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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...
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...
Only weeks after Western Digital introduced its spacious 4TB My Book Studio Edition II Drive, the company is putting itself back in the spotlight with a new dual-drive My Book World Edition II Network Storage System. Basically, it's WD's fancy way of saying that it has a new NAS drive, one with room for twin HDDs and up to 4TB of capacity.The device ships with its dual 2TB hard drives in a mirrored (RAID 1) configuration, providing users with 2TB of useable space that is continuously backed up in case one of the drives fail. In addition, the new My Book World Edition II network hard drive includes software that simplifies the task of setting up automatic and continuous data backup for all the... Read more...
You just knew Western Digital would take every chance it could to milk every last ounce of profitability from its extra-spacious 2TB SATA hard drive, didn't you? After launching the drive for high-end workstations and desktops earlier this year, WD has crammed two of them into a single external drive. The world's first 4TB external HDD is being labeled the My Book Studio Edition II, which is now twice as roomy as the same drive a year ago. Designed to work with Mac and PC systems, the quad-interface drive can connect via eSATA, FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0. It's also fully compatible with Apple's Time Machine backup system, and since it's a dual-drive system, it comes wired in a RAID... Read more...
Here's an interesting one. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has just snapped up a substrate manufacturing facility located in Sarawak, Malaysia from Western Digital. You heard right -- one hard drive maker is taking some property from a rival hard drive maker. In the release, we're told that the facility that Hitachi GST is taking over produces aluminum substrates used in hard disk drives, which WD originally ended up with when it purchased Komag in 2007. Steve Milligan, president, Hitachi GST, had this to say about the agreement: "This acquisition further strengthens Hitachi GST and is the next step in our business transformation. The Sarawak facility is located in close proximity to existing... Read more...
The old adage, "looks can be deceiving," applies very well to the Western Digital My Book World Edition network-attached storage (NAS) device. With its small and simplistic physical design, housed in white plastic, and featuring only a set of white LED status lights on its front, this NAS device belies the power, features, and depth of configuration options just hiding beneath its shiny veneer. Which is not to say that the WD My Book World Edition NAS device isn't simple to use--it is actually one of the easier NAS devices we've worked with. Network storage neophytes should have little trouble getting up and running in no time. But contrary to the seemingly simple nature of the product, those... Read more...
The old adage, "looks can be deceiving," applies very well to the Western Digital My Book World Edition network-attached storage (NAS) device. With its small and simplistic physical design, housed in white plastic, and featuring only a set of white LED status lights on its front, this NAS device belies the power, features, and depth of configuration options just hiding beneath its shiny veneer.Which is not to say that the WD My Book World Edition NAS device isn't simple to use--it is actually one of the easier NAS devices we've worked with. Network storage neophytes should have little trouble getting up and running in no time. But contrary to the seemingly simple nature of the product, those... Read more...
WD Ships 2 Terabyte Enterprise-Class Hard Drives With Next-Generation GreenPower TechnologyWD RE4-GP Hard Drives Further Reduce Power Consumption For Data Centers and Digital Video Production Facilities LAS VEGAS, Nev. – (NAB Show Booth No. SL12809) -- Apr. 20, 2009 -- Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today expanded its enterprise family of hard drives to include the next-generation 2 TB capacity, the largest and only 2 TB enterprise-class hard drive shipping today. Combining industry-leading 64 MB cache, dual processors, and increased areal density, WD RE4-GP hard drives yield twice the processing power resulting in as much as 25 percent performance improvement over the previous generation.... Read more...
The green technology movement is obviously in full swing now. Better efficiency through technological innovation has a trickle down effect to many facets of life style, technology and the environment. Whether motivated by cost or environmental reasons the benefits of eco-minded innovation will eventually be felt by all. When products can be produced cheaper through the use of green technologies due to cost savings to the manufacturer, consumers and the planet will eventually reap the benefits. Widespread adoption of green technology products, like Western Digital's Green Power Hard Drive for example, adds to the overall effectiveness of the green technology movement and increases aggregate resource... Read more...
It follows logic, really. Western Digital has a 2TB hard drive, so why not shove that very drive into Western Digital's line of external hard drives? This week, WD has expanded its popular My Book family of external HDDs to include a 2TB capacity, the largest available capacity in a single-drive system. Specifically, the new 2TB My Book family includes: My Book Studio Edition, My Book Mac Edition, My Book Home Edition and My Book Essential Edition models. Sure, 2TB isn't all that much bigger than 1.5TB, but the fact that users can now get a full two terabytes without having to buy an external drive that's doubly thick is a real win. All of these expanded drives are available for ordering right... Read more...
Well, wouldn't you know it? Western Digital has wasted no time in finding a home for its recently revealed 2TB WD Caviar Green hard drive, as it has today announced an 8TB version (4 x 2TB) version of its ShareSpace network storage system. Curiously introduced alongside dozens of new cameras at the PMA trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the new drive even promises a bit more than just increased capacity.Indeed, it is said to be up to 30 percent faster than prior models, and it also supports DLNA media streaming. Aimed at both small businesses and archive junkies alike, the four-bay device offers up significant storage without taking up a significant amount of space. It also comes with WD Anywhere... Read more...
Late last week Western Digital briefed us on their forthcoming release of a new addition to their Caviar Green family of hard drives.  No we're not talking some sort of exotic sushi or cracker-bound fish egg here either but rather a new, rather humongous and environmentally more friendly hard drive from WD, that can be considered an "industry first".  Today marks the day that standard rotational media breaks the 2TB barrier.  Let's spell that out a bit more clearly again here; T-W-O full Terabytes of SATA-based storage on a single, standard 3.5" hard drive.  Those of you on the consumer side of the market, hoarding gigs of music, movies, pictures and... 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...
