for all types of drives from new SSDs to traditional sized Hard Drives.
Encryption with Windows EFS
Offline back up
If you prefer to go with an external desktop data storage solution, or if your all-in-one computer doesn't have the ability to add extra hardware, you can choose one of our external enclosures.
Encryption with Time Machine
Offline back up
Lastly, transfer the data, encrypt, and remove from the system
Backing up is quite easy for both PC and Mac. Using PC, all you need to do is drag the photos and videos to the storage drive and run Windows EFS, or Encryption File System, for data encryption. Using Mac, you can transfer the photos and videos via iPhoto and then backup the files with Time Machine with Encryption. Once you're done, you can turn off the enclosure and/or remove the drive to create an offline backup for an added layer of protection.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ICYCube MB561U3S-4S review - posted by PureSolidness

ICY DOCK ICYCube MB561U3S-4S 4 Bay External HDD Enclosure Review

Published on Oct 14, 2014

"The ICY DOCK ICYCube is a quad bay USB 3.0 enclosure with fully loaded functions and eye-catching design. It is perfect for media professionals, and people who need a high quality HDD enclosure for their storage needs."

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

ICY News: Some hard drive failure rates are rising, according to Backblaze

"The first hard drive reliability report was released by Backblaze in January of this year, revealing that Hitachi and Seagate drives are the most and least reliable respectively. Since then, the team at Backblaze has been testing more and more drives, updating their reliability report for September 2014...Read more

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Introducing the ICY DOCK EZConvert Air Lite MB482SP-3B Top-Free Open Air 2.5” to 3.5” SATA Hard Drive or SSD Converter / Mounting Kit

The EZConvert Air Lite MB482SP-3B ICY DOCK SATA 2.5" to 3.5" HDD/SSD converter is specifically designed for builders who prefer to mount their hard drive or SSD with screws for maximum stability. The EZConvert Air Lite MB482SP-3B features a top-free open air design with exceptional cooling and converts any 2.5" SATA HDD/SSDs into an exact 3.5" hard drive form factor with SATA 6Gbps speed. The entire converter is made of robust stainless-steel that is perfect for the most demanding applications. The perforated vents, top-free open air design, and metal construction all work synergistically to keep your drives as cool as possible.
2.5" Drive Support for All 3.5" Bays

SSDs are becoming more common in the average household, but most computer cases still don't have support for 2.5" drives. Since these chassis' don't normally have built in 2.5” SSD/HDD bays, a 2.5” to 3.5” HDD/SSD converter is an absolute necessity when purchasing 2.5” HDDs/SSDs. For enterprise, it’s valuable for upgrading 3.5" HDD file servers to 2.5" HDD/SSD file servers without paying a tremendous amount for an entire system upgrade.
The EZconvert Air Lite MB482SP-3B accepts 2.5" SATA SSD/HDD of any height from 7mm to 15mm. The bottom mounting screw holes allow you to mount your 2.5" hard drive or SSD firmly into the converter and mount your converter firmly into your chassis with provided screws. Securing your drives in place is critical for rugged system builds.
The EZConvert Air Lite MB482SP-3B has exact 3.5" SATA HDD dimension and specification, and is compatible with any computers, devices, servers and HDD enclosures that use 3.5" SATA hard drive.

The built in SATA PCB bridge protects your HDD/SSD connector from wearing out during the insertion and removal cycle, and it delivers the full speed of SATA 6Gbps without any speed reduction due to it's pass-through design.
Advanced Cooling Design

The foundation of the EZConvert Air Lite stems from it's ability to rapidly cool drives. A top-free open air design quickly disperses heat away from drives by allowing it to 'breathe' instead of fully enclosing it. This is crucial during intense applications and may lead to better performance since it's well known that excessive heat can interfere with your system's ability to perform optimally. We've strategically placed ventilated slots around the converter allowing heat to escape from all sides and angles, while the metal frame acts as a giant heat sink to quickly cool your hard drives. The open air design, ventilated slots, and metal frame combine to produce an advanced cooling system to put your mind at ease.
Key Features

* Converts 2.5” SATA HDD or SSD to 3.5” SATA hard drive
* Built in SATA bridge delivers full SATA 6Gbps speed
* Heavy duty stain-less steel exterior helps heat dissipation
* Top-free open air design for rapid heat dissipation
* Ventilated slots allow air to flow through converter
* Exact 3.5" HDD specification with universal 3.5” HDD mounting holes
* Fits all 2.5” SATA drive heights from 7mm to 15mm
* Fits every system that accepts 3.5" SATA hard drive
* Supports SATA and SATA power cables with locking latch design

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Monday, October 06, 2014

ICYCube MB561U3S-4S review - posted by

ICY DOCK ICYCube MB561U3S-4S 4 Bay External HDD Enclosure Review

Storage, it always seems like we need more of it, especially with file sizes increasing for media and more importantly games. While some of you may have cases that give you ample space to load them up with hard drives there are others who have small form factor system or even work from a laptop where storage space is limited. There is where external hard drive enclosures come into place. Today we are taking a look at a pretty awesome 4-bay external hard drive enclosure that supports 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA hard drives and has both USB 3.0 and eSATA connections. The enclosure I am talking about is ICY DOCK’s ICYCube MB561U3S-4S. Let’s load it up with drives and see what we can do with it.........Read More

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

TechRadar ICY DOCK Giveaway ~ MB074SP-1B & MB981U3S-1S

This week ICY DOCK and TechRadar are working together to host giveaway sweepstakes event. One lucky winner will be receiving ICY DOCK’s Black Vortex MB074SP-1B 3.5” SATA HDD 4 in 3 Hot-Swap Module Cooler Cage and the EZ-Dock MB981U3S-1S 2.5”/3.5” USB 3.0 & eSATA HDD Docking Station, a total value of $133.50 ($86.50 for the Black Vortex and $47.00 for the EZ-Dock).
To enter the Giveaway Event, go sign up here:
Prize Description:
The Black Vortex MB074SP-1B is a hot-swappable 4 bay 3.5” SATA HDD cooler cage built robust from durable metal. The Black Vortex was designed for gamers and has features including a blue LED 120mm fan combined with all metal web-like cross pattern for a cool look while keeping your drives cool. It also has many configurable options such as fan speed control, fan LED brightness control and power buttons for each of the drive bays. For more details:

The EZ-Dock MB981U3S-1S is an external USB 3.0 & eSATA docking station for your 2.5” and 3.5” SATA HDDs and SSDs. The EZ-Dock comes with several unique features such as the 2 part anti-dust cover to protect internals even when 2.5” SATA HDD is used and a large eject button for hassle free drive removal. The multi-interface allows universal adaptability with various PCs or Macs, whether they are the newest MacBook with lightning fast USB 3.0 interface or your 2 year old desktop PC with eSATA interface or even with a 90s computer with a USB 2.0 interface. For more details:
The ease of removing and replacing HDDs for these two products make it easy to swap hard drives between the Black Vortex and the EZ-Dock. Effortlessly access a HDD with all your applications and/or games from your laptop to another computer or even a PlayStation. HDDs are easily removable from the Black Vortex and the data can be read on a secondary system using the EZ-Dock. The interchangeability between these two devices is simple and easy.

*Fields marked with an asterisks are mandatory. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia, except where prohibited or restricted by law.
See official rules for prize details and exclusions.
Start Date29 Sep 09:00am PT
End Date05 Oct 23:59am PT
Future US, Inc.’s computer will be the official time clock for the Sweepstakes.

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