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Western Digital this morning hit the storage industry over its head with a couple of new high capacity hard drive options being offered in the company's WD Red line of drives. One is a 5-terabyte HDD and the other is a first-to-market 6-terabyte capacity HDD based on a tightly packed five-platter design, and like all WD Red drives, they're both intended for home and small office NAS systems In addition to these new high capacity storage solutions, Western Digital announced the introduction of its WD Red Pro HDD series available in 1TB to 4TB capacities for the medium and large business NAS markets. WD's Pro level drives are compatibility tested with top NAS system manufacturers and optimized... Read more...
Overall Seagate Technology closed out its fiscal year (ended June 27, 2014) in good shape. The drive maker reported fourth quarter revenue of $3.3 billion, which was enough to pull a healthy profit of $320 million along with diluted earnings per share of $0.95. It also generated around $577 million in operating cash flow and returned a sizable $166 million to shareholders in the form of dividends and share redemptions. For its full fiscal year 2014, Seagate returned a whopping $2.5 billion to shareholders and raised $1.8 billion in investment grade debt. What this all boils down to is that Seagate found itself on strong footing and appears to be in fantastic shape moving forward. "Throughout... Read more...
Pictures, videos, and other forms of digital data aren't getting any smaller, and you may find that your tablet or smartphone is suddenly short on space. There are a variety of solutions available, one of them being Toshiba's new Canvio Wireless Adapter, a simple yet creatively designed gadget that adds wireless networking capabilities to any traditional external hard drive. There's no rocket science involved here -- simply connect the adapter to an external HDD and a USB power source. Once you've done that, you can proceed to share, stream and access the drive's contents wirelessly from any network-enabled device, such as your smartphone or tablet. "In today’s increasingly wireless world,... Read more...
You may not have heard of Supertron Electronics before, but over in India, the company's name is much better known. Supertron has a longstanding relationship with Seagate which, for thirteen years, existed as an import partner and sub-distributor. In 2006, Supertron became an official Seagate National Distributor, giving Seagate an extended presence in India and local areas. Apparently some unscrupulous folks have decided to take advantage of both company's good names. According to Supertron Electronics, gray market dealers are importing fake Seagate hard drives, rebadging them as Supertron models, and then selling them inside and outside of India with seemingly favorable warranties. Seagate's... Read more...
It sounds like a pipe dream, but for those who have followed the industry, you'll know that we've been dreaming about multi-terabyte hard drives for quite some time and capacities up to 4TB exist today. Prototypes have already made the rounds once or twice, but TDK has a new project that could enable 40TB hard drives by 2020. That's right, folks: 40TB on a single drive. At once, all of your archiving problems would be solved... until you outgrew even that, of course. Presently, HDD recording density is boosted by the use of a technology called "high magnetic coercivity," but as you could probably guess from the lack of true increases recently, that's about at its limit. TDK's approach involves... Read more...
In a perfect world, solid state drives (SSDs) would offer the same capacity as mechanical hard drives for the same or similar price, but we don't live in a perfect world. Mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) still offer the best bang-for-buck, and due to their large capacities, they're often desirable in the enterprise environments. So it goes with Seagate's new Terascale HDD and Enterprise Performance 10K HDD v7, a pair of drives optimized for emerging cloud infrastructures and large scale data centers. "Over the next eight years, the capacity shipped into the cloud will double and by 2020 personal and enterprise clouds will account for greater than 60 percent of the total storage capacity shipped.... Read more...
Seagate on Tuesday unveiled a new line of drives custom-built for always-on network attached storage (NAS) systems. Multiple capacities are available, including a 4TB model that's currently the industry's highest capacity available from a single NAS HDD. The new drives are intended for NAS boxes with up to five drive bays. "Today about 50 percent of NAS arrays are sold diskless meaning that customers are challenged with identifying and installing the right storage for their system. By developing a drive like NAS HDD, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it and made it easy for customers to identify the right drive for their system," said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. "By... Read more...
