Hitachi rolls out Touro Pro external hard drives with free cloud storage

Summary:Western Digital already bought Hitachi in March, but here's a new line of desktop and mobile external hard drives under the old brand name before it's too late.

Western Digital already bought Hitachi in March, but here's a new line of desktop and mobile external hard drives under the old brand name before it's too late.

Much like the Iomega Home Media Network Drive (Cloud Edition), these Touro Pro series drives offer two methods of backing up and accessing data: on the drives themselves and a useful cloud. Users will be able to access data on the cloud using "any web browser, tablet or smartphone." iPhone and iPad apps will be available upon launch time, and apparently those apps will be free only if you sign up for a paid account.

To clarify, only 3GB of online storage will be granted for free with the purchase of one of these portable HDDs. That can be stepped up to a subscription of $49 per year for 250GB of space. If you have a lot of information you need to access when traveling often, then that price might be worth it to not have to carry one more device along with you.

There are a lot of storage and speed options within the Hitachi Touro Pro series. Both the Touro Mobile Pro Portable Drive and Touro Desk Pro External Drive sport 7,200 RPM drives and USB 3.0 interfaces. Pricing for those starts at $109.99 for 500GB and $129.99 for 1TB, respectively.

The more budget-friendly options with USB 2.0 interfaces are the Touro Mobile Drive and the Touro Desk Drive, which start at $79.99 for 320GB and $99.99 for 1TB. The Mobile and Mobile Pro drives are available immediately, while we'll have to wait for the Desk and Desk Pro editions until June.

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Topics: Storage, Hardware

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