• Western Digital Fires Up First Flooded Factory In Thailand As Recovery Continues

    Western Digital Fires Up First Flooded Factory In Thailand As Recovery Continues

    The recent floods in Thailand have wreaked devastation on the factories in the area; some were under a dozen feet or more of water, and all manner of companies were affected by the damage. Nikon and Samsung delayed cameras and a shortage of hard drives has caused a spike in prices. The recovery effort is progressing apace, and the affected areas are being pumped or drained clear of water. Read More

  • Pogoplug Cloud Launches With 5 GB Of Free Storage For Mobile Users

    Pogoplug Cloud Launches With 5 GB Of Free Storage For Mobile Users

    Cloud storage service and device maker Pogoplug is unveiling its latest offering today: a new service for mobile users that offers 5 GB of free online storage. To use “Pogoplug Cloud,” you first sign up directly from your mobile phone or tablet (iOS or Android¬†2.2+), then download the app and begin the upload process. And that’s where Pogoplug really begins to shine: it… Read More

  • Street Prices For Hard Drives Spike As Supply Contracts

    Street Prices For Hard Drives Spike As Supply Contracts

    By now you must have heard of the ongoing havoc being caused by flooding in Thailand. It’s claimed a few product launches already; Nikon and Sony have both had to delay shipment of new cameras, among others. But the single tech industry that seems to be hit the hardest is hard drive manufacturers. Many factories have been flooded and the production of drives has been seriously… Read More

  • How To Enable 18TB Hard Drives? Just Add Salt

    How To Enable 18TB Hard Drives? Just Add Salt

    The continually increasing size of hard drives means we can all store more pictures, music, games, and so on, but as with the transistor counts in Moore’s Law, those increases don’t come easy. Companies like Toshiba, TDK, and Seagate are forever looking into ways to increase the number of bits they can store inside a drive. It’s already an astounding amount, but they always… Read More

  • Pogoplug Debuts New Hardware For Streaming To Mobile Devices

    Pogoplug Debuts New Hardware For Streaming To Mobile Devices

    Cloud Engines, Inc., makers of the Pogoplug line of devices and accompanying software, are launching a new hardware product today called Pogoplug Mobile. The device works like the company’s current Pogoplug product – you attach your hard drive or drives, plug it into your router and instantly have your own personal cloud.¬†In short, it’s like a NAS (network-attached storage)… Read More

  • IBM Assembles Record 120-Petabyte Storage Array

    IBM Assembles Record 120-Petabyte Storage Array

    IBM Research has just set a world record in data storage by building a drive array capable of holding 120 petabytes. It was done at the request of an unnamed research group that needs this unprecedented amount of space for running simulations of some sort. These simulations have been expanding in size as the datasets grow, but also as more backups, snapshots, and redundancies are added. How… Read More

  • LaCie Adds Some Polish To Its NAS Units With “NAS OS”

    LaCie Adds Some Polish To Its NAS Units With “NAS OS”

    Backing up data is getting more and more important, since although much of our critical stuff is in the cloud, we’re all generating so many pictures, videos, documents and so on that it’s wise to keep a local copy. Many people use external drives to back up, which is fine, but if you want any automated stuff, or server capabilities, you have to update to a network-attached… Read More

  • 1.6-Terabyte Smart Optimus SSD Reads A Gig Per Second

    1.6-Terabyte Smart Optimus SSD Reads A Gig Per Second

    Enterprise hardware company Smart Modular Technologies has announced a line of SSDs that appear to wipe the floor with pretty much everything out there. It comes in capacities from 200GB all the way to a current record capacity of 1.6TB. And not only is it the biggest single SSD available, it also is the fastest, using a Serial Attached SCSI interface to achieve (they claim) 1000MB/s read… Read More

  • LaCie’s Rugged Mini External Hard Drive Is Not Large

    LaCie’s Rugged Mini External Hard Drive Is Not Large

    Let’s say you’re LaCie, manufacturer par excellence of mid-to-high-end external hard drives. Are you LaCie now? Good. And let’s say you’ve put out a Rugged hard drive and a Rugged XL hard drive. Where do you go next? XXL? Extra-regular size? No, no, you put on your robe and marketing hat and, because you now know people like small things, you decide to make the Rugged Mini. Read More

  • The Latest Western Digital My Book Takes The Mac Look To The Max

    Western Digital, like most storage companies, has long had a line of products designed for the Mac crowd. The latest incarnation of the My Book Studio takes up a notch with a brushed aluminum enclouser and perforated top grill — you know, just like the Mac Pro. Also like the Mac Pro, this Apple-ified Firewire/USB 2.0 drive carries a premium with the 1TB, 2TB and 3TB drives costing… Read More

  • Super Talent's RC8: Thumbdrive Looks, SSD Power

    If you’ve ever wondered why they can’t take these tiny SSD units and just pack ’em into a thumbdrive case, this one’s for you. The new RC8 from Super Talent is in every way a real SSD, except perhaps that it’s not sitting in your PC’s case with a SATA connection. This one’s USB 3.0 and it appears to really cruise. We’re looking at over 200MB/s… Read More

  • Erasing And Recovering Hard Drives: An Increasingly Complicated Affair

    The buzzword of the year is “cloud,” and it carries with it an implication that your data is somewhere magical and safe, and in a way, it is. But there’s no getting around the fact that our appetite for storage is increasing by leaps and bounds, whether it’s stored locally or remotely. There’s always the possibility of catastrophic failure, and of course the flip… Read More

  • Seagate Teases "Perfect Companion" For Tablets

    Seagate is toying with us, saying they’re going to release this month the “perfect companion” for iPads and other tablets. Being that they’re a storage company and tablets lack serious storage space, I’m guessing it’s a tablet-oriented storage and backup solution, perhaps focusing on mobility and anywhere-accessibility. Perhaps via a browser… Read More

  • 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

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