So I stumbled upon this at one of the shows surround CES and thought it was pretty cool and I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen it or anything like it before. It looks like a fairly run of the mill external, pocket-sized, bus-powered hard drive, but its not.
So, Samsung has this series of hardrives called the Spinpoint F1 series, with the HD103UJ topping it at 1TB. All three drives in the series have a data density of 350GB, operate at 7200RPMs, and utilize the SATA/300 interface.
its the one on the left.
Only the 750GB and 1TB drives have the full 32MB cache though. All of that calculates to make the 1TB drive have a total average access time of 14.2 milliseconds, which, in the terabyte hard drive market (there aren’t many) is slow, in fact, Seagate and Hitachi have models that perform at 12.7ms and 13.8ms respectively, so the only company the Samsung beats out is the WD Caviar GP with its 15/15.1ms access time.
Hybrid hard drives from Seagate are all the new rage. So you can’t afford an SSD drive for your laptop and the power loss from a traditional HDD is killing your battery life, what can you do?
Well Seagate has come up with a compromise, a hard drive that has some flash storage but the large majority of the storage is on a standard HDD. I think they could do a slight better job by adding about 4GB of high speed flash storage to a drive and allowing it to be addressed as a separate drive so you can install your OS on it, use it for ReadyBoost, or just assign it as the page file, but that’s just me.
Seagate will finally be entering the Solid State Disk, or SSD, market come 2008. They even have intentions of integrating the technology across their whole line of products.
That includes both desktop and laptop drives. For those that don’t know, SSD’s benefits are high, including lowered power use, faster data transfer, and more rigidity compared to their moving part counterparts.
Are you still quite fond of your IDE drives? If you're not wanting to switch over to SATA drives, you'll not have much of a choice when purchasing new drives in the future. We already knew it was going to happen eventually, however, I really didn't expect it to happen so soon. The first major hard drive manufacturer has decided to cease production of IDE drives by the end of the year.
As car security technology increases, cunning thieves are turning to more and more imaginative ways to steal them. Personally I wasn't aware that they were creeping into unlocked cars at petrol stations and momentarily left outside shops, then leaping up as you drive off and threatening the keys from you, but it's obviously a scenario Volvo were concerned enough about to build and unauthorised-presence detector into their S80 executive flagship.
In the market for an external hard-drive? If you want an all-singing, all-dancing media serving network-attached example, I'd point you to our review of LaCie's Ethernet Disk Mini, but should you only be concerned with occasional backups then Everything USB's latest review of the Seagate FreeAgent Pro would seem to put it forward as the obvious choice.
Seagate's D.A.V.E. has already been the subject of a PodTech video, but that didn't stop the guys at Uberpulse from sitting down with Rob Pait, the company's director for Global Consumer Electronics Marketing.
Still smarting, I'm sure, from his spat with just about all of the big tech blogs the other day, Robert Scoble takes time out to announce his sponsor, Seagate's, latest wheeze. A shirt-pocket sized portable hard-drive called D.A.V.E. with single button (unsurprisingly a power button) and USB port, you might be wondering how it lives up to even the mediocre billing Robert gives it. Well, it's the built-in Bluetooth and WiFi that Seagate is counting on to pull in the punters.
Anyone who wants mobile media, would like to add more storage space to their cellphone or PDA, is interested in creating an ad-hoc social network of shared presentation, document or any other sort of files, will likely be seeing possibilities now. It sounds a whole lot like BluOnyx's Mobile Content Server, which SlashGear covered back in December last year; now Seagate (who are supplying the 10gb and 20gb drives) haven't spilt the beans on their partners yet, but with all the talk of software APIs and the dimensions (61 x 89 x 12 mm) being so similar to BluOnyx's mock-ups, it's not too great a stretch to think that they're sharing more than just a storage ethos.
D.A.V.E. stands for Digital Audio Video Experience, and the device will have 10hr continuous operation battery life or last 14 days on standby. It weighs just 2.5 ounces (70g), and can tell within centimetres of a drop that it needs to park the drive's head, before locking them totally. I'll be interested to find out more, after Seagate present it at the Demo Conference.