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Black Friday might technically be a couple of weeks away, but you can start saving on various purchases right now. We have been highlighting different tantalizing deals that have appeared early, like 70-inch TVs priced as low as $399, and a free Google Stadia bundle for YouTube Premium subscribers. And the deals keep coming. If it is a storage product you are after, a bunch of WD and SanDisk media is marked down by up to 60 percent ahead of Black Friday. Be advised that, as currently advertised, these are a collection of "Epic Daily Deals," meaning they are one-day discounts. It is possible some of the same products will get marked down again this month, but if you see something that catches... Read more...
Western Digital is dialing up the performance with a few new SSDs aimed at enthusiasts. These include the WD_Black SN850, the WD_Black AN1500, and the WD_Black D50 Game Drive, which all take different approaches to delivering blistering data transfer speeds. Starting off with the SN850, this is a standard NVMe M.2 SSD that uses the PCIe 4.0 interface. As you might expect from a PCIe 4.0-based SSD, Western Digital is quoting sweet sequential read speeds of up to 7,000MB/sec, while sequential writes come in at 5,300MB/sec (2TB SKU). The SN850 will be available in both a standard version, and an optional version with a heatsink to reduce thermal throttling and RGB lighting effects. Western Digital... Read more...
In the days of old, important files were kept in locked file cabinets, and the really important stuff would be secured inside a safe. And to some extent, that is still the case today. However, nearly everything is digitized these days, and so Western Digital is launching its new ArmorLock security platform to keep sensitive data away from prying eyeballs. For the time being, this is not something that the typical home consumer needs to worry about—Aunt Mabel's passed-down cookie recipe might be a hit at school bake sales, but data thieves have bigger targets. Those targets exist within finance, government, healthcare, IT enterprise, legal, and media and entertainment industries, and that's... Read more...
External storage is convenient, but it does not have to be slow, not with the advent of fast NAND flash memory and solid state drives housed in fancy enclosures. Case in point, Western Digital on Thursday launched a new My Passport SSD solution offered in capacities of up to 2 terabytes, with transfer speeds exceeding 1,000 megabytes per second. We have not tested these storage solutions yet, but according to Western Digital, its new My Passport SSDs can fling reads and writes at up to 1,050MB/s (1.05GB/s) and 1,000MB/s (1GB/s), respectively. Not too shabby at all. Even better, those speed claims apply to all three capacity options, including 2TB, 1TB, and 500GB. "The new My Passport SSD delivers... Read more...
We have been hearing about massive capacity hard drives in the neighborhood of 18TB (and even higher) for several months now, but they have remained elusive products. Not anymore, apparently. An online retailer in the UK is now accepting orders for Western Digital's 18TB and 16TB Gold HDDs, neither of which have actually been announced yet. The landing page on Western Digital's website for its Gold series still lists capacities ranging from 1TB to 14TB, and nothing bigger. That said, we can tell you that the new 18TB and 16TB models are aimed at enterprise customers, as these storage drives are designed to withstand the rigors of 24x7 usage. "WD Gold has sophisticated monitoring electronics that... Read more...
If you're looking to expand the storage available on your smartphone, add a new Secure Digital card for your D-SLR, a new internal SSD four a desktop, or a capacious external HDD for a growing media library, then Amazon has you covered today. The online retail giant has just posted some rather hot deals on SanDisk and Western Digital products that seemingly cover every potential storage device that you may possibly need. If you're looking for Secure Digital or microSD storage solutions, there are a number of deals available: SanDisk 256GB Ultra MicroSDXC @ $27.99 SanDisk Ultra 400GB MicroSDXC @ $44.79 SanDisk 512GB Extreme MicroSDXC @ $87.99 SanDisk 1TB Extreme MicroSDXC @... Read more...
Western Digital is one of the biggest names in storage, and today the company announced it has developed its 5th generation 3D NAND flash memory technology called BiCS5. It is latterly denser than the previous generation of 3D NAND, and also offers more storage layers—112 of them, to be precise. These are important traits because they ensure companies can continue to crank out more capacious storage drives. There is also a performance benefit. According to Western Digital, its 112-layer BiCS5 3D NAND flash memory offers 40 percent more bits per wafer and up to 50 percent more input-output (I/O) performance than its previous generation 96-layer BiCS4 memory. "As we move into the next decade,... Read more...
