Items tagged with Hard Drive

When the likes of WD or Seagate launch a new hard drive, the product is hailed as a more efficient means of storing data. Useful? Very. High class or sexy? Not so much. You've got to admit that hard drives have gotten a bum rap. Granted, they're still the slowest part of the system, but HDD manufacturers deserve a bit more credit than they typically get. We decided to take a look at how standard, spinning hard drive performance has evolved over the past 14 years. We rounded up a representative group of hard drives, formatted them, scanned them for bad sectors, and ran a few modern benchmarks to see how much performance has improved. Unsung Heroes: 14 Years of Hard Drive Performance... Read more...
Of all the components in a typical PC, the hard drive is typically viewed as the least sexy and most scorned. When AMD or Intel launch a new CPU, they fill PR statements with promises of incredibly fast databases and improved 3D rendering. If AMD and NVIDIA launch new GPUs, the Intertubes hum with promises of realistic graphics, higher resolutions, and multi-monitor gaming. When the likes of Western Digital or Seagate launch a new hard drive, the product is hailed as a more efficient means of storing por...umm, data. Useful?  Very. High class or sexy? Not so much. To add insult to injury, hard drives are often dragged into conversations on completely different topics. HDD performance is... Read more...
LaCie announced a major update to its line of hard drives with the LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0. With the announcement, LaCie is combining the speed of USB 3.0 with the design of Philippe Starck. The drive is encased in 2mm of sturdy aluminum, making it resistant to the everyday bumps of life and improving the heat dissipation. The LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0 comes with LaCie Setup Assistant software as well as LaCie Backup Assistant. The drive also comes with one year of online storage via Wuala Online Storage.  The LaCie Starck Mobile USB 3.0 will be available in a 500GB capacity. LaCie Brings Industry-Leading Speeds to High Design: LaCie Starck Mobile Drive USB 3.0 LaCie announced today... Read more...
Toshiba announced the Blade X-gale SSD series of high capacity, high performance solid-state storage drives. These new drives come in capacities of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. They tout a maximum sequential read speed of 220MB/s and a maximum sequential write speed of 180MB/s.  The drives have a small footprint and are 2.2mm thick, making them the thinnest drives available within the company's portfolio of SSD solutions. Toshiba Introduces High Performance Blade-Type SSD Modules with Capacities up to 256GB At a Thickness of 2.2mm, the 128GB Module is 42 Percent Thinner than the Typical mSATA Form Factor IRVINE, Calif., and TOKYO, Nov. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba) and Toshiba... Read more...
If you have a bunch of old hard drives laying around, collecting dust, there's a good use for them that you may have not considered. TRENDnet has just introduced a new batch of 5Gbps USB 3.0 hard drive enclosures, which means that your old hard drives have now been given a new lease on life as lightning fast external drives. Both 3.5" and 2.5" enclosures are available. You get it home, pop a hard drive into it, and enjoy USB 3.0 speeds without having to buy an entire drive-filled solution from Western Digital or Seagate. Of course, both of these units are backwards compatible with USB 2.0, and the aluminum enclosures not only look pretty decent, but act to help keep 'em cool. The 2.5" version... Read more...
Oh my, is that Hitachi's new G-Drive with G-Technology in your pocket, the slimmest external hard drive on the planet, or are you just really unhappy to see us? Oh it is Hitachi's G-Drive! That would explain the ultra-slim footprint. The G-Drive is a 2.5-inch external unit measuring just 128.6mm (L) x 82mm (W) x 9.9mm (H), so you can fill it with confidential files and slide it in your pocket with no one ever being the wiser. "Our new G-DRIVE slim is yet another way that we’re making high quality storage more accessible and affordable for consumers," said Mike Williams, vice president and general manager, Hitachi GST Branded Business. "There’s been mounting interest from our global... Read more...
LaCie announced the addition of 3TB hard drive capacity options to its LaCie d2 USB 3.0 and LaCie 2big USB 3.0. With this announcement, LaCie’s 2big USB 3.0 is now available with 6TB of total storage. Because the storage solution uses USB 3.0, it also gets a boost in speed—it's capable of reaching 306MB/s. The d2 USB 3.0 also gets a speed boost thanks to USB 3.0. This drive achieves 156MB/s with the inclusion of a 3TB hard drive. LaCie 2Big USB 3.0 Breaks 300MB/s Barrier with 3TB Hard Drives Today, LaCie demonstrates technology leadership with the availability of 3TB hard drives and the demonstration of record speeds in two of its professional storage solutions – LaCie d2 USB... Read more...