If you work in a small office or have a multi-computer home, then chances are you still use the good old "sneakernet" to transfer files from one system to another. For the uninitiated, "sneakernet" is when you move files using a physical, removable device--such as a USB flash drive--which you actually walk from one PC to another (thus the sneakers--"loafernet" just doesn't have the same ring to it). Another popular method is e-mailing a file from one system to another--not necessarily the most efficient means of transferring data when the two systems are mere feet apart from one another. But what is a cash-strapped, low-tech business or home suppose to do? Network file servers--like the ones... Read more...
WD Best-Selling Portable Drives Put Half a Terabyte of Storage In The Palm of Your Hand LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Sep. 15, 2008 - Catering to consumers on-the-go with the world's most popular portable storage offerings, WD (NYSE: WDC) today introduced its new 500 GB capacity My Passport Portable USB Drives which are designed to make it easy to store a half a terabyte of music, videos or photos and carry them in the palm of your hand. Available now at WD's online store (www.shopwd.com), the new 500 GB capacity is offered on the My Passport Elite and My Passport Essential portable drive models.A recent consumer study conducted by WD of 1,559 external hard drive users revealed that 54 percent... Read more...
WD RE3 3.5-inch Enterprise SATA Hard Drives 1 TB, 1.2 million hours MTBF, 32 MB Cache, 7200 RPM Generation 3: 20% faster, unparalleled reliability. High performance enterprise SATA drives designed specifically for business-critical applications. LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Aug. 26, 2008 - As the enterprise market for highly reliable, high-capacity storage continues to grow, WDR (NYSE: WDC) today added 750 GB and 1 TB WD RE3 SATA hard drives to its successful family of WD RET hard drives. Perfect for demanding server and storage application environments, WD's RE3 750 GB and 1 TB high-capacity enterprise SATA hard drives combine 32 MB cache, enhanced vibration and shock tolerance, and deploy new electronics... Read more...
WD ANNOUNCES WD VELOCIRAPTOR SATA HARD DRIVE WITH BACKPLANE COMPATIBILITY FOR SERVERS, DESKTOPS AND WORKSTATIONS World’s Fastest 10,000 RPM, 2.5–inch, 300 GB SATA Hard Drive Just Gets Better LAKE FOREST, CALIF. – August 12, 2008 – WD (NYSE: WDC) announced today that it is now shipping the new backplane-compatible WD VelociRaptor hard drive, the latest generation of its popular 10,000 RPM SATA WD VelociRaptor series of drives. The new backplane version of the WD VelociRaptor is specifically designed for 3.5-inch drive-based servers, PC and Mac computer enthusiasts and professional workstations that require the need for a backplane structure. A favorite among enthusiasts, the WD VelociRaptor comes... Read more...
WD ANNOUNCES 2.5-INCH, 10,000 RPM ENTERPRISE SATA HARD DRIVES The World’s Fastest Enterprise SATA Hard Drive, WD VelociRaptor, Now Available for Low-power, High-performance Blade Server Applications LAKE FOREST, CALIF. – July 23, 2008 – WD (NYSE: WDC) announced today the WD VelociRaptor 10,000 RPM enterprise SATA hard drives in an enterprise-class 2.5-inch form factor for blade servers and 1U and 2U rack servers. The newest WD VelociRaptor hard drive is built for business-critical applications with enterprise-class mechanics and packs up to 300 GB of capacity into the enterprise small form factor bays, while consuming 35 percent less power than the previous-generation WD Raptor drive. “WD is... 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...
WD DELIVERS NEW HIGH-PERFORMANCE 1 TB DRIVEFastest 3.5-inch 7200 RPM Drive on the Market LAKE FOREST, Calif. – June 10, 2008 - WD (NYSE: WDC) today launched its new line of WD Caviar Black 7200 RPM 3.5-inch SATA (Serial ATA) hard drives for high-performance desktop, workstation and multi-drive systems. Available in capacities of 750 GB and 1 TB, WD Caviar Black hard drives are part of a new family of WD product categories designed to simplify the buying experience for customers worldwide.WD was the first company to introduce a hard drive, optimized for low power consumption, using GreenPower technology, and is raising the bar for the high performance desktop market with WD Caviar Black. ... Read more...
WD INTRODUCES NEW FAMILY OF 7200 RPM 2.5-INCH HARD DRIVES FOR FAST NOTEBOOK SYSTEMS AND PORTABLE STORAGE DEVICESNew WD Scorpio® Black Drives Offer up to 320 GB High-performance, Low-power Storage for Space Hungry SystemsLAKE FOREST, Calif. - June 02, 2008 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is now shipping its new line of WD Scorpio® Black 7200 RPM 2.5-inch SATA (Serial ATA) hard drives for high-performance notebook computers and portable storage devices. Available in capacities up to 320 GB, WD Scorpio Black hard drives are designed with ruggedness, reliability, and data-protection features that actively monitor and protect valuable data. The WD Scorpio Black family... Read more...
Western Digital has quietly updated their 1TB offering to feature three 334GB platters, thus reducing the amount of platters by one.“That means less power is needed and less moving parts are required to make the drive operate.  Impress is reporting that Western Digital has quietly updated its Caviar GP line of drives in Asia with a platter density of 334GB in the 1TB capacity drive.  Other features of the drive remain the same with a 16MB cache.”While lower power is certainly noteworthy, we’re also interested in seeing the performance gains with the trio of higher density platters.  WD seems to be on a roll lately, first they released the new Velociraptor drives and now they've improved their... Read more...
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