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Fujitsu selling hard-drive business to Western Digital

Fujitsu selling hard-drive business to Western Digital

Fujitsu and Western Digital are in the midst of negotiating a deal that would see the former hand over its entire hard-drive business as part of a  ¥70 billion to ¥100 billion (US$661 million to US$944 million) buy-out.  According to the Chinese-language Nikkei business daily, talks between the two companies have been in progress for some time now, with an agreement expected by the end of the year.

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Western Digital Caviar Green series HDD gets greener

Western Digital Caviar Green series HDD gets greener

Western Digital has updated and shipped its Eco-friendly Green Caviar drive better than ever. The second generation WD’s Caviar Green hard drives now consume 20 percent less power yet deliver 10 percent more in performance over the previous version.

Western Digital My Book Mirror Edition USB RAID-1 array

Western Digital My Book Mirror Edition USB RAID-1 array

Western Digital's latest attempt to cash in on our general guilt over not backing up files is the My Book Mirror Edition.  Effectively bridging the gap between a traditional standalone USB hard-drive and a full-spec network-attached storage (NAS) device, the Mirror Edition still connects to a single computer via USB but automatically duplicates files across two hard-drives.  Both 1TB and 2TB versions are available.

Western Digital working on 20,000rpm HDD to rival SSD

Western Digital working on 20,000rpm HDD to rival SSD

Last Friday, when Seagate announced its intention to build Enterprise-level SSDs, iSuppli analyst Krishna Chander described rival Western Digital as "too deeply lost" in traditional hard-drives.  Today, rumors are spreading that WD, far from being "lost", are in fact planning a platter-based alternative to high-speed solid-state storage.  According to sources close to the hard-drive industry, WD are working on a new unit in the company's Raptor range that would run at an astonishing 20,000rpm. 

Western Digital Scorpio Black 7,200rpm notebook drives

Western Digital Scorpio Black 7,200rpm notebook drives

Western Digital has unveiled its latest mobile hard-drives, the Scorpio Black range, and while they might not be rocking the solid-state bandwagon they've little to be ashamed of.  Available in capacities ranging from 80GB to 320GB, the 2.5-inch drives all spin at 7,200rpm and have 16MB cache; connectivity is via 3GB/s SATA.  However despite all that performance potential, Western Digital are saying that the new drives consume only the power demanded by a slower, 5,400rpm model.

Western Digital VelociRaptor VR150 – insane performance from 2.5-inch drive

Western Digital VelociRaptor VR150 – insane performance from 2.5-inch drive

Western Digital know how to make a decent drive, and with the VelociRaptor VR150 they've shown they can create an eye-catching one too.  Proclaimed as the world's first 2.5-inch Serial ATA drive with a 10,000rpm spindle speed, the unit sits inside a mean looking "IcePAK" drive caddy that performs double duty as a heatsink - courtesy of the thirteen cooling fins - and as an adaptor to make the VR150 compatible with standard 3.5-inch bays.  A good thing, too, as the $300 drive wouldn't be much good in a laptop: at 15mm thick it's almost double a standard 2.5-inch notebook drive.  Tech Report have been putting the VelociRaptor through its paces, to see whether the drive lives up to Western Digital's performance promises.

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