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Sanho's HyperDrive lineup is expanding by one. The company has been producing special hard drives that are generally used as photo backup devices for some time now, with their latest fully compatible with the Apple iPad. If fact, it's called the second generation of the HyperDrive Hard Drive for iPad, which is said to be the only HDD that can connect directly to the iPad via Apple's first-party Camera Connection Kit. This one enables users to access up to 1TB of multi-media, which should be plenty for the average tablet user. Or so we hope! The good news here is that you don't have to Jailbreak your iPad for this to work. The HyperDrive looks just like any other portable hard drive, but it has... Read more...
StarTech launched two new 4-Drive External Hard Drive Docking Stations that support both USB and eSATA connectivity. Both of these new docking stations also accept 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA or SSD drives. StarTech claims these new docking stations are the first in the market to offer support for four drives simultaneously. The new SATDOCK4U3E offers USB 3.0 and eSATA connectivity while the SATDOCK4U2E  offers USB 2.0 and eSATA connectivty. StarTech.com Launches the First SATA Hard Drive Docking Stations to Support Four Drives Simultaneously New 4-Drive Docking Stations offer eSATA and USB host connectivity, enabling users to access up to four external SATA hard drives and solid state drives... Read more...
Another long day, another large hard drive. It feels like the storage industry is growing its product line at a crazy pace these days, with new hard drives surfacing just about every other day. Not that we're complaining; in fact, we probably need to toss another HDD into our NAS, while we're thinking about it. Hitachi GST is clearly hoping that those in need of more storage space will look their way, as the company has today shipped out the world's first 7200rPM 3TB enterprise-class hard drive. The new Ultrastar 7K3000 drive family is the first 7,200 RPM enterprise-class HDD to deliver 2.0 million hours mean time between failure (MTBF), resulting in a 40 percent lower annualized failure rate... Read more...
When you generally think about storage, you think about sizes getting bigger and prices getting smaller. But there are always exceptions to the rule. Toshiba's new 1.8-inch hard drives fit that mold. They aren't the biggest, and they probably aren't the cheapest, and they definitely won't be as quick as your average SSD. But what they lack in those departments, they make up for in innovation. These are the industry's first 1.8" hard drives with a low-insertion force (LIF) SATA (Serial ATA) connector, enabling a 10% smaller footprint compared to normal 1.8" HDDs using microSATA connectors. These were made for tablets, CE devices (like iPods and other media players) and for use in external HDD... Read more...
At this rate, it's getting pretty near impossible to keep track of exactly hard drives are released each month. Even this week, both Seagate and Western Digital have both released new drives, proving that the unspoken rivalry actually does exist. Today, WD announced availability of its second-generation WD S25 SAS drives and its latest WD RE SAS 3.5-inch drives for the traditional enterprise market. Of course, just because these are marked "enterprise" doesn't mean that they can't be purchased by regular folk who just need extra reliability (and are willing to pay the price premium). The 2.5" S25 is a real burner. It spins at 10,000RPM and has a SAS 6Gb/s interface, offering lightning-fast performance... Read more...
Turns out hard drives are useful for all sorts of things -- way more than just backing up your music, photos and other important documents. HDDs are critical in the enterprise space, and they're also vital in the surveillance realm. Seagate is recognizing that this week with the introduction of their 6th-generation of SV35 hard drives. The company is shipping these out starting today, with this 3.5" HDD engineered to meet the high demands of surveillance digital video recording, and of new high-capacity additions to the Pipeline HD family of purpose-built hard drives for consumer video applications. The new SV35 supports capacities as high as 2TB, and they are approved for 24x7 video surveillance... Read more...
Looks like the big dogs, namely LaCie, Seagate and Western Digital, have some extra competition. The HDD space has always been crowded, and it seems to be a market with ultra-thin margins. But the good ones are staying in it, and hanging in there. Freecom has been dishing out storage options for quite some time, but rarely gets the kind of recognition enjoyed by those other guys. This new drive, however, might just be stylish enough to grab the mainstream attention we believe that it deserves. The new Mobile Drive Mg is described as an "elegant mobile hard drive designed specifically for the Mac market." We're guessing it's aimed at the Mac market due to the all-magnesium enclosure, but there's... Read more...
Western Digital's Scorpio Black lineup has gained another member this week. The company has just introduced a 750GB version of the 7200RPM 2.5" drive, which is perfectly suited for upgrading the notebook in your life. It's one of the biggest HDDs you can buy for a laptop, and it's also one of the fastest. It has 16MB of cache and is engineered to suit the needs of gamers, professionals and those who store lots and lots of content on their mobile workhorse. The drive uses Advanced Format technology, and it's available now in the U.S. The price? Just $149, which doesn't seem like too much to ask given the immense capacity and the 7200RPM spindle speed. WD Scorpio® Black™ Drives Offer... Read more...
