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.
I love my DVR and out of all the tech innovations of the last decade, the DVR is right at the top of my most important list. I can’t imagine going back to a VCR or other system for recording shows. Hitachi has announced a couple new HDDs that will make DVRs even better.
Today is packed, with all sorts of things being introduced and announced. Making sure that they aren't left out, and giving us something a little bit different for the announcement train, we've got Toshiba announcing their newest, 1.8-inch HDD, that offer up to 160GB of storage. It's all wrapped up in a remarkably small five-millimeter-high, single-platter design that's designed for next-generation portable media players, digital video cameras, as well as other consumer electronics.
Hitachi laid claim to the title of world's first 7200 rpm 3.5-inch 2TB hard drive back in early August with its Deskstar 7K2000 HDD. It has been almost a month since that HDD debuted and Western Digital is now matching the 2TB 7200 rpm offering.