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Seagate just issued a range of new hard drives, and perhaps not surprisingly, "backup" is at the forefront. The company's new Backup Plus storage devices brings one-click backup and the ability to save and share your content on Facebook and Flickr, as well as a variety of form factors and prices. The drives work with Mac and PC platforms, and each ones comes with Seagate Dashboard software for one-click local backup. These are also the first in the industry to offer backup for content on social networks, such as Facebook and Flickr. Storing a local duplicate copy of photos from social networks is now as easy as backing up files on your computer. The Seagate Dashboard included on Backup Plus also... Read more...
More moving and shaking took place in the storage industry today, as Seagate and LaCie announced an exclusive agreement whereby the former will acquire a controlling interest in the latter. Specifically, Seagate plans to purchase from Philippe Spruch, LaCie's chairman and CEO, and his affiliate, all of their shares, giving Seagate a 64.5 percent stake in LaCie. Without any price supplements or fuzzy math of any kind, the deal is worth $186 million in total equity value. If the deal goes through, Seagate would be paying a 29 percent premium to LaCie's average closing stock price in the transaction. "Seagate has a strong commitment to the growing consumer storage market and bringing the most dynamic... Read more...
Solid State Drives are a fabulous way to boost a system's performance, but for all their strong points, they aren't an easy upgrade for a lot of people. Performance can vary significantly between manufacturers, only the most expensive drives can replace the need for an HDD in an enthusiast / data-heavy system, and reinstalling a full suite of software from scratch is a major headache. Corsair's Accelerator Series family of SSDs is designed to reduce the barriers to the SSD option by offering a solution that's accessible without the need to wipe your existing HDD or create a storage plan that ensures you make the best possible use of a small SSD, while leaving the bulk of your data on a rotating... Read more...
Records are made to be broken, and that's exactly what Seagate is doing. The company has become the first hard drive maker to achieve the milestone storage density of 1 terabit (1 trillion bits) per square inch, producing a demonstration of the technology that promises to double the storage capacity of today’s hard drives upon its introduction later this decade and give rise to 3.5-inch hard drives with an extraordinary capacity of up to 60 terabytes over the 10 years that follow. The bits within a square inch of disk space, at the new milestone, far outnumber stars in the Milky Way, which astronomers put between 200 billion and 400 billion. The current hard drive technology, Perpendicular... Read more...
Toshiba and Western Digital announced a deal today in which the two companies will essentially swap some manufacturing equipment with each other -- though which is getting the better deal is debateable. Western Digital has agreed to sell Toshiba certain assets related to the production of 3.5" hard drives "to address the requirements of the regulatory agencies that have conditionally approved or are continuing to review the company's planned acquisition of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST)." Translation: We really want to buy Hitachi, so we're giving Toshiba a deal." As part of that deal, WD has agreed to buy Toshiba Storage Device (Thailand). The key word in that sentence is "Thailand;"... Read more...
Severe floods in Thailand in late 2011 left the hard drive industry in a bad spot. It's the place where manufacturers and component suppliers come together, and when flooding occurred, HDD manufacturing came to a near halt. As a result, there was a subsequent shortage of hard drives, which itself led to higher prices that still linger today. Is there any relief in sight? The answer is yes, sort of. According to DigiTimes, global HDD production capacity is getting ready to increase to 140-145 million units in the first quarter of 2012, or about 80 percent of where it was prior to when the flooding hit. Choose your weapon: Price hikes for hard drives makes it easier to justify spending a premium... Read more...
When it comes to adding a performance-enhancing upgrade to your system, a good SSD can’t be beat, but storage capacity is an ever-growing need as well. There was a time when a 1TB drive seemed grossly (deliciously?) excessive for the average user, but these days anything less than 500GB seems woefully undersized. Even casual users who play a few games, shoot a little video here and there, and maintain a modest music library need lots of storage. HDDs continue to increase in capacity yet remain reasonably priced in light of solid state offerings, to the point that you can have yourself a multiple-terabyte drive for a couple hundred bucks or less. Today we’re taking a look at one such... Read more...
When it comes to adding a performance-enhancing upgrade to your system, a good SSD can’t be beat, but storage capacity is an ever-growing need as well. There was a time when a 1TB drive seemed grossly (deliciously?) excessive for the average user, but these days anything less than 500GB seems woefully undersized. Even casual users who play a few games, shoot a little video here and there, and maintain a modest music library need lots of storage. HDDs continue to increase in capacity yet remain reasonably priced in light of solid state offerings, to the point that you can have yourself a multiple-terabyte drive for a couple hundred bucks or less. Today we’re having a look at one... Read more...
