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In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz, and Marco discuss the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display, NVIDIA’s G-SYNC display technology, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, and the innovative WD Black 2 SSD+HDD Dual Drive. Dave also talks a bit about the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and our current EVGA Tegra Note 7 giveaway... Show Notes: 01:01 - Apple iPad mini with Retina Display Review 07:19 - NVIDIA G-SYNC Display Technology Explored 16:05 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Tablet Review 21:13 - WD Black 2 Dual-Drive SSD+HDD Hybrid Review 27:20... Read more...
The price disparity between solid state and hard disk drives often forces mobile and small form factor users into the unenviable position of choosing performance over capacity. Provided they’ve got the budget, desktop users needn’t compromise, because their systems can accommodate multiple drives of different form factors without issue. But SFF and mobile systems are usually outfitted with only a single 2.5” drive bay, so if you want the performance of an SSD, but need a large capacity drive, you’ve got to shell out big bucks for a high-capacity SSD or settle for the lower... Read more...
Solid state drives continue to be all the rage, due to their durability, silence, and high performance versus traditional hard drives, with spinning magnetic media. And while SSD prices have dropped significantly this past year, they remain relatively expensive in terms of cost per gigabyte, and are still many times the price of a hard disk drive. The price disparity between solid state and hard disk drives often forces mobile and small form factor users into the unenviable position of choosing performance over capacity. Provided they’ve got the budget, desktop users needn’t compromise,... Read more...
When it comes to choosing a storage scheme, there are couple of cost effective solutions for power users. One is to install a solid state drive (SSD) for the OS and programs, and a spacious hard disk drive (HDD) for storing photos, videos, and other data hogging files. A second option is to invest in a solid state hybrid drive, which is an HDD with an SSD cache buffer for frequently accessed programs. Both are serviceable, though both have tradeoffs (the first takes up two storage slots, and the second isn't as fast as a dedicated SSD). There's now a third solution courtesy of Western Digital,... Read more...
Cloud storage has emerged as a hugely attractive option for consumers and businesses alike. Consumer cloud storage darling Dropbox has gotten big enough that it warrants its own developer conference, Box is consistently innovating in the business space, Amazon’s storage cloud is massive and popular, and we could go on and on with numerous other companies offering all types of cloud storage services. Even as cloud storage has exploded, however, there are many skeptics who believe that entrusting your data to a cloud service is foolish, due to reliability, privacy and security concerns. Diehard... Read more...
Cloud  storage has emerged as a hugely attractive option for consumers and businesses alike. Consumer cloud storage darling Dropbox has gotten big enough that it warrants its own developer conference, Box is consistently innovating in the business space, Amazon’s storage cloud is massive and popular, and we could go on and on with numerous other companies offering all types of cloud storage services. Even as cloud storage has exploded, however, there are many skeptics who believe that entrusting your data to a cloud service is foolish. For one thing, you’re giving your... Read more...
In the data center, every little bit that saves on cooling or power consumption helps, and to that end Western Digital’s HGST brand is shipping a new hard drive that’s designed for higher-capacity storage, higher storage density, lower power consumption, and lower cooling requirements. The HGST 6TB Ultrastar He6 features the company’s 7Stac disk design, claiming 50% higher capacity in a standard 3.5-inch form factor over competitive 5-platter, 4TB drives. As we first wrote about last year, though, the premier feature of the new HGST platform is that it’s filled with helium... Read more...
Western Digital is expanding its vision for personal storage from beyond traditional internal and external hard drives, and it has something to do with cloud storage and a platform called “My Cloud”. Cloud storage is all the rage, and the convenience of having your files backed up offsite is undeniable, but there’s always a concern about security, and sometimes file availability--though mostly rather immediate with a service such as Dropbox--can be a bit clunky. It’s also expensive. The WD My Cloud platform removes the problem of worrying about vendor security and lock-in... Read more...
You have to appreciate a good external hard drive that faithfully ferries important data from one place to another, while safely stashed on a drive that’s wrapped inside a slick-looking, durable chassis. These days, the storage capacity on a typical and relatively inexpensive external hard drive is large; 1TB is a standard size, and it isn’t at all uncommon to see 2TB drives, too. We looked at a few external hard drives from Toshiba, WD, and LaCie, all with similar specs to see how they stacked up against one another. All three of the units in our test bank employ a speedy USB 3.0 interface... Read more...
You have to appreciate a good external hard drive that faithfully ferries important data from one place to another, while safely stashed on a drive that’s wrapped inside a slick-looking, durable chassis. These days, the storage capacity on a typical and relatively inexpensive external hard drive is large; 1TB is a standard size, and it isn’t at all uncommon to see 2TB drives, too. We looked at a few external hard drives with similar specs from some major manufacturers to see how they stack up against one another. All three of the units in our test bank employ the speedy USB 3.0... Read more...
Roughly a year ago, Western Digital launched its 3.5-inch WD Red NAS hard drives in 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB capacities, and now the company has added to the Red family with a 4TB 3.5-inch drive as well as a couple of 2.5-inch options. The 2.5-inch WD Red NAS drives, like the 3.5-inch versions, are also purpose-built for SOHO NAS storage with 1 to 5 bays. The SATA 6Gbps drives feature IntelliPower rotational speed and come in capacities of 1TB and 750GB. Why the 2.5-inch versions? “This small form factor enables our customers to use high capacity NAS hard drives that offer performance, quiet operation,... Read more...
WD has added to its SMB storage server line with the WD Sentinel RX4100, a 1U rack-mount server designed for ease of installation and setup as well as affordability. The server joins the Sentinel DX4000 in WD’s lineup. The Sentinel RX4100 is available in capacities of 16TB (4 x 4TB), 12TB (4 x 3TB), or 8TB (4 x 2TB) with 4GB of DDR3-800 SODIMM RAM. It offers four 3.5-inch drive bays with a front-loading, hot swap design, and the drives are pre-configured in RAID 5 and feature automatic RAID rebuild. Under the hood is a dual-core Intel Atom processor Sentinel DX4000 (top) with Sentinel RX4100... Read more...
Western Digital has a new line of portable hard drives on the market, the My Passport Ultra, which adds to the family of My Passport devices and serves as a generational bump for the My Passport Edge. In fact, the Ultra looks exactly like the Edge (and comes in black, silver, red, or blue), but it comes in a greater variety of capacities--500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. The drives feature USB 3.0, WD Smartware Pro backup software (which includes Dropbox integration), and password protection and hardware encryption for added security. The 500GB version will run you $99.99 while the 1TB version is $129.99;... Read more...
Western Digital and SanDisk are teaming up to produce a 2.5-inch SSHD that essentially puts a SanDisk iSSD with a WD Black SSHD. Perhaps its obvious that two companies could bring their respective expertise to the same table to develop a single product with the best of both, but this sort of thing doesn’t happen every day. WD obviously brings its wealth of experience in the storage market as well as its SSHD and SATA IO technology, and SanDisks’ contribution is designed to deliver lower power consumption, reduced cost, better reliability, and it should also facilitate a smaller form... Read more...
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