Items tagged with Hard drives

Many companies are taking advantage of Earth Day to call attention to the green products they offer. Today, Seagate is capitalizing on the Earth Day buzz by announcing shipment of a power-thrifty desktop hard drive family that combines large storage capacity with the best power efficiency and performance in its class. According to Seagate, the new line of Seagate Barracuda LP (Low Power) hard drives uses as much as 50% less electricity than standard desktop hard drives. Seagate also claims the Barracuda LP hard drives use as much as 25% less electricity than competitors’ green hard drives. These hard drives help organizations cut power costs and provide a more eco-friendly footprint. In addition,... Read more...
Today, Western Digital entered the Solid State Disk (SSD) market through the acquisition of SiliconSystems.  Now that the $65 million cash deal is complete, integration into Western Digital begins immediately. SiliconSystems will now be known as the WD Solid-State Storage business unit. SiliconSystems sells its SiliconDrive products to the embedded systems market for use in servers and storage devices. The drives are also used in areas such as network-communications, industrial, medical, military, and aerospace markets. Western Digital is hoping to exploit this product base as well as SiliconSystems’ cross-licensing agreement with SanDisk. SiliconSystems accounted for a third of worldwide... Read more...
OWC ANNOUNCES VOYAGER HARD DRIVE DOCKING BUNDLES WITH FIREWIRE 800/400, USB 2.0, & ESATA INTERFACESIncludes NewerTech Voyager Q “Quad Interface” or Voyager S2 “Dual Interface” Hard Drive Dock, Highest Capacity, Most Energy Efficient SATA Hard Drive Options up to 2.0TB,& Intech/Prosoft/NovaStor Disk Utility Software February 26, 2009, Woodstock, IL -- Other World Computing (OWC) https://www.macsales.com, a leading Mac and PC technology company, announced today nine new OWC Voyager Hard Drive Docking Bundles that come complete with the NewerTech Voyager hard drive dock; a high performance, SATA hard drive with options including the most energy efficient operation and/or highest capacity... Read more...
Seagate Technology is now the second hard drive manufacturer to announce a 3.5-inch hard drive with a 2TB capacity. Western Digital got the honor of being the first to announce its 2TB drive last week, the WD Caviar Green (WD20EADS) SATA drive. Seagate's 2TB drive is actually part of a new family of enterprise-class hard drives called Constellation. The new hard drive family consists of 2.5-inch Constellation drives in 160GB and 500GB capacities, and 3.5-inch Constellation ES drives in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities. All of the new drives, except for the 2.5-inch 160GB model, will be available in both SATA and SAS 2.0 interface versions. (The 2.5-inch 160GB drive will only be available with a... Read more...
Today Seagate has announced two new models of its award winning and industry mainstay Cheetah enterprise class hard drives, the Cheetah 15K.7 and Cheetah NS.2. What’s really significant about these models is that they are 3.5” form factor drives in larger than previously available (SAS) capacities. This means that companies with server and storage arrays that already have backplanes and rack sleds for 3.5” drives can be upgraded in capacity without having to be replaced thus increasing the equipments lifecycle. This fits especially well in this economic climate where IT budgets have been slashed while storage needs continue to rise. The new Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 and Cheetah NS.2 drives provide... Read more...
USB 2.0 might be the present undisputed king of peripheral interfaces, but it certainly is not the only option available, nor is it even the fastest. FireWire 400 (400Mbps), FireWire 800 (800Mbps), and eSATA (300Gbps) are also viable peripheral interfaces found on many desktops and even some laptops--and two of them are even significantly faster than USB 2.0 (480Mbps); which explains why Verbatim has decided to produce a series of external hard drives that include all four interfaces.Not only is Verbatim's goal with its Quad Interface Desktop Hard Drives to cover as many possible user scenarios as possible, but it is also promoting the drives as a simple means of guaranteeing that the drives... Read more...
WD SHIPS SECOND-GENERATION GREEN HARD DRIVES WITH SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED POWER EFFICIENCY AND PERFORMANCE WD’s Best Selling Eco-friendly WD Caviar Green Drive Continues to be the Most Power-Efficient, Coolest and Quietest 3.5-inch Hard Drive in the Market LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Oct. 1, 2008 - WD (NYSE: WDC) today announced the second-generation of its highly popular and environmentally friendly WD Caviar Green desktop hard drives, which feature the company’s GreenPower technology to significantly reduce power consumption, compared with standard hard drives. The new platform is based on WD’s 333 GB/platter technology with 32 MB cache, producing capacities ranging from 500 GB to 1 TB.... Read more...
