Items tagged with Seagate

Another day, another batch of mobile hard drives to store your ever-growing library of memories and documents. Seagate has today announced that its Wireless Plus mobile storage family has added a 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB version. Plus, there's now integration with popular cloud storage platforms such as Google Drive and Dropbox. In essence, these drives enable media that's stored to be easily streamed on nearby mobile devices -- everything from a Galaxy Tab to an iPhone to a Kindle Fire or a Surface 2. If you just don't have enough internal storage on your mobile device, or you have multiple kids looking to stream multiple things at once, this makes for a nifty solution. The Seagate Media app’s... Read more...
LaCie is in the process of informing its customers that any purchases made on the company's website within the last year could be compromised. The even scarier part about this is that the suspected data breach could have went on longer -- maybe much longer -- if the FBI didn't inform LaCie last month that it had reason to believe a person used malware to gain access to information from customer transactions made from March 27, 2013 to March 10, 2014. Everything about this situation is disturbing. There's the fact that this went on for so long unbeknownst to LaCie, and also that after being alerted to the situation on March 19, 2014, LaCie waited almost an entire month to let affected customers... Read more...
There’s another 6TB HDD player in the mix, as Seagate announced its latest enterprise-class hard drive, the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v.4, and the company claims that it can beat the competition’s performance by 25%. Regardless, 6TB is incredible density for a single HDD, and Seagate’s version features enterprise-class reliability and Self-Encrypting Drives (SED) with Instant Secure Erase for security. The 7200rpm drives offer either a 12Gbps SAS interface or a SATA 6Gbps interface, and Seagate says that they’re ideal for data centers that are supporting cloud solutions, as well as surveillance applications and enterprise backup and restore. “Unstructured... Read more...
Seagate’s LaCie brand has boldly laid claim to the distinction of having the world’s fastest portable external storage solution with its Thunderbolt 2-equipped Little Big Disk. LaCie says that the unit can rock speeds of up to 1,375MBps. (Note that’s megabytes, not megabits.) The Little Big Disk is outfitted with two 500GB PCIe Gen 2 SSDs in RAID 0, and LaCie says that the solution is ideal for 4K video editing, with the ability to transfer 300GB of 4K footage in under three minutes. A big selling point for the Little Big Disk is the ability to daisy chain it with other units, thanks to the two Thunderbolt 2 ports. This makes the solution scalable in terms of capacity and can... Read more...
Back in December, online backup provider Backblaze presented a simple question: "Enterprise Drives: Fact or Fiction?" The answer, at least based-upon the company's small sampling of drives (over 10,000 "drive hours" were tested), it was discovered that enterprise drives don't necessarily live longer. In fact, in Backblaze's particular case, they lived shorter lives. Of course, "enterprise" drives are designed for more than just longer life, but this kind of test proves that those who might opt for so-called enterprise / RAID drives might be overspending for features they don't need, with the false assurance of buying drives that will live longer. This discovery struck home with me, because I... Read more...
Seagate and LaCie came to CES with armloads of new storage devices, and the first thing that jumps out at you about the whole schmeer is the impressive capacity of the lot of them. And capacity, it seems, was indeed a focus. “People around the world are in urgent need of space to store their most cherished memories, information and data, so we at Seagate are on a mission to provide people with the space they need for all of their lifelong experiences,” said Scott Horn, VP marketing. “To keep pace with changing needs and demands, we have to remove limits around design, function, form and features.” Seagate Backup FAST First up is the Seagate Backup Plus FAST ($299.99),... Read more...
You may not have heard of Supertron Electronics before, but over in India, the company's name is much better known. Supertron has a longstanding relationship with Seagate which, for thirteen years, existed as an import partner and sub-distributor. In 2006, Supertron became an official Seagate National Distributor, giving Seagate an extended presence in India and local areas. Apparently some unscrupulous folks have decided to take advantage of both company's good names. According to Supertron Electronics, gray market dealers are importing fake Seagate hard drives, rebadging them as Supertron models, and then selling them inside and outside of India with seemingly favorable warranties. Seagate's... Read more...
