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  With all of the press solid state drives have received over the last year or so, it would be easy to think that few advancements have been made in the hard drive space. After all, hard drive capacities have seemingly hit a plateau at 2TB, performance can't come close to even a mid-range SSD in most scenarios, and it's hard to imagine prices falling any lower, when some drives can be had for about 7.5 cents per gigabyte.  However, Western Digital, despite releasing their very own line of SSDs recently, continues to push the performance envelope with traditional spinning hard drives. Need evidence? Then feast your eyes on the brand new WD VelociRaptor 600GB... WD's VelociRaptor 600GB,... Read more...
With all of the press solid state drives have received over the last year or so, it would be easy to think that few advancements have been made in the hard drive space. After all, hard drive capacities have seemingly plateaued at 2TB, performance can't come close to even a mid-range solid state drive in most scenarios, and it's hard to imagine prices falling any lower, when some drives can be had for about 7.5 cents per gigabyte. But Western Digital, despite releasing their very own line of solid state drives recently, continues to push the envelope with traditional spinning hard drives. Need evidence? Then feast your eyes on the brand new WD VelociRaptor 600GB... WD's VelociRaptor 600GB, Model... Read more...
Building a Home Theater PC is often times a much better option for enabling your entertainment center for various forms of digital media playback capability.  Rather than stepping up to additional discrete components, like a stand-alone Blu-ray, DVD or CD player, why not really infuse your living room entertainment center with real intelligence and multimedia muscle and build an HTPC (Home Theater PC)?  In this video, we'll give you some suggestions on a few component selection options for building an HTPC, as well as a high-level overview of its assembly and a few key design points to look out for. HTPC Building - A HotHardware How-To... Read more...
Building a Home Theater PC is often times a much better option for enabling your entertainment center for various forms of digital media playback capability.  Rather than stepping up to additional discrete components, like a stand-alone Blu-ray, DVD or CD player, why not infuse your living room entertainment center with real intelligence and multimedia muscle and build an HTPC (Home Theater PC)?  In this video, we'll give you some suggestions on a few component selection options for building an HTPC, as well as a high-level overview of its assembly and a few key design points to look out for.  We'll then of course demo our systems for you to show you what you can do with an HTPC. ... Read more...
To commemorate the Valentine's Day holiday, we announced an exciting sweepstakes, along with our friends at Cyberpower PC, in which we planned to give away a custom, fully loaded Intel Core i7-powered system, complete with 4GB of RAM, an ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card, and a Kingston SSD--among numerous other goodies. The response we received after the announcement of the contest and throughout its duration was absolutely fantastic with hundreds of new members joining our community, posting thousands of comments throughout the forum and news. Before we announce the winner, we want to extend a big thank you to everyone that made this contest possible and of course to all of our loyal community... Read more...
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we thought it would be fun to give away yet another awesome gaming system! In conjunction with our good friends at CyberPower PC, with support from Thermaltake, Gigabyte, Kingston, XtremeGear, and Sapphire, we’ve put together a killer rig to give away to celebrate Valentine's Day! This time around, you could win a full Intel Core i7-based system, complete with a Radeon HD 5870 pushing the pixels, a Kingston SSD, and an awesome, Thermaltake Element-S case. We promise this machine will be great for all of the gamers out there! And it could be all yours! As we've done with previous sweepstakes, we’ll be giving away this rig away to a randomly selected... Read more...
Western Digital has found a pretty safe spot when it comes to external storage, and anyone who has followed the industry for any amount of time will notice that the My Book and My Passport lines haven't changed much over the years. Today, WD is adding a slight twist to the existing My Passport line by introducing the My Passport AV Portable Media Drives, which are said to be "optimized for video storage and playback." These are designed to work with select Sony camcorders, Blu-ray players and other popular media players, but we have to question this claim. How can an external HDD really be tailor made to work with media? Aren't they all? We suspect this is just a bit of marketing makeup in order... Read more...
We are back again this week to talk about some more HotHardware with our friends at TechVi. Topics include the new 890GX chipset from AMD, Western Digital's SiliconEdge Blue SSD, some fun with ATI's Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition and 6-screens, and porting Quake II and Quake III to the Motorola Droid...  Show Notes:0:25 - AMD 890GX SB850 Chipset Debut: Phenom II X6 Ready1:15 - WD SiliconEdge Blue 256GB SSD Review3:17 - Some Fun With A 6-Screen ATI Eyefinity Configuration5:59 - Forget About Doom: Quake 2, 3 Up And Running on Motorola Droid7:26 - Showing The Love: HH and Cyberpower PC Sweepstakes... Read more...
