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Corsair Steps Up Performance On USB Drives -- New Flash Voyager GT line offers cutting-edge design and blazing fast performance -- Fremont, CA (February 28, 2007) -- Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer products, today launched the new Flash Voyager GT line of USB drives designed for the user who demands the highest performance in a USB memory product. Complementing the revolutionary Flash Voyager USB drives, the new Flash Voyager GT brand represents the highest performing USB products Corsair offers in any capacities. "Consumers are demanding more from a USB drive today than one that simply stores data. It is becoming apparent that the read/write performance of a drive... Read more...
Traditional magnetic platter hard drives not cutting it for you? Well what ever the reason, you may now have a legitimate alternative. Recently, according to The Inquirer, companies have been taking advantage of advances in NAND memory to create 2.5 inch flash disk drives with high enough capacities and performance to be practically used in notebooks. With capacities ranging from 32Gb to 160Gb, some read speed is left to be desired in comparison to traditional HDs, but the write speed of flash drives blows their magnetic predecessors out of the water. It seems that 2007 will be the year of flash-based drives finally starting to nibble into the market share of the only current logical... Read more...
Corsair Announces Immediate Availability of the New 16GB Flash Voyager USB Drives Fremont, CA (December 12, 2006) - Users will no longer have to worry about having enough space on their personal flash drives to store all their files, music, photos, videos and applications. Today Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, expanded its lineup of the award-winning Flash VoyagerTM USB2.0 drives to include new 16GB capacities. Enclosed in the Corsair proprietary all-rubber Flash Voyager housing and boasting water-resistant properties, the new 16GB drive allows users to carry more valuable data and applications without compromise. Equipped with a security application and featuring... Read more...
Hard drive shuts itself off after detecting the laws of gravity Samsung introduced today two new lines of hard drives featuring an optional free-fall sensor. The M80 SATA Series and M80 Series drives can optionally be fitted with a free-fall sensor that will park the drive and turn it off upon sensing a drop of 30cm or about a foot. Both lines use Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) technology and come in a 2.5" form factor. The M80 SATA and M80 Series are Samsung's first hard drives based on PMR technology. Unlike traditional longitudinal recording technology, which lays data bits end to end where they can flip and corrupt data on the disc, PMR technology places the data bits perpendicular... Read more...
As reported earlier this month in Unauthorized Access Denied, Lenovo is shipping encryptable hard drives in its ThinkPad series. Now we see hard drive manufacturers starting to eliminate the middleman and offer this functionality themselves. Seagate is the first to announce encryptable drives with their DriveTrust Technology. DriveTrust Technology delivers new levels of simplicity, transparency and cost- effectiveness for securing digital information. The Seagate security platform automatically protects all drive data, not just selected partitions or files, at all times, and its security functions operate independently of the hard drive, preserving... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that industry sources are expecting SATA to replace standard IDE as the format for optical disk drives in 2007. SATA has been extremely popular the last few years as the connection of choice for the vast majority of consumer hard drives. However, cases which were cleaned up through the use of the smaller cable were still tainted by the need to use IDE optical drives as there were only a small handful of SATA versions available. Fortunately, it appears as though the days of having a full SATA-equipped system with no bulky ribbon cables are coming soon. SATA has been adopted for several DVD-burner models, such... Read more...
Last year the Hard Drive manufacturing industry started releasing drives with perpendicular recording technology, in an effort to maintain a steady growth in disk capacity. Of course, while the new technology is certainly welcomed, it's only a temporary fix. The race is still on to develop new technology to further increase drive capacity, with "heat-assisted magnetic recording", and "patterned media" being two viable options. "Perpendicular hard drive technology, which started appearing last year, currently lets manufacturers increase drive density, or the amount of data stored, by around 50 percent annually. But that pace of progress will likely sputter in about four... Read more...
New Scientist magazine's blog, Invention, is reporting that Seagate is filing a patent for a new self-lubrication technique to be used in hard drives. The new technology uses a material consisting of millions of carbon nanotubes to store the lubricant. As the hard drive spins, a lubricating vapor will "leak" out of the material and spread itself over the hard disk platter, protecting it against fatal head crashes. The read-write head(s) of a hard drive usually rides on a thin layer of fluid, such as air or lubricant. This layer prevents the head from touching the delicate surface of the hard drive platter. Such contact is often referred to as a "head crash".... Read more...
In the market for a new 2.5-Inch Hard Drive? The folks over at X-Bit labs as put together a lengthy review of quite a few different drives. So who's got the best performing drive? Western Digital? Samsung maybe? Try Seagate. "Today we would like to continue testing high-capacity 2.5-inch hard disk drives and within our today's roundup we will introduce to you four new models from Samsung and Western Digital with 100GB+ storage capacities. We will not only compare them against one another but will also add up the results from our previous test session when we looked at the latest solutions from Seagate, Toshiba and Fujitsu."  ... Read more...
After searching through PriceGrabber, we found that Seagate's recently announced 750GB hard drive is in stock at no less than six online vendors. Being able to boast of having the highest capacity is a right which doesn't come cheap as prices vary from $499 to $540. Regardless, when a 500GB hard drive just isn't enough, there are no better choices at this time than Seagate's 750GB behemoth.  ... Read more...
If you're looking for information on the ultimate mobile ATA hard drive, our friends at the Tech Report have the scoop.  Geoff just posted up a mobile hard drive round-up that'll arm you with the information you need to make an educated purchase. "To gain a better understanding of how the performance of today's latest and greatest 2.5" mobile ATA drives looks, we've gathered seven drives from the likes of Fujitsu, Hitachi, Seagate, and Western Digital. This mix of drives includes a little of everything, including a 160 GB perpendicular monster and a couple of 7,200-RPM speed demons. We've also thrown in a lowly 4,200 RPM drive that... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces New Ultra-Slim Mini-Kart USB Flash Drives Thin Enough to Store in Your Wallet OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the second addition to their reputable flash product line-the OCZ Mini-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Drive series. The ultra-slim design of the Mini-Kart makes data storage and transferring easier and more portable than ever. The OCZ Mini-Kart is the ideal solution for anyone seeking ultimate portability with their personal USB flash drive; The lightweight Mini-Kart housing is 2.8mm thick, making this compact unit small enough to store in your wallet, ensuring that it is always handy... Read more...
Fujitsu said it's going to launch desktop personal computers equipped with Blu-ray disk drives in June in Japan, becoming the first company to release PCs compatible with the next-generation optical disks. The announcement comes one day after Toshiba Corp. unveiled a plan to launch in mid-May notebook computers that can handle HD DVD disks, which compete with Blu-ray disks in the market for high-definition optical disks. Fujitsu also plans to launch notebook PCs with HD DVD drives in June, catering for both camps.  ... Read more...
Other than increased speed and capacity, Hard Drive's have undergone few changes in their evolution over the years. This could be changing though. Today BTXFormFactor.com covers the technology behind perpendicular Hard Drive's, and delves into other future storage technology such holographic storage techniques. "The advantage is clearly one of capacity: when longitudinal magnetic particles are packed together, they take up much more space than if they were to stand upright, if they stood perpendicular to the platter. More than merely a matter of initial capacity gain, perpendicular recording technology avoids a problem which has been well known... Read more...
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