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OCZ announced the new Agility 3 and Solid 3 SATA III SSD product lines. By using the latest technology, OCZ is able to deliver almost double the performance with these new series of drives compared to the previous generation. Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs utilize the SandForce SF-2200 SSD processor. The Agility 3 delivers up to 525MB/s reads, 500MB/s writes, and up to 60,000 4KB random write IOPS while the  value-oriented Solid 3 features 500MB/s reads, 450MB/s writes, and 20,000 4KB random write IOPS. The new Agility 3 and Solid 3 SSDs are available in a new boot-drive size 60GB capacity as well as 120GB and 240GB options. OCZ Technology Announces the Agility 3 and Solid 3 SATA III Solid State... Read more...
Consolidation seems to be the theme of the year. Western Digital bought up Hitachi's HDD unit, and now Seagate is snapping up a big chunk of Samsung. IHS iSuppli has broken down Seagate's recent buyout of Sasung's HDD business, and they're accurately pointed out just how high the new entity will rank in terms of global hard disc drive clout. According to their research, the newly formed entity will have combined shipments accounting for two-fifths of an HDD market worth 652.4 million units in 2010. Based on final year-end figures from 2010, HDD shipments tallied from both Seagate and Samsung equated to 261.2 million units. That's 40% of the HDD market, which is insane for a single company to... Read more...
While SSDs are obviously the future, HDDs aren't anywhere near the end of their rope. Seagate has been pushing the boundaries of hard drives for some time now, with areal density barriers expanding by the month it seems. As these densities increase, the capacity for HDDs also increases. Just a few years ago, the mere thought of a 1TB HDD was astounding. Today, we're counting down the days until a 5TB version is revealed. Seagate's latest is the world's first 3.5" HDD to feature 1TB of capacity per disk platter, delivering storage capacities of up to 3TB and an areal density of 625 Gigabits per square inch. Seagate is on track to ship its flagship 3.5-inch Barracuda desktop hard drive with 3TBs... Read more...
Hitachi GST is a well-known storage company, but are they really known for style? They are now. The company's new line of USB 3.0 Touro Pro Desktop and Mobile HDDs are about as slick as they come, and each includes two levels of protection -- local backup and cloud storage. This unit is also shipping with the company's cloud access software, which enables users to access and share files from a browser, tablet or smartphone. Every customer receives 3GB of online storage for free and for more storage there is an option to upgrade to a quarter of a terabyte (250GB) for $49 per year, which includes multiple computer protection. If you upgrade to a paid account, you'll receive the Apple iPhone or... Read more...
Well that was fast. A day after an anonymous source told The Wall Street Journal that Samsung was shopping its hard drive business in hopes of raising $1.5 billion, the electronics maker found a buyer. Seagate today announced a "broad strategic alignment" with Samsung that, among other things, will give Seagate control of Samsung's struggling hard drive business in a deal worth $1.375 billion (half in cash, the other half in stock). Under terms of the deal, Seagate agrees to supply disk drives to Samsung for PCs, notebooks, and consumer electronics. The deal extends beyond hard drives and also extends and expands the existing cross-license agreement between the two companies, as well as a new... Read more...
The suits over at Samsung have an important decision to make. Should the company hang onto its hard disk drive (HDD) business even though it's losing money and hope for greener pastures on the horizon, or cut its losses by selling off the unit and using the cash to invest in other areas? Citing "a person familiar with the matter," this is what Samsung's decision makers are currently discussing, The Wall Street Journal reports. If Samsung decides to sell, it hopes to raise about $1.5 billion, though the un-named source says the company would consider low-ball offers under $1 billion. Samsung would then most likely shuttle those funds over to its memory chips and liquid crystal display (LCD) divisions.... Read more...
NAB is usually about high-end broadcast gear, but this time, there's a whole ton of peripherals making their debut as well. Hitachi's G-Technology line of HDDs is expanding this year, with a new 3TB 7200RPM drive used across eight G-Technology high-performing external storage solutions for audio/video (A/V) pros. The other major news is the addition of Thunderbolt support, which was developed by Intel and brought to market with help from Apple. These are just a few of the dozens of new HDDs with Thunderbolt ports, and we're sure that number will grow in due time. Having a Thunderbolt external HDD will certainly make those major transfers easier to handle, and with Final Cut Pro X also coming... Read more...
