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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 SSD 510 Series: 6Gbps SATA for up to 500 MB/s reads

Intel SSD 510 Series: 6Gbps SATA for up to 500 MB/s reads

Intel has outed its latest SSD, the Intel SSD 510 Series, offering 6Gbps SATA connectivity. Boasting up to 500 MB/s read speeds (double the previous 3Gbps Intel SSDs) and up to 315 MB/s write speeds (more than triple the previous models), Intel reckons a single 510 Series drive is faster than a pair of RAIDed 10,000rpm gaming HDDs.

Video demo after the cut

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Toshiba’s new 1.8 inch hard drives may mean new improved iPod classic

Toshiba’s new 1.8 inch hard drives may mean new improved iPod classic

Apple’s iPod classic could jump from the 60GB capacity to 220GB with the introduction of Toshiba’s new 1.8-inch hard drives. The new MKxx39GSL series of hard drives will be available in 160GB, 200GB, and 220GB capacities. This development may mean not only increased capacity but also improved battery life.

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Seagate 9mm GoFlex and GoFlex for Mac drives unveiled

Seagate 9mm GoFlex and GoFlex for Mac drives unveiled

Seagate has outed a new range of hard-drives at CES 2011, including the company's slimmest drive to date, the 9mm thick GoFlex, and a range of GoFlex for Mac drives compatible with Apple's OS X. The new Seagate GoFlex 9mm drive has a USB 3.0 connection and squeezes a 2.5-inch HDD into a slick aluminum chassis.

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Seagate Certified GoFlex Storage System will see HDDs dock in TVs, Plug PCs & more

Seagate Certified GoFlex Storage System will see HDDs dock in TVs, Plug PCs & more

Seagate has announced the Certified GoFlex Storage System for third-party manufacturers, that the hard-drive company hopes will see more GoFlex-compatible HDD docking bays fitted to third-party devices like media players. Until now, only Seagate has released such devices - like the FreeAgent Theater+ - but with the new certification program other companies will be able to dock directly with the 2.5-inch portable drives.

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Samsung Promises Highest Possible Level of Protection against Data Loss with Self-Encrypted SSD

Samsung Promises Highest Possible Level of Protection against Data Loss with Self-Encrypted SSD

Samsung's got a new Solid State Drive and they want you to take it for a spin. Samsung says it has the only Solid State Drive to feature Goverment-Grade AES 256-bit Encryption for the ultimate in security for your awesome files and such. This hardware encryption is always on, the data encryption and user authentication being performed "in the high security of the drive controller" instead of where it'd normally be stored, in the software. Software encryption works using the main CPU of the computer and stores info in the relatively insecure memory of the system, while SEDs (self-encrypting drives) encrypt at the speed of the interface making no impact on performance in the protected hardware of the SSD.

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Synology DiskStation DS211 Review

Synology DiskStation DS211 Review

The Synology DiskStation DS211 isn't the company's first NAS to cross the SlashGear test bench, but it's perhaps the most home-user focused model so far. A two-bay network-attached backup box, the DS211 also throws in DLNA media streaming duties and cross-platform compatibility. With a diskless retail price of around $320, is this the box you should be entrusting your data security to? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Panasonic DIGA DMR-BF200 squeezes Blu-ray/HDD DVR into tiny chassis

Panasonic DIGA DMR-BF200 squeezes Blu-ray/HDD DVR into tiny chassis

Panasonic Japan has outed what the company is calling the smallest ever DVR that integrates both Blu-ray burning and a hard-drive.  The Panasonic DIGA DMR-BF200 measures a slight 210 x 194 x 65 mm and weighs in at 2.2kg; it can burn BD-R or BD-RE discs and or record media to its 320GB hard-drive.

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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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Hitachi Travelstar 7K750 750GB 7,200rpm 2.5-inch drive breaks capacity records

Hitachi Travelstar 7K750 750GB 7,200rpm 2.5-inch drive breaks capacity records

Laptop-sized 2.5-inch hard-drives are gradually catching up to their bigger brethren when it comes to storage capacity, with Hitachi unveiling the industry's largest to-date.  The Hitachi Travelstar 7K750 packs 750GB into two 9.5mm platters spinning at 7,200rpm, and has a a 16MB buffer and 3Gb/s SATA interface.

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Toshiba Canvio 3.0 portable HDDs get USB 3.0 update

Toshiba Canvio 3.0 portable HDDs get USB 3.0 update

Toshiba is the latest firm to jump into the USB 3.0 external storage market, introducing the Toshiba Canvio 3.0 with capacities ranging from 500GB to 1TB.  As we've seen with rival models, there's not a huge amount differentiating the Canvio 3.0 from previous USB 2.0 versions, beyond the faster, SuperSpeed interface.

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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB Review

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB Review

The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB portable drive isn't the first of the company's modular external storage we've reviewed, but it's certainly the largest. Proudly billed as the industry's first 1.5TB portable external drive, the new FreeAgent also boasts a speedy USB 3.0 interface for faster data shuffling. Thanks to GoFlex, meanwhile, you can also switch that out for FireWire, eSATA or other connections, or even slap it in one of Seagate's docking stations. Is this the best portable drive out there? Check out our full review after the cut.

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