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Toshiba AL13SE 2.5″ HDD offers 900GB at 10,500RPM

Toshiba AL13SE 2.5″ HDD offers 900GB at 10,500RPM

Western Digital has produced 2.5-inch hard drives capable of 10,000 RPM speeds in the past, but capacities have often been limited. Toshiba is hoping to push ahead in the quest for fast speeds and roomy drives with the introduction of a 900GB hard drive with a 10,500RPM spin speed. That’s not the only capacity available either, with 300GB, 450GB, and 600GB versions also up for grabs.

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ADATA XPG SX910 SSDs feel the need for speed

ADATA XPG SX910 SSDs feel the need for speed

We’ve seen SSD prices tumble down over the past year, but if you want the best performance possible you’ll still have to cough up a significant amount of cash. ADATA has a high-speed SSD that might take your fancy, the XPG SX910. The company says the SSD is 7% larger than drives that use a SandForce controller, and thanks to optimized firmware can hit 4k random read/write speeds of 50,000 and 85,000 IOPS.

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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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