Other World Computing is hoping to make it a bit easier for you to upgrade the hard drive in your MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac mini storage, or PC laptop and be "green" in the process thanks to its new OWC DIY Hard Drive Kit. Essentially, this kit bundles everything you'll need to upgrade the existing hard drive and reuse the old drive as an external drive. The kit is available with various hard drive options, including a 1TB model or a SSD drive for maximum performance. The kit also comes with cables, a toolkit, and web-based instructional videos. Select kits also come with a software bundle. OWC ANNOUNCES LOW-COST DO-IT-YOURSELF “DIY” 1 TB HARD DRIVE KITS FOR LAPTOPS Quick & Easy... Read more...
We'd all love to deck out our desktops and notebooks with high-speed, capacious solid state drives (SSD), but let's face, as good as the technology is, SSDs are still too frakking expensive for mainstream consumption. We're not talking about those puny 64GB SSDs that can be had for comparatively cheap. Sure they're affordable, but once you install an OS and a few programs, you're back to relying on a hard drive. The alternative? Buy a bigger a SSD. The only problem with that is who wants to drop over a grand on a 500GB SSD, especially when it takes two just to get to 1TB? There's another alternative in hybrid drives, which combine the best of both worlds -- the capacity of a hard drive and some... Read more...
Today, Western Digital announced the world's highest density hard drive, as they reach the 3TB mark with their newest, 5th generation Caviar Green product. The Caviar Green 3TB serves up a super-sized combination of reduced power consumption, lower operating temperature, and a quieter operation.  Unfortunately, if you're still using Windows XP, don't expect your system to make full use of any 3TB drive (yet). The problem is that older operating systems, in combination with a legacy BIOS and master boot record (MBR) partition table scheme, face a barrier at 2.19TB.  Existing motherboards utilizing BIOS (non-UEFI), GPT ready operating systems like Windows 7 64-bit, and appropriate storage... Read more...
While solid state drives get faster, mechanical hard drives get larger. Not long ago, we celebrated the first 1TB hard drive, and since then, welcomed 1.5TB and eventually 2TB drives to the consumer market. Yes, the performance increase that SSD's offer is more than impressive. However, they still can't touch the capacity that traditional hard drives provide tech-savvy, budget conscious consumers and system builders. When it comes to cost per gigabyte analysis, hard drives possess a huge advantage over SSD's. Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB Hard Drive Today, Western Digital announces the world's highest density hard drive, as they reach the 3TB mark with their newest, 5th generation Caviar Green... Read more...
Network storage seems to be growing more and more popular these days, as broadband becomes more widely available and people are continually on the move. Local storage is very limited by proximity, whereas NAS units can be accessed from anywhere in the world where an Internet connection is available. Buffalo understands the market dynamics, and they're introducing a new line of consumer NAS units in the V-Series. These new devices are being added to the LinkStation lineup; the new high performance V-Series line now consists of the LinkStation Pro, LinkStation Pro Duo and LinkStation Pro Quad. Each member of the new LinkStation V-Series family utilizes a 1.6 GHz processor, giving users unbeatable... Read more...
The Pogoplug has a new version. Pogoplug made its name a few years back by creating a product that would allow standard USB hard drives to be converted into NAS drives. The idea is simple: the Pogoplug has a number of USB ports, and when those are filled with USB hard drives, they're put online and able to be accessed remotely. The Pogoplug Pro is the newest in the family. It has a similar design, but this edition is black and clear. It has four USB 2.0 ports on the rear, enabling up to four USB hard drives to be placed online. The main difference here is that this unit has integrated Wi-Fi, whereas prior editions required an Ethernet connection to your router/broadband modem. With the Pro, the... Read more...
Hitachi announced the new Ultrastar C10K600 enterprise hard drive. The 10K RPM, 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Enterprise hard drive is available in capacities of 300, 450, and 600GB. These 2.5-inch drives consume 65 percent less power than Hitachi’s 3.5-inch enterprise hard drives. The drive is the only drive in its class to use a 64MB cache. The new Ultrastar drives also feature average seek times as low as 3.7 milliseconds and an average latency time of 3.0 milliseconds. For hard-drive-level data security, the Ultrastar C10K600 drive family offers optional Bulk Data Encryption. Hitachi Ships Industry’s Fastest and Most Power-Efficient 10K RPM Enterprise Hard Drive Best Performance,... Read more...
