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Apple hybrid HDD/SDD tech could save the clumsy

Apple hybrid HDD/SDD tech could save the clumsy

Apple is apparently working on a hybrid hard-drive system, pairing a platter-based traditional drive with flash memory in a configuration that could prevent data loss if your MacBook is dropped or jolted. Detailed in a newly-published patent application, 20110238887, for "Hybrid-device storage based on environmental state" Apple's solution is positioned as a way to avoid errors caused by "changes in temperature, vibration and acceleration" but could also have an impact on the speed of data access.

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ToughTech Duo QR Review

ToughTech Duo QR Review

The ToughTech Duo QR portable storage system from CRU-Dataport features a two-drive RAID array that packs large capacity and high performance into a tiny yet rugged package that’s easy to setup and use. The device is designed for professional photographers and digital media artists who need to carry and protect their digital assets while out on the field or in the studio.

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Kingston Wi-Drive Hands-on with iPod Touch and iPad [Video]

Kingston Wi-Drive Hands-on with iPod Touch and iPad [Video]

For those of you looking to set up a media center in your living room, your options are ever expanding. What we got a chance to take a bit of a closer look at this week at Pepcom's Holiday Spectacular 2011 was no less than Kingston's latest effort in external harddrive technology, this being the Wi-Drive wireless flash storage device. You'll be able to add a whole 16 or 32GB to your harddrive completely wirelessly and, what's better than that, share the content with any compatible device in the room.

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Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive Hands-on [Video]

Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive Hands-on [Video]

This week we're getting all sorts of opportunities to get our hands on some soon to be released products from various companies, the latest of which is the Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive. We spoke about this hard drive back at the beginning of August noting that its uniqueness lied in both its ability to sit perfectly nicely under the newest series of iMac Core i5 devices as well as its unique new ability to charge your iPad and other Apple devices as it worked to keep your main computer unit free from clutter.

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Seagate GoFlex Turbo packs USB 3.0 and SafetyNet recovery

Seagate GoFlex Turbo packs USB 3.0 and SafetyNet recovery

Seagate has outed its latest GoFlex Turbo external hard-drive range, and as well as promising a high-speed USB 3.0 way of getting your data onto the disk, there's also some reassurance that you'll be able to get it off again should things not go to plan. Seagate is bundling its SafetyNet data recovery service with the new models, a two-year insurance policy that will see the company attempt to remotely or in-lab extract your data should the drive break.

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OCZ Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD Revealed

OCZ Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD Revealed

The folks at OCZ have today revealed their latest bit of hardware in the Z-Drive R4, running at 2,800MB/sec, over 500,000 input output operations per second with one SuperScale controller. One as in single. Then there's a dual version at 5,600MB/sec and 1.2 MILLION IOPS. These monsters are not aimed at private users, instead going for enterprise users, thusly the prices are not yet listed. You'll find that these units are available with SLC / MLC NAND flash memory, customer-chosen configurations, and functionality based on the requests of those laying down the bucks.

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Apple Time Capsule using WD desktop HDD: Is this a “server grade” drive?

Apple Time Capsule using WD desktop HDD: Is this a “server grade” drive?

Teardowns of Apple's freshly updated Time Capsule have led to questions over what constitutes a "server grade hard disk" as per the company's promotional material, given it appears a regular Western Digital drive has been used. According to Apple, the new Time Capsule offers either 2TB or 3TB of "server grade" storage; when Hardmac opened their 2TB unit up, however, they discovered a standard WD Caviar Green HDD inside, rather than a specific enterprise-spec drive.

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