WD'S NEW GREENPOWER HARD DRIVES REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Subject: Storage | July 23, 2007 - 11:19 AM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. - July 23, 2007 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today
announced a new environmentally friendly GreenPower
family of WD
desktop, enterprise,
CE and external hard drive products. The new GreenPower (GP) family will ship in capacities
from 320 gigabytes (GB) to one terabyte (TB), and will save up to 40% in hard drive power
consumption, or as much as $10 per drive per year
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The mysterious world of hard disks

Subject: Storage | July 18, 2007 - 05:08 PM |
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TechARP has compiled a list of the most common hard disk misconceptions and myths into one big article, and paired them with the facts.  If you have someone in your life who believes that to mount a HDD vertically, you have to reformat the HDD vertically to ensure proper spreading of magic dust and to fully repair any bad sectors caused by sudden power failures ... please send them there.

Source: Tech ARP

WD Announces 750 GB Enterprise-Class SATA Hard Drives

Subject: Storage | July 17, 2007 - 11:16 AM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. - July 17, 2007 - Addressing the needs for the growing
enterprise market for high-capacity, highly-reliable storage, Western
Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it will be shipping its WD RE2
(RAID Edition) 750 GB hard drive this month.

Form and function compete for your attention

Subject: Storage | July 16, 2007 - 12:26 PM |
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The Galaxy Metal Gear Box 3500SASP is a no frills, dirt cheap external SATA/USB 2.0 enclosure.  The drawbacks to that are obvious, materials and a manual that don't measure up to their more expensive competition, and the lack of eSATA are the prominent ones.  On the other hand, the performance is every bit as good as the more expensive docks, and the extra cash you save can be translated directly into a bigger HDD.  AnandTech can tell you a

Source: AnandTech

Big time backup

Subject: Storage | July 10, 2007 - 02:59 PM |
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The Maxtor 750GB OneTouch III makes sure you have no excuses to not have a backup.  Connect it to yo PC via USB or Firewire, and with the touch of one button you can back up selected files, or your whole harddrive.  Overclockers Club couldn't find a single disappointing thing about this drive in their review.

The Swiss Army knife of card readers

Subject: Storage | July 5, 2007 - 05:41 PM |
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PCApex has posted a review of the Aero Cool Infinity 25-in-1 card reader.  It is designed much the same as most fan controllers, and sits in an unused 5.25" bay, and offers more than just card reading capabilities.  It sports 2 USB ports and hides a 2.5" notebook HDD in it's interior.  It's not as easy to remove as some devices, but it is more semi-portable than fully portable, and it will solve any card reading problems you might have, and more.

Source: PCApex

Recycle your old mobile storage

Subject: Storage | July 3, 2007 - 03:04 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout reviews the perfect device for anyone with old 2.5" HDDs lying around, ICY DOCK's MB448UR Removable HDD Rack.  Designed to take 2.5" drives, and slide into the external 5.25" bays on your PC, or even into the internal 3.5" ones.  Either way, it makes those old drives useful again, and with USB connectivity they are useful in most places.

High volume SD cards and ReadyBoost

Subject: Storage | June 26, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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MadShrimps decided to explore the performance of ReadyBoost, using the USB interface available for SD cards.  In this particular set of tests first they benchmarked the system with 512MB, 1GB and 2 GB, or RAM and then adding the cards.  They also tried using the SD cards to replace RAM, keeping 512MB in the system, and then benchmarking with various USB/SD cards and storage space.

"Prices for mainstream Digital Cameras over 7 mega pixels are going down and they are becom

Source: Madshrimps

Hitachi joins the war of tera

Subject: Storage | June 21, 2007 - 03:17 PM |
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The brand new Deskstar 7K1000 offers more than just a lot of space on multiple platters.  Hitachi has incorporated perpendicular storage, which allows all of that storage space to fit on 4 disks.   The 32MB memory buffer pushes the performance up to the level of a Raptor for some tests, but not when it comes to some transfers.  Tech Spot is more than happy to tell you all about it here.

Source: Tech Spot

High density caviar

Subject: Storage | June 18, 2007 - 05:37 PM |
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With half again the storage of it's predecessor, the 750GB Caviar SE16 has switched to perpendicular storage which also increases the speed of it's internal transfer rates while leaving the SATA interface unchanged at 300MB/s.  This increase places it in a league that used to be the exclusive domain of the 10,000 RPM Raptors, which have less than 1/2 the storage capacity.  The Tech Report has more, give th

Get back on the rack

Subject: Storage | June 13, 2007 - 05:40 PM |
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Vizo has updated the old hot swappable HDD rack with their Ares Internal SATA Mobile Rack.  Support for SATA II makes this a very easy way to hot swap HDDs, or just to be able to carry it with you for use in multiple systems.  It also has a small fan in the enclosure to keep your HDD comfortable during the summer.  Drop by Pro-Clockers for a closer look at this handy little device.

