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Hitachi GST introduced its new Ultrastar C10K900 enterprise drive family. The Ultrastar C10K900 features a high-performance SAS 6Gb/s interface and a 64MB cache buffer to optimize the read/write response time. The new Ultrastar drives feature average seek times as low as 3.8 milliseconds, and a reduced average latency time below 3.0 milliseconds. In addition to performance, the drive also offers power efficiency by consuming up to 65 percent less power than similar 3.5-inch enterprise drives. The Ultrastar C10K900 family is available in 900GB, 600GB, 450GB and 300GB capacities. Hitachi GST is now shipping Ultrastar C10K900 qualification units and expects to offer volume shipments in Q1 2012.... Read more...
Word to the wise -- if you find a killer deal on a mechanical hard drive and you need more storage, go ahead and pounce. As you're probably well aware by now, recent flooding in Thailand hit the hard drive industry pretty hard, and that's been resulting in higher prices all around. It's also causing a shortage of HDDs, and by extension, a shortfall in PC shipments. According to market research firm IHS iSuppli, there will be a 3.8 million unit shortfall in PC shipments in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the previous IHS forecast issued in August, and it's a direct result of the hard drive situation. Before you panic and write off PCs, understand that PC shipments are still expected to grow... Read more...
If you're trying to configure an iMac system to arrive in time for the holiday season, you'll have to cap your storage at 1TB. Next day shipping is available on iMacs with a 1TB mechanical hard drive, 256GB solid state drive, or 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD from the Apple Store, but if you choose one of the 2TB HDD options, you'll have to wait 5-7 weeks for it to ship. That would put the arrival date at anywhere from the middle to end of January. Such a long lead time isn't par for course when ordering an iMac, but apparently even Apple can't escape the ripple effects of recent flooding in Thailand. The overseas floods ravaged the hard drive industry, ultimately resulting in a shortage of HDDs, higher... Read more...
Multiple motherboard manufacturers are warning that precipitously rising HDD prices will impact their sales. Gigabyte has issued guidance that it now expects Q4 shipments to fall by 20 -25 percent, while Asustek predicts a much smaller decline of ~five percent. Analysts believe Asus is underestimating the impact of the price increases, and think the company's sales could fall as much as ten percent. This would be in line with guidance from MSI, ECS, and Asrock. Exposure to the shortage will vary depending on the degree to which a manufacturer relies on retail sales and the price points of their various products. The impact on budget boards in the retail channel, for example, is likely to be catastrophic.... Read more...
Need a new storage device? Who doesn't, right? Rain Computers has delivered the StormDrive multimedia external hard drive, a pocket-sized device that's all-black and just slightly larger than a deck of cards. It's a USB 3.0 unit, and tucked within is the same hard drive architecture used in Rain’s popular LiveBook Mobile Audio Workstation and the amazing new LiveBook V2 Mobile Video + Graphics Workstation. Users are offered a choice of conventional 250GB, 500GB or 750GB high performance drives which spin at 7200 RPM and use a larger than average 16 megabyte cache to prevent bottlenecks and dropouts. A Solid State Drive, or SSD, is also available. The newer SATA III SSD drives are available... Read more...
Seagate is streamlining its Barracuda line of hard drives. To this end, the new Barracuda line will offer a SATA 6GB/second interface, 7200RPM spin speed, and up to 64MB cache. The drives will be available in capacities ranging from 250GB to 3TB. Seagate plans to end production of its Barracuda Green drive in February 2012.Seagate's Barracuda XT will be folded into the new Barracuda family. The Barracuda XT name will re-emerge to represent the company’s desktop solid state hybrid drive. Seagate Streamlines Barracuda Product Family; Simplifies Selection For Consumers And Reduces Costs For Computer Makers Barracuda® zeroes in on performance and capacity as consumption of rich content... Read more...
Samsung's new line of advanced internal solid state drives (SSDs), the SSD 830 series, is now available. The Samsung SSD 830 Series utilize a high-performance Serial ATA Revision 3.0 interface which doubles the data bandwidth of its predecessor, the SSD 470 series. With this new interface, the drives can offer random read speeds up to 80,000 IOPS and sequential read and write speeds up to 520 MB/s & 400 MB/s respectively. The drives also use 20-nanometer-class toggle DDR NAND chips which enable data transfer rates up to 133 Mbps. The SSD 830 series are available in capacities of 64 GB ($129.99), 128 GB ($229.99), 256 GB ($429.99) and 512 GB ($849.99). Samsung 830 SSD Drive Now Available –... Read more...
