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Seagate buys LaCie for $186 million

Seagate buys LaCie for $186 million

Seagate has announced that it is buying a majority stake in rival hard drive maker LaCie for $186 million. The Paris-based LaCie is a long-time maker of premium consumer hard drives for Macs and the first ones to feature Apple's Thunderbolt technology. Seagate believes that the acquisition will complement its mainstream hard drive lines and help it expand into new consumer markets, particularly in Europe and Japan.

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Intel SSD 330 announced for the budget enthusiast

Intel SSD 330 announced for the budget enthusiast

Today Intel has officially announced their SSD 330 series, their new line of SSD (solid state drives) aimed for the budget crowd while still offering excellent performance. These new drives are for those looking for a good price/performance ratio while not attacking the wallet. Below are more details on performance as well as pricing information.

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Western Digital VelociRaptor sees bump to 1TB

Western Digital VelociRaptor sees bump to 1TB

Remember the VelociRaptor hard drive from Western Digital? We’re so focused on SSDs these days that it’s easy to forget the company makes extremely fast hard drives using traditional platters too. Western Digital today announced the introduction of a 1TB model in the VelociRaptor range, packed into a 2.5mm form factor. That also makes it the largest capacity 10,000 RPM hard drive on the market.

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Western Digital Scorpio Blue 7mm drive appeals to ultrabooks

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 7mm drive appeals to ultrabooks

Western Digital has today started shipping a new version of its Scorpio Blue hard drive, designed for use in ultrabooks. The new hard drive will come in capacities up to 500GB, and measures just 7mm thick. Western Digital also say that the  new drive has lower power consumption, and that it’s the “most efficient” spinning hard drive on the market right now.

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LaCie shipping eSATA hub for Thunderbolt glory

LaCie shipping eSATA hub for Thunderbolt glory

Last year we were introduced to the fabulous implementation of the technology Apple now calls Thunderbolt - now the fantastic speed and high-quality video transfer can be yours on legacy devices with LaCie's new eSATA Hub. What you'll be doing with this hub is connecting your Thunderbolt-port-having Apple device to the hub with a Thunderbolt cable (sold separately) and the hub then out to your eSATA drives for the full speed that they'll newly be capable of. Sounds like magic to me!

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WD intros first 2TB My Passport Studio for Macs

WD intros first 2TB My Passport Studio for Macs

After recently introducing a 2TB My Passport portable hard drive with USB 3.0 for PC users, Western Digital today announced the 2TB My Passport Studio, its first portable storage drive of such large capacity dedicated for Mac users. It works with Apple Time Machine for streamlined data backup, but offers two FireWire 800 ports and one USB 2.0 port instead of the much faster, but also much more expensive, Thunderbolt.

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TiVo premiere DVRs turn up for pre-order packing 500GB

TiVo premiere DVRs turn up for pre-order packing 500GB

I'm firmly in the camp that you can never have enough storage inside your DVR. With the often miniscule price difference between hard drives with significant capacity differences, I think 500 GB should be the minimum. My junk DirecTV DVR only has 30 GB of storage space. If you're thinking about buying a TiVo Premiere DVR, there are some indications that a higher capacity device may be coming soon.

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Synology DS412+ and DS112 debut

Synology DS412+ and DS112 debut

Sure, you have one or two hard drives with your multimedia collection safely backed up, but what about if you have some serious storage needs? Maybe you need to share and backup huge amounts of data across your office network, or maybe you’re fed up of physical discs and are backing up a large movie collection. Synology once again have the product you’re probably looking for.

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Western Digital My Passport line updated: 2TB now available

Western Digital My Passport line updated: 2TB now available

Were those MyBook Thunderbolt Duos not doing it for you the other day? Need something a little more flexible than a Thunderbolt connection, not to mention portable? OK, how about this: Western Digital have announced the first 2TB version in its My Passport portable hard drive range. Not only that, you’ve got USB 3.0 on board for fast transfer speeds, as well as USB 2.0 backwards compatibility.

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Seagate hits 1Tb per square inch milestone

Seagate hits 1Tb per square inch milestone

Seagate today announced that it has reached a new milestone in hard drive technology. The company claims to be the first hard drive manufacturer to achieve a storage density of 1Tb (1 terabit = 1 trillion bits) per square inch. This makes it possible for massive 60TB (terabyte) hard drives to arrive within the next decade.

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