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Crucial announced the availability of the Crucial m4 mSATA Solid State Drive (SSD) for ultrabooks. This SSD is one- eighth the size, making it ideal for systems where space is a premium. This drive offers sequential read speeds up to 500MB per second. It can be used as a standalone SSD or as a cache for an existing drive. Thanks to its thin mSATA form factor, the drive can be mounted directly to mSATA-enabled motherboards. The m4 mSATA SSD is available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities for $52.99, $80.99, $121.99, and $225.99, respectively. Crucial m4 mSATA SSD for Ultrathin Laptops Now... Read more...
Can enterprise and 2.5" HDDs live in the same sentence? Sure they can, and Toshiba's newest unit is proof. The company has just introduced a new laptop-friendly, enterprise-grade storage solution offering some pretty wild stats. For starters, it'll ship in sizes up to 900MB, supporting the 6Gb/s SAS Interface and spin at 10,500RPM. Yeah, speedy. The AL13SE drives are built for reliability, and aim to cater to users who can't manage drive failures with a simple "Oh, well." Toshiba claims that these will withstand "mission-critical" pressures, with a 25% increase in power-on hour reliability from... Read more...
There's no denying that solid state drives (SSDs) are the sexy storage option, offering the luxury of blazing fast read and write transfers along with the reliability that comes from having no moving parts. But they're also comparatively expensive to mechanical hard drives, and typically smaller in capacity, too. So where does that leave HDDs? For many, it's still the primary storage option, while even SSD adopters view them as viable secondary storage devices. In other words, HDDs still have their place, and unfortunately, it doesn't appear that today's still-inflated prices will fall to pre-flood... Read more...
Who has time for manual backups these days? Exactly. To meet the demand for more automated backup processes, Toshiba has today introduced the Automatic Backup Portable Hard Drive, which will interestingly be sold exclusively (at least for now) at Walmart. t’s compatible with both USB 3.0 and 2.0, and not surprisingly, It's pretty basic outside of the intelligent storage / backup. It'll ship in 500GB ($59.99) / 1TB ($84.99) sizes starting July 23 with a 2-year warranty and a palm-sized form factor. The software included works with PCs using Windows, so Linux and Mac users need not apply.... Read more...
If giving Buffalo the ultimatum to 'go big or go home,' don't bother setting out a dinner plate, it may be out on the range for awhile. The Texas-based network and storage solutions provider announced it is now stuffing 4TB hard drive drives into select storage devices, including the TeraStation 5000 series of business-class network and iSCSI storage devices, the LinkStation Pro home and small office network storage device, and the DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 external hard drive. "The introduction of 4 TB hard drives and Buffalo's early adoption in leading storage solutions provides customers with... Read more...
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...
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