We'd sprinkle salt on ice cream if we thought it would improve the flavor the way it does with almost everything else on the planet. The fact that table salt isn't a food group does nothing to diminish our affection for this essential ingredient (sorry, doc), but did you know it also makes hard drives better? As trippy as that sounds, Dr. Joel Yang from the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), a research institute of Singapore's Agency of Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR), along with collaborators from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Data Storage Institute (DSI), came up with a way to increase HDD capacities six-fold using sodium chloride, the chemical... Read more...
Today, WD announced that it is halting the production of hard drives in its facilities close to Bangkok, Thailand due to severe flooding. Although the company's employees are safe and the facilities are operational, the flooding has created problems with the region's infrastructure including transportation and utilities. WD says it is currently working with its suppliers to maximize throughput and availability of parts, but it's too early to say how much of an impact this will have on the production of hard drives. WD Reports Impact on HDD Production Due to Severe Flooding in Thailand IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced that... Read more...
Outside of Hollywood, lasers mounted on sharks is a technology that may never be realized. But in hard drives? The mad scientists at TDK on working on this very thing, and once completed, it has the potential to more than double the capacity of today's hard drives. This isn't a theoretical technology that's still years or decades away, but one that will manifest in shipping drives by late next year, according to reports. The mechanical hard drive sitting in your rig at home utilizes rotating platters. In order to read and write data to and from the platters, a magnetic head gets as close as it can with crashing into them. It's pretty remarkable when you get into the science of it all, but also... Read more...
Looking for a new hard drive enclosure, perhaps one that understands USB 3.0? You're in lucky. Super Talent has just announced a new USB 3.0 Storage POD that will bring your existing HDD into the world of SuperSpeed with this DIY kit. You simply pop any 2.5" HDD or SSD into the kit, and then take advantage of the USB 3.0 connector if you have a computer with a USB 3.0 socket. Pretty simple, no? This case is particularly useful for those who are upgrading the drive in their notebook, and thus, are left with a 2.5" drive that now has no home. Pop that guy in here, and you've just created a fast, pocket-friendly external storage solution. The POD itself is just $29, and it's shipping right now.... Read more...
Big news in the storage world today. The second major external drive to support Apple / Intel's Thunderbolt port is now shipping, with LaCie to thank. The company's new Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series is now available through Apple Retail and Apple.com, and it's the first portable solution to feature Thunderbolt technology in the palm of your hands. How big of hands do you need? Not Shaq-sized, that's for sure. It has a pair of 2.5" SSDs or HDDs, so not even full desktop-size drives. Featuring a pair of 2.5" drives in a Mac OS RAID configuration, the Little Big Disk delivers stunning read speeds more than 480MB/s in SSD and up to 190MB/s in HDD. The more Little Big Disks you chain together,... Read more...
We may have just rounded up the best 3TB drives for your desktop expansion needs, but since bigger is always around the corner, G-Technology is wasting no time in showing off a new two-drive 8TB G-RAID solution for those who just can't archive enough. The company has selected IBC in Amsterdam as the launch pad for their new G-Technology by Hitachi 4TB-based storage solutions, a two-drive RAID 0 device that comes formatted for Mac that can easily be switched over for PC users. Best of all, there's a model that will ship with Apple's Thunderbolt I/O port, promising (theoretical) data transfer rates up to 10 Gbps. At 8TB, this is also the highest capacity, two-drive, RAID 0 external storage device... Read more...
Somebody had to go and be the first to ship a 4TB external hard drive, and someone at Seagate sat around one day thinking, "Hey, why not us?" Why not indeed, and so Seagate today becomes the first to ship such an enormous amount of storage in an external drive. The company's new 4TB GoFlex Desk external hard drive is sleek, a little bit sexy, and ready to handle a mountain of data. "Yet another industry first for Seagate, we have reached a new high-capacity in the 3.5-inch hard drive form factor. At Seagate, we are committed to pushing the limits for our customers and will continue to adapt and innovate our products based on customer needs," said Patrick Connolly, vice president and general manager... Read more...
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