Tablets are crazy popular, there's no arguing that. At the same time, they're also incredibly gimped in terms of storage capacity when compared to full fledged desktops and notebooks, and though putting data in the cloud helps address this discrepancy, that won't do you a lick of good during an Internet outage. At some point, tablets have to start offering more storage space, and Seagate wants to help accelerate the process. To do that, Seagate announced its new Ultra Mobile HDD designed exclusively for mobile devices. When integrated with its Mobile Enablement Kit, which includes Seagate's Dynamic Data Driver software technology, tablet makers suddenly have an upgrade path to 7X the storage... Read more...
Seagate’s Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD) technology is taking a step forward, into the enterprise space. The company announced that it has created the “world’s fastest” enterprise hard drive with the Seagate Enterprise Turbo SSHD. Seagate’s SSHD technology has been available in notebooks and desktops for some time now, and it ostensibly offers near-SSD performance at near-HDD prices by incorporating some solid state technology with traditional spinning disk design. The ‘tweener option is an interesting one, and it makes sense in the enterprise space. Seagate bills the drive as ideal for servers that operate mission-critical operations such as big data and... Read more...
In a perfect world, solid state drives (SSDs) would offer the same capacity as mechanical hard drives for the same or similar price, but we don't live in a perfect world. Mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) still offer the best bang-for-buck, and due to their large capacities, they're often desirable in the enterprise environments. So it goes with Seagate's new Terascale HDD and Enterprise Performance 10K HDD v7, a pair of drives optimized for emerging cloud infrastructures and large scale data centers. "Over the next eight years, the capacity shipped into the cloud will double and by 2020 personal and enterprise clouds will account for greater than 60 percent of the total storage capacity shipped.... Read more...
Seagate on Tuesday unveiled a new line of drives custom-built for always-on network attached storage (NAS) systems. Multiple capacities are available, including a 4TB model that's currently the industry's highest capacity available from a single NAS HDD. The new drives are intended for NAS boxes with up to five drive bays. "Today about 50 percent of NAS arrays are sold diskless meaning that customers are challenged with identifying and installing the right storage for their system. By developing a drive like NAS HDD, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it and made it easy for customers to identify the right drive for their system," said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. "By... Read more...
Remember the days when a 9.5mm hard drive seemed thin? And then the 7mm drive came along? Say hello to one that's even slimmer: the 5mm HDD. Western Digital may have hit first, but Seagate is close behind -- this week launching a 5mm ultra-thin hard drive of its own, which is destined for ultra-mobile PCs and tablets from OEMs like Asus and Dell. In fact, the drive will begin shipping this week, enabling those product makers to produce form factors that are even thinner. "When we originally demonstrated this solution last September, we knew we had a truly innovative product that would empower our partners to reimagine mobile applications," said Steve Luczo, president, CEO and chairman of Seagate.... Read more...
Sure, you love video. You love streaming it, and you love storing it. But have you ever stopped to wonder where all of that digital goodness is stored? Seagate is thinking about that, hence the introduction of the industry's first purpose-built 4TB Video HDD. The Seagate Video 3.5 HDD has been built specifically for use in video applications such as digital video recorders (DVRs), set-top boxes (STBs), and surveillance systems. Purpose-built for video solutions, the Video 3.5 HDD can store up to 480 hours of high-definition (HD) content making it the industry’s highest-capacity drive designed specifically for video. Engineered to deliver superior performance and operation in three key areas... Read more...
As it turns out, Seagate isn’t going “all-hybrid” after all; the company announced today that it’s releasing an entire lineup of SSDs, including its first client side SSD and updates to its enterprise SSDs. Previously, Seagate had made a niche for itself with hybrid drives (SSHDs), offering the slim, faster-than-HDD options for notebooks, but now the company is braving the waters of the SSD market. The 2.5-inch Seagate 600 SSD is designed for laptops and offers multiple z-heights (including a 5mm drive) and with a SATA 6Gbps interface with up to 550/450 sustained sequential read/write speeds. It’s available in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB. Seagate 600 SSD... Read more...
Although it’s by no means the only 4TB desktop hard drive on the block, Seagate’s new Desktop HDD does boast an impressive density of 1TB per platter, which the company claims is an industry first. Seagate has a couple more industry-leading declarations for the drive, too, including the lowest cost per gigabyte and highest average data rate (146MBps). We’ll hold off on declaring much of anything until we lay one of these puppies down in a test bed, but in any case the 3.5-inch Desktop HDD has solid specs, including a SATA 6Gbps interface, OptiCacheT technology for a performance boost, AcuTrac technology for more dependable performance, power conservation modes, and Disk Wizard... Read more...