Bigger, better, faster. That motto goes a long way in the storage world, and Hitachi GST is making strides in the 2.5" department. The company has just announced a new 375GB/platter 2.5" drive, which means that they have crammed 750GB onto a single notebook drive. Both 5400rpm and 7200rpm versions are available, and in case you didn't know, it's a industry record for size on a drive of this size. These drives use the industry standard 9.5mm design, and there are also two other sizes available: 640GB and 500GB. The Travelstar 5K750 and 7K750 drive families are the first Hitachi GST hard drives that feature Advanced Format, which increases the physical sector size on hard drives from 512 bytes... Read more...
3TB hard drives are not completely unheard of. Months back, Seagate introduced a single drive with 3TB of capacity, and now Western Digital is doing the same. But this isn't just a component hard drive that you can stuff into your existing desktop; instead, it's being offered within the My Book Essential, a new USB 3.0 drive with the most space ever for a drive in this range. WD is also catering to portable hard drive users with updates in the My Passport Essential and Essential SE lines. These USB-powered drives now support SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) and come in a variety of colors. My Passport Essential, still WD's smallest portable drive, is available in a 500 GB capacity and comes in five colors... Read more...
Toshiba says it's targeting the "everyday consumer" with its new Canvio Basics portable hard drive line, but really it's going after anyone who simply needs additional portable storage without added extras like backup software, encryption, and other features that add to the bottom line. Just plug it in and start transferring files. "With the Canvio Basics line, we wanted to bring an effortless digital storage solution to the masses," said Manuel Camarena, product manager for consumer storage at Toshiba Storage Device Division. "This new drive offers a sleek solution with plenty of storage capacity for the growing amount of digital content, from photos and videos to music and documents. The Canvio... Read more...
Need a portable hard drive, but aren't willing to get two in order to have enough space? Maybe Seagate can help. The company just launched the industry's first 1.5TB portable HDD, a GoFlex-branded product that gets 1.5TB of space onto a single, portable 2.5" HDD. The case itself is somewhat larger than "typical" 2.5" external HDDs, but it does include a GoFlex dongle on the bottom in order to support GoFlex docking solutions. Another new protocol that this unit supports is USB 3.0. It also ships with a load of Paramount films, which can be unlocked and view instantly via an online key. Seagate expects this drive to perform around 10x faster than your portable USB 2.0 drive, and it ships with... Read more...
Memorex used to a name that everyone knew. And we mean everyone. They were just as popular as Polaroid or Sony in their heyday, but the brand has faded in recent years. But it hasn't vanished completely. It's still alive and kicking, and the company is introducing a new external hard drive today under the "Mirror" nameplate. The Mirror For Photos hard drive is designed to be carried around by photographers, automatically backing up their images. It requires a one-time software install to go about its business, and afterwards, it'll auto-backup each time it is plugged into the computer. It works on both Mac and PC, and is available in three sizes, 320GB, 500GB and 640GB, or an estimated capacity... Read more...
Just a few days ago, the USB-IF proclaimed that 100 devices had been certified for use with USB 3.0. Now it looks like they won't have long before reaching their next milestone. LaCie, a leader in the storage industry with a knack for designing stylish drives that look quite a bit better than anything else in the sector, has just introduced two new products that incorporate the fastest version of USB. The first is the 2big USB 3.0, which a twin drive device that holds two 7200RPM hard drives and offers users the security of RAID with up to 4TB of space. It uses the company's familiar matte silver finish and promises to transfer information at up to 205MB/sec. The next device is the single drive... Read more...
Imation is expanding its Apollo family of external hard disk drives by adding the new Apollo Expert D300, Apollo Expert D200, Apollo Expert M200, and Apollo M100 hard drives to its lineup. As the flagship drive in the portfolio, the Apollo Expert D300 uses USB 3.0 technology to move data up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0-based drives. The Apollo Expert D300 is available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. The Apollo Expert D200 External Hard Drive comes in capacities ranging from 500GB to 2TB. This drive is a USB 2.0-powered model with a brushed silver, industrial design and a removable stand. The Apollo Expert M200 Portable Hard Drive comes with a five-year limited warranty and offers storage... Read more...
Those new to the storage market may be unfamiliar with G-Technology. It was a company swallowed by Hitachi a few years back, and it remains (quietly) one of the more stylish HDD brands on the market today. The only real competition in terms of design is given by LaCie, but today G-Tech is taking a step in the right direction by proving that they also value reliability. The company just announced that they are transitioning their entire line (the G-SPEED RAID one, anyway) to high-grade, enterprise-class hard drives. With solutions ranging from the new four-bay G-SPEED Q with a quad interface to the 16-bay Fibre Channel G-SPEED FC XL, all G-Tech G-SPEED products will feature Hitachi Ultrastar drives,... Read more...
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