• Roundup: Rugged Flash Drives From Corsair, Imation, Kingston, And LaCie

    Flash drives are a dime a dozen these days, so if you’re going to actually spend money on one, it may as well be one that can take a little abuse. After all, if you plan on having it with you everywhere you go, there’s a good chance this thing is going to get dropped, sat on, spilled on, and otherwise beaten up. The big flash drive sellers all have entries in this category, some… Read More

  • Hitachi GST Sold To Western Digital For $4.3 Billion

    The storage arm of Hitachi, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, has been bought by Western Digital for a combination of cash and shares totaling $4.3 billion. It was just last year that WD surpassed Seagate in terms of hard drives shipped, but both companies are facing a challenge as consumer and local storage trends more towards high-speed flash, leaving spinning drives in their dust. Read More

  • Thunderbolt Plus RAID Equals The New Pegasus Drive Towers

    Thunderbolt is out, and the Thunderbolt-equipped peripherals are coming fast. LaCie has their Little Big Drive coming this summer, but if you need more than 500GB of space, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere. Pegasus has you covered with their new R6 and R4 direct-attached storage units. Need to have 8TB of storage streaming at 800MB per second? Probably not! But this sucker can do… Read More

  • LaCie Is The First With A Thunderbolt-Equipped External Drive

    Following the Thunderbolt-centered Intel and Apple announcements, we fully expect that the accessory makers will be coming in droves to support the new protocol. LaCie was among the early adopters of USB 3.0 when that was new, and so it’s no surprise that they’re in the front line with supporting Thunderbolt. Their first entry is this Little Big Disk, featuring the new connector… Read More

  • PSA: SSDs Are Difficult To Securely Erase (Update: Well, They Can Be)

    If you’re in a business that handles sensitive information, or are just conscientious about your privacy, you might want to read this study on SSD erasure. As you know, there are ways of erasing traditional magnetic hard drives that are more or less totally irreversible. Writing all zeros, writing garbage, zeroing again, and so on. After a few cycles it’s fresh and clean. SSDs are… Read More

  • Drobo Takes Aim At Small Businesses With New 12-Bay Version

    Over the years we’ve seen Drobo expand its portfolio of devices from a strictly consumer-oriented lineup to a broader and more business-friendly one. October’s DroboPro FS made a beeline for small businesses by mashing up its networking-centric FS series with the 8-drive Pro series. And now they’re taking that a step further with the 12-bay version of the same. There’s… Read More

  • And You Thought Tape Drives Were Extinct – Fujifilm Packs 5TB Onto New Cartridges

    This news isn’t really… applicable to many of our readers, I think, but it’s still cool. The tape drives used as archival backup systems for many companies are the last thing that occurs to people when they think of cutting-edge technology, but the truth is that as long as there is an infrastructure and companies relying on the tech, it’ll keep on being supported. And… Read More

  • Can You Spot The Lacie Galet USB Drive In This Picture?

    Hint: it is not the cufflinks, but it is near them. Yes, that thing. Lacie is making forays into the world of fashion, if we are to take their word for it, and the Galet is their first entry. “Hand-crafted in France, each piece is individually plated with precious silver through Christofle’s 150 year-old silvering process.” How luxurious! The trouble comes when you have to… Read More

  • Seagate First To Stuff 1 Terabyte Into A 2.5-inch Enterprise HDD

    The kids at Western Digital officially called “First!” way back in the balmy summer of 2009 on a 1TB 2.5-inch spinning disk hard drive, but this Seagate model is a bit different and the first of its kind. The Constellation.2 drive is designed for the enterprise market, for servers and data storage needs, not your next laptop. Read More

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