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Western Digital says HDD supplies have been impacted by flooding in Thailand

Western Digital says HDD supplies have been impacted by flooding in Thailand

Two of the biggest firms in the traditional HDD storage market are Western Digital and Seagate. WD has announced that its production of HDDs for external storage and internal notebook and desktop storage has been impacted in Thailand by flooding. The flooding may cause shortages of parts and HDDs that are needed for computers and other products to be offered on the market.

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Western Digital adds Spotify support to WD TV range

Western Digital adds Spotify support to WD TV range

Western Digital and Spotify have announced that the streaming music service will now be available on WD TV media players, giving Spotify premium subscribers access to the 15m+ catalog from their HDTVs. Supported on the WD TV Live and WD TV Live Hub, the latter packing a 1TB hard-drive, Spotify functionality will include playlist creation and recall, song sharing and the ability to subscribe to friends' playlists.

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Western Digital updates My Passport drives for Macs

Western Digital updates My Passport drives for Macs

Western Digital unleashed two revamped models of its popular My Passport portable hard drives. The series is formatted for Macs, but can be reformatted for use with PCs as well. The two new models include a basic version called My Passport for Mac and a higher-end version called My Passport Studio.

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WD offers WD 2go and WD 2go Pro apps for My Book Live Personal drive

WD offers WD 2go and WD 2go Pro apps for My Book Live Personal drive

Western Digital's My Book Live Personal is sort of a cloud drive that you can host at your home or office. The drive gives you access to files and documents remotely. If you like the idea of a cloud service, but want to be able to secure your own data this drive and the two new apps that have been announced might be perfect for you. The WD My Book Live storage drive itself sells for up to $249.99 with 3TB of storage.

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Netflix lands in Brazil; Western Digital offers WD TV Live Plus Netflix service

Netflix lands in Brazil; Western Digital offers WD TV Live Plus Netflix service

Netflix announced yesterday that it's streaming service was now available in Brazil bringing the streaming content the provider offers to South America for the first time. The last year has been a big one for Netflix, which was only in the US to start. The company has rolled out internationally in a big way and is continuing to do so.

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Apple Time Capsule using WD desktop HDD: Is this a “server grade” drive?

Apple Time Capsule using WD desktop HDD: Is this a “server grade” drive?

Teardowns of Apple's freshly updated Time Capsule have led to questions over what constitutes a "server grade hard disk" as per the company's promotional material, given it appears a regular Western Digital drive has been used. According to Apple, the new Time Capsule offers either 2TB or 3TB of "server grade" storage; when Hardmac opened their 2TB unit up, however, they discovered a standard WD Caviar Green HDD inside, rather than a specific enterprise-spec drive.

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Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II gets 6TB upgrade

Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II gets 6TB upgrade

Western Digital has boosted the capacity of its My Book Studio Edition II external dual-drive array, with a new 6TB model. Offering a choice of four connection options - eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 - the drive can be set in either RAID 0 for maximum capacity or RAID 1 for data redundancy.

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Western Digital buys Hitachi GST in huge $4.3bn deal

Western Digital buys Hitachi GST in huge $4.3bn deal

Western Digital has just announced a huge deal that will see the hard-drive company acquire arch rival Hitachi Global Storage Technologies for a whopping $4.3bn. The deal - expected to close within Q3 2011 - will comprise $3.5 billion in cash and 25 million WD common shares valued at $750 million, along with a pair of Hitachi execs added to the WD board of directors.

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Intel Thunderbolt partners detailed: LaCie, Promise, Western Digital, more

Intel Thunderbolt partners detailed: LaCie, Promise, Western Digital, more

While Apple may be the first to debut Thunderbolt, the technology is all Intel's, and the company is not being quiet about which partners have jumped on board with the 10Gbps connection. Aja, Apogee, Avid, Blackmagic, LaCie, Promise and Western Digital are all among the roster of firms committed to pushing out Thunderbolt-equipped devices, which will include displays, storage devices, audio/video devices, cameras, docking stations and more.

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Western Digital adds new SAS HDDs for enterprise

Western Digital adds new SAS HDDs for enterprise

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.

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Western Digital WD TV Live Hub packs 1TB, 1080p, streaming & more

Western Digital WD TV Live Hub packs 1TB, 1080p, streaming & more

Western Digital has outed its latest media-streaming set top box, the WD TV Live Hub, a low-profile 1TB drive with Full HD 1080p playback support and Netflix, Blockbuster on Demand, Pandora and YouTube.  As you'd expect, there's a fulsome list of supported file types - including MPEG4, Xvid, MKV, H.264 and MOV - while ports include gigabit ethernet, two USB 2.0, HDMI, composite and component video, and optical audio.

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Western Digital’s Caviar Green 3TB Hard Drive is World’s Largest Capacity SATA Drive

Western Digital’s Caviar Green 3TB Hard Drive is World’s Largest Capacity SATA Drive

Western Digital announced today that the company is beginning shipments of a brand new SATA hard drive. The new drive is already labeled as the world's biggest SATA hard drive, capacity wise. To add to the bullet points, though, WD decided to make the new hard drive part of their Caviar Green line-up of drives, making it an eco-friendly option for all those out there who think about that kind of stuff.

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