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Western Digital’s popular WD Red and WD Red Pro storage families are expanding once again, this time moving into 10TB territory (up from the previous high of 8GB). As you might expect with today’s high-capacity hard disk drives, the latest entries are filled with helium (branded HelioSeal in Western Digital parlance) to reduce platter drag and thus improve performance. Given the “Red” designation, these new HDDs are optimized for NAS environments and incorporate 3D Active Balance Plus technology to improve performance and reliability. The WD Red spins at 5400RPM, features 128MB of cache, and is... Read more...
At this point, it's hard to tell what the top limit for densities will be with current mechanical hard drive technologies, but HGST proves that it's not 12TB. With the company's brand-new Ultrastar He12, enterprise users can take advantage of a staggering 12,000GB capacity in a single hard disk drive, and relish in the fact that it's backed by a 5-year warranty. One of the standout features of the He12 is one that's not easy to see just by looking at it. Under the hood is are an industry-leading eight platters, with simple math telling us that each one is 1.5TB in size. The areal density on these... Read more...
As we’ve seen with Western Digital’s Blue, Green and Black lines, the company is deeply committed to solid-state storage despite its storied history as a provider of spinning storage media. However, its SSD products to date have been aimed at those that need to add fast internal storage to a desktop or notebook. But what about those that want the durability and speed benefits of SSDs in a form-factor that we can carry around with us? Well, Western Digital is looking to address that need with the introduction of the My Passport SSD — the company’s first external SSD product. While Western Digital... Read more...
Solid-state drive (SSDs) may get all the attention in the storage market thanks to their performance, but when it comes providing massive amounts of storage at affordable prices, it is hard to beat traditional spinning discs. Western Digital knows this, which is why it continues to advance its hard disk drive (HDD) agenda with new and improved models on a regular basis. Today, Western Digital announced the arrival of a 10TB SKU in its WD Purple family. WD Purple is geared towards those that need copious amounts of storage for 24x7 video surveillance. With many businesses switching to 4K cameras... Read more...
  If you have a Western Digital My Cloud device, you might want to perk up and pay attention. Security researchers have discovered that the family of network-attached storage (NAS) drives are susceptible to some rather nasty remote exploits, and they thus far have not been [properly] patched by Western Digital. The first issue that researcher zenofex discovered is Western Digital’s sloppy use of scripts to authenticate users. The company uses cookies for authentication, but the way the process was implemented allows for an attacker to specially "bake" cookies to meet compliance. “Any... Read more...
There’s no question that solid-state drives (SSDs) are the present and future of high-speed computer storage. As a result, many major players are jockeying for position when it comes to advancing performance and capacity across the board, while at the same time driving prices down. Western Digital this week announced its latest leap in the sector with pilot production of 512 Gigabit, three-bits-per-cell, 64-layer 3D NAND (BiCS 3D) — that sure is a mouthful! This pilot run is being ushered in with its technology partner, Toshiba, at the pair’s massive Yokkaichi, Japan fabrication facility. By using... Read more...
It looks as though Western Digital could improve its position in the NAND flash market thanks to an impending deal with segment originator Toshiba. Toshiba announced today that it will spin off its NAND flash business (including its SSD operations), and will sell a minority share in order to raise capital.  It’s reported that Western Digital is the leading candidate purchase the minority share, with Reuters saying that the company could take a 20 percent stake. This would still leave Toshiba with 80 percent of its profitable business. "Toshiba has positioned the memory business as a focus... Read more...
While Western Digital is still readily advancing its spinning disk (HDD) storage operations, the company is also putting a great deal of effort into embracing SSDs as the future of storage for consumer, business and enterprise applications. Western Digital’s purchase of SanDisk in 2015 puts that vision clearly in focus. This week at CES, Western Digital announced a new SSD family to sit alongside the WD Blue and WD Green lineup — and as you might expect, it’s called WD Black. The WD Black family is tasked with delivering the ultimate in storage performance thanks to a PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe interface.... Read more...
Enterprise clients are benefiting from an end-of-year rush by storage makers to push out next-generation solid state drive and hard disk drive solutions. We saw it at the beginning of the week when Micron unveiled an 8TB SSD, and not to be outdone, Western Digital today announced the expansion of its data center SSD and HDD lineup, among them an 8TB SSD of its own. Actually, it's labeled as 7.68TB, but why quibble over data measurements? In any event, that's the top capacity option in WD's HGST-branded Ultrastar SN200 series PCIe-based SSD line (there are several other capacity options available... Read more...
The market is transitioning faster than some expected to 4K Ultra HD resolution content, and who knows how close we are to 8K encroaching mainstream status. With that in mind, Western Digital today unveiled a 1-terabyte SDXC memory card prototype under its SanDisk subsidiary at Photokina, the world's leading trade fair for photo and video professionals. That's a lot of storage, at least for now. The same could have been said 16 years ago when the first SanDisk 16-megabyte card hit the market. Now SanDisk has developed a prototype storage card that's around 62,500 times more capacious. More recently,... Read more...
There's an Apple parody that jokingly proclaims "Gold is best!" in reference to the gold colored iPhone handsets, but for Western Digital, gold really does represent the top of the line. WD Gold that is, a series of datacenter hard drives introduced in April that now boasts a brand new 10-terabyte capacity option (WD101KRYZ), Western Digital announced today. That's a 25 percent bump in capacity over the previous top option from the WD Gold line, an 8TB model (WD8002FRY2). And like that and the 6TB (WD600FRYZ) and 4TB (WD4002FYYZ) models comprising the WD Gold line, the new 10TB capacity HDD is... Read more...
Western Digital, a major player in the storage industry, announced this week that it has completed development of its next generation 3D NAND technology called BiCS3. Limited production is already underway in Japan with initial output expected later this year. If everything goes to plan, volume production will begin in the first half of next year. BiCS3 is the third generation of Bit-Cost Scalable NAND jointly developed between Western Digital and Toshiba. It's the world's first 64-layer 3D NAND solution, delivering the smallest chip area of any published 3D NAND. The initial plans are to deploy... Read more...
If you’re an on-the-go photographer that wants to keep all of your precious images backed up at a moment’s notice, Western Digital is answering the call with the new My Passport Wireless Pro. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because this is the successor to the original My Passport Wireless that was introduced nearly two years ago. The My Passport Wireless Pro supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi (the previous generation only supported 802.11n) and can automatically create backups from supported cameras using Wi-Fi Direct. The portable drive can also connect to as many as eight devices at time, which should... Read more...
Cloud storage company Backblaze is at it again with its latest report on failure rates for hard drives. Backblaze’s early 2015 study showed alarmingly high Seagate 3TB failure rates. For the first quarter of 2016, the overall failure rate for Seagate drives has fallen to a somewhat more respectable level, but Western Digital HDDs haven’t improved nearly as much overall. HDDs are still one of the most cost-effective ways to store large quantities of data, and Backblaze’s analysis is quite thorough and of great use for enthusiasts as the company almost exclusively uses consumer-grade 3.5-inch HDDs.... Read more...
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