I'm a Survivor!

Subject: Storage | June 6, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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The Tech Report has been having fun with Corsair's Survivor GT USB drive.  Packaged in an aluminium tube with rubberized ends, it looks like a piece of camping equipment, but inside that shell is an 8GB thumb drive.  They dunked it in water, strapped it to the bottom of a mountain bike, and in a last desperate move to inflict some sort of damage, they ran over it with a car.  The Survivor now has a couple of small s

WD SHIPS 750 GB DESKTOP HARD DRIVES INCORPORATING NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Subject: Storage | June 5, 2007 - 11:22 AM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. - June 4, 2007 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today
announced it is shipping in volume high-capacity 750 GB Serial ATA (SATA) WD
CaviarR SE16 desktop-class hard drives. Ideal for data-intensive
applications, high-performance computing and multimedia systems, the WD
Caviar SE16 750 GB drives deliver high performance with 3 Gb/s transfer
rate, 16 MB cache and Native Command Queuing (NCQ).

"WD knows that there is nothing more important than our customers'
data," said Don Bennett, WD vice president and general manager of desktop
storage.

Don't need no steenking backups, eh?

Subject: Storage | June 4, 2007 - 01:45 PM |
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So, you didn't bother to keep a good backup regimen, and when you boot up your PC in the morning you are greeted by a blue screen of death.  Gripped by panic, you start sweating as you think of all the work you have just lost.  Well, all hope is not gone.  Drop by Icrontic for a look at several data recovery techniques for just such an occasion.  Once you're back up and running, do yourself a favour and start backing up the important stuff.

"Even with the latest hard drive technol

Source: Icrontic

How much is extra mobility worth

Subject: Storage | May 30, 2007 - 02:21 PM |
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The LOTIS PMO 12GB Pocket D is very small, at 1.5" x 2.3" x 0.4", and the 12Gb of storage does offer you enough space for DVD images, programs, or just about anything else you want to bring with you.  On the other hand, for about the same price you could get an external 60-100Gb 2.5" drive.  If you are more interested in the mobility, check out the full review at the Hardware Zone.

Linux is burning

Subject: Storage | May 25, 2007 - 02:02 PM |
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TECHGAGE has posted a review of NeroLinux 3, the long awaited update to the popular burning software for Linux.  It adds support for Bluray and HD DVD, but also faces a lot of competition from existing Linux burning tools like k3b, especially as it took 2 years for Nero to update it.  If you are into Linux, but are missing the GUI of Nero, you might want to consider it.

Source: TECHGAGE

A cautionary tale

Subject: Storage | May 22, 2007 - 04:00 PM |
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TweakTown has managed to repeat a rather scary incident involving QuickTime, Vista and a RAID on an ICH8R chipset.  They haven't seen this behaviour occur on other platforms, but you may want to be careful just the same, especially if you are using RAID 0.

Source: TweakTown

Intel, STMicroelectronics And Francisco Partners Establish A New Leader In Flash Memory

Subject: Storage | May 22, 2007 - 03:14 PM |
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GENEVA and SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 22, 2007 STMicroelectronics, Intel and Francisco Partners today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to create a new independent semiconductor company from the key assets of businesses which last year generated approximately $3.6 billion in combined annual revenue.

Western Digital Announces 250GB Scorpio 2.5" HDD

Subject: Storage | May 21, 2007 - 10:05 AM |
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Today Western Digital is taking the covers off a brande new 2.5" hard drive: the Scorpio 250GB.  The drive features a 5400 RPM spin rate, 8MB of cache and a 12ms seek time making it one of the fastest mobile hard drives on the market.  It also uses WD "WhisperDrive" technology to allow the disk to run quieter than competing products, a benefit to notebook users everywhere.


The Scorpio 250GB does use perpendicular recording technolgy and is now about to fit 125GB on each platter of the

SATA heads off on the road

Subject: Storage | May 17, 2007 - 02:31 PM |
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Now that SATA has started saturating the market, both for hard drives and optical drives, a way to take them on the road is becoming important.  R&B Mods has a review of a device that lets you do exactly that, the Eksitdata EasyCombo USB 2.0 to IDE and SATA converter.  It will handle 2.5" and 3.5" IDE as well as SATA, making it a very versatile device and it won't take up too much space in your laptop bag.