Data Storage

Lexar 256GB 633x microSD card ready for 4K video galore

Lexar 256GB 633x microSD card ready for 4K video galore

Lexar has announced a collection of new microSD cards and accessories to work with said microSD cards, including a new 256GB 633x unit this week. This card, they suggest, is able of storing 9 full hours of 4K video at once. Devices without a microSD card slot can also partake, just so long as they've got their own micro-USB port or USB-C port, now that the company has revealed their C1 microSD Reader and their M1 microSD Reader as well.

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OneDrive starts cutting free storage down to 5GB

OneDrive starts cutting free storage down to 5GB

Last November, Microsoft advised OneDrive users that some big changes would be coming eventually — that OneDrive storage would be decreasing from 15GB to 5GB, that Office 365 users wouldn’t be getting unlimited storage, and the 15GB of camera roll storage would be removed. Microsoft gave its users a chance to opt out of this change; those who missed the memo are now receiving warnings that their OneDrive allotment is about to be slashed.

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Samsung 4TB 850 EVO SATA 2.5″ SSD quietly launched

Samsung 4TB 850 EVO SATA 2.5″ SSD quietly launched

A few days ago, Samsung quietly launched a new storage option: the 4TB 850 EVO, a SATA SSD hailed as the highest-capacity SSD available for anyone to buy. It’s a welcomed storage option for those who’ve stuck with their trusty HDD over capacity concerns, though the 850 EVO does come with a substantial price tag: $1,500 USD. On the plus side, the drive comes in a 2.5-inch form factor and it is available to purchase as of this past Friday.

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SanDisk iXpand Memory Case lets your iPhone 6 remember more

SanDisk iXpand Memory Case lets your iPhone 6 remember more

The debate over whether microSD card slots are essential or not still goes on for some people and OEMs. But considering Apple refuses to let go of its 16 GB baseline models, for some iPhone users, additional storage is not just a luxury but a necessity. Being an iPhone, of course you're normally out of luck. Unless you get one of SanDisk's new iXpand Memory Cases which, as you might have guessed, lets you have the semblance of external storage on your iPhone 6 or 6s. Plus it protects your premium looking and priced smartphone, too!

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Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro devices launch with up to 3TB

Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro devices launch with up to 3TB

Western Digital has a new line of storage devices for creative users and others who produce a lot of content. Called the My Passport Wireless Pro, these devices are part of the WD Pro Series and offer wireless data transfers and storage in capacities up to 3TB. Western Digital says it designed the devices specifically for the “creative community,” such as photographers who take a ton of photos and need a way to offload them from their cameras.

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Transcend StoreJet Cloud is a personal server with up to 8TB of space

Transcend StoreJet Cloud is a personal server with up to 8TB of space

Tired of having to upgrade your Drive space or worried about someone hacking your preferred cloud storage company? Transcend has introduced a personal alternative called the Storejet Cloud. Coming in both 4TB and 8TB sizes, the Transcend Storejet Cloud is designed for those who have a lot of data to store, but would rather do so on owned hardware stored in one’s own home or office.

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Microsoft just bought 10m synthetic DNA molecules for data storage

Microsoft just bought 10m synthetic DNA molecules for data storage

In the future, when you need to store more than what your 100 terabyte storage drive can handle, you wouldn't be looking to the cloud for answers, you'll be looking inside yourself. Sort of. This almost zen-like idea isn't just science fiction anymore. It is very well the future of computing. Or at least Microsoft believes so, to the point that it just purchases 10 million long oligonucleotides, a.k.a. DNA molecules, from San Francisco startup Twist Bioscience. These DNA molecules will be used in Microsoft's own research into making synthetic DNA a viable commercial data storage solution.

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Clear space on your iPhone by watching a movie

Clear space on your iPhone by watching a movie

Today might be April Fool's day, so I'll preface this piece by letting you know that this isn't a prank of any sort. It very well may be some form of witchcraft or sorcery, but it does actually work. It turns out that you can free up a significant amount of space on your iPhone by doing little more than trying to watch a movie.

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Monument is a personal photo storage and organization box

Monument is a personal photo storage and organization box

If you take bunch of photos and videos, you may find current storing options lacking. You can upload content online, of course, but not everyone enjoys using online cloud services, and there’s the monthly subscription issue…something typically required if you have thousands of photos and want to upload them in their original, full resolution. Enter Monument, a small box that works as a personal storage solution for storing and organizing content.

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Intel’s super fast Optane SSDs could make their way into MacBooks

Intel’s super fast Optane SSDs could make their way into MacBooks

With increasingly more capable CPUs and GPUs, the bottlenecks of computing have lately been relocated to memory, both in RAM to some extent but especially in persistent data storage. The race is on among chip makers to produce not just the highest density storage technology but also the fastest. Intel, a name you'd more commonly associate with CPUs rather than storage devices, is also taking part in that race alongside storage maker Micron. And the first fruit of their friendship, the blazingly fast Optane SSD, might even be first seen in Apple's next MacBooks.

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Samsung releases 16TB SSD, officially making it the world’s largest drive

Samsung releases 16TB SSD, officially making it the world’s largest drive

I run SSDs in my desktops, because I want to enjoy the performance boost that I get from them. My computer will boot faster, programs open faster, and loading times on my games are significantly lower. Of course, I have a NAS where I use traditional spinning hard drives to store my larger bits of data. This is because the older spinning style disks have considerably more storage space than even the largest SSDs. Well, at least that used to be the case.

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Quartz discs used to store 360TB of data, for up to 14 billion years

Quartz discs used to store 360TB of data, for up to 14 billion years

Back when I was in school, the only way to transfer data from home was on a floppy disk. Sure, you might have a CD burner at home, but the discs were rather expensive. Floppies were fine, because the only things you'd really save were documents and some Clipart for your book report. The real downside to floppies is they were terrible at actually retaining data. But what if you had a way to store files that would last 14 billion years?

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