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Western Digital drives remotely wiped: What experts say to do now

Western Digital drives remotely wiped: What experts say to do now

Owners of some Western Digital external hard drives should disconnect them from the internet and probably turn them off completely, as reports of remotely wiped data continue. The drive-maker confirmed last week that some owners had seen their network-connected storage accessed unofficially and a complete reset triggered, though details on just how much people should be concerned continue to emerge.

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WD My Book Live NAS devices are being reformatted remotely

WD My Book Live NAS devices are being reformatted remotely

Nothing is scarier than the idea of losing years' worth of data in a blink of an eye, whether through the loss of physical storage or, in this case, the deletion of said data. Owners of Western Digital's old My Book Live storage are unfortunately living that very nightmare as they suddenly discover their external drives wiped clean. It turns out they may have been the victims of a malicious hacker that simply deleted their data, no ransoms asked.

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SanDisk, WD, WD_Black brands ramp up portable SSD to 4TB

SanDisk, WD, WD_Black brands ramp up portable SSD to 4TB

This week WD announced a set of devices that'd be getting upgrades for the new year. The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD, the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD (non-pro), the WD_Black P50 Game Drive SSD, and the My Passport SSD from WD will all be given new iterations in the market with 4TB storage inside. They'll be priced between $679.99 and $749.99 dependent on model.

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WD_BLACK expands with gaming dock SSD, PCIe Gen4 for gaming

WD_BLACK expands with gaming dock SSD, PCIe Gen4 for gaming

Today Western Digital revealed several new SSD products all aimed at a top-tier next-gen gaming experience. Included in the release were the WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD, the WD_BLACK AN1500 NVMe SSD Add-in-Card, and the WD_BLACK D50 Game Dock NVMe SSD. The NVMe SSD with next-gen PCIe Gen4 technology rolls with up to 7000 MB/s sequential read speeds and up to 1M IOPs, so says Western Digital.

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WD ArmorLock Portable SSD wants to make protecting local data easy

WD ArmorLock Portable SSD wants to make protecting local data easy

A lot of the narrative around protecting user data often happens in the context of the cloud or the Internet, where data is often vulnerable to snooping and hijacking. Data stored on local storage, however, are just as or even more vulnerable, especially when talking about portable external storage. Encryption is, of course, an option, but one that comes as the cost of speed and flexibility. Western Digital is now boasting that its new ArmorLock encrypted NVMe SSD can let you have your security cake and eat it, too.

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WD Red NAS drive branding gets updated to address SMR confusion

WD Red NAS drive branding gets updated to address SMR confusion

Western Digital, one of the biggest names in the data storage industry, got dragged into a rather complicated controversy regarding hard disk technology and marketing. That drama also dragged others like Seagate and Toshiba, though all three companies have, by now, made their official statements and clarifications. WD, however, is still working to clarify its position and its product line and it is doing so by introducing a third category in its Red family of NAS drives.

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Toshiba and Western Digital clarify use of SMR tech in hard drives

Toshiba and Western Digital clarify use of SMR tech in hard drives

You might think that buying and using a hard drive is a simple matter of picking one from a catalog and connecting it inside a computer. That may be true fro the simplest of desktops but when you factor in devices like NAS products, the selection process can be quite daunting, especially when data storage manufacturers aren't so forthcoming with critical details. To dispel any lingering doubt and confusion, Toshiba and Western Digital have released the list of hard drives that use the now somewhat controversial SMR technology and which ones don't.

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WD, Seagate, Toshiba allegedly sell SMR drives without telling buyers [UPDATE]

WD, Seagate, Toshiba allegedly sell SMR drives without telling buyers [UPDATE]

People might take hard drives for granted these days. After all, their use of moving parts makes them less suited for mobile devices and their bulky sizes give off an "old school" vibe. Hard disks and their magnetic plates and moving read/write heads, however, still trump Flash NAND technology when it comes to capacity, which is why they are still the go-to for large storage devices like NAS. Unfortunately, picking out a hard drive is harder than you might think, especially when manufacturers themselves aren't being upfront about the technologies they use.

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Western Digital brings pocket-sized 8TB SSD prototype and more to CES 2020

Western Digital brings pocket-sized 8TB SSD prototype and more to CES 2020

The way we create and consume media these days has pretty much changed the way we store and retrieve data. Large hard drives with their moving heads and spinning disks still have a home in desktops and data centers but regular consumers would prefer more durable and more portable storage devices for the modern lifestyle. At CES 2020, Western Digital is showing off a few new products to address that need, including a portable SSD with an 8 TB capacity and 20 Gbps SuperSpeed.

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Newest WD SSD gets heatsink option to un-throttle performance

Newest WD SSD gets heatsink option to un-throttle performance

The WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD was revealed this week with an aim to take on the most performance-hungry PC gaming rigs. It'll do this with up to 2TB capacity on a single-sided M.2 form factor ...which is super duper, BUT, the version we're interested in is the one with an integrated heatsink. There'll be versions with the heatsink and versions without, the versions without will be released first, then the heatsink second.

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Western Digital, Seagate launch portable storage for content creators

Western Digital, Seagate launch portable storage for content creators

As the capabilities of cameras, both smartphone and professional, increase, so too the demand for high-quality, hi-res content. Such content, however, doesn’t just happen by magic. They are carefully crafted which, somewhere along the way, means they have to be stored and processed on high-speed, high-capacity storage. To meet not just the demand for content but the need to process that content on location, storage specialists Western Digital and Seagate are announcing new solutions for creative professionals on the go.

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Western Digital Black NVMe SSD takes the battle