There’s no doubt that Thunderbolt is establishing a foothold in the industry, but things are still at that awkward stage where the technology is here and available, but there aren’t too many hard drives shipping with the interface on board. Of those that are shipping, many are priced rather high. Seagate’s in-between solution, available now, is the GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter, which allows you to mount a GoFlex portable drive and connect to a Thunderbolt port for those lightning-fast (er, thunderbolt-fast?) transfer speeds promised by the new technology. The adapter will run you $99, and you’ll still need the Thunderbolt cable, which isn’t exactly cheap. Still, it’ll... Read more...
Seagate this week reported financial results for the quarter ended December 30, 2011, in which the company said it shipped 47 million disk drives and collected $3.2 billion in revenue. For the six months ended on the same day, Seagate says it collected revenue of $6 billion and returned $151 million to shareholders in the form of a dividend. Not too shabby when you consider severe floods in Thailand left the hard drive industry in shambles. Unfortunately for Joe Consumer, relief is hardly in sight. In a supplementary note (PDF) discussing its quarterly results, Seagate warned that the impact of the floods on the hard drive industry will be felt throughout the entire year. "Seagate believes that... Read more...
Corsair announced a new line of SSD products at CES this week, aimed at users who want the performance benefit of these devices without leaping through the hoops of a fresh OS install or shucking out for a high capacity solid state drive. The company claims that using an Accelerator Series cache drive and the Nvelo-developed software that goes with it can improve performance by up to 5x. The software suite in question is the same product we saw OCZ use for its Synapse Cache series back in September; Crucial also announced a drive cache product at CES this week. According to Nvelo's website, "For notebooks and tablet computing, Dataplex uses a “Write-Around” caching policy which caches... Read more...
Just about every company represented at CES has a theme or two it’s focusing on at the show, and for Seagate, this year the spotlight is on mobile storage technologies, hybrid storage, and of course, speed. Seagate is showing off its update to the GoFlex Satellite drive, a battery-powered, mobile storage solution that streams media to a tablet, and it’s also showcasing a 4G LTE mobile wireless storage product. The result of a partnership with Verizon, the Seagate 4G LTE Mobile Wireless Storage (we assume the name is temporary) is designed to effectively boost the storage capacity of your wireless device by making your stored media available for streaming via Verizon’s LTE network.... Read more...
And just like that, it's a done deal. Seagate has just concluded the acquisition of Samsung's hard disk drive business, only days before the new year. The agreement includes extensive supply and cross-licensing arrangements, which are said to now be "fully operational." Under the terms of the transaction, Seagate has gained select elements of Samsung’s HDD business, including assets, infrastructure and employees that enable Seagate to drive scale and innovation. These assets include Samsung’s leading M8 product line of high-capacity, 2.5-inch HDDs. Samsung employees joining Seagate include a number of senior managers and design-engineering employees from Samsung's Korea facility,... Read more...
Word around the Web is that some hard drive makers are cutting down their warranty terms, the timing of which couldn't be any worse (we'll get to that in a minute). Western Digital is dropping the distribution warranty period for Caviar Blue, Caviar Green, and Scorpio Blue drives from 3 years to 2 years (Caviar Black and Scorpio Black will still carry 5-year warranties). News of Western Digital's reduced warranty terms was first reported by The Register, which got its hands on the following letter: This new warranty policy will be effective for drives shipped from January 2nd, 2012. It is important that you take a moment to update your website(s) and collateral to reflect this change for effected... Read more...
Seagate’s first Momentus XT hybrid drive arrived about a year and a half ago. The original drive featured a 500GB hard drive paired to 4GB of SLC NAND flash and a SATA 3.0 interface. At the time of its release, the original Momentus XT turned out to be a rather compelling product. Its price was relatively low and Seagate’s adaptive memory technology “just worked”, which resulted in increased performance that was seamless to the end-user, regardless of the OS being used. Today Seagate is ready to reveal its next iteration of the Momentus XT. The updated version of the drive we’ll be showing you here today features a 750GB storage capacity, with 8GB of SLC NAND flash,... Read more...