Solid State Storage products are obviously setting the computing market on fire as of late.  There is little question that the writing is on the wall.  Like the vacuum tube transistors of yesterday, spinning hard drives are bound to go the way of the Dodo bird.  It's only a matter of time; not if, but when.  However, the "when" in reality will likely not come for years yet of course.  In the Data Center, where ridiculously cheap bulk storage is critical, there is just no substitution for the cost per gigabyte metrics of traditional spinning disk media.  However, in the end user notebook and desktop markets, especially where performance is often times a differentiator,... Read more...
Solid State Storage products are obviously setting the computing market on fire as of late.  There is little question that the writing is on the wall.  Like the vacuum tube transistors of yesterday, spinning hard drives are bound to go the way of the Dodo bird.  It's only a matter of time; not if, but when.  However, the "when" in reality will likely not come for years yet of course.  In the Data Center, where ridiculously cheap bulk storage is critical, there is just no substitution for the cost per gigabyte metrics of traditional spinning disk media.  However, in the end user notebook and desktop markets, especially where performance is often times a differentiator,... Read more...
Western Digital has a good thing going with their "My [insert name here]" line of external storage solutions, and that train keeps rolling today with an all-new My Passport Studio drive. Design wise, it doesn't look all that different than prior versions at first glance, but there's one particular change across that front that could very well revolutionize the seemingly stagnant external HDD sector.As with prior versions, Western Digital's newest My Passport Studio comes pre-formatted for use with Macs, but a simple reformat out of the box enables it to work fine with Windows or Linux machines. The FireWire 800 interface may cause problems for those who rely solely on USB 3.0, but given that... Read more...
WD (Western Digital) is starting to use a new hard disk drive format that enables 7-11% greater capacity on hard disk drives. The disk expansion technique is known as Advanced Format. This technique takes advantage of changes in the industry in drive sector sizes and consolidates overhead information to free up additional space for data storage. As a result of Advanced Format, a 1TB drive could potentially gain more than 100GB in capacity. Other drive manufacturers are also adopting Advanced Format to squeeze more capacity out of existing hard drive technology. As WD explains, there are three basic methods to increase the capacity on a hard drive: increase the bit density with Advanced Formatting,... Read more...
It happens to all of us at some point. We constantly run short of hard drive space, no matter how incredibly cavernous you thought your current drive was when you bought it. Did you really expect Dragon Age: Origins and Borderlands to soak up almost thirty gigabytes between them? Didn't think so. You either shove Office 2007 and Photoshop CS aside to make some room for your latest losslessly-ripped music and RAW photos, or grab a drive that offers up more capacity, say up to 2TB--such as the ones we're going to be evaluating here.You know the contenders. These aren't solid state drives full of a speedy but thimble-sized flash memory chips--these are large, succulent drives with platters humming... Read more...
It happens to all of us at some point. We constantly run short of hard drive space, no matter how incredibly cavernous you thought your current drive was when you bought it. Did you really expect Dragon Age: Origins and Borderlands to soak up almost thirty gigabytes between them? Didn't think so. You either shove Office 2007 and Photoshop CS aside to make some room for your latest losslessly-ripped music and RAW photos, or grab a drive that offers up more capacity, say up to 2TB--such as the ones we're going to be evaluating here. You know the contenders. These aren't solid state drives full of a speedy but thimble-sized flash memory chips--these are large, succulent... Read more...
WD® ENTERS TRADITIONAL ENTERPRISE HDD MARKET WITH FIRST SAS PRODUCTWD S25 SAS Hard Drives Provide High-Reliability and Performance for Mission-critical Server and Storage ApplicationsLAKE FOREST, Calif. — November 3, 2009 — WD® (NYSE: WDC), known for its hard disk drive leadership in the desktop, mobile and consumer marketplaces, today announced its entry into the traditional enterprise market segment with volume production shipments of its first 10,000 RPM, 2.5-inch, small form factor, SAS interface hard drives. The WD S25 provides up to 300 GB of high-performance storage suitable for both mission-critical enterprise server and enterprise storage applications, such as high-I/O-driven... Read more...
