• Speed Test: Solid state drives from DV Nation

    I recently got the chance to test out a few solid state drives sent to me by Texas-based DV Nation. I tried a super fast MemoRight GT 32GB 2.5-inch SSD, and two 32GB Mtron SSDs, one 3.5-inch and one 2.5-inch. I also tested a standard desktop and a standard laptop hard drive to see how they stacked up. Here’s what I found. Read More

  • Hard drive from space shuttle Columbia salvaged with data intact

    This is insane. The hard drive crashed to earth with the rest of the wreckage, and at first they couldn’t even tell it was a drive at all. Data recovery expert Jon Edwards took a shot at it and due to a combination of technical skill and luck, he was able to recover the data on the drive, which was information on an experiment written up here. I say luck because whatever was writing to… Read More

  • USB 2.0 Baby danglers

    Yeah, I don’t know what these are either. But they cost $22 for the 2GB version and $37 for the 4GB. I think I found something like this in my stool once, though, now that I think back. Read More

  • IBM develops new memory that holds 100 times more data than current memory

    Thanks to IBM scientists—who says Intel does all the heavy lifting these days?—we may soon have portable devices that can hold more than 100 times more data than they currently do. The comparison that’s been thrown around is, imagine an iPod with a 500,000 song capacity. (The iPod classic holds 40,000 songs.) Nirvana, I agree. IBM’s calling the new type of memory… Read More

  • Fujitsu to release 7,200rpm 320GB notebook drive

    Fujitsu is planning on releasing a 320GB notebook hard drive spinning at 7,200rpm by late June and hopes to sell two million units by March of next year. The 2.5-inch Serial-ATA hard drive will be part of the “MHZ2 BJ” series and will consume close to the same amount of power as conventional SATA notebook drives — about 2.3 watts. No word on pricing yet but the current… Read More

  • 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

  • Panasonic's 32GB SDHC memory card coming in April

    These SD cards just get bigger and fatter all the time — and by bigger and fatter, I mean internally. After all, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. This one from Panasonic, available in April, is a 32-gigabyte card. Granted, it’s $700 but it does work rather speedily with a 20mb/sec transfer speed. There’s a SanDisk 32-gigabyte card that’ll also be out… Read More

  • Iomega's Zip Drive is back with a vengeance

    Everyone remembers the Iomega Zip Drive – we all had one, it’s okay to say it. I’d lost track of the company for a while, but they’re striking back with a new version of the device, which probably will get mixed reactions. It’s called the Rev and it’s essentially a HDD split in half – the head and mechanisms are in the reader, and in each… Read More

  • Asus crams a terabyte into its new laptop

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Asus is hot. At CES they are set to unveil their latest offering: the world’s first laptop with a terabyte of storage. They’re going to use two of the brand-new Hitachi 500-GB drives to make worrying about space a thing of the past — or at least for those of us without 4,000 gigs of porn like some of my… Read More

  • 120GB hard drive is roughly the size of a matchbox

    Toshiba’s announced a tiny, tiny 120GB hard drive aimed at subnotebook computers, portable media players, and the like. At 0.31" tall by 2.12" wide by 2.79" long, it’s just barely bigger than a box of matches (although not as thick). The drive has a 4,200rpm spindle speed, 8MB buffer, 15ms seek time, and consumes very little power. Aside from being useful in… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • You so silly, Apple!

    OMG! So Apple, like, totally made a blunderama today on its website ya’ll. If you surf over to the Apple Store and check out the product page for the iPod Touch sleeve. You’ll see for $29.95, you get a product that fits 80GB and 160GB iPod Touch models. Now, although a typo, this could be the real thing. Basically, it means Apple has confirmed the next models of the iPod Touch. Let… Read More

  • 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

  • Sony introduces 80GB digital photo album

    Maybe I’m alone on this one, but does anyone actually sit there with a group of people, connecting a device to an HDTV so everyone can view photos on a 42-inch screen? Do feel free to let me know if you do. For those of you who are into that sort of thing, Sony has announced a device that is sure to keep you from sleeping at night until its release. The HDMS-S1D Digital Photo Album is… Read More

  • 8GB of fury: Sandisk intros new Extreme III SDHC card

    If, for some reason or another, you need more storage and high performance for your DSLR, then by all means, take a gander at SanDisk’s 8GB Extreme II SDHC card. It’s secure, it has a huge amount of storage, can transfer data at a whopping 20MB/sec and cook you some eggs sunnyside-up. Oh, you thought you were going to get an 8GB SDHC card for cheap, didn’t you? You make me laugh. Read More

  • Sony Walkman NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610

    Though Sony has ditched ATRAC and its music store, it doesn’t mean it’s going to stop putting out digital audio players. The ATRAC-less NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610 are all about supporting AAC, WMA, MP3, AVC, and MP4 formats and support PlaysForSure audio. Both are supposed to get extremely good battery life around the 33 hour mark despite the 1.8-inch QVGA screen being lit up all… Read More

  • Wolverine ESP 5250 PMP Packs Big Storage

    Wolverine, some company no one has heard of, will be shipping its new ESP 5250 portable media jukebox this week. Designed for the consumer who likes watching movies while on the move, the 5250 packs 250GB of storage and has a multi-format card reader for additional storage. You can throw either 80,000 songs or 500 hours of video (depending on your codecs, etc.) on this bad boy to ensure that… Read More

  • Iomega Launches Two New Home Network Drives

    Iomega today announced two new networked hard drives that come with an Ethernet-jack in the back of each device. The drives come with either 320GB or 500GB of storage and feature a brushed aluminum casing that will compliment that new iMac you just picked up. As you’d expect with a networked drive, performance is a key factor, so Iomega has gone ahead and used a 7200RPM SATA-II drives… Read More