Fiskar, the brand best known for shears and garden tools is stepping into the audio equipment market? Most likely not, but that doesn't stop creative experimental designs using the Fiskar aesthetic. Designer Edouard Urcadez created a fittingly sharp looking concept of an HDD headphone amplifier called the 88.
Microsoft is looking to boost Xbox LIVE online gaming speed, server farms and cloud apps using an injection of flash memory. Microsoft FlashStore works in a similar way to Seagate's hybrid Momentus XT drives, using a flash-based bridge between RAM and a traditional HDD; that bridge maintains not only a "working set" of the most commonly accessed data, but provides a computer's RAM with a hash-table-based index for speedier recall.
Western Digital has announced that it has added two new SAS HDDs to its line of enterprise storage solutions the new HDDs are both SAS devices and include the WD S25 and the WD RE SAS 3.5-inch HDD. The S25 is a compact 2.5-inch HDD that uses the SAS 6Gb/s interface and comes in 450GB and 600GB capacities. The drive spins at 10,000 rpm for faster data access.
Hitachi has unveiled a new HDD that is specifically aimed at the AV market. The new HDDs include a 2.5-inch units and new 3.5-inch units that are all aimed at DVRs, video surveillance and other uses for digital video recording. The 3.5-inch HDDs are the CinemaStar 5K2000 family.
Fast, silent and power-efficient; it seems like the only thing not to like about SSDs is the price. OCZ has sent over its Vertex 2 SSD, a 120GB model that straddles the performance/price boundary at around $220. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
One of the things that will allow us to get more storage capacity inside our small and thin ultraportable devices and netbooks is thinner hard drives. Hitachi has announced a new HDD that is a typical 2.5-inch notebook form factor that is crazy thin at only 7mm thick.
One of the reasons to move from 32-bit to 64-bit versions of an operating system is to allow the computer to see more memory. Hitachi has announced that its massive 3TB HDDs are now shipping to OEMs and system builders for use in computer systems. This 3TB HDD is the first to break the 2.2TB storage barrier on a 32-bit Windows XP computer with no additional hardware according to Hitachi.
Samsung's got a new Solid State Drive and they want you to take it for a spin. Samsung says it has the only Solid State Drive to feature Goverment-Grade AES 256-bit Encryption for the ultimate in security for your awesome files and such. This hardware encryption is always on, the data encryption and user authentication being performed "in the high security of the drive controller" instead of where it'd normally be stored, in the software. Software encryption works using the main CPU of the computer and stores info in the relatively insecure memory of the system, while SEDs (self-encrypting drives) encrypt at the speed of the interface making no impact on performance in the protected hardware of the SSD.
I have a bunch of old HDDs that are crammed into drawers in my desk because I didn't want them in my computer and they are packed with data that I don't want to just throw them away. I could get an external enclosure for them so I can get the data and use the drives, but I don't want another enclosure on my desk.
Sharkoon is tossing a new docking station of some sort onto the market every time I look around it seems. The latest offering from the company is the QuickPort Mini for 2.5" SATA HDDs and it can be had with a USB 3.0 port or a slower USB 2.0 port.