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Need a few extra gigabytes for... well, whatever? G-Technology has you covered. The company has today announced a new line of portable and desktop USB 3.0 storage solutions, and considering that USB 3.0 is now a reality on some of Apple's newer machines, it's a match made in designer heaven. G-Tech's drives have always jibed with Apple's design ideas, and now, SuperSpeed is being thrown into that mix. The new G-Drive Slim ships in a lightweight aluminium case and offers up to 500GB of storage, while being entirely powered via a USB 3.0 connector. It'll start at $109.99. There's also the G-DRIVE... Read more...
Slimmer, smaller, sleeker... better. That's the going mantra in consumer electronics, with storage always aiming to be smaller and yet bigger than in the past. The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) has just announced it has finalized a new version of its Universal Storage Module (USM) standard that enables consumers to simply and easily increase the storage capacity of their mobile devices. The USM Slim specification defines a thinner, 9mm dimension, making it an ideal storage solution for ultrabooks, tablets and other portable devices. And as you can imagine, with those very segments... Read more...
Remember when hard drive capacities were measured in megabytes instead of gigabytes? Perhaps you can recall using cassette tapes to store your data. Those digital dark ages are long gone, and today's hard drives are much more capacious, but with solid state drives coming down in price, are HDDs on their last legs? Not by a long shot. IHS iSuppli says maximum areal densities in HDDs are expected to more than double during the five-year period from 2011 to 2016, climbing to a maximum 1,800 Gigabits (Gb) per square inch per platter, up from 744 Gb per square inch in 2011. This tremendous growth is... Read more...
Toshiba's Canvio 3.0 and Canvio Basics 3.0 portable hard drives now offer up to 1.5TB of storage and also feature Mac compatibility on select models. The drives feature USB 3.0 connectivity for fast data transfer speeds. With the 1.5TB model, you'll get a NTFS driver for Mac computers that makes it easy to swap data between Macs and PCs without having to reformat the drive. The Canvio 3.0 also comes with software that provides file, folder and full system back-up and recovery. The Canvio 3.0 is available in black, silver, white, red, blue, and green. The new drives will be available in early June.... Read more...
Smaller form factor 2.5-inch hard drives are finally getting their due in the desktop segment, and it's thanks to the rising popularity (and affordability) of all-in-one (AIO) systems. According to market research firm IHS iSuppli, worldwide shipments of 2.5-inch HDDs to all AIOs are forecast to reach about 1 million units in 2013, which doesn't sound like very much until you consider that shipments are expected to be "virtually zero" this year. "With a maximum capacity of 1 terabyte, 2.5-inch HDDs are proving very attractive to PC makers for use in their next-generation all-in-one designs," said... Read more...
Right now, the "industry standard" for a laptop hard drive is 9.5mm. Some of the largest desktop replacements can use drives a few millimeters higher than that. But soon, 7mm may be the go-to size, as Ultrabooks become the norm and mobile becomes...more mobile. Today, Western Digital introduced a new 7.5mm 2.5" HDD in the Scorpio Blue family. It's said to be the 2.5" drive with the lowest power consumption on the market today. Specified to a best-in-class 400Gs shock tolerance, the new single-platter WD Scorpio Blue small form factor hard drives are available in 500 GB and 320 GB capacities and... Read more...
Western Digital announced a 2TB portable hard drive that is designed especially for Mac users. The new My Passport Studio drive features Apple Time Machine compatibility along with hardware-based encryption and password protection software. For connectivity, the drive offers a USB 2.0 interface along with two FireWire 800 ports which makes it possible for users to daisy chain additional drives or other peripherals such as HD camcorders. To compliment the styling of the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, the new My Passport Studio portable drive features an all-metal casing. WD's My Passport Studio 2TB... Read more...