Toshiba today announced a new self-encrypting disk technology that promises to nuke your sensitive data should it fall into the wrong hands. It's called "Wipe Technology," a proprietary suite of security functions that add a new layer of protection to data storage and IT equipment. Using Toshiba's Wipe technology, users can determine a range of security settings that fit their paranoia level, including invalidation of encryption keys and deleting data when a drive is removed from its housing or connected to an unauthorized host system. Image Credit: Toshiba Wipe Technology essentially adds a third layer of protection, the three levels being: Invalidation of all data by the system. This invalidates... Read more...
Slim is in! Seagate has just announced a rediculously skinny new hard drive, with razer-thin 2.5" GoFlex Slim Drive. It's an external HDD, and it'll be easy to lose in your briefcase. The 9mm drive is slimmer than a pencil, and it ships with 320GB of capacity and a USB 3.0 port. The GoFlex addition means that it's capable of interfacing with a few other ports as well, and the 7200RPM spindle rate should mean pretty impressive performance. It's bus-powered, and it also allows compatibility between Mac and Windows machines. Additionally, the drive’s included premium backup software provides automatic and continuous backups and encrypts files and folders. The GoFlex Slim portable drive will... Read more...
Another day, another solid state drive to consider for your rig. SSDs are becoming ever more tempting these days with increasing capacities, increasing speeds, more stability and lower prices. But of course, HDDs are following the same path, but at least some of the larger SSDs are now becoming viable alternatives from a value perspective. G.Skill is a name most commonly referred to when speaking about memory, but this week they're introducing a new solid state drive. It's the Phoenix EVO 115GB, which uses the new SandForce SF-1222 controller and 2xnm NAND flash chips. It's rated at 280MBps / 270MBps, and comes with a 3-year warranty on top of that. There's no listed price, but it should be on... Read more...
Western Digital announced the new My Book Studio Edition II. This dual-drive storage system features 6TB of storage yet still maintains the same footprint as previous editions. The My Book Studio Edition II drive supports eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 connectivity. The drive comes with backup software and features a capacity gauge so you'll know exactly how much space is available on the system. The My Book Studio Edition II drive is compatible with Apple Time Machine. The 6TB version of the My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage system is available now for $549.99. WD INTRODUCES 6 TB EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE TO SUPPORT INCREASED HD CONTENT CREATION BY CREATIVE PROS AND MAC... Read more...
Addonics announced the External CipherChain, a hardware encryption product that can encrypt nearly any external storage device with an eSATA or SATA connection, including external RAID storage devices, SSDs, and flash media. With CipherChain, you’ll get added peace of mind knowing that if a drive is stolen, it will appear as a blank drive. The External CipherChain can also be used as a drive sanitization tool to erase all previous data from used hard or flash media. Addonics External CipherChain Allows PC and Mac Users to Encrypt Just About any External eSATA Storage Device SAN JOSE, CA, (March  8, 2011) - Addonics Technologies, (www.addonics.com) today announced the External... Read more...
In the chase for first place among hard drive makers, Western Digital's acquisition of Hitachi should pay off handsomely. Market research firm iSuppli reckons the purchase will net WDC a commanding 49.6 percent share of global HDD shipments, increasing its lead over Seagate (29.4 percent) from just 2 percentage points to 20.2 percentage points. Equally important, the purchase opens the door for WDC into the enterprise HDD segment, iSuppli says. "The enterprise HDD market garners significantly higher margins than the consumer segment, which makes the enterprise a fast-growing market for HDD revenue," said Zhang. "To date, WDC has largely been absent from the enterprise segment. However, Hitachi... Read more...
Western Digital plans to acquire Hitachi Global Storage Technologies in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $4.3 billion. The resulting company will retain the Western Digital name. By combining these companies, WD says the end result will be a “customer-focused storage company” that will offer the industry’s broadest product lineup. Some of the benefits WD expects to gain from the acquisition include enhanced R&D capabilities, comprehensive market coverage, and scale that will further enhance the cost structure. Western Digital to Acquire Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Combination of Hard Drive Companies Will Create Industry's Broadest Product Portfolio... Read more...
Do you know how much better the world would be if every single hard drive were replaced with an equally large SSD? It's a far-fetched fantasy, and we're decades out from that being even close to true, but baby steps are getting us closer to that ideal computing society. Other World Computing has just revealed a new HDD upgrade kit that is joined by an SSD upgrade kit, with the latter having the potential to greatly increase the speed of your 2011 MacBook Pro. Apple's newest MBP models are great from a specification standpoint, but two major things are missing: a Blu-ray drive and a factory SSD. Sure, you can pay Apple for an upgrade, but this option both saves on costs and it also gives you a... Read more...