Got a Mac? Need storage? Look Seagate's way, as they have just introduced a new GoFlex for Mac external drive collection that comes pre-formatted in HFS+ format. Of course, any of these new models can be re-formatted to work with a PC. The GoFlex certification means that you can swap out the connectors to work best with your setup, and they are all designed to work well with Apple's Time Machine backup solution. Each GoFlex for Mac drive ships with FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 adapters and cables, but you can order USB 3.0 and eSATA interfaces should you need to. Each of the 2.5" units feature a metallic finish to match the Mac Pro you're probably buying this for. More details on the entire collection... Read more...
Need a little extra storage in your back pocket? Who doesn't? Samsung has just announced a new three-pack of USB 3.0 drives, all external and mobile and all fairly stylish. These new drives offer up to 1TB of capacity, a wave-like matte finish and four colors: Brown black, Noble beige, Clay orange and Mist gray. The premium drives also include high-gloss cases embedded with a multi-layered wave pattern in three jewel-tone colors; Onyx black, Sapphire blue and Coral pink. Furthermore, the newly implemented 256-bit Full Disk Encryption provides additional security on a hardware basis. Auto backup software supports both automatic and continuous data backup, so that user files are backed up automatically... Read more...
When it comes to networked storage, "big enough" never really is. Synology is a well-know name in the higher-end NAS realm, and the company is pushing the boundaries of consumer/prosumer NAS drives with their latest unit, the DiskStation DS1511+. This unit is designed for home business users and small business owners who don't feel like forking out for a rack-mounted NAS setup, and with a ceiling of 15TB, most small offices should be able to be backed up with room to spare here. Also, with link aggregation, the DS1511+ surpasses its predecessor by delivering 197MB/sec in a RAID5 configuration, with 165MB/sec on the right side. The 2 LAN structure with failover support coupled with hot-swappable... Read more...
With the amount of smartphones, slates and UMPCs on the market today, the use of smaller hard drives is growing. 3.5" internal HDDs are fine, but won't fit in anything other than a desktop. Even the standard 2.5" HDDs that are used in most laptops have grown too large for products like the MacBook Air, which uses a pure Flash storage setup. iPods rely on 1.8" HDDs, but they're generally small in capacity and super expensive. What's the compromise? A 7mm 2.5" drive, which is a few millimeters thinner than the standard-height 9.5mm drives. Hitachi GST has just shipped the industry's first single-disc, 7mm 500GB hard drive. The Travelstar Z5K500 spins at 5400RPM, and the slim profile means that... Read more...
Synology may not have the name recognition that Seagate and Western Digital have, but that isn't stopping them from introducing their newest NAS drive. The DS211+ NAS Server is a full-featured 2-bay NAS designed to allow small businesses to hare files, centralize backup, and protect critical data quickly and efficiently. The DS211+ comes with the brand new hardware design, including a raft of major hardware upgrades. Its hot-swappable hard drive design minimizes the financial lost due to system downtime and increases reliability, while the 92mm low-rotation fan and efficient airflow design provide sufficient airflow to keep the system running cooler than its predecessor. The special material... Read more...
Hitachi revealed three new storage offerings with capacities up to 3TB. The new 3TB, 7,200 RPM Hitachi Deskstar Internal Hard Drive Kit comes with software that enables 32- and 64-bit Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, and Linux systems to utilize the full capacity and power of the 3TB drive as a single, massive data drive. The new Hitachi Internal Hard Drive Kit is available in capacities of 3TB and 2TB. The new Hitachi XL Desktop External Drive offers USB 2.0 connectivity and capacities of 3TB, 2TB and 1TB. Finally, Hitachi is shipping its new 3TB, 2TB and 1.5TB Deskstar 7K3000 drive family to OEMs and other distribution partners. The new Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 family comes with Hitachi’s... Read more...
At this time last year, USB 2.0 hard drives were all the rage. Just 12 months later, and now a whole bunch of new external HDDs have USB 3.0 support. And it's about time! Throughout the year, we have wondered why laptop and desktop makers weren't supporting USB 3.0 with any real frequency. Even today, loads of new notebooks are shipping with one (or none) USB 3.0 ports. We realize that not every USB peripheral will need to take advantage of the extra speed (mice and keyboards come to mind), but since they're backwards compatible, we see no real reason not to load up on them. But hopefully, as more companies start to ship cheaper USB 3.0 devices, computer makers will take the hint: we need USB... Read more...
