The benefits of a SSD are apparent to most of us with less power consumption, better performance, and quieter operation. Moving to a SSD does pose some issues for existing computers though like having to migrate all your data and reinstall the OS and software. The typical SSD also lacks the storage space most of us need.
Green is a big deal in the tech world today. Green devices tend to use less power than other hardware and many hardware products like hard drives and mainboards used some very harsh and hazardous chemicals in their construction in years past. Samsung has unveiled a new green hard drive called the EcoGreen F3EG.
Most gamers know that eventually you end up needing more storage space than you start out with on your game console. This is especially true for Xbox 360 owners that also use the console for storing media and frequently download games and demos.
Hard drive duplication for the consumer is typically done one at a time in the event that you move from an old computer to a new one or your hard drive crashes. In some business areas, the duplication of optical discs, HDDs, and flash drives is done on a larger scale and needs hardware that is more specialized.
If you are like me, your desk is probably crammed with old hardware that your computer had outgrown and you can’t bring yourself to throw away. I have several older SATA HDDs sitting in my desk collecting dust.
USB 3.0 products and accessories are coming hot and heavy ahead of CES 2010. USB 3.0 promises lots more speed and performance than the USB 2.0 products we have today. LaCie and Symwave have announced they have teamed up to produce the first USB 3.0 dual-drive RAID storage solution.
There are probably lots of people out there who would like to add a new HDD or SSD to their notebook computer, but are worried about getting their data and OS onto a new drive. Apricorn has announced a new kit called the SATA Wire Upgrade kit that makes getting data onto your new drive easy.
Flash and solid-state drives have been catching up to tiny, 1.8-inch traditional hard-drives in ultramobile applications over the past year or so, but Toshiba don't think spinning platters are quite outmoded yet. The company have revealed three new 1.8-inch HDDs including the industry's first 320GB unit, using unique high-density platters that permit data density of 516Gbpsi.
Each of the 3.0Gbps SATA drives spin at 5,400rpm and have 16MB of buffer memory, while there's apparently less of the high-pitched whine sometimes associated with such HDDs; in fact noise is down between 4 and 5dB over previous models. As well as the 320GB drive, there are 160GB and 250GB versions.
Hitachi has revealed a pair of new and very fast hard drives for the enterprise user. The new drives include the Ultrastar 15K600 and the Ultrastar C15K147. Both of the new hard drives spin at 15,000 RPM and have a MTBF rating of 1.6 million hours.
Toshiba makes a full line of hard drives in all sorts of sizes and capacities. The company has announced a new 500GB HDD aimed at laptop users that spins at 7200 rpm. The small HDD uses a 2.5-inch form factor.