HDD

  • Newertech's USB-to-HDD adapter does the trick

    [photopress:hddusb_1.jpg,full,center] Upgrading your harddrive is tough. Moving those files around and making sure everything copies is a pain and it’s time consuming. Newertech has something novel that might help, a universal USB drive adapter. Pretty much any IDE, ATA, ATAPI, or Serial-ATA drive of any size can become a USB drive with this adapter, which includes handy status lights so… Read More

  • Fast 128GB solid state drives coming in April

    Fast 128GB solid state drives coming in April

    Solid state drive capacity and availability continues to grow with the announcement of Mtron’s 128GB 1.8-inch SSD. It’ll have maximum read/write speeds of 120MBps and 100MBps, respectively, and will be targeted at UMPC devices. It’s got a PATA interface, so it can replace most existing notebook hard drives pretty easily. And with the 6X speed bump and half the power… Read More

  • Mossburg: MacBook Air's SSD option isn't worth the price

    Mossburg: MacBook Air's SSD option isn't worth the price

    We all like the MacBook Air. Well, most of us. I don’t. But if you’re thinking of getting one, and waffling between the HDD and SSD drives, go with the HDD. And don’t take my word for it, take uncle Walt Mossburg’s. His crew ran a series of tests on a standard hard drive-based Air and on a solid state drive-based Air, and found the SSD doesn’t make that much… Read More

  • Help-Key: How to upgrade the measly HDD on your MacBook

    Help-Key: How to upgrade the measly HDD on your MacBook

    After much deliberation I have decided to just swap out the hard drive on the MacBook rather than letting the existing 60GB drive crap out. I also now don’t feel that my previous ranting on Leopard was fair considering the possibility that said hard drive was about to die a horrible death. Even though Leopard’s just as buggy as Vista, I´ll give it a go with a fresh hard drive. If… Read More

  • Seagate drives killing MacBooks

    Seagate drives killing MacBooks

    It’s bad enough that my MacBook is running hotter than Hades since I upgraded to Leopard, but the last thing I need is for my HDD to crap out. Luckily my MB does not have a 2.5-inch drive from Seagate. Retrodata, a data recovery outfit in the UK, noticed something was amiss with the Seagate drive equipped MBs as they’ve seen 50 or so since last summer. Upon further inspection… Read More

  • Help-Key: Recovering from a tragic hard drive crash

    Help-Key: Recovering from a tragic hard drive crash

    Computers are evil, vile machines. They’re smarter than they let on, and they like to mess with us lesser humans. That’s why they pick the absolute worst times to crash, and the hard drive is where they like to do it, making you panic. But don’t be fooled: you own the computer, not the other way around. It’s a machine, a servant to humans, and though they throw… Read More

  • Nintendo denies HDD for Wii, again

    Nintendo denies HDD for Wii, again

    It appears that every Wii owners wish of a HDD will not come to fruition. At least that’s what Eric Walter, PR manager for NOA, wants you to think. The way that we look at it is, we really don’t want people storing every single game they buy on their drive. When you buy a game, it’s yours forever, so you can delete it, and go back and get it at any time you want. In a way… Read More

  • Toshiba Vardia RD-A301 HD DVD Recorder with HDD

    Toshiba Vardia RD-A301 HD DVD Recorder with HDD

    Sold your soul to Toshiba and cast Sony into the depths of your own gadget hell? That’s OK, because Toshiba is rewarding its loyal followers with the Vardia RD-A301, a new HD DVD player that’s filled with more features than a 9-year-old’s Halloween candy bag. Aside from having tons of inputs and outputs, including HDMI, the RD-A301 has a built-in 300GB hard drive for… Read More

  • Seagate owners to get 5% refund on HDDs

    Seagate owners to get 5% refund on HDDs

    We don’t normally discuss class action lawsuits here on the Gear, mostly because we’re not fond of fostering the idea that lawyers can do good. In this case, however, you’re very possibly due for a bate for 5% from Seagate, if you’ve purchased one of its harddrives in the last six years. That’s enough money to get you most of the way to the Transformers DVD. Read More

  • Tivo Expander support, other fun in new Tivo update

    Tivo Expander support, other fun in new Tivo update

    Remember yesterday I clued you all in on a mysterious “Tivo Expander” Best Buy leaked on their site? It’s useful now, with Tivo pushing out a service update that allows Tivo HD owners for the first time to take advantage of external storage media. Very handy indeed. In addition, the update allows for Tivo-to-Tivo sharing and better support for portable devices. If you’re… Read More

