Hard Drives

  • Toshiba to produce SSD drives next year

    Toshiba to produce SSD drives next year

    The conventional notebook hard drive continues to face down its inevitable replacement as Toshiba today announced that it’ll be entering into the solid state drive game. Mass production will begin in March of next year with 1.8-inch SATA drives being offered in 32-, 64-, and 128-gigabyte capacities. Throughput for the drives will be 3Gbps with a maximum write speed of 40MB/second and a… Read More

  • Report: Google to launch online storage service, raising privacy concerns

    Report: Google to launch online storage service, raising privacy concerns

    Google is close to launching an online storage service, something that could be ready for public consumption in as soon as a few weeks. So says today’s WSJ, at least. The service, which doesn’t have a final name (though the very Windows-sounding “My Stuff” as well as “GDrive” were thrown around), would offer users the ability to store all their… Read More

  • Iomega MiniMax and UltraMax work with Leopard's Time Machine right out of the box

    Iomega MiniMax and UltraMax work with Leopard's Time Machine right out of the box

    Iomega’s newest MiniMax and UltraMax hard drives were designed with Leopard in mind. Both drives come preformated with HFS+, the file system used by Leopard (and previous version of OS X). So if you ever wanted to use the Time Machine system backup feature, literally all you’d have to do is plug the drive in and click “use drive for Time Machine,” no converting from… Read More

  • Hitachi's P7K500 HDDs go green

    Hitachi's P7K500 HDDs go green

    Like to download loads of porno but don’t like the idea of hurting mother Earth? Hitachi has the hard drive for you, you responsible pervert. The new DeskStar drives are low-power, high-capacity HDDs that use non-linear switching, system-on-a-chip design, and other energy saving features to minimize the amount of electricity they need, thereby assuring your ascent to Al Gore’s version… Read More

  • Hitachi predicts 4TB hard drives by 2011 (and an important public service announcement from me to you)

    Hitachi predicts 4TB hard drives by 2011 (and an important public service announcement from me to you)

    That’s one big hard drive! Want a 4TB hard drive? Got four years to wait? Good, because that’s how long, according to Hitachi, it’ll take for us to see such drives, roughly keeping us on the double-storage-capacity-every-year track. Such a hard drive would be able to hold “more than a million” songs, says the BBC. (I have around 7,000 songs on my computer, which is… Read More

  • Portable Western Digital hard drives now come in four super fantastic colors

    Portable Western Digital hard drives now come in four super fantastic colors

    Do you care what color your portable hard drive is? Surely some of you do, since Western Digital now has its WD Passport Portable in four mind-blowing colors: vibrant green, glossy black, glossy white and metallic red. (I’d go with green, though we all know that it’s not easy being white…) Paint job aside, the USB-powered drives are as you’d expect from Western Digital… Read More

  • Hitachi Hits One Terabyte: New Deskstar Hard Drive

    Hitachi Hits One Terabyte: New Deskstar Hard Drive

    Holy Toledo, that’s a lot of storage for a desktop hard drive. Hitachi’s new Serial-ATA Desktar 7K1000 offers up a full terabyte of disk space (actually 931GB after some standard binary conversion trickery), 300MB/s transfer rate, 7200RPM spindle speed, and a monstrous 32MB cache. It’s not all that expensive, either — available now… Read More

  • Samsung's Tiny 1.8-inch Hard Drives Hit 160GB

    Samsung's Tiny 1.8-inch Hard Drives Hit 160GB

    Samsung’s new hard drives are “smaller than a business card”, spin at 4200 RPM, and can hold 160GB of data. If Joey Lawrence were here, I’m sure he’d take this news with a resounding “whoa!”. Read More

  • Buffalo DriveStation, MiniStation Now 30-60 Percent Faster Than Pretenders

    Buffalo DriveStation, MiniStation Now 30-60 Percent Faster Than Pretenders

    By all accounts, faster is better than slower, and bigger is better than smaller… so long as we’re talking about hard drives. Buffalo’s MiniStation and DriveStation hard drives will now most certainly be faster, about 30-60 percent faster than other such drives. Buffalo sped up the hard drives’ speed by using Turbo USB, a proprietary feature at controller level. (All that… Read More

  • WindSolutions CopyTrans Doctor: Fix That Broken iPod, With Software!

    WindSolutions CopyTrans Doctor: Fix That Broken iPod, With Software!

    We all have iPods and Hickey already told us what to do if it breaks. But, say, you hate Hickey and don’t believe a word he says. Fair enough, but your iPod could still die an untimely death. Sad, yes, but WindSolutions has released CopyTrans Doctor iPod, software that’s still in beta that may, just may fix your hosed iPod. It sounds like DiskWarrior et al. in that it attempts to fix… Read More

 
  • Seagate to Stop Selling the IDE, Maybe a Little SATA You Would Like?

