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Do you associate with nerds, and more importantly, are you secure in your ability to convey the true meaning of the word? We ask only because you should certainly get prepared -- it's tough to talk about heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology without feeling a little nerdy. That said, the tech is pretty sophisticated under the hood, and could have very positive impacts for laypeople who simply want their devices and computers to work more quickly and efficiently. Western Digital has demonstrated its take on HAMR at the 2013 China International Forum on Advanced Materials and Commercialization.... Read more...
It sounds like a pipe dream, but for those who have followed the industry, you'll know that we've been dreaming about multi-terabyte hard drives for quite some time and capacities up to 4TB exist today. Prototypes have already made the rounds once or twice, but TDK has a new project that could enable 40TB hard drives by 2020. That's right, folks: 40TB on a single drive. At once, all of your archiving problems would be solved... until you outgrew even that, of course. Presently, HDD recording density is boosted by the use of a technology called "high magnetic coercivity," but as you could probably... Read more...
In a perfect world, solid state drives (SSDs) would offer the same capacity as mechanical hard drives for the same or similar price, but we don't live in a perfect world. Mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) still offer the best bang-for-buck, and due to their large capacities, they're often desirable in the enterprise environments. So it goes with Seagate's new Terascale HDD and Enterprise Performance 10K HDD v7, a pair of drives optimized for emerging cloud infrastructures and large scale data centers. "Over the next eight years, the capacity shipped into the cloud will double and by 2020 personal... Read more...
There's slim, and then there's Toshiba's Canvio Slim II. The company's second-generation drive follows up on a successful launch last year, with this one offering up as much as 1TB of internal storage space and measuring just 12.5mm thick. It's easily one of the thinnest and smallest on the market in terms of external HDDs, and it relies on USB 3.0 in order to keep those transfers brisk. For those seeking remote access, you'll find it here.  As long as Toshiba’s Canvio Slim II is connected to an Internet-enabled PC that is powered on and active, users will have complete access to their... Read more...
Remember the days when a 9.5mm hard drive seemed thin? And then the 7mm drive came along? Say hello to one that's even slimmer: the 5mm HDD. Western Digital may have hit first, but Seagate is close behind -- this week launching a 5mm ultra-thin hard drive of its own, which is destined for ultra-mobile PCs and tablets from OEMs like Asus and Dell. In fact, the drive will begin shipping this week, enabling those product makers to produce form factors that are even thinner. "When we originally demonstrated this solution last September, we knew we had a truly innovative product that would empower our... Read more...
We all know that solid state storage is the sexy option these days, but a lower cost per gigabyte and higher overall capacities have kept mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) from becoming irrelevant or otherwise obsolete, especially in datacenter environments. It's no surprise, then, that Western Digital continues to devote time and resources into HDDs. The company's newest product is its WD Se family, a line of enterprise-class HDDs that are best suited for bulk cloud storage, small-to-medium business (SMB) environments, high-end NAS applications, replicated environments, archiving, and other backup-heavy... Read more...
Sure, you love video. You love streaming it, and you love storing it. But have you ever stopped to wonder where all of that digital goodness is stored? Seagate is thinking about that, hence the introduction of the industry's first purpose-built 4TB Video HDD. The Seagate Video 3.5 HDD has been built specifically for use in video applications such as digital video recorders (DVRs), set-top boxes (STBs), and surveillance systems. Purpose-built for video solutions, the Video 3.5 HDD can store up to 480 hours of high-definition (HD) content making it the industry’s highest-capacity drive designed... Read more...
As ultraportable devices of various stripes proliferate, there's a corresponding need for extra-slim storage drives that still deliver in terms of performance and storage capacity. Western Digital has a pair of new products to address those needs with the WD Blue HDD and WD Black SSHD drives. Both of the 2.5-inch drives are just 5mm thick to give OEMs a solution that occupies as small a space as possible, leaving room for extra schock absorption and overall thinner computer chassis. WD says that thinner devices mean that the drives are more susceptible to damage, so they included "best-in-class"... Read more...
While LaCie is known around the world as having excellently-designed storage devices, G-Technology is no slouch. At the NAB Show this week, the company has launched a Thunderbolt-powered dock with two HDD bays -- it's the new Evolution Series, and it's said to be the only two-bay docking station with interchangeable / expandable storage modules. The G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt and the G-Drive ev / ev PLUS modules also work with USB 3.0. The idea here is to equip digital A/V professionals who are working with huge 2K and 4K video files, giving them the speed they need to not pull their hair out while... Read more...
Although it’s by no means the only 4TB desktop hard drive on the block, Seagate’s new Desktop HDD does boast an impressive density of 1TB per platter, which the company claims is an industry first. Seagate has a couple more industry-leading declarations for the drive, too, including the lowest cost per gigabyte and highest average data rate (146MBps). We’ll hold off on declaring much of anything until we lay one of these puppies down in a test bed, but in any case the 3.5-inch Desktop HDD has solid specs, including a SATA 6Gbps interface, OptiCacheT technology for a performance... Read more...
This weekend, we posted news that Seagate is discontinuing its 7200RPM notebook hard drives, which is a move that signaled more of a focus on flash-based storage solutions over spinning magnetic disks. As it turns out, Seagate isn’t abandoning HDDs in favor of SSDs--the company is going all-hybrid. Seagate announced the Seagate Laptop SSHD (“solid state hybrid drive”), slim 7mm Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD, and the a desktop version, the Seagate Desktop SSHD. Flash has clearly been the superior alternative to spinning magnetic disk-based consumer storage for a long time, but cost... Read more...
We've long since wondered when SSDs would hit a price (and size) threshold that most mainstream consumers would opt for one over a conventional HDD. We're still a few years out from that, we imagine, but you can see the writing on the wall. Seagate, one of the world's largest storage companies, already has a mind to kill off the 2.5" (laptop-sized) 7200RPM hard drive from its portfolio. Why? Flash storage is taking off in a major way for portables, while desktops still seem to favor slow-but-huge in many cases. Moreover, the introduction of the hybrid HDD (part flash, part HDD) has made getting... Read more...
HGST, the company formerly known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, became a Western Digital company some time ago. And now, that entity is introducing the industry's highest capacity 10K RPM HDD. It's an enterprise-class drive, with the Ultrastar C10K1200 providing a capacity extension to HGST’s Ultrastar C10K900 product line. It's a 2.5" unit, featuring a SAS 6Gb/s interface, a 64MB cache buffer for optimized read/write response time, and a fast 10K rotational speed. The company claims that there's no other drive in the market place similar to this, offering a 2 million hours mean... Read more...
Portable? Expansive? On sale now? Toshiba's got all of these qualifications in more, all tucked neatly within the latest 2TB Canvio Basics and Special Edition portable HDDs. The company has just expanded its mobile hard drive range, revealing a 2TB Canvio Basics 3.0 portable hard drive and a 2TB Canvio Special Edition portable hard drive. Toshiba's simplest storage solution, the Canvio Basics 3.0, is now available in a 2TB capacity, which can store up to 571,000 digital photos, 526,000 digital music files or 1,640 downloaded digital movies. As with the rest of the offerings within the Canvio Basics... Read more...
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