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.
Those Thunderbolt accessories that have been desperately missing are finally starting to see the light of day. Western Digital today announced a new product in the MyBook line, the Thunderbolt Duo. Why Duo? The unit features two hard drives that you can utilize in different ways. Either you can the RAID 0 mode and get the maximum capacity and speed out of both disks, or use RAID 1 to mirror the contents of one disk to the other for backup purposes.
If you’re looking for a relatively simple way to share your hard drive contents over the network, but don’t want to spring for the more expensive multi-drive NAS solutions, Synology has you covered. Today they’re launching a new NAS product in their DiskStation line, designed for just a single hard drive, the DS112j. They’re hoping the affordable nature of the device plus its quiet operation will tickle your fancy.
While most consumers have been lamenting the high price of hard drives after the floods in Thailand last year, lack of competition is always a cause for concern in the market. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission have taken steps to ensure that doesn’t happen with Western Digital’s recent acquisition of Hitachi.
This week the folks at Intel have revealed a bit of information on their brand new SSD 520 series, complete with 6 gigabit-per-second (gbps) speed and Intel compute-quality 25-nanometer (nm) NAND memory process technology. This new solid state drive series will bring new security features, ultra fast throughput performance, and an unmatched reliability suite that'll bring the fury to even the most needy consumers. High bandwidth, low latency, and accelerated speed will all be yours soon!
This week we may well be paying more attention to hard drives more than any other sort of Apple-related product announced during MacWorld, and Western Digital is never one to disappoint. The WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo is first up, it working with the Thunderbolt port on your newest MacBook devices. This external harddrive utilizes your 10 Gbps Thunderbolt to access two 3.5-inch hard drives in a RAID O striped array - and wouldn't you know it, it's fast!
In a court case currently going on here in the United States including a Colorado woman who's hard drive may well include incriminating evidence against her, it's been ruled that her encrypted password on said hard drive must be bypassed by her, and is not protected under the Fifth Amendment. Before this case, a distinction had been drawn in cases which included such situations, the difference being clear between forcing a person to reveal their password and forcing a defendant to decrypt encrypted data without revealing their password. Revealing the password has up until now been ruled as forcing the defendant to reveal the contents of their mind, this bringing up some Fifth Amendment issues - that's no longer the case according to Judge Robert Blackburn.
LaCie unveiled two new Thunderbolt-equipped storage solutions with the 2big Thunderbolt Series and the eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series. The 2big Thunderbolt Series is designed for heavy data users with support for up to 8TB capacities and transfer rates of up to 311MB/s, while the eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series lets Mac users connect to two eSATA external hard drives and still use other Thunderbolt peripherals.
Seagate has completed its $1.4bn acquisition of Samsung's hard-drive business, taking on production as well as research & development of traditional platter-based discs while Samsung focuses on flash memory. Announced back in April, the deal will also see Samsung provide NAND flash to Seagate for use in the company's SSDs and hybrid SSD/HDD drive line-up.
This week we're getting our first real glimpse of the ADM Radeon HD 7970 though what appears to be a leaked slide from the manufacturers, it showing off its mighty power in an array of numbers you're going to just love. As the launch draws near, you'll be glad to know that this device works with GCN architecture, 32 CU (Computing Unit), and a 2048 ALU (SP) that will allow you to operate at 925MHz clock speed, 128 TMU and 32 ROP. All that sound healthy to you?