Are you starting to run low on storage space? Before you bite the bullet and pay an inflated price for another hard drive to store your expanding collection of lolcats or whatever else it is that's hogging your HDD, you might want to consider hanging tight for another month. If you can, you could end up saving as much as 10 percent on your HDD purchase. According to news and rumor site DigiTimes, the Taiwan market is getting ready to drop the price of hard drives by around 10 percent at the end of April. It's a move that, in part, is intended to promote sales, as buyers have been hesitant to stock... Read more...
Western Digital announced the next generation of its My Passport line of portable hard drives, complete with a new enclosure design and up to 2TB in capacity. The new My Passport is now available in five colors with capacities starting at 500GB. The new drives come with WD SmartWare automatic backup software and WD Security for password protection and hardware encryption. The new My Passport external drives feature USB 3.0 connectivity as well as USB 2.0 compatibility. My Passport drives are available in 500GB ($129.99), 750GB ($149.99), 1TB ($179.99), 1.5TB ($199.99), and 2TB ($249.99) capacities.... Read more...
Western Digital is now shipping its first external hard drive with Thunderbolt technology. The new My Book Thunderbolt Duo is a dual-hard drive storage system that offers double-safe data protection. The My Book Thunderbolt Duo is available in 4TB and 6TB capacities and supports RAID 0, 1, and JBOD options. There are dual Thunderbolt ports on the drive so you can daisy-chain multiple My Book Thunderbolt Duo devices or other peripherals. The My Book Thunderbolt Duo is currently available for $599.99 (4 TB) and $699.99 (6 TB). WD® Shipping My Book® Thunderbolt™ Duo Dual-Drive Storage... Read more...
Yes, the Western Digital S25 SAS enterprise drives have been around for some time, but this generation is special. WD has just shipped the third-generation of the 2.5" SAS HDD family, serving the performance-optimized, mission-critical enterprise server and storage market. Shipping now, the new 2.5-inch, 10,000 RPM, WD S25 with SAS 6 Gb/s interface hard drives offer IT professionals a more advanced array of ultra-reliable and efficient, high-performance storage, available in capacities of 300 GB, 450 GB, 600 GB, and 900 GB. The WD S25 line is designed for the most demanding applications such as... Read more...
Severe floods in Thailand in late 2011 left the hard drive industry in a bad spot. It's the place where manufacturers and component suppliers come together, and when flooding occurred, HDD manufacturing came to a near halt. As a result, there was a subsequent shortage of hard drives, which itself led to higher prices that still linger today. Is there any relief in sight? The answer is yes, sort of. According to DigiTimes, global HDD production capacity is getting ready to increase to 140-145 million units in the first quarter of 2012, or about 80 percent of where it was prior to when the flooding... Read more...
Hitachi is now shipping its new 500GB Travelstar Z7K500 hard drive. This drive claims to be the industry's first 7,200 RPM, 7mm, one-disk, 500GB mobile hard drive. This 2.5-inch drive features a 6Gb/s SATA Interface and a 32MB cache. With this combination, the Travelstar Z7K500 is able to offer as much as a 33 percent improvement in performance compared to other 2.5-inch drives. The thin and rugged Travelstar Z7K500 is also available as a self encrypting drive and as an enhanced-availability model. The Travelstar Z7K500 family comes in 500GB, 320GB and 250GB capacities. Hitachi GST Ships Record... Read more...
SanDisk announced the new SanDisk Extreme SSD, which claims to be 10 times faster than a 7,200 RPM hard drive. According to SanDisk, the new SanDisk Extreme SSD can boot a PC in less than 16 seconds, offers faster application launches, and reduces in-game delays. The SanDisk Extreme SSD delivers up to 83,000 maximum random write IOPS and up to 44,000 random read IOPS. High sequential read performance of up to 550 MB/s and up to 520MB/s sequential write speed deliver faster, more responsive computing. The SanDisk Extreme SSD is available in 120GB and 240GB capacities for $189.99 and $399.99 respectively.... Read more...
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