If you're in the market for a capacious external hard drive to ease the load off your blazing fast SSD for archiving files, Amazon has a deal running today that might just be right up your alley. The online retailer is discounting the Western Digital 8TB Elements external HDD by a whopping $65 (36 percent off), taking it down to a low $114.99. A quick price check shows that this is the lowest price that we've ever seen for the 8TB external hard drive. The 8TB Essentials HDD is a no-frills storage device with a USB 3.0 interface (USB 2.0 compatible) and is plug-and-play compatible with both Windows and macOS (although you’ll probably want to reformat it from the default NTFS). In the box,... Read more...
Remember when storage was measured in megabytes? Yeah, those days are (thankfully) long behind us, as we've raced past gigabytes and into the terabyte era. Maybe petabyte storage will be the norm one day. In the here and now, though, Western Digital just upped the ante by introducing two new high-capacity hard drives for enterprise and hyperscale cloud customers. One is the 20TB Ultrastar DC HC650 and the other is the 18TB Ultrastar DC HC550. Both new models represent WD's first commercial implementation of energy-assisted magnetic recording technology at scale, to deliver higher area density and storage efficiency. They are also durable and reliable, according to WD (which is always a good thing... Read more...
Western Digital today announced its new WD Blue SN550 family of SSDs, which will in effect replace the existing SN500 SKUs. These aren't the company's highest-performing storage solutions, but they do offer a compelling balance of good performance at reasonable price points for those looking to replace a HDD or simply build a low-cost gaming rig. WD SN550 SSDs uses a 4-lane PCIe 3.0 interface along with a Western Digital-designed SSD controller and an in-house 96-layer 3D TLC NAND. Although these are considered entry-level PCIe SSDs, they offer a significant boost in performance over Western Digital's existing SATA products, with the company citing a 4x uplift in read speeds.  Western... Read more...
Western Digital is looking to "Paint it Black" with a new family of WD_Black external storage devices targeted squarely at gamers. With the WD_Black label affixed, you can expect to find excellent performance across-the-board, with the new products including one SSD-based device and four HDD-based devices. Let's get the super-fast SSD out the way first: the WD_Black P50 Game Drive. This is the first storage device in the industry to support the USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port and offers read speeds of up to 2GB/sec. Western Digital says that the P50 Game Drive is available in capacities up to 2TB and comes backed with a 5-year warranty. Pricing has not yet been announced for the P50 Game Drive, but it will... Read more...
Your Xbox One may not be easily portable, but that does not mean your games can’t be. Western Digital just announces its Gaming Drive Accelerated SSD for the Xbox One. The portable SSD allows players to store more games and load them more quickly. The Western Digital (WD) Gaming Drive Accelerated SSD is available in 500GB and 1TB capacities. The 1TB allows users to store up to 25 games. Both versions reportedly load games 50 percent at 400 MB/s read speeds. The SSD is compatible with the Xbox One S and Xbox One X and relies on a USB 3.0 connection. Most importantly, the SSD is portable. It measures 5 X 4 X 1.3 inches (127 X 101.6 X 33.03 millimeters) and weighs 0.2379 pounds (roughly 124.24... Read more...
If you’re looking for high-speed internal storage that won’t break the bank, Western Digital has announced that its WD Blue SSD family is making a performance leap with the introduction of a new NVMe model. The company says that it is aiming these new SSDs at content creators and budget gamers who want a bit more performance than what SATA counterparts can currently offer. With respect to performance, Western Digital says that the new WD Blue SN500 SSDs deliver sequential read and write speeds of up to 1700MB/sec and 1450MB/sec respectively. As for random read/write performance, these figures come in at 275K IOPS and 300K IOPS respectively.  According to Western Digital, this... Read more...
The storage needs of smartphone users are not diminishing, they are only expanding with the advent of high resolution photography and 4K video. To account for this, Micron and Western Digital (through its SanDisk subsidiary) announced the industry's very first 1-terabyte capacity microSD storage cards for consumers. While both solutions offer the same amount of capacity, Western Digital's has the higher read performance rating——the 1TB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC card is rated to hit read speeds of up to 160MB/s, whereas Micron's c200 1TB microSDXC card is rated to read data at 100MB/s. Rated write speeds are similar between the two at 90MB/s for Western Digital/SanDisk and 95MB/s... Read more...