  • My Book Tivo "extender" spotted on Best Buy

    My Book Tivo "extender" spotted on Best Buy

    My DVR is full. Totally full. I’ve been watching “The War” on PBS in HD, recording them all in order. I’m about half-way done, but the 14-hour documentary has pretty much filled up my hard drive. I sure do wish there was some way I could add additional storage. Oh, here we have a 500GB My Book add-on drive for Tivo that Best Buy leaked. My DVR is not a Tivo, so… Read More

  • Drobo's bastard, toaster cousin

    Drobo's bastard, toaster cousin

    Imagine that you had a toaster. Now imagine that toaster is a USB-based dock that allows any user to plug a laptop or desktop hard drive into it like a piece of toast and mount it on their PC or Mac. That’s just what the SATA HDD Stage Rack does. Have an extra drive lying around? Maybe six or seven? This is just what you need. Forget swapping USB cables all the time between external drives. Read More

  • Transcend external SATA HDDs released

    Transcend external SATA HDDs released

    John isn’t excited to be in Japan, but I’m pumped to be in America, I can tell you that much. Transcend is yet another company, making some external hard drives that have a cobalt blue paint job. Yes, they are pretty. The drives comes in flavors of 80GB with a silver paint job, 120GB with a titanium paint job and 160GB with the cobalt blue just for you. USB 2.0 and 1.1 support and… Read More

  • Toshiba Wants To Cram 320GB Into Your Laptop, Awesome

    Toshiba Wants To Cram 320GB Into Your Laptop, Awesome


    Oh boy, Toshiba. You sure know how to cure a hangover. Toshiba has announced they will begin production on a 2.5-inch 320GB drive in Q4 that is part of the MKxx52SX line of HDDs. Two platters will make up the SATA 320GB HDD. There will also be 80GB and 250GB drives in the aforementioned line. No pricing yet, but we’ll keep an eye out for this one. Toshiba readies 320GB laptop drive… Read More

  • iMovie '08 Supports HDD, DVD Camcorders, YAY!

    iMovie '08 Supports HDD, DVD Camcorders, YAY!

    Owners of Mac and HDD/DVD camcorders finally have a reason to live or at the very least not to throw either against the wall. Say hello to iLife ’08, iMovie in particular. Your frustrations at Apple for not supporting AVCHD and MPEG-2 formats ends now. It may set you back $79, but it’s certainly worth it if you own a Sony, JVC, Canon or Panasonic model that’s been tested… Read More

  • NEC, Hitachi Announce Water-cooled HDD

    NEC, Hitachi Announce Water-cooled HDD

    NEC and Hitachi’s joint efforts are beginning to materialize some worthwhile products, IMO. What you see above is the first water cooling system for your HDD. Not only is the system ultra quiet at 25dB, but NEC plans to equip future desktops with this exciting new cooling system. Joy. In a box. NEC and Hitachi water-cool your HDD [Akihabara News] Read More

  • WD Upgrades My Book Line To 2TB

    WD Upgrades My Book Line To 2TB

    Following the announcement of new GreenPower HDs yesterday, Western Digital has announced that all My Book dual-drive storage models will be available up to 2TB. I don’t think I’ve even approached 1TB of content in all my years of pirating purchasing music and movies. That needs to change immediately. Of course, I’ll never be able to catch up to the likes of Nicholas and… Read More

  • Seagate Announces Two 1TB Drives

    http://www.podtech.net/player/podtech-player.swf?bc=bb0eb150dad14f4c9aeb9810cb8d1999 Seagate announced a 1TB hard drive today, albeit late, but as they say, “better late than never.” The Barracuda 7200.11 and ES.2 revv up to 7,200rpm, cache up to 32MB with an average data rate of 8.5ms. The ES.2 is leading the pack offering consumers a SAS interface along with SATA and is aimed… 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… Read More

  • Samsung Shipping 1TB HDD

    Samsung Shipping 1TB HDD


    The Samsung we’ve all grown to love is making a strong push to put a foothold into the HDD market with a 1TB drive that is far more superior then anything else available. Poppycock, you say? Not at all. The SpinPoint F1 is the first to use three platters as opposed to the four platters that Hitachi and Seagate use in their 1TB drives. Three 334GB platters are driven by 7,200RPM motors… Read More