Sony's first external HDDs work better with Sony products

By on July 14, 2011, 7:00 AM

Sony has announced its first range of external hard disk drives (HDDs). The HD-PG5UB series offers 500GB of storage to safeguard your videos, photos, documents, digital music, and so on. It also offers high-speed transfers via USB3.0 and when using USB 2.0, Sony claims the supplied Data Transfer Accelerator software doubles effective transfer rates. The HDD is available as of this month in France, Germany, and the UK (price still not known).

The HDD comes in a choice of black or white and weighs just 180g. The smoothly-contoured case is finished in a scratch-resistant paint layer and features a single blue LED that indicates drive activity. Connection to your PC is via a single USB cable, with no separate power adaptor needed.

When you use the HDD with Sony's other products, however, things get a little more interesting. The HD-PG5U can connect (via USB) to compatible Bravia models, allowing direct recording of HD television programmes from the TV's tuner or connected cable/satellite service. The supplied USB adaptor cable also allows transfers of video footage from compatible Handycam camcorders with Direct Copy function (no PC required), including the new DCR-SX21E and DCR-SR21. Last but not least, PlayStation 3 users can connect the HDD via USB and view stored AVCHD videos and photos via the Filmy application, again with no PC needed.

All HD-PG5 models come with security and backup applications. The Password Protection Manager software uses 256-bit security to safeguard your files against unauthorized access. The Backup Manager software protects your files with automated scheduled backups.

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Lurker101 said:

And what rootkits come installed as standard?

Guest said:

Oh good they even simplified my buying decision, seeing as I own all of zero sony products, I look forward to not buying this one as well.

I wonder if it comes preloaded with backdoors and rootkits as standard, or if that's only available on the premium models.

Guest said:

>And what rootkits come installed as standard?

You can pick them up from the list of available options on the product's buy page, even sorted by severity.

Guest said:

The Sony BMG CD copy protection scandal concerns the copy protection measures included by Sony BMG on Compact Discs in 2005. Time to let it go's was 6 years ago.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

The Sony BMG CD copy protection scandal concerns the copy protection measures included by Sony BMG on Compact Discs in 2005. Time to let it go's was 6 years ago.
Some people advertise themselves as the type, "who forgives, but doesn't forget". I am inclined to do neither, forgive or forget. In fact, that's my official policy.

The Sony rootkit issue never affected me one bit. That said, it was such an outrage, I buy as little Sony product as I can because of it.

Sony wants to play both sides of the game, they want to sell DVD recorders, they want to prosecute for using them. Not very sporting, wouldn't you say?

As far as their computers go, Sony VIAOs allegedly had, (or have?), the most preloaded, vaporware, trial ware, and bloatware, in the pre-built computer industry.

This, plus I never really use external HDDs, add up to a big, "I pass", on one of these new drives. I'm sure if they're shiny enough, they'll sell a lot of them. "Sony, the one and only", blah, blah, blah.....

tonylukac said:

Not to forget secure-rom for games, Sony's creation.

Guest said:

Sony should be sued for secure-rom, a game rootkit.

Guest said:

Will BUY this...I have plenty SONY products and this will surely works wonders for me. Nice!!!

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