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They are still quite expensive, and not large enough for our tastes, but Seagate is still jumping into the flash-based hard drive market.  Their first entry will most likely be in the enterprise market, according to CEO Bill Watkins. "We are going to have a solid state drive, probably for enterprise first," Watkins said on Wednesday. Seagate's decision is a significant turning point for the storage market. The flash versus magnetic debate has been the most high-profile issue in the storage world for the past two years. Rather than trying to fight the trend, Seagate is going to cover all the bases by manufacturing flash drives. But it won't release the products immediately:... 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...
Seagate, the worlds largest hard drive manufacturer, has developed hard drives equipped with encryption capabilities making it impossible to read or boot an equipped hard drive without authentication. By requireing a password or key before the hard drive even boots, encrypted drives offer a new level of security to help maintain security in business and government settings where lost or stolen employee hardware has cost millions of dollars and credibility. Seagate Technology LLC, the world's largest hard drive maker, announced Monday the first manufacturer to sell laptop PCs with its new built-in encryption technology. The hard drives, to be available in laptops made by ASI Computer Technologies,... Read more...
Today, Intel announced it's entry into the realm of flash hard drives with the introduction of the Z-U130. The Z-U130 will come in sizes ranging from 1 to 8 GBs and according to Intel, will have a sustained write speed of 28Mb per second; average magnetic platter hard drives sport write speeds varying from 30 to 75MB per second. Furthermore, the new drives will connect to PCs through USB 1.1 or 2.0 interfaces. Intel has also done some initial testing of it's new product and estimates the mean time before failure (MTBF) to be around 5 million hours for its new flash based hard drives. Intel announced today that the company is releasing its first entry into the flash-based hard drive... Read more...
The blokes at the inquirer have pointed out that Samsung is now shipping laptop hybrid drives to its customers: "The MH80 series comes in 80GB, 120GB and 180GB sizes. The 2.5-inch drive has 128 or 256MB of flash memory and combines mangetic [sic] optical characteristics. Samsung claims it will give faster boot and resume times, better reliability and increased battery life." Samsung also manufactures desktop hard drives, but no word on when they will go hybrid. Somebody please cue the Jeopardy theme song.... Read more...
Traditional magnetic platter hard drives not cutting it for you? Well what ever the reason, you may now have a legitimate alternative. Recently, according to The Inquirer, companies have been taking advantage of advances in NAND memory to create 2.5 inch flash disk drives with high enough capacities and performance to be practically used in notebooks. With capacities ranging from 32Gb to 160Gb, some read speed is left to be desired in comparison to traditional HDs, but the write speed of flash drives blows their magnetic predecessors out of the water. It seems that 2007 will be the year of flash-based drives finally starting to nibble into the market share of the only current logical... Read more...
Hard drive shuts itself off after detecting the laws of gravity Samsung introduced today two new lines of hard drives featuring an optional free-fall sensor. The M80 SATA Series and M80 Series drives can optionally be fitted with a free-fall sensor that will park the drive and turn it off upon sensing a drop of 30cm or about a foot. Both lines use Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) technology and come in a 2.5" form factor. The M80 SATA and M80 Series are Samsung's first hard drives based on PMR technology. Unlike traditional longitudinal recording technology, which lays data bits end to end where they can flip and corrupt data on the disc, PMR technology places the data bits perpendicular... Read more...
As reported earlier this month in Unauthorized Access Denied, Lenovo is shipping encryptable hard drives in its ThinkPad series. Now we see hard drive manufacturers starting to eliminate the middleman and offer this functionality themselves. Seagate is the first to announce encryptable drives with their DriveTrust Technology. DriveTrust Technology delivers new levels of simplicity, transparency and cost- effectiveness for securing digital information. The Seagate security platform automatically protects all drive data, not just selected partitions or files, at all times, and its security functions operate independently of the hard drive, preserving... Read more...
New Scientist magazine's blog, Invention, is reporting that Seagate is filing a patent for a new self-lubrication technique to be used in hard drives. The new technology uses a material consisting of millions of carbon nanotubes to store the lubricant. As the hard drive spins, a lubricating vapor will "leak" out of the material and spread itself over the hard disk platter, protecting it against fatal head crashes. The read-write head(s) of a hard drive usually rides on a thin layer of fluid, such as air or lubricant. This layer prevents the head from touching the delicate surface of the hard drive platter. Such contact is often referred to as a "head crash".... Read more...
If you're looking for information on the ultimate mobile ATA hard drive, our friends at the Tech Report have the scoop.  Geoff just posted up a mobile hard drive round-up that'll arm you with the information you need to make an educated purchase. "To gain a better understanding of how the performance of today's latest and greatest 2.5" mobile ATA drives looks, we've gathered seven drives from the likes of Fujitsu, Hitachi, Seagate, and Western Digital. This mix of drives includes a little of everything, including a 160 GB perpendicular monster and a couple of 7,200-RPM speed demons. We've also thrown in a lowly 4,200 RPM drive that... Read more...
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