• Forget holographs, how about 500GB Blu-ray

    Pioneer announced plans for a 500GB 16 layer optical disc, only a month after it said it was developing a 400GB version. Oh, and the latest mammoth disc will have the same potential Blu-ray compatibility. Brendan Sheridan, division product manager at Pioneer Multimedia, said: “While Blu-ray discs, offering both 25GB and 50GB, are sufficient for users’ current demands, we envision… Read More

  • Tiny, simple, very portable 320GB hard drive from Freecom

    This is a nice little drive that Freecom is launching. Tasteful, simple, even covered in a non-slip rubber finish. And it tips the scales at just over 155g or 5.5oz, which makes it light enough to carry in a purse (or murse). It’s USB2 so it’s fast enough for most tasks and it costs around $90 for the 160GB or probably $140 or so for the 320GB. I want one! Read More

  • Seagate drops a 1.5TB Barracuda HDD

    Not too much to say about this other than yes, it’s big. 7200RPM, 3.5 inches, and a lot of space for all your legitimate and tasteful media. If you’re eco-conscious, however, it’s probably better to go with their new line of 1TB drives, which use much less power. Or, if you’re rich, a few Memoright arrays are the way to go. Read More

  • Pioneer develops world's first 16-layer disc with 400 GB capacity

    Today Pioneer announced [JP] they – as the first company in the world – managed to develop a 16-layer optical disc with a capacity of 400 GB. In other words, each layer boasts the capacity of a 25 GB Blu-ray disc currently available for retail. Pioneer said the new discs will be compatible with existing Blu-ray hardware but are read-only at the moment. The company is currently… Read More

  • Nanowire storage system has a creamy crystalline center, stores 3 bits

    Alternative storage stuff is always interesting. In this case it’s also nanotech, so that makes it a double-whammy. Some researchers have made a two-layer nanowire out of germanium, antimony, and tellurium that can be made to store information in the form of its physical state. They can alter the crystalline structure in the tiny wires by an electrical pulse and it’ll stay that… Read More

  • Japanese researchers develop a 42GB super DVD

    A research team from the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials of prestigious Tohoku University in Northern Japan announced [JP, PDF] it has found a way to multiply the amount of data that can be stored on a DVD or CD by a factor of 9. It is claimed the result was achieved by shaping the pits on a DVD’s surface, which are usually flat, like “V”s. Read More

  • Western digital gets into the RAID backup game

    I’m sure there are plenty of WD hard drives in RAID configurations all around the world, but now they’re stepping into the arena for reals with a consumer-oriented RAID array. They’re all the rage, these days, after all – what with Drobo, the HP MediaSmart, the Newertech setup I mentioned a week ago, and I suppose you could even rig up this thing to be an array. It… Read More

  • NewerTech's "green" RAID storage solution

    There are a million storage solutions out there, from your run-of-the-mill WD external to the increasingly popular multi-drive, RAID setups like NewerTech’s and Drobo. How does this so-called “green” system stack up, and what exactly makes it green? More inside. Read More

  • SanDisk pushes removable media for all music devices

    Yes, indeed, SanDisk has a vested interest in people buying removable storage cards, seeing as how the company makes its money by selling memory. However, SanDisk’s Jan Hauer – director of product marketing – made an interesting prediction in London earlier today. Hauer predicted that, eventually, MP3 players won’t be outfitted with memory at all. They’ll all… Read More

  • Toshiba announces speedier 1.8-inch HDDs by August

    Toshiba has announced an upcoming speed increase to its line of 1.8-inch hard drives typically found in UMPCs, subnotebooks, netbooks, and various other small computing devices. In August, Toshiba will begin shipping 80GB and 160GB hard drives running at 5,400RPM to manufacturers. Current 1.8-inch drives top out at 4,200RPM. The storage capacities offered by the 160GB MK1617GSG and… Read More

  • Drobo shacks up with Western Digital: special multi-terabyte offers!

    In case you missed our recent review of the Drobo and Droboshare, they come highly recommended, and if you’re looking to take the plunge, now is probably the best time ever. Data Robotics has teamed up with Western Digital and they’re bundling up to four terabytes of WD’s new GreenPower storage with new Drobo systems for pretty solid prices. 1TB drives are going for between… Read More

  • SanDisk rolls out premium microSD cards. Premium means faster transfer speeds

    Apparently there’s a need for “premium” micoSD cards (and the like), otherwise SanDisk wouldn’t bother producing them. The company has just revealed premium models of microSD, microSDHC and Memory Stick Micro (M2) flash cards, all featuring faster transfer speeds than conventional, non-premium cards. If you’re asking yourself, “That’s all that makes… Read More

  • Western Digital gets even more Mac friendly with My Passport Studio

    Who: Western Digital
    What: My Passport Studio 250GB/320GB
    When: Available now for $160 and $220
    Where: ???
    Why: It’s Mac specific and plays nice with Time Machine. Also comes with USB 2.0 AND FireWire 400. Read More

  • Review: Drobo and DroboShare

    Drobo phone home
    Most of you have probably heard of Drobo, the data storage robot/system from Data Robotics. We’ve done a review of the original Drobo here on CrunchGear, but recently Drobo was updated with a little brother named DroboShare, which painlessly converts Drobo into a Network Attached Storage device. I’ve had one hanging out with me for several weeks now, and… Read More

  • 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