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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 the drives' compatibility with industry-standard 9.5 mm slots make them ideal storage options for mainstream... 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 portable hard drive is available for about $300. WD® Gives Mac® Users the First 2 TB Portable... 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 up on storage ever since severe flooding in Thailand disrupted the HDD manufacturing business and... 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. WD® Ships First 2 TB Portable Hard Drive With Next-Gen My Passport® World's Top-Selling... 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 System: Ultra-Fast Read/Write Times for Creative Pros, and Today's Need-it-Now Consumers Up to 6 TB... 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 online transaction processing and multi-tiered networked storage arrays. "Continuing our commitment... 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 hit. Choose your weapon: Price hikes for hard drives makes it easier to justify spending a premium... 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 25 Million 7mm 2.5-Inch Hard Drives; Launches Industry-Leading, Second-Generation 7,200 RPM, 7mm Drive... 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. A 480GB version of the drive will ship later this year for $749.99. SANDISK LAUNCHES HIGH-PERFORMANCE... Read more...
Seagate this week reported financial results for the quarter ended December 30, 2011, in which the company said it shipped 47 million disk drives and collected $3.2 billion in revenue. For the six months ended on the same day, Seagate says it collected revenue of $6 billion and returned $151 million to shareholders in the form of a dividend. Not too shabby when you consider severe floods in Thailand left the hard drive industry in shambles. Unfortunately for Joe Consumer, relief is hardly in sight. In a supplementary note (PDF) discussing its quarterly results, Seagate warned that the impact of the floods on the hard drive industry will be felt throughout the entire year. "Seagate believes that... Read more...
Western Digital unveiled the My Book Live Duo, a new personal cloud storage system that promises shared storage and remote file access along with your choice of either double-safe backup using a mirrored RAID configuration or increased capacity using a striped RAID configuration. WD's My Book Live Duo connects to your home network to create shared storage that is accessible anywhere using www.WD2go.com or using WD's mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Android smartphones and tablets. The My Book Live Duo also features a built-in media server to stream movies, photos and music to any DLNA-certified multimedia device. The new My Book Live Duo is compatible with Macs and PCs and comes in... Read more...
Hitachi is planning to display a pair of new hard drives at CES, the 1TB Travelstar 5K1000 and the 4TB Deskstar 7K4000. Both will be in the company’s G-Technology family, which is a line of products designed exclusively for Apple products. The 2.5-inch Travelstar 5K1000 features a 6Gbps SATA interface and will be wrapped in a G-DRIVE mobile or G-DRIVE mobile USB portable chassis. The former features USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 connectivity, and the latter offers USB 2.0. The two variations on the 1TB Travelstar 5K1000 are bus-powered, Time Machine-ready, and will ship in the first quarter of 2012. The G-DRIVE mobile USB and G-DRIVE mobile will cost $179.99 and $199.99, respectively. L to R:... Read more...
This isn't new news, and it shouldn't be a shock to historians, but every now and then, it's really good to reach back and grab some perspective. The SSD or HDD that you're probably using now will look like a relic in just a decade, but look at what a 5MB hard drive looked like in 1956. IBM's 305 RAMAC was considered to be the first "super" computer with an HDD, and the HDD module alone weighed over a ton and wouldn't hold enough information to send a single JPG image from most DSLRs. Wow.... Read more...
Word around the Web is that some hard drive makers are cutting down their warranty terms, the timing of which couldn't be any worse (we'll get to that in a minute). Western Digital is dropping the distribution warranty period for Caviar Blue, Caviar Green, and Scorpio Blue drives from 3 years to 2 years (Caviar Black and Scorpio Black will still carry 5-year warranties). News of Western Digital's reduced warranty terms was first reported by The Register, which got its hands on the following letter: This new warranty policy will be effective for drives shipped from January 2nd, 2012. It is important that you take a moment to update your website(s) and collateral to reflect this change for effected... Read more...
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