Yowsa. 3TB, comin' atcha. Seagate has just announced that their new 3TB Barracuda XT hard drive is a figment of your imagination no longer, and as of today, it's shipping to end users who are pushing the limits already on storage capacity. Seagate's marketing this as an easy-to-deploy and easy-to-install drive, designed to overcome the barriers in using HDDs larger than 2TB. The company claims that no extra hardware or software will be needed to use this drive, so those fears can be trashed. A free copy of Seagate's DiscWizard is included, which makes it simple to configure the drive for use, even on legacy systems like Windows XP. The drive itself has a 64MB cache, SATA 6Gbps interface, a 3.5"... Read more...
If you're in need of a place to store a lot of digital files, and we mean a lot of digital files, OWC has a new RAID storage drive that's ready to handle extreme needs. The OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 is a massive, intimidating 12TB enterprise RAID storage drive, designed with a highly-reliable two million MTBF for critical 24/7 applications. The drive ships with four 3TB drives, all of which are located in hot-swappable drive bays. There's also four interfaces to choose from: FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 and eSATA. If you like choices, you're in luck. There's also selectable Hardware RAID settings of 0, 1, 5, 10; and 300MB/s data transfer rates for high speed, Plug & Play storage... Read more...
Looks like Seagate hit a milestone this week, as the company topped the 1 million mark in shipments of self-encrypting hard drives for laptops and data center servers. Particularly as it relates to security and hard drives, reliability and security are two of the biggest, most important factors. When it comes to security in particular, there's just no better way to ensure that things are locked down tight than to grab a self-encrypting drive. It looks like more and more people are getting the message judging by these sales figures. There's also little doubt that sales to businesses and government entities have really helped Seagate out here. More and more of the company's drives are getting government... Read more...
New SSDs? It's actually been some time since we have heard of any new SSDs shipping, but Plextor has a new patch that is now available in the U.S. The M2 Series of solid state drives are one of the first to market to support SATA 6Gbps, with the 2.5" line using a Marvel 88SS9174 controller. Other key features include a sequential read rate up to 480MB/s, Windows 7 TRIM, a 128MB DDR3 cache buffer and Acronis True Image software. For those looking at specifics, the 128GB and 256GB models each provide sequential read rate up to 480MB/s and sequential write rate up to 330MB. By incorporating Plextor’s Instant Restore technology and Dynamic Wear Leveling algorithm along with Windows 7 TRIM command... Read more...
Data Robotics is hardly a startup any more. At this point, they're a well-known name in the storage business, and they're still just about the only company out there with automated backup solutions like the Drobo. It's more like a storage robot than a dumb RAID box, and while the company has focused mostly on consumers thus far, they're now starting to break into the enterprise market. They've offered the DroboPro before, but the company's newest line "means business." And that means they're after business dollars. Three main products are being announced this week: an 8-bay file sharing Drobo with remote backup (which is available now), an 8-bay SAN (iSCSI-attached) Drobo, and a 12-bay SAN (iSCSI-attached)... Read more...
Today at HotHardware we take a look at the Barracuda Green 2TB hard drive from Seagate. Previously, the company's low power drives were designated with the LP nomenclature. But Seagate has made the change to a more recognizable industry standard naming convention. The 2TB Green drive sports a 5900 RPM spindle speed, SATA 6 GB/s interface, 64 MB cache, Advanced Format technology, and Seagate SmartAlign technology for easier integration. Do all of these features entice you enough to put the Barracuda Green on your upgrade list? Need more information? Read on to find out how well this drive performs as we run it through a series of benchmarks and give you our take on its strengths and weaknesses...... Read more...
With the massive amounts of digital content now at our disposals, spend enough time in front of a system, and eventually it'll require a storage upgrade. We live in a digital world where games take up more storage space, cameras generate larger images, and camcorders produce higher definition videos than ever before. It's only a matter of time before even the average user saturates the drive in their PC. Throwing a SSD into the system as an OS drive will undoubtedly improve its performance, but it doesn't address the need for more storage. That's why the need for traditional hard drives remains strong, and consumers welcome advances in technology that provide additional capacity,... Read more...
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