Western Digital is one of the world’s largest storage manufacturers with a wide array of products to meet their customer's unique needs. Its My Passport Wireless line of external drives offer more than just convenient storage. With on-board Wi-Fi, battery, and SD card readers, WD bills them as a working photographer’s best friend. That certainly sounds like a common use case for a device like this, but will this latest WD My Passport live up to its promise? WD sent over their latest My Passport Wireless SSD for us to use and review. The SSD version is available in capacities from 250GB to a spacious 2TB. They range in price from $199.99 to $749.99 respectively. Our unit is the... Read more...
Western Digital is back with a new second-generation WD Black Gaming SSD, and it is promising some high-end NVMe PCIe performance for gamers at price points that won't break the bank. As with the previous generation, the new WD Black SN750 is a completely in-house design using Western Digital's 64-bit TLC 3D NAND, firmware and SSD controller. The WD Black SN750 family is available in 4 storage capacities: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB. Although it doesn't sit at the top of the family, the 1TB model is actually the fastest SKU across the board. It makes uses of 256Gb NAND dies versus 512Gb for the 2TB SKU (so that it can remain a single-sided design). The differences between the two in performance... Read more...
Western Digital recently launched a new family of NVMe-based solid state drives targeting gamers and enthusiasts. The simply-branded WD Black NVMe SSD family has a similar naming convention to some previous-generation solid state drives built by the company, but these latest offerings are packing some new technology and offer performance much higher than any of the earlier WD-made storage product offerings that came before it. The WD Black NVMe SSD family features a new controller, 64-layer BiCS3 3D TLC NAND flash memory, an intelligently laid-out PCB that optimizes thermal characteristics, and firmware tuned for enthusiast desktop applications. The drive’s main features and specifications... Read more...
Last week, Western Digital pulled the wraps off a new WD Black NVMe PCIe SSDaimed at gamers. Today, the company has a new range of SSDs aimed at video producers that need large capacities and ultra-fast speeds for offloading their footage. The three external SSDs all use the high-speed Thunderbolt 3 interface and encompass the G-Technology D-DRIVE and G-SPEED product families. The G-DRIVE Mobile Pro offers sustained transfer rate of up to 2,800MB/sec, allowing you to transfer a terabyte of data in seven minutes or less. The drive itself is ready for rough and tumble activity with its shock-resistant design. Power for the drive is provided through the Thunderbolt 3 connection, so you don't... Read more...
Western Digital is rolling out a pair of solid state drives that take aim at both the Internet of Things (IoT) and "Fast Data" applications markets. The company's new PC SN720 and PC SN520. The new drives feature three-dimensional (3D) NAND flash memory underneath the hood and "groundbreaking" new firmware and controller architecture purpose built to leverage those chips. They're also incredibly fast. Starting with the PC SN720, Western Digital plans to ship the drive in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities on a single-sided M.2 2280 form factor, which means it's one of those fancy gum stick-sized SSDs that plug directly into a compatible motherboard with an M.2 slot. Built for speed, the company... Read more...
We are big fans of network attached storage (NAS) solutions, which in recent years have become far more sophisticated and capable. Western Digital's My Cloud products have generally been a solid option in the NAS arena. Unfortunately, it was recently discovered that several My Cloud devices were susceptible to a backdoor vulnerability that could allow an attacker to gain unauthorized root access. Fortunately, WD is working to resolve the issue. WD acknowledged the security holes in a blog post, saying that critical issues that were brought up in some recent articles were addressed last year with firmware update version 2.30.172 and above. As for the other issues, WD said it will address them... Read more...
Western Digital might be best known for its mechanical hard drives, but the company has not ignored the solid state drive movement. Proving that to be the case, WD unveiled a couple of SSD products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including the My Passport Wireless SSD under its own branding, and the Extreme Portable SSD under its SanDisk label, which it purchased in 2015 for $19 billion. Interestingly, WD is pitching both products at "avid photographers and drone enthusiasts" who are in need of durable and high-performance media capture solutions. Starting with the My Passport Wireless SSD, it is available in 250GB ($229.99), 500GB ($299.99), 1TB ($499.99), and 2TB ($799.99) capacities.... Read more...
In case you have noticed, our data storage needs are growing at an exponential rate. Data centers have an increasing need to store huge amounts of information to power our digital world. Although there is an increasing shift towards solid state drive (SSDs) for their blazing fast performance and low-power profile, hard disk drive (HDDs) still carry the brunt of the load when it comes to storage currently and in the immediate future. According to Western Digital, roughly 70 percent of the thousands of exabytes of data globally will reside on HDDs, versus 30 percent for flash. When focusing solely on the data center market, 90 percent of those exabytes will reside on HDDs. Companies are looking... Read more...
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