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Very patient Minecraft player recreates 1KB hard drive

Very patient Minecraft player recreates 1KB hard drive

We've heard great stories of people on Minecraft creating incredible masterpieces, from dreamy yet blocky castles to the USS Enterprise. Some, however, really take things to the extreme, like a certain player going by the pseudonym "smellytring" who posted snapshots on Imgur explaining how he or she built a 1 KB, yes kilobyte, hard drive using only the materials and tools that Minecraft bestows.

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LaCie Rugged drive gets Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 update

LaCie Rugged drive gets Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 update

LaCie has given its Rugged hard-drive a polish, with the tough orange external drive offering both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity, as well as resistance to shock, dust, and water. Intended for use with PCs and Macs, the rubber-clad drive now has an integrated interface cable, as well as offering a choice of traditional, spinning-platter HDD, or alternatively an SSD inside.

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Xbox One external drives improving game load speeds

Xbox One external drives improving game load speeds

This month an Xbox One software upgrade brings on the ability to work with an external hard drive. With this ability, users have been testing multiple different types of drives to see which work quickest. Inside the standard Xbox One is a Samsung 500GB 5400 RPM (M8 ST500LM012) working with the machine’s standard SATA2 connection - with USB 3.0 connecting your drive to the board, providing one reason why this external method may be significantly quicker - or so it would seem.

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Akitio Thunder2Quad 4-bay Thunderbolt 2 storage device supports up to 20TB

Akitio Thunder2Quad 4-bay Thunderbolt 2 storage device supports up to 20TB

Akitio has announced a new storage solution that aims at people working with large video files. The storage device is called the Thunder2Quad and has four bays that support different drive sizes. Connectivity for the storage enclosure is via Thunderbolt 2 giving it very fast connectivity. Akitio designed the enclosure to work with 3.5" and 2.5" HDDs as well as SSDs.

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Toshiba launches self-encrypting HDD that meets federal security standards

Toshiba launches self-encrypting HDD that meets federal security standards

It doesn't matter how effective the security of a product is if the user doesn't use it. For years, there have been software programs that would allow the user to encrypt the contents of the hard drive or a folder on the drive. The problem was that often people didn’t take the time to encrypt the drive leaving data vulnerable.

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OWC PS4 HDD upgrade kit gives you more space for content

OWC PS4 HDD upgrade kit gives you more space for content

Sony has been doing very well with its PS4 game console. The company sold a huge number of units and by early December of 2013, Sony reported 2.1 million units sold. The company could have sold even more if supply had been able to keep up with demand.

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WD My Passport Air crams 1 TB of storage into aluminum enclosure for Macs

WD My Passport Air crams 1 TB of storage into aluminum enclosure for Macs

Western Digital has rolled out a new storage device aimed specifically at Mac users. The storage device is the My Passport Air and it is fitted inside of a slick aluminum enclosure that makes it match well with Mac computers. The aluminum enclosure is 11mm thick making it very portable.

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Hard drive market set to decline significantly in 2013

Hard drive market set to decline significantly in 2013

Market research firm iSuppli recently reported that revenue in the hard drive market is expected to decline in double-digit percentage during 2013. The research firm says that the decline of the hard drive market is thanks to significant increases in the number of tablets, smartphones, and SSDs that have been chipping away at the market share for the traditional hard drive. iSuppli predicts that revenue will decline to $32.7 billion for 2013.

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Western Digital posts fiscal Q2 revenue of $3.8 billion

Western Digital posts fiscal Q2 revenue of $3.8 billion

2012 was a difficult year for hard drive makers after flooding in Thailand seriously impacted hard drive availability. With hard drives in short supply, prices went up which meant hard drives and SSDs were closer together in price giving a boost to SSD sales. It took several months for hard drive supplies return to pre-flooding levels, but the damage had been done to many in the hard drive industry.

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Vantec unveils WiFi-equipped NexStar hard drive dock

Vantec unveils WiFi-equipped NexStar hard drive dock

Vantec has announced the NexStar WiFi hard drive dock. The NexStar WiFi allows users to access and transfer data wirelessly, and offers apps on Google Play and the App Store for easy mobile device interaction with the dock. The NexStar will be available some time this month, although a specific launch date wasn't provided.

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A*STAR unveils 5mm-thick hybrid disk drive

A*STAR unveils 5mm-thick hybrid disk drive

Hybrid disk drives combine a traditional high-capacity hard drive with solid state memory, and are a great compromise if you're wanting an all-out solid state drive, but really can't afford one. However, A*STAR’s Data Storage Institute has created a 2.5-inch hybrid drive that's only 4.98mm thick and can pack in in 1TB of storage.

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Toshiba Ships First MQ01ABDH Hybrid Series Drive

Toshiba Ships First MQ01ABDH Hybrid Series Drive

Toshiba is one of the biggest names in storage products, and it offers a wide range of internal storage devices and external storage devices. Toshiba has announced that it has started shipping its first Hybrid Drive MQ01ABDH series (PDF) storage devices. These new Hybrid Drives combine the performance of a SSD with the capacity and pricing of a traditional HDD.

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