Data Storage

Western Digital G-DRIVE USB-C bring 10TB storage to MacBooks

Western Digital G-DRIVE USB-C bring 10TB storage to MacBooks

The new MacBooks, especially the new MacBook Pros, are probably the most controversial MacBooks yet. The smaller models ditched all but one USB-C port while the Pros ditched all ports in favor of all Thunderbolt 3's. That said, the decision had one positive side effect on the computing industry as a whole. More and more accessory and peripheral makers are jumping on the USB-C train to become compatible with the new MacBooks. Like this G-technology G-DRIVE USB-C device from Western Digital that brings not only external storage but also power to the MacBook.

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My Passport SSD is a new USB-C portable storage drive from WD

My Passport SSD is a new USB-C portable storage drive from WD

Amongst the few brands that are making the jump - at least in one product - to USB-C for portable storage is WD. They've confirmed the creation of the "My Passport SSD", their first WD Portable SSD product. This device looks tough, can handle some drop damage, and connects to USB-C devices with swiftness.

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Sony G Series Professional SSDs launch for 4K video recording

Sony G Series Professional SSDs launch for 4K video recording

Sony has introduced a pair of new G Series solid state drives designed specifically for videographers or photographers who need expansive storage for Ultra HD 4K footage. Both drives are part of Sony's G Series Professional lineup, and they come in two capacities: 480GB and 960GB. The drives can be used with DSLRs or camcorders; they offer, among many other things, longer than usual lifespans alongside a high level of reliability.

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Intel Optane SSD finally launches, for enterprise only

Intel Optane SSD finally launches, for enterprise only

For all the leaps that computing technology has made of late, data storage remains the bottleneck of performance and hasn’t evolved significantly of late. Sure, SSDs are faster than HDDs, but it seems we’re stuck on those. Two years ago, Intel and Micron said “not anymore”, and the first consumable fruits of that labor has finally landed. Introducing the Intel Optane SSD DC 4800X, the first commercially available “3D XPoint” SSD. Sadly, it’s not something you can buy off shelves, unless you happen to be a well-financed business.

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IBM turns an atom into a nano-scale hard drive

IBM turns an atom into a nano-scale hard drive

By now it's a truism that data storage keeps getting smaller and smaller, but even with that knowledge IBM's latest advance is still jaw-dropping. Researchers at the company have managed to store data on a single atom, by turning it into the world's tiniest magnet. Admittedly, its single bit capacity isn't going to replace the USB drive in the bottom of your bag, but IBM says the potential is huge.

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Microsoft OneDrive ‘unlimited’ storage’s 1TB limit goes live

Microsoft OneDrive ‘unlimited’ storage’s 1TB limit goes live

Microsoft’s OneDrive storage had a bit of a tumultuous couple years, with the company first giving certain customers unlimited data and then later rescinding the ‘unlimited’ part of that equation when people starting using it in an unlimited fashion. While the change wouldn’t happen immediately, we knew it was coming and received more details this past December: that unlimited storage would become 1TB of storage starting on March 1 — that is, yesterday.

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Kingston 1TB and 2TB USB sticks start shipping [Update: Price]

Kingston 1TB and 2TB USB sticks start shipping [Update: Price]

That fated day has arrived. That day when you can fit as much as 2 TB of data in your pocket. If you had large pockets, you could have probably still fit a slim external hard drive, but that has nothing on what Kingston has just unveiled. Yes, Kingston has USB flash drives in 1 or even 2 TB capacities, ensuring that all your data, photos, and videos can be within reach, even when the Internet, and therefore the cloud, isn’t.

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SD Association announces UHS-III allowing for 624 MB/s speeds

SD Association announces UHS-III allowing for 624 MB/s speeds

The need for speed no longer just applies to cars. Or games related to cars. In an age where digital photography is prevalent, from phones, to cameras, to drones, being able to record and transfer image data at high speeds has become just as important as the camera sensors themselves. That is why the SD Association, the industry group tasked with standardizing SD technology, has announced the latest specification for the tiny data storage. Called, what else, UHS-III, this spec for the SD bus interface doubles the data transfer rates of the previous UHS-II, from 312 MB/s to a whopping 624 MB/s.

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Sony’s new SF-G memory cards claimed to be world’s fastest

Sony’s new SF-G memory cards claimed to be world’s fastest

We are living in a 4K age, with TVs, monitors, and even some smartphones capable of display such high-resolution content and cameras, and, yes, smartphones being able to create hi-res images and videos. The bottleneck, however, is the intermediate holding place for 4K content captured by cameras. In other words, memory cards. While handy and compact, SD cards aren’t exactly the fastest storage medium around, but they’re the only ones you can use with digital cameras. Well, worry no more, because Sony has just announced its new SF-G line of SDXC cards which it boasts is the world’s fastest memory card.

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Backblaze reveals its 2016 hard drive failure rate list

Backblaze reveals its 2016 hard drive failure rate list

In this day and age of smartphones, tablets, and laptops, hard drive failure almost seems like a thing of the past. Especially since these devices don’t actually use that kind of storage technology. But for gamers, multimedia workers, and backup storage companies, the reliability of the hard drive can make or break their livelihood. That is why every year since 2013, online backup solution providers Backblaze releases a list of its hard drives and their failure rates, basically forming a fame and shame list of which brands and models had the most or least number of failures throughout the year.

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Behold, Kingston’s 2TB flash drive

Behold, Kingston’s 2TB flash drive

This relatively small box of metal can carry 2TB of data - well enough for your whole movie collection, not to mention your music files. Straight from Kingston, the makers of many sorts of high-capacity and super-swift bits of hardware, the DataTraveler Ultimate is extremely simple. It rolls with a size of 72mm x 26.9mm x 21mm and connects with USB 3.0.

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DJI and Seagate team up to develop storage solutions for drone-shot content

DJI and Seagate team up to develop storage solutions for drone-shot content

Seagate and DJI made a joint announcement at CES 2017 today, letting the world know that they have partnered to solve the problem of storage and backup for content recorded using a drone. With high-resolution UAV cameras like the ones DJI offers, space can be a major issue when it comes to storing the massive video files that result from a drone flight. This is where Seagate - one of the most well-known manufacturers of hard drives and SSDs - comes in.

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