    Seagate to Stop Selling the IDE, Maybe a Little SATA You Would Like?

    Photo via Jason Dunn Seagate, the company that I think I bought my first hard drive from, will stop selling IDE drives by year’s end, focusing exclusively on SATA. SATA currently is currently found in more than half of total desktops sold this year and 44 percent of laptops sold. Don’t expect IDE to go the way of the Dodo, however. Like all good standards (when’s the last time… Read More

  • The Fujitsu Hard Drive That Runs For 24 Hours

    The Fujitsu Hard Drive That Runs For 24 Hours

    What could be more exciting than a Fujitsu hard disk drive? Oh, I don’t know, how about one that’s designed to run for 24 continuous hours? Oh, yes. The MHY2 BS line goes all the way up to 200GB and is mainly aimed at enterprise operations. That’s not to say that your nifty RAID array running Azureus all day long won’t benefit from the drive, but it may be a case of… Read More

  • Hard Drives With Frickin' Laser Beams Attached To Their Heads

    Hard Drives With Frickin' Laser Beams Attached To Their Heads

    An egghead at Raboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands’ third biggest party school) has published a paper describing a method of using dynamic, polarized light to write and retrieve hard drive data at blazingly fast speeds – up to 100x faster than conventional hard drive speeds. Conventional hard drives use magnets to read and write data. This new method would use lasers to write… Read More

  • Samsung Now Shipping 64GB SSD

    Samsung Now Shipping 64GB SSD

    This morning, Samsung announced it would begin shipping its new 1.8-inch 64GB SSD. That’s 64GB of porn data that can be accessed very quickly. Some of the features that make this SSD pop include faster startup times, skip-proof data protection, since there’s no moving parts, and extended product life. It also uses less power, meaning there’s no need to scoop up that 600W power… Read More

  • Samsung's Sexy Hybrid Hard Drive

    Samsung's Sexy Hybrid Hard Drive

    No, this hybrid hard drive isn’t actually sexy (though it is topless) and it is difficult to get excited about hard drives in general. But, since Samsung’s still an underdog in the category, the company’s doing its best to innovate the space instead of just cranking out larger sizes (though it did that, too). The 2.5-inch MH80 notebook hard drives feature 256MB of integrated… Read More

  • Western Digital Increases Storage On MyBook Drive

    Western Digital Increases Storage On MyBook Drive

    Today, Western Digital announced it will be giving a boost to its MyBook series of external hard drives. You can now get a MyBook World Edition II with two 750GB hard drives, making the total combined storage a staggering 1.5TB. The World Edition II drive can be setup to share contents via its gigabit-ethernet port and can store up to 180 hours of HD video. If you’re looking for redundancy… Read More

  • Drobo Review: Frickin' Awesome

    Drobo Review: Frickin' Awesome

    Drobo: Small device, big storage I personally use a lot of storage. Every year, I find myself buying yet another 200GB external hard drive because my iTunes library is swelling or I’ve pirated enough movies to make Paramount go bankrupt. Either way, buying multiple external drives is both expensive and annoying. For every drive I use, I’m forced to give up another USB port –… Read More

  • Sony Says Maybe To 80GB PS3 For U.S.

    Sony Says Maybe To 80GB PS3 For U.S.

    So what, Sony will sell an 80GB PS3 in South Korea starting next month. Big deal. What about those of us in the United States of America? Well, Sony just hinted that it’s considering selling the 80GB model here and elsewhere. Apparently Sony will decide whether or not to introduce the big boy in different markets on a market-by-market basis. Hence, we still see the 20GB PS3 on sale in Japan… Read More

  • Hitachi's Travelstar 7K200 is World's Fastest Notebook Hard Drive: 22 Percent Faster Than Next Best

    Hitachi's Travelstar 7K200 is World's Fastest Notebook Hard Drive: 22 Percent Faster Than Next Best

    Hitachi’s Travelstar 7K200 hard drive is said to be the world’s fastest notebook hard drive, with a transfer speed that’s supposedly 22 percent faster than its closest competitor. The 2.5-inch drive comes in 80, 100, 120, 160 and 200GB flavors, which isn’t too shabby for a drive that size. The drive even has built-in file encryption, a feature that’s becoming more and… Read More

  • 2TB RAID Array From Other World Computing: Enough Space For You?

    2TB RAID Array From Other World Computing: Enough Space For You?

    People who leave Azureus running all day long could benefit from this 2TB RAID array from Other World Computing, said to be the Largest Ever. It’s got a regal-sounding name, the OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual 2.0TB RAID solution, as well as a price that only kings you afford—laughing out loud!—$1,099. The 7200RPM drives connect to your rig using either a FireWire 800, 400 or USB… Read More