Seagate’s first Momentus XT hybrid drive arrived about a year and a half ago. The original drive featured a 500GB hard drive paired to 4GB of SLC NAND flash and a SATA 3.0 interface. At the time of its release, the original Momentus XT turned out to be a rather compelling product. Its price was relatively low and Seagate’s adaptive memory technology “just worked”, which resulted in increased performance that was seamless to the end-user, regardless of the OS being used. Today Seagate is ready to reveal its next iteration of the Momentus XT. The updated version of the drive we’ll be showing you here today features a 750GB storage capacity, with 8GB of SLC NAND... Read more...
Multiple motherboard manufacturers are warning that precipitously rising HDD prices will impact their sales. Gigabyte has issued guidance that it now expects Q4 shipments to fall by 20 -25 percent, while Asustek predicts a much smaller decline of ~five percent. Analysts believe Asus is underestimating the impact of the price increases, and think the company's sales could fall as much as ten percent. This would be in line with guidance from MSI, ECS, and Asrock. Exposure to the shortage will vary depending on the degree to which a manufacturer relies on retail sales and the price points of their various products. The impact on budget boards in the retail channel, for example, is likely to be catastrophic.... Read more...
Seagate is streamlining its Barracuda line of hard drives. To this end, the new Barracuda line will offer a SATA 6GB/second interface, 7200RPM spin speed, and up to 64MB cache. The drives will be available in capacities ranging from 250GB to 3TB. Seagate plans to end production of its Barracuda Green drive in February 2012.Seagate's Barracuda XT will be folded into the new Barracuda family. The Barracuda XT name will re-emerge to represent the company’s desktop solid state hybrid drive. Seagate Streamlines Barracuda Product Family; Simplifies Selection For Consumers And Reduces Costs For Computer Makers Barracuda® zeroes in on performance and capacity as consumption of rich content... Read more...
Both analysts and Apple are warning that the price of hard drives, which has already been creeping upwards the past few weeks, could jump significantly in Q4 due to catastrophic floods taking place in Thailand. During Apple's conference call this week, CEO Tim Cook said: ""Like many others, we source many components from Thailand and have multiple factories that supply these components. There are several factories that are currently not operable, and the recovery timeline for these factories is not known at this point... We would say that our primary exposure is on the Mac...I'm virtually certain there will be an overall industry shortage of disk drives as a result of the disaster." Industry... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco discuss the Asus G74SX 17-inch gaming notebook, our round-up of 3 Terabyte hard drives from Seagate, Western Digital and Hitachi, AMD's upcoming Bulldozer-based Interlagos 16-core server-class processor, the Zotac Zbox Nano AD10 Small Form-Factor PC and details of our Labor System Giveaway contest! Show Notes: 1:01 - ASUS G74-SX-A1 Gaming Notebook Review 5:01 - AMD Begins Revenue Shipments Of Bulldozer-Based 16-Core "Interlagos" Processors 7:47 - 3TB Hard Drive Round-up: Hitachi, Seagate, WD 12:27 - Zotac Zbox Nano AD10 Small Form-Factor PC Sneak Peek 17:00 - HotHardware's Labor Gaming System Giveaway Sweepstakes... Read more...
Somebody had to go and be the first to ship a 4TB external hard drive, and someone at Seagate sat around one day thinking, "Hey, why not us?" Why not indeed, and so Seagate today becomes the first to ship such an enormous amount of storage in an external drive. The company's new 4TB GoFlex Desk external hard drive is sleek, a little bit sexy, and ready to handle a mountain of data. "Yet another industry first for Seagate, we have reached a new high-capacity in the 3.5-inch hard drive form factor. At Seagate, we are committed to pushing the limits for our customers and will continue to adapt and innovate our products based on customer needs," said Patrick Connolly, vice president and general manager... Read more...
If you're currently in the market for a large capacity hard drive, you've come to the right place. Today we take a look at four of the latest 3TB drives to hit the market, from Hitachi, Seagate, and Western Digital. Although each HDD offers the same amount of storage, there are some distinct differences between them. Read on to find out what separates these products from one another, and then you can examine the performance numbers we recorded from each drive after running them through our benchmark gauntlet... 3TB Hard Drive Round-up: Hitachi, Seagate, Western Digital Western Digital AV-GP, Caviar Green, Hitachi Deskstar, and Seagate Barracuda XT... Read more...
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