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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...
Storage -- it's a wild and wonderful thing. But can small businesses and enterprises every truly have enough? LaCie doesn't think so, and has today unveiled the 5big NAS Pro as well as a 20TB Thunderbolt RAID drive. The latter is a massive, five-bay RAID solution, offering up to 20TB of storage and speeds up to 785MB/sec. It manages that by shipping with fve 7200rpm/64MB cache hard disks preconfigured in RAID 0, and the company's marketing this towards A/V professionals that need the speed and storage. It'll ship in 10TB / 20TB capacities, with prices starting at $1,199. On the other side of the... Read more...
Is there an award for the world's most beautiful hard drive? Because if so, LaCie and famed designer Philippe Starck may have just created it. The pair debuted the Blade Runner today, an external hard drive that combines an anthropomorphic metal interior with an angular cage-like shell. In fact, only 9,999 of these will be produced, and each one is "custom-built." The drive utilizes USB 3.0, and also boasts an LED power button that glows to indicate activity. The LaCie Blade Runner is equipped with 10GB of complimentary Wuala Secure Cloud Storage and user-friendly backup software, and includes... Read more...
Enterprise drives aren't too tough to locate these days, but 4TB ones? Those are a little more special. Toshiba has just expanded its line of business critical HDDs with a new 4TB MG Series offering, along with three other big boys to fill up the roster. Among those four is a new, self-encrypting model. The 3.5-inch 7,200 rpm MG Series includes both SATA models — the MG03ACA400 and the MG03ACA400Y — and SAS models — MG03SCA400 and the MG03SCP400 — and all deliver 4TB of storage, the company’s largest capacity to date. The company's touting these as ideal for RAID storage... Read more...
Western Digital has a new USB 3.0 hard drive to showcase, and it's for Mac users. The new My Book Studio external hard drive is tailor made to operate at blazing speeds with Apple's new line of Mac products, which (finally) support USB 3.0. The drive doesn't deviate much from the design cues of the past, boasting 4TB of internal storage (or 1/2/3TB options for those who doesn't need the space). The My Book Studio external hard drive comes with a 3-year limited warranty and is available on the WD store at www.wdstore.com and at select retailers and distributors. MSRP for My Book Studio 1 TB is $159.99... Read more...
LaCie has always had a thing for Apple users, and the company's products have always seemed to fit nicely alongside Mac computers. This week, LaCie is introduced a thinner, faster Porsche Design drive for Apple users, the P'9223 Slim SSD. It's being called the quickest LaCie USB HDD to date, combining USB 3.0 speeds with an optional SSD. The LaCie P’9223 Slim is the thinnest 2.5-inch storage device from LaCie – 30 percent thinner than the previous edition. The Porsche Design Slim P’9223 is available in 120GB SSD and 500GB HDD through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Partners starting... Read more...
Mac users need backup love too, don't you know? All kidding aside, Seagate has added a new hard drive to its collection today with the unveiling of the Backup Plus Storage for OS X. In order to cater to newer Macs with USB 3.0 built in from the factor, the new Backup Plus Portable for Mac and Backup Plus Desktop for Mac drives will support SuperSpeed transmissions while also maintained backwards compatibility with USB 2.0. Furthermore, the Seagate Dashboard software included on Backup Plus for Mac drives delivers a quick and easy path to Save and Share personal photos and videos on Facebook and... Read more...
When considering a new storage solution, most users try to find the right balance between speed and capacity. SSDs are super fast, no doubt about it, but an HDD spinning at 7200RPM or 10,000RPM will still offer solid performance, and you have access to dramatically more storage capacity for a far lower cost per GB compared to an SSD. Western Digital’s 4TB WD RE SATA drive certainly satisfies the need for capacity. And at a 7200RPM spindle speed with a SATA 6Gbps interface,64MB of cache, and up to 171MBps sustained transfer rates, the performance balance is there as well. In the enterprise,... Read more...
When considering a new storage solution, most users try to find the right balance between speed and capacity. SSDs are super fast, no doubt about it, but an HDD spinning at 7200RPM or 10,000RPM will still offer solid performance, and you have access to dramatically more storage capacity for a far lower cost per GB compared to an SSD. Western Digital’s 4TB WD RE SATA drive certainly satisfies the need for capacity. And at a 7200RPM spindle speed with a SATA 6Gbps interface, 64MB of cache, and up to 171MBps sustained transfer rates, the performance balance is there as well.... Read more...
Tired of hauling around "portable" hard drives that don't feel very portable? Toshiba's here to help. The company just announced the world’s smallest portable hard drive, the Toshiba Canvio Slim. It's a 500GB unit that measures just 9mm thick, 107mm long and 75mm wide. As you'd expect, it's plug and play out of the box, supports both Mac and PC platforms, handles USB 3.0 transfers and ships with NTI Backup Now EZ software. It'll ship in October $115, but it may be worth the premium for those trying to carry lots of files while sticking to just a carry-on. (It's also worth pointing out that... Read more...
You may have heard of liquid nitrogen being used in computer cases, mostly for cooling and bragging, but what about helium? Not so much. However, Hitachi GST (HGST) has just introduced a new platform of helium-filled hard drives. The company states that these offer greater capacity and significantly reduce the total cost of ownership for corporate and cloud data-centers. But what of the helium itself? Well, the density of helium is one-seventh that of air. This lower density means dramatically less drag force acting on the spinning disk stack so that mechanical power into the motor is substantially... Read more...
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