Data Storage

New LaCie hard drives bring chrome to USB-C external storage

New LaCie hard drives bring chrome to USB-C external storage

LaCie, the external storage maker known for extravagant hard drive creations, has unveiled its latest artistic creation: the Chrome, created in collaboration with designer Neil Poulton. The desktop sculpture is encased in hand-polished chromed zinc, has 1TB of storage, and features its own dock that uses magnets to hold the drive upright, making it look like a VHS cassette. It's also priced at a steep $1,100, so those looking for extra storage interested in this better have deep pockets.

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Samsung debuts PRO Plus 128GB microSD cards

Samsung debuts PRO Plus 128GB microSD cards

Samsung has just announced the addition of a 128GB option to its PRO Plus microSD card lineup. The flash memory solution is aimed at offering the most storage possible for multimedia content, especially when demands for capacity and speed are increasing as more devices like action cameras, drones, DSLRs, and smartphones are capable of recording and playing 4K video.

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QNAP NAS TS-251+ and TS-451+ are ready for virtualization

QNAP NAS TS-251+ and TS-451+ are ready for virtualization

QNAP has unveiled a pair of new network attached storage devices including the dual bay TS-251+ and the quad bay TS-451+. Both of the storage devices are designed to be scalable and high-performance solutions for small offices and workgroups while being affordable devices to own.

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Lexar goes high-speed with new flash memory line-up

Lexar goes high-speed with new flash memory line-up

Smartphones and digital cameras have become quite sophisticated and powerful, now recording video along the 4K resolution range. But with high resolution, high frame rate footage comes the need for storage that can keep up with the speed and amount of data these cameras dump on them. Internal storage is fast, but its storage capacity is limited in smartphones and sometimes non-existent on cameras. High speed external storage such as cards and USBs are thus in demand, and Lexar has just unveiled a few new ones to supply that need.

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WhatsApp for Android gets Google Drive backup option

WhatsApp for Android gets Google Drive backup option

Google has announced that popular chatting app WhatsApp has a new Google Drive backup option, giving Android users in particular an extra option for backing up their data. The feature allows users to keep their chats, videos, and other WhatsApp data in their Google Drive account; this will allow someone to find the data in case the phone gets lost, but also restore the data onto a new device if the user upgrades to a new handset.

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Scientists invent Superman-like crystal data storage medium

Scientists invent Superman-like crystal data storage medium

Scientists have invented a new data storage medium that they are likening to the crystals used to store data in Superman's Fortress of Solitude. According to the scientists, the crystals are so good at storing data that the data encoded on them with lasers could survive longer than the human race. The data encoded could last for millions of years.

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Toshiba announces new SSD, SATA HD options

Toshiba announces new SSD, SATA HD options

Toshiba has just debuted a handful of new PC storage options in the form of solid state drives (SSD) and traditional SATA hard drives (HDD). The Q300 SSDs are the flagship offerings, boasting of speed and performance improvements. The SATA HDDs are targeted for a number of purposes, including high performance, low energy usage, and mobile laptop users. With the new hard drives available in a number of size configurations, those looking for extra storage for their computer will easily be able to find one that fits their needs.

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Brinell debuts external SSDs with wood, leather, steel trim

Brinell debuts external SSDs with wood, leather, steel trim

In this day and age, we've come to expect premium material options like leather and bamboo on our smartphones, and German storage accessories maker Brinell feels its we apply the same standard to external hard drives. The Red Dot design award-winning company has expanded its Evo line of portable SSDs to include leather, steel, wood, and faux-carbon finishes. Prices start at about $220 for 250GB of storage, and in terms of premium look storage device, that's hard to beat.

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Samsung’s 16TB SSD is the world’s largest hard drive

Samsung’s 16TB SSD is the world’s largest hard drive

If you need so much storage for your computer that a 1 or 2TB hard drive sounds paltry, you might be interested in Samsung's latest solid-state drive (SSD) announcement: the PM1633a, which offers an incredible 16TB of space, yet still features a 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure. Well, technically it only has 15.36TB, which is why Samsung is billing it as "about 16TB," but even then it's being called the world's largest capacity hard drive.

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Samsung’s new SSD 3D V-NAND chips boast 256 Gigabits

Samsung’s new SSD 3D V-NAND chips boast 256 Gigabits

Before you get too excited, that wasn't a typo in the title. It's really gigabits, not gigabytes. That means 8 bits for every byte, meaning that a 256 Gb (gigabit) NAND chip equates to a 32 GB (gigabyte) capacity. But now before you go belittling Samsung's announcement because of the numbers, what the consumer electronics company came up with is still a notable achievement. In practice, Samsung's new storage chips can double the capacity of existing SSD drives without doubling the size, which is definitely a huge win.

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Intel, Micron 3D XPoint memory tech can support 8K gaming

Intel, Micron 3D XPoint memory tech can support 8K gaming

When id Software's RAGE video game started flaunting "4K textures" around, there was much debate on the practicality of that amount of data versus what our eyes can distinguish and what our beefiest PCs can handle. And now Intel and Micron, two of the biggest names in the semiconductor industry, wants us thinking about 8K games already? That said, it isn't about the absurdity of the idea but about how its new 3D XPoint memory technology can make it possible, beating the hell out of the popular and steadfast NAND flash storage we have today.

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Samsung introduces 2TB SSD hard drives

Samsung introduces 2TB SSD hard drives

Samsung Electronics has just launched a pair of new solid state drive (SSD) hard drives, each featuring a whopping storage capacity of 2 terabytes. The 2TB SSD 850 PRO and 850 EVO models feature Samsung's Vertical NAND flash chips, and are among the largest storage options now available in retail SSDs. Samsung says the new drives will be available in 50 countries, however exact pricing wasn't revealed.

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