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Facebook planning “cold storage” data facility for old photos

Facebook planning “cold storage” data facility for old photos

There are some 240 billion photos taking up precious space on Facebook's servers, with another 350 million photos uploaded every day. Facebook has discovered that not all of these photos get looked at anymore. Many older photos and albums lay dormant because they get pushed aside by newer photos and albums. In order to handle all of these photos, Facebook is planning to launch a data facility specifically for storing older photos on the social network.

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myIDkey is a secure biometric Bluetooth/USB drive that also manages passwords

myIDkey is a secure biometric Bluetooth/USB drive that also manages passwords

A product called myIDkey is currently available on Kickstarter seeking the funding it needs to come to market. The people behind the project need $150,000 to bring the device to market and with 28 days to go the project has raised over $113,000. The device i will s a voice-activated fingerprint secure Bluetooth/USB drive that can display passwords and personal information online.

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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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HGST launches 1.2 TB Ultrastar 10,000 RPM hard drive

HGST launches 1.2 TB Ultrastar 10,000 RPM hard drive

HGST was formerly part of Hitachi and is now a Western Digital company. HGST has announced a new enterprise class hard drive that is the industry's highest capacity 10,000 RPM unit. The new drive offers 33% more capacity and is designed for tier 1 mission-critical cloud, enterprise server, and storage system use.

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Drobo Mini Review

Drobo Mini Review

If backup and external storage had a hope of ever being fashionable, then Drobo would probably be the industry icon. Trying its level best to make data devilishly interesting since 2007, the company's primary claim to fame from its glossy black obelisks is their packaging of drive redundancy to an audience who either doesn't understand, or who doesn't want to be bothered with, RAID definitions. Now, there's the Drobo Mini, a compact version intended to take four drives mobile and give them a shot of SSD speed along the way. Read on for our full review.

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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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Satechi unveils new USB 3.0 aluminum external hard drive enclosure

Satechi unveils new USB 3.0 aluminum external hard drive enclosure

If you're a computer user that builds your own machines somewhere around your house, you have old hard drives that you didn't want to throw away, but you don't use. I think I have four or five around my house sitting there collecting dust. They are still full of data and on occasion, I get curious about what's on the drive and go through the hassle of plugging them into my computer to see.

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