We all know that solid state storage is the sexy option these days, but a lower cost per gigabyte and higher overall capacities have kept mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) from becoming irrelevant or otherwise obsolete, especially in datacenter environments. It's no surprise, then, that Western Digital continues to devote time and resources into HDDs. The company's newest product is its WD Se family, a line of enterprise-class HDDs that are best suited for bulk cloud storage, small-to-medium business (SMB) environments, high-end NAS applications, replicated environments, archiving, and other backup-heavy scenarios. These 3.5-inch drives ship in 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB capacities, each one with a 7,200... Read more...
A wise man once said, "I pity the fool... who doesn't backup their data", and despite having just made that up, it's a piece of guidance that I stand behind 100%. Part of the reason I feel so strongly about backing-up important data is that on two occasions in the past, I have been foolish enough to lose data because I didn't have proper backup schemes in place. Likewise, I've also had a good friend of mine lose a slew of baby photos because he deemed it safe to keep them stored in a single location. It's situations like those when that hard drive click-clack can make you feel sick to your stomach. With 2TB drives regularly costing less than $100 nowadays, there's really no... Read more...
HGST, the company formerly known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, became a Western Digital company some time ago. And now, that entity is introducing the industry's highest capacity 10K RPM HDD. It's an enterprise-class drive, with the Ultrastar C10K1200 providing a capacity extension to HGST’s Ultrastar C10K900 product line. It's a 2.5" unit, featuring a SAS 6Gb/s interface, a 64MB cache buffer for optimized read/write response time, and a fast 10K rotational speed. The company claims that there's no other drive in the market place similar to this, offering a 2 million hours mean time between failure (MTBF) specification that should give IT admins some peace of mind. For space and/or... Read more...
As more and more low-cost ultrabooks enter the market, the shipments of solid state drives could more than double in 2013. An IHS iSuppli Storage Space Market Brief suggests shipments of SSDs could rise to 83 million units this year, which is more than double the number of shipments in 2012. By 2016, iSuppli expects shipments will continue to rise and could reach 239 million units. If this holds true, SSDs would hold about 40 percent of the hard disk drive market. These figures include SSDs for both the consumer and enterprise markets as well as cache SSDs. They do not include hybrid hard drives. In addition to increased consumer interest in ultrabooks, lower prices for NAND flash memory have... Read more...
Is there an award for the world's most beautiful hard drive? Because if so, LaCie and famed designer Philippe Starck may have just created it. The pair debuted the Blade Runner today, an external hard drive that combines an anthropomorphic metal interior with an angular cage-like shell. In fact, only 9,999 of these will be produced, and each one is "custom-built." The drive utilizes USB 3.0, and also boasts an LED power button that glows to indicate activity. The LaCie Blade Runner is equipped with 10GB of complimentary Wuala Secure Cloud Storage and user-friendly backup software, and includes 4TB within. The price? $299.99, which honestly doesn't seem that awful given the style. LaCie, in collaboration... Read more...
Tired of hauling around "portable" hard drives that don't feel very portable? Toshiba's here to help. The company just announced the world’s smallest portable hard drive, the Toshiba Canvio Slim. It's a 500GB unit that measures just 9mm thick, 107mm long and 75mm wide. As you'd expect, it's plug and play out of the box, supports both Mac and PC platforms, handles USB 3.0 transfers and ships with NTI Backup Now EZ software. It'll ship in October $115, but it may be worth the premium for those trying to carry lots of files while sticking to just a carry-on. (It's also worth pointing out that Seagate will probably take issue with this, given it's ~9mm GoFlex Slim drive is arguably just as... Read more...
You may have heard of liquid nitrogen being used in computer cases, mostly for cooling and bragging, but what about helium? Not so much. However, Hitachi GST (HGST) has just introduced a new platform of helium-filled hard drives. The company states that these offer greater capacity and significantly reduce the total cost of ownership for corporate and cloud data-centers. But what of the helium itself? Well, the density of helium is one-seventh that of air. This lower density means dramatically less drag force acting on the spinning disk stack so that mechanical power into the motor is substantially reduced. The lower helium density also means that the fluid flow forces buffeting the disks and... Read more...
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