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One of the worst sounds in the world is that awful grinding noise associated with a failing hard drive, followed by a series of clicks. It typically indicates HDD failure is imminent and that you better backup your important data, if it's not too late already. Hey, it happens, but is bum luck solely to blame? Maybe not—the cloud backup specialists at Backblaze just released their HDD reliability report for the second quarter of 2016, and in it are initial (and promising) stats for newly introduced 8TB models. Backblaze provides one of the few meaningful reports on HDD reliability. That's important... Read more...
There's an Apple parody that jokingly proclaims "Gold is best!" in reference to the gold colored iPhone handsets, but for Western Digital, gold really does represent the top of the line. WD Gold that is, a series of datacenter hard drives introduced in April that now boasts a brand new 10-terabyte capacity option (WD101KRYZ), Western Digital announced today. That's a 25 percent bump in capacity over the previous top option from the WD Gold line, an 8TB model (WD8002FRY2). And like that and the 6TB (WD600FRYZ) and 4TB (WD4002FYYZ) models comprising the WD Gold line, the new 10TB capacity HDD is... Read more...
Western Digital, a major player in the storage industry, announced this week that it has completed development of its next generation 3D NAND technology called BiCS3. Limited production is already underway in Japan with initial output expected later this year. If everything goes to plan, volume production will begin in the first half of next year. BiCS3 is the third generation of Bit-Cost Scalable NAND jointly developed between Western Digital and Toshiba. It's the world's first 64-layer 3D NAND solution, delivering the smallest chip area of any published 3D NAND. The initial plans are to deploy... Read more...
At some point in time, solid state drives (SSDs) are likely to finally supplant mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) just as USB thumb sticks replaced floppies, but it won't happen until the cost of NAND flash memory drops even further, paving the way for parity in terms of price-per-gigabyte. It may even happen sooner than later—BeSang Inc., inventor of 3D monolithic chip technology in 2010, claims to have found a way to reduce the cost of 3D NAND from over 20 cents per gigabyte to just around 2 cents per gigabyte. The path to cheaper 3D NAND lies in shrinking the cell size of the overall structure,... Read more...
Any way you look at it, today's storage technologies are impressive. We can hold a tiny memory card no larger than our finger nails that can fit thousands of images, songs, and documents, and potentially hundreds of videos. We even just wrote about a new consumer hard drive from Seagate that packs 10 terabytes inside of its frame. Today, as consumers, finding enough storage isn't really a major issue, but that could change in the future. Given some breakthrough technologies we've heard about in recent months, though, that could definitely change in the future. Just earlier this month, we reported... Read more...
There's a popular saying about procrastination that I'll tell you about later. In the meantime, here's a heads up that Microsoft has begun downgrading the free storage allotment of its OneDrive cloud service from 15GB to 5GB, just as the Redmond outfit said it would when it announced the impending reduction back in November of 2015. The reduction in free space was part of an overhaul to OneDrive that also saw the elimination of unlimited storage for Office 365 Home, Personal, and University subscribers. Microsoft was put off by a small number of people who used their unlimited OneDrive accounts... Read more...
Move over microSD, you slow and dated storage medium, and make room for Universal Flash Storage (UFS), a new speedy successor designed by Samsung. Boasting must faster read and write performance, Samsung says its new removable memory cards are ideally suited for high-resolution recording devices, things such as DSLR and 3D VR cameras, action cams, and drones that record action from above.These are the first removable cards based on the JEDEC UFS 1.0 Card Extension Standard and while they look similar to microSD cards, they're not compatible—they have a different pin arrangement. Therein lies the... Read more...
Micron announced its 9100 Series NVMe enterprise-class solid state drive back in April. The drives come in multiple flavors and form factors, with the Micron 9100 PRO series targeting read-centric environments, while the 9100 MAX targets mixed-use cases. Capacities for the drives in the Micron 9100 series range from 800GB on up to 3.2TB, though all of the drives are outfitted with similar controllers and NAND.Although news of the drives has been circulating for a couple of months now, it was just recently that we got our hands on one for some in-house testing. We’ve been experimenting with a Micron... Read more...
If we're to be blunt, running out of storage space on a smartphone sucks, and it sucks harder when there's no convenient way to add more storage. Such is the case with every mode iPhone Apple has ever produced, all of which lack a microSD card slot. And in this modern era, including a paltry 16GB of storage on the base model is a punch to the silly bits. Thankfully that's about to change.We'd like to think that Apple finally saw the light, though it could just have easily been motivated to bump up the storage on its base model by the recent first ever year-over-year decline in iPhone shipments.... Read more...
If you’re an on-the-go photographer that wants to keep all of your precious images backed up at a moment’s notice, Western Digital is answering the call with the new My Passport Wireless Pro. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because this is the successor to the original My Passport Wireless that was introduced nearly two years ago. The My Passport Wireless Pro supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi (the previous generation only supported 802.11n) and can automatically create backups from supported cameras using Wi-Fi Direct. The portable drive can also connect to as many as eight devices at time, which should... Read more...
Toshiba OCZ is at the ready with a brand new NVMe solid state drive, targeted squarely at the high-performance enthusiast computing market. We first caught a glimpse of the drive we’re going to be showing you here today, the OCZ RD400, back at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. OCZ had the drive on display – branded the RevoDrive 400 at the time – blazing through some benchmarks at over 2.6GB/s.It took a bit of tweaking and fine tuning to get the drive ready for market, but it’s here now, and as you’ll see on the pages ahead, the RD400 was worth the short wait.Like the last couple of OCZ... Read more...
Solid State Storage continues to come down in cost and scale higher in speed and density. Though spinning hard disk media will likely have a place at least in the data center perhaps for generations to come, SSDs are making great strides, driving toward cost parity with HDDs with each new generation of product, while offering orders of magnitude performance gains and even higher reliability in many applications. One of the biggest names in Flash storage is Samsung, from their consumer grade SSD 950 Pro and 850 EVO lines to the squarely enterprise-targeted product the company has announced for volume... Read more...
Today's smartphones are more capable (and storage hungry) than ever—they can play high-end games, record 4K resolution videos, and snap point-n-shoot quality pictures, to name just a few of the storage hogging things you can do with your phone. To that end, Samsung today announced that it's begun mass producing the industry's first 256GB embedded memory based on the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard for next generation handsets.This is exactly what the smartphone sector needs, as Samsung knows from personal experience—after being criticized for not including a microSD card slot in its... Read more...
Samsung leveraged its extensive NAND flash and storage IP and took aim at the high-performance portable storage market last year when it launched its impressive Portable SSD T1 external drive. There are countless portable flash drives and a multitude of external storage enclosures on the market that can house any standard 2.5” SSD. However, the Samsung Portable SSD T1 was something a little bit different. The T1 was somewhat of a tweener product that was significantly lighter and more compact than a typical external back-up drive, while offering performance closer to an internally-connected SSD.... Read more...
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