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Toshiba 750GB & 1.5TB 2.5-inch HDDs announced

Toshiba 750GB & 1.5TB 2.5-inch HDDs announced

Toshiba have announced [pdf link] their latest notebook hard-drives, and as you'd expect the company is concentrating on packing more storage into the same amount of space.  Two new sizes have made their debut: a standard 9.5mm high 2.5-inch drive, the MK7559GSXP, with 750GB capacity, and the MKxx59GSM range of 12.5mm high 2.5-inch drives, with 750GB or 1.5TB of storage.

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Xbox 360 250GB hard-drive incoming [Update: $129.99 today]

Xbox 360 250GB hard-drive incoming [Update: $129.99 today]

So far Microsoft have only been offering their 250GB Xbox 360 hard-drive as a standalone accessory in Japan; everywhere else it's been included as part of a bundle with the console itself.  That looks like it could be changing, however; one 360 gamer spotted the standalone drive being advertised on Microsoft's own Xbox Dashboard.

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Western Digital My Passport Studio HDD gets E-Ink status display

Western Digital My Passport Studio HDD gets E-Ink status display

Western Digital have outed a new portable hard-drive, the My Passport Studio, and like the My Book Studio before it they've slapped on a super-frugal E Ink panel to show drive status details.  Available in 320GB, 500GB and 640GB capacities, the My Passport Studio has both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connections and comes ready formatted for use with a Mac.

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SilverStone HDDBOOST gets reviewed: surprise, it really works

SilverStone HDDBOOST gets reviewed: surprise, it really works

SilverStone's HDDBOOST seemed too good to be true: a way to combine an SSD with your existing hard-drive to ramp up performance by up to 70-percent without sacrificing capacity or having to reinstall your OS and software.  Over the years we've grown suspicious of such claims, but according to HardwareCanucks the HDDBOOST really can deliver some of the speed increase it promises.

LaCie Rugged eSATA 500GB hard-drive on sale

LaCie Rugged eSATA 500GB hard-drive on sale

LaCie have unveiled a new rugged external hard-drive, and it's apparently the first on the market with a Power eSATA port.  The LaCie Rugged eSATA not only supports transfer speeds of up to 90MB/s, but - if used with a powered USB-eSATA combo connection - can hook up with a single cable.

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Seagate ships Savvio 10K.4 2.5-inch HDDs for enterprise

Seagate ships Savvio 10K.4 2.5-inch HDDs for enterprise

Seagate makes all sorts of storage products and most of us are familiar with their internal and external storage products for home and office users. Seagate is also a big name in the enterprise area with hard drives and storage products aimed at large datacenters used in big business. Seagate has announced that it is now shipping the world's highest capacity and most reliable small form factor HDD called the Savvio 10K.4.

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Buffalo HD-AV500U2/SC and HD-CL500U2/SC PS3-certified 500GB hard-drives hit Japan

Buffalo HD-AV500U2/SC and HD-CL500U2/SC PS3-certified 500GB hard-drives hit Japan

Remember Sony's PS3-compatible labelling for external hard-drives, which the company tipped was incoming at the Japanese Torne TV tuner launch?  The first fruits of that scheme have now been revealed, in the shape of two Buffalo drives.  The Buffalo HD-AV500U2/SC and HD-CL500U2/SC are each certified to play nicely with the new digital TV tuner, and each offer to boost PS3 storage by 500GB.

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Sony Japan reveal “PS3 Compatible” HDD labelling scheme

Sony Japan reveal “PS3 Compatible” HDD labelling scheme

Sony Japan have announced their intention to start a "PS3 Compatible" labelling scheme, which would indicate which third-party external hard drives were compatible with the PlayStation 3 console.  The news was revealed at a press demonstration of the company's Torne digital TV tuner peripheral in Japan recently; the tuner can record footage directly to the PS3's internal HDD, or to any of four simultaneously attached external drives.

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NEXTO eXtreme Pro-DSLR HDDs hands-on

NEXTO eXtreme Pro-DSLR HDDs hands-on

SlashGear swung by photography accessory experts NEXTO earlier today to see their latest portable storage device for DSLR pros.  The NEXTO NVS2500 and NVS2700 both pack large internal storage - starting at 160GB and ramping up to 500GB; 2TB drives are theoretically supported - and have 2.7-inch LCD displays which not only show the progress of sucking RAW, JPEG and video footage from your camera memory cards, but can preview those photos and footage too.

Video demos after the cut

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Seagate BlackArmor PS110 USB 3.0 hard-drive plus interface kit

Seagate BlackArmor PS110 USB 3.0 hard-drive plus interface kit

Seagate have become the latest hard-drive manufacturer to push out a USB 3.0 external HDD, in the shape of the Seagate BlackArmor PS110, and since they know that most users probably won't have a USB 3.0 port on their existing notebook they've thrown in a "portable external hard drive performance kit" too.  The kit includes the 500GB 7,200rpm PS110 external drive along with a PC Express card to add the requisite USB 3.0 port; once that's slotted into place you can expect sustained data transfer speeds of 100MB/s.

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LaCie Rikiki tiny external HDD is monkey catnip

LaCie Rikiki tiny external HDD is monkey catnip

Your eyes do not deceive you: that is a monkey, and it's attempting to steal your LaCie Rikiki hard-drive.  The grabby little simian has obviously spotted that LaCie's new external drive is the most compact 2.5-inch model on the market, offering up to 640GB of capacity in an aluminum chassis.

"Rikiki", meanwhile, is French for tiny, so the drive is a linguistics lesson as well as a place to offload your media files to.  We're not sure if the monkey is French - surely he'd be wearing a beret if that were the case.

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Seagate Momentus Thin 7mm-thick HDD coming January 2010

Seagate Momentus Thin 7mm-thick HDD coming January 2010

Seagate have officially announced their indecently-skinny Momentus Thin hard-drive, which breaks a few records by virtue of its 7mm thickness.  The 2.5-inch hard-drive is targeted at ultraportables and netbooks, and will offer 160GB and 250GB capacities along with 8MB of cache and a SATA 3.0Gb/sec interface.

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