WD SHIPS 500 GB CAPACITY NOTEBOOK HARD DRIVESCompany Expands Industry Leadership in Areal Density at 250 GB-Per-Platter For 2.5-inch Standard Form Factor Notebook Hard Drives LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Sept. 12, 2008 - WD (NYSE: WDC) today announced that it has commenced volume shipments and OEM qualifications of its WD Scorpio Blue 2.5-inch notebook hard drives with capacities up to 500 GB. Utilizing industry-leading 250 GB-per-platter technology, the new WD Scorpio Blue 500 GB and 400 GB SATA hard drives are designed for notebook computers and portable storage devices.WD Scorpio Blue delivers high-performance with a 3 Gb/s transfer rate, while including proprietary features that make the drive extraordinarily... Read more...
The Data Center, HotHardware's new community for IT professionals, is sponsored by Dell's Future of Storage. This article is part of our ongoing series of topics and discussions related to IT, Enterprise Storage and related storage technologies. WD'S THIRD-GENERATION HIGH CAPACITY ENTERPRISE SATA HARD DRIVES OFFER NEW AND ENHANCED FEATURES AND NEW ELECTRONICS FOR RELIABILITY IN DEMANDING ENVIRONMENTS LAKE FOREST, Calif. - June 19, 2008 - Addressing the growing enterprise market for highly reliable high-capacity storage, WD (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is now shipping the new WD RE3 SATA hard drives, the company's latest generation of "RE" family drives. As data centers become larger and more... Read more...
Just in case you shot right down to the news section this morning and missed the link at the top of the page, we wanted to pop in and let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and power consumption of Western Digital's Caviar and RE.2 GreenPower 1TB hard drives.  In addition to their large capacities, these drives offer a number of proprietary features designed to lower their power consumption and acoustic profiles, like IntelliPower, IntelliSeek, IntelliPark, and in the RE.2's case RAFF (Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward).  Click the link below and check them out...WD Caviar and RE2 GreenPower 1TB... Read more...
WD® MAXIMIZES TWO-PLATTER 3.5-INCH HARD DRIVES TO 640 GB CAPACITY POINTCompany Ships in Volume New Capacity Sweet SpotLAKE FOREST, CALIF. – Mar. 19, 2008 – WD® (NYSE: WDC) announced today that it is now shipping in volume its WD Caviar® SE16 640 GB 3.5-inch hard drives based on 320 GB-per-platter technology -- a platform that it has been shipping since January 2008 and is serving as the foundation of all of the company's 3.5-inch drive families.Ideal for data-intensive applications, high-performance computing and multimedia systems, the WD Caviar SE16 640 GB drives deliver high performance with their extreme areal density, 3 Gb/s transfer rate, and Native Command Queuing (NCQ).... Read more...
Hitachi can read the digital writing on the wall. Small hard disk drives have nowhere to go but down, soon to be made obsolete by NAND flash memory. They're phasing out their small drive business and focusing on making their bigger 2.5" and 3.5" drives. Large-sized hard disk drives used in PCs and servers hold a cost advantage over NAND flash chips, but profitability was hit hard in the market for 1.0- and 1.8-inch drives as storage capacity has increased and prices have come down for NAND chips.Hitachi's loss-making hard disk drive unit, which competes with larger rivals Seagate Technology and Western Digital Corp, shipped about 560,000 units of 1.8-inch drives in July-September, or 2.3 percent... Read more...
Subcontractor, located in China?  Sounds suspiciously like something to do with toys, doesn't it?  But this involves hard drives, rather than toys and lead paint.Seagate is warning that a "small number" of its Maxtor Basics Personal Storage 3200 hard drives recently shipped with the Virus.Win32.AutoRun.ah virus, malicious software that "searches for passwords for online games and sends them to a server located in China," according to a note posted on the Seagate Web site. Only drives purchased since August 2007 are affected, Seagate said.The hard drive maker is blaming an unnamed subcontractor, located in China, for the problem. Seagate said it learned about the problem from anti-virus... Read more...
They don't actually say that. They have announced that "media stockpilers" can expect to find up to 4 Terabytes on a typical desktop, and 1 Terabyte on your average laptop by the end of this decade.  They're  presenting their method for cramming all those ones and zeros on a platter at the Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Conference in Tokyo today. They use the technology that won two European scientists the Nobel this year: Giant Magnetoresistance, updated with super small disk drive heads. Capacities of hard drives have grown as researchers have crammed more bits of data closer together while also making the heads sensitive enough to read the data. The industry looks to new technologies... Read more...
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