Like it or not, "green" is still a buzzword with a lot of traction, and regardless of your thoughts on the matter, there's no doubt that saving energy and money is a win-win. Particularly if there's no performance hit. Seagate has just shipped a drive that they are calling the "industry's highest performance 'green' desktop hard drive." The new Barracuda Green HDD is a 3.5" drive designed for low-power PCs, multi-drive home networking systems and external PC storage. Previously, this unit was known as the Barracuda LP, and it combines the industry’s highest spin speed (5900 RPM) with Seagate’s SmartAlign technology. Still not quite as fast as some 7200RPM drives, but probably a lot... Read more...
The hard drive war continues to wage on, particularly in the 2.5" space. This mobile sector is becoming more and more important as devices shrink and desktop use continues to slowly fade. Today, Seagate is making a big mark on the sector, introducing the first 1TB 2.5" enterprise HDD. The new drive is called te Constellation.2, and it's designed for server storage applications and offers a solid combination of high capacity, leading 6Gb/s performance, superior data integrity, and best-in-class low power consumption. It's tailor made for system builders and OEMs who want to offer competitive, feature-rich, bulk storage solutions, and is fit for use in a range of applications in Directed Attached... Read more...
When you're talking hard drives, a couple of things really matter: size, reliability, and security. When you're in the enterprise, security matters more than most, and Toshiba understands that. The company has just revealed a new self-encrypting drive that's designed to Trusted Computing Group's "Oval" specification. The drive will have a 2.5" form factor and will spin at 7200RPM, and it'll have government-grade AES-256 hardware encryption. As stated, the unit will be based on the Opal Security Subsystem Class (Opal SSC) specification from the Trusted Computing Group (TCG), with the new Toshiba SED able to offer secure and quick deployment of encryption on notebook and desktop PCs to protect... Read more...
Super Talent's latest 480GB UltraDrive MX SSD is now shipping. This drive features a dual-interface with SATA II and mini-USB connections, making it possible for the drive to be used as an internal or an external drive. The UltraDrive MX also features the JMicron 616 which gives the drive the ability to reach 250MB/s read and 180MB/s write speeds. The UltraDrive MX supports the latest GC and Trim features which will help keep the drive running at optimum performance. The UltraDrive MX is also available in capacities of 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB. Super Talent Now Shipping 480GB UltraDrive MX SSD Dual Interface SSD makes the decision to upgrade to SSD even easier San Jose, California - November 17,... Read more...
Need a new hard drive for storing files on the go? Don't think too hard, we're sure you do. Question is, which one to buy? You've got tons and tons of options these days, from Seagate to WD to LaCie and beyond. But the newest pair of external hard drives here are coming from Buffalo's labs. The company has just launched two new portable HDD solutions, the MiniStation Stealth and the DriveStation Axis LED. Both of these are external units, with the Stealth staying true to its name and being the most portable. The other guy is a single drive storage solution combining a unique LED capacity meter display with easy to use features and reliable performance. The Stealth is a USB-powered unit that works... Read more...
Hitachi announced its new Ultrastar solid state drive family. The new Ultrastar SSD400S family comes in capacities of 100GB, 200GB and 400GB with 2.5-inch 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI or 3.5-inch 4Gb/s Fibre Channel interfaces. The 400GB SSD is designed to endure up to 35 petabytes of random writes over the life of the drive. The new Ultrastar SSD400S family also boasts of high sequential throughput with the ability to reach up to 535MB/s read and 500MB/s write throughput with 6Gb/s SAS, and 390MB/s read and 340MB/s write throughput with 4Gb/s FC. Hitachi GST is First Hard Drive Supplier to Deliver Enterprise-Class SAS and FC Solid State Drives Hitachi Brings Proven Enterprise Storage Expertise... Read more...
In this latest episode of the HotHardware Video Podcast, Marco, Dave and Iyaz chat about AMD's upcoming low-power Zacate APU for netbooks and thin-and-light notebooks, NVIDIA's brand new flagship GeForce GTX 580 GPU, content blocking on GoogleTV from the major networks (and potential hacks and workarounds), and we also take a look back at hard drive performance over the last decade and a half to see how far things progressed over the years. We’re also still looking for entries in the “Name our Podcast” contest—check out the video for some discussion on a few of our current favorite entries... Show Notes: 00:26 - AMD's Low Power Fusion APU: Zacate Unveiled 04:07 - Marco’s... Read more...
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