Toshiba updates STOR.E external HDDs to USB 3.0, sees no lightning and hears no thunder

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Toshiba updates STOR.E external HDDs to USB 3.0, sees no lightning and hears no thunder
Allegiances are being drawn and battle plans laid out as the USB 3.0 vs. Thunderbolt war truly begins. Toshiba is, for the moment at least, staying friendly with the USB side, announcing updated versions of its STOR.E external HDDs, both packing Superspeed tech. On the smaller side is the ALU 2S, packing a 2.5-inch HDD internally that has up to 1TB on platters. If you need a little more you can step up to the Steel S, another external unit containing a 3.5-inch HDD with up to 2TB of storage. That one, unfortunately, will require an external power supply, while the littler ALU 2S will get by with only a USB cable. Both feature metal exteriors, increasing their usability as impromptu bludgeons, and both are slated to start shipping before this first quarter is through -- which should mean any time now.

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Toshiba adds new external hard disk drives to its portfolio:

STOR.E STEEL S and STOR.E ALU 2S up to 2TB with USB 3.0

Neuss (Germany), 21st March 2011 – Toshiba Europe GmbH today announced STOR.E STEEL S and STOR.E ALU 2S: two external hard disk drives featuring USB 3.0 connectivity for fast data transfers of up to 5 Gigabits per second and high enough storage capacities to host large multimedia libraries. STOR.E STEEL S and STOR.E

ALU 2S will be available during the first quarter of 2011 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Toshiba expands its range of storage drives with USB 3.0

The ongoing digitalisation of entertainment content is fuelling user demand for reliable external hard disk drives with large capacities and fast data rates. Many users want to transmit large files such as videos, music tracks and photos quickly between the backup medium and the computer. STOR.E STEEL S and STOR.E ALU 2S both feature a USB 3.0 port offering a data rate of up to 5 Gigabits per second. However, computers and peripheral devices with USB 2.0 only can still be used with these new state-of-the-art hard disk drives.

Large capacities for large digital media libraries

Both STOR.E STEEL S and STOR.E ALU 2S come with a 2.5'' hard disk drive offering a capacity of up to 1TB. Powered through the USB connection, these two small and lightweight 2.5'' high capacity storage devices are perfect for mobile use. STOR.E ALU 2S will also be available with a 3.5'' hard disk featuring a capacity of up to 2TB for stationary use in the office or at home. It is targeted at users with huge digital video, music and photo libraries who need extraordinarily high storage capacity.

Robust casings radiating a sleek, stylish elegance

Thanks to their metallic casings, these new external hard disk drives are very robust and reliable. STOR.E ALU 2S will be available in black and silver-coloured brushed aluminium whilst STOR.E

STEEL S is made of steel and comes in three colour variations: silver, black and titanium.

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About Toshiba Europe GmbH

Toshiba Europe GmbH (TEG) is a fully owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Tokyo, a global corporation with more than 130 years of company history. Toshiba is a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products spanning information & communications systems; digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; power systems, including nuclear energy; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances.

Headquartered in Neuss, Germany, TEG is comprised of four business divisions: Computer Systems, Storage Device Products, Consumer Products and Electronic Systems Operations. Together, these divisions provide product offerings including industry leading portable computers and other mobile products and solutions, HDDs, DVDs, LCDs, TVs and electronic office equipment. As the headquarters for the EMEA region, TEG provides support and assistance to its local branch offices.

Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies, with 204,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.3 trillion yen (US$68 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at
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