WD announced its new high-performance My Book Studio desktop external drives. The new drives feature a customizable e-label that is visible even when the unit is unplugged, so users can easily see what's on the drive. The e-label uses e-paper technology similar to that found on the Amazon Kindle. The label shows available storage capacity and drive security status. The customizable label can be changed easily. The new My Book Studio drives come with a FireWire 800 interface and are TimeMachine compatible. For security, 256-bit hardware-based encryption is included. The new My Book Studio drives are formatted for Mac and come in capacities of 500 GB, 1 TB, 1.5 TB, and 2 TB for $149.99 to $299.99... Read more...
In addition to the new Ultra-Portable My Passport Essential Drives WD announced recently, the company also redesigned the My Book Essential and My Book for Mac Drives. The smaller and sleeker My Book Essential and My Book for Mac desktop external hard drives now come with the new WD SmartWare software and hardware-based encryption. The new My Book Essential and My Book for Mac drives are offered in capacities ranging from 500 GB to 2 TB. WD Unveils Redesigned My Book Essential and My Book for Mac Drives With New WD SmartWare Software Helping Consumers Keep Their Digital Lives Safe in One Place LAKE FOREST, Calif., Sept. 10 -- WD (NYSE: WDC), the world's leader in external storage solutions, today... Read more...
Western Digital unveiled the new (and smaller) My Passport Essential and My Passport for Mac ultra-portable external hard drives. The drives feature WD’s new WD SmartWare software. My Passport Essential and My Passport for Mac drives also feature user-selected password protection in combination with military-grade 256-bit hardware encryption, which scrambles files before they are stored. The drives are available in multiple colors and capacities. Read on for additional details in the press release below. WD Unveils Smaller, Smarter and More Secure Ultra-Portable My Passport Essential Drives With New WD SmartWare Software Pocket-Size Drives with WD SmartWare and Hardware Encryption Keep Consumers'... Read more...
It's not unusual for competitors to attempt to keep up and one-up each other, and that's exactly what's going on here with Western Digital's latest hard drive. Shortly after Samsung and Toshiba introduced 640GB mobile hard drives, WD has stepped forward to do likewise.Announced today, the outfit's 9.5mm high 2.5" 640GB HDD has started shipping in volume, with the 'Scorpio Blue 640' expected to hit notebooks in short order. The real news here is the 9.5mm height, which is an industry standard; most oversized notebook HDDs are slightly larger, meaning that they can't actually fit inside most laptops without some modification. The new WD Scorpio Blue 640 GB drive has a 30 percent reduction in overall... Read more...
WD LAUNCHES HIGH-PERFORMANCE, 7200 RPM 2 TB HARD DRIVES FOR DESKTOP AND ENTERPRISE SYSTEMSWD Caviar Black and WD RE4 Four-platter Hard Drives Set New Benchmarks in High-Feature, High Performance Storage LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Sept. 1, 2009 – WD (NYSE: WDC) today announced that it is now shipping desktop 7200 RPM 2 TB hard drives and is qualifying with OEMs enterprise-class hard drives based on WD’s 500 gigabytes-per-platter technology. The popular family of WD Caviar Black drives, now led by the new 2 TB capacity, is perfect for gaming, high-performance desktop systems and workstations; while the WD RE4 2 TB is suited for servers, network attached storage and storage networks. High-performance... Read more...
Look out, archive junkies! Western Digital is now coming for you down there in the mobile realm, a place where you once thought the "never enough space" bug couldn't bite. Today, the company who beat everyone to the 2TB mark in the desktop hard drive space has developed and shipped the industry's first 2.5" 1TB HDD. The drive, which is joined by the slightly less roomy 750GB sibling, is based on 333GB-per-platter technology, which is a blessing and a curse in a variety of ways. The WD Scorpio Blue SATA 2.5" HDD can be snapped up in 750GB and 1TB capacities, but both have 12.5mm form factors. For those not too familiar with the mobile hard drive space, the 12.5mm form factor isn't commonly found... Read more...
The more well-known industry trade shows, like CES, Computex, and E3, are not necessarily the only venues where technology journalists can get a gander at the latest-and-greatest offerings from a bevy of tech companies. Pepcom is a Florida-based company that holds mini tech trade-shows for the media throughout the year, and its most-recent event was the Digital Experience Rock 'N' Bowl held in New York City on June 24. (Each of Pepcom's events has a theme, which helps create a somewhat of a party atmosphere. Also, one sure way to get journalists to come to an event is to offer free food and drinks.) We spent some time at the event, speaking with a number of vendors about their latest wares. We... Read more...
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