This weekend, we posted news that Seagate is discontinuing its 7200RPM notebook hard drives, which is a move that signaled more of a focus on flash-based storage solutions over spinning magnetic disks. As it turns out, Seagate isn’t abandoning HDDs in favor of SSDs--the company is going all-hybrid. Seagate announced the Seagate Laptop SSHD (“solid state hybrid drive”), slim 7mm Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD, and the a desktop version, the Seagate Desktop SSHD. Flash has clearly been the superior alternative to spinning magnetic disk-based consumer storage for a long time, but cost has lingered as a hindrance to adoption. Meet the Seagate SSHD Family However, Seagate is pitching these... Read more...
We've long since wondered when SSDs would hit a price (and size) threshold that most mainstream consumers would opt for one over a conventional HDD. We're still a few years out from that, we imagine, but you can see the writing on the wall. Seagate, one of the world's largest storage companies, already has a mind to kill off the 2.5" (laptop-sized) 7200RPM hard drive from its portfolio. Why? Flash storage is taking off in a major way for portables, while desktops still seem to favor slow-but-huge in many cases. Moreover, the introduction of the hybrid HDD (part flash, part HDD) has made getting a taste of flash a little cheaper. David Burks, director of marketing and product management at Seagate... Read more...
Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE). Ever heard of it? Probably not, but you may very well have heard of UltraViolet. DECE is the organization behind UltraViolet, which the entity describes as "a unique way to collect and enjoy movies and TV shows in the cloud." It's really nothing more than a fancy, cloud-friendly DRM for watching streaming movies, and outside of Apple, it has gobs of support from movie studios and most consumer companies. Now, you can add another name to that list: Seagate. DECE members include major Hollywood studios such as Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Brothers, Fox Studios and Paramount Pictures as well as leading consumer electronics companies such as... Read more...
Mac users need backup love too, don't you know? All kidding aside, Seagate has added a new hard drive to its collection today with the unveiling of the Backup Plus Storage for OS X. In order to cater to newer Macs with USB 3.0 built in from the factor, the new Backup Plus Portable for Mac and Backup Plus Desktop for Mac drives will support SuperSpeed transmissions while also maintained backwards compatibility with USB 2.0. Furthermore, the Seagate Dashboard software included on Backup Plus for Mac drives delivers a quick and easy path to Save and Share personal photos and videos on Facebook and Flickr.  Available immediately from Amazon, and other retailers including Seagate.com, Seagate... Read more...
We knew the story had to end sometime, and now there's confirmation. Seagate and Lacie have just announced the completion of a deal that'll see the latter acquired by the former. Seagate was already the larger of the two, and now it's even bigger. Picking up Lacie is probably a wise move; it'll expand its portfolio, and it'll give it access to a panache and design that was lacking from Seagate's existing offerings. Now that the deal is done, Seagate has procured all of the shares of Philippe Spruch and his affiliate, representing 64.5% of the outstanding shares of Lacie for a provisional price of €4.05 per share. The price payable to Philippe Spruch and his affiliate may be increased by... Read more...
Street cred isn't easy to come by on your own, but sometimes it can be bought. Just ask Seagate, which is rumored to be interested in buying out OCZ, an established player in the enthusiast solid state drive (SSD) market. As the story goes, Seagate is trying to make up for lost time from being late to the SSD party, and getting cozy with OCZ would give the storage player a major solid state presence in consumer, enthusiast, and enterprise circles. This could be a good move for OCZ, too. Obviously there's the financial aspect, but assuming OCZ is left to continue doing what it's been doing, having access to Seagate's resources would allow the company to step up its game, both in terms of R&D... Read more...
We often ask, why can't the world just hug it out and get along. Just look at Apple vs. Samsung, if you need an example. Today, however, there's a story about just that. Seagate and DensBits have just announced a new strategic agreement for development of SSDs, for both the consumer and enterprise spaces. DensBits, if you haven't heard, is the inventor of the world's first Memory Modem. In conjunction with the agreement, Seagate has made an undisclosed equity investment in DensBits. The two are teaming up in order to reduce costs and hopefully make the adoption of SSDs a bit more widespread. The Memory Modem controller technology will be integrated with Seagate's various storage technologies... Read more...
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