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WD VelociRaptor 600GB 6Gb/s 10,000rpm HDD arrives

WD VelociRaptor 600GB 6Gb/s 10,000rpm HDD arrives

Western Digital have updated their high-performance VelociRaptor hard-drive range with another, even larger SATA 6 Gb/s model.  The WD VelociRaptor 600GB 6Gb/s spins at 10,000rpm and has a whopping 32MB cache, and the company reckon it's up to 15-percent faster than the previous generation of drive.  That's despite not using any more power than its predecessor required.

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Drobo S Review

Drobo S Review

Data Robotics' first Drobo model surprised a fair few people; the company billed their external storage array as an "intelligent data robot", making RAID-style redundancy if not glamorous then at least appealing. When we reviewed the first-gen model all the way back on October 2008, we felt a few qualms at its relatively high price tag but had little doubt over the security of our data. Now, with their range much enlarged, we've one of Data Robotics newest 'bots on the testbench, the Drobo S. Adding an extra drive bay to the original model, plus a few less obvious tweaks, is the Drobo S the droid you're looking for?

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Western Digital Scorpio Blue 750GB notebook drive outed

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 750GB notebook drive outed

Hot on the heels of Toshiba's double-platter 750GB 2.5-inch hard-drive comes Western Digital's retort, the WD Scorpio Blue 750GB.  Intended for notebooks, the 3Gb/s SATA drive spins at 5,400rpm and has 8MB of cache; Western Digital are also pushing their WhisperDrive technology that, they claim, reduces both noise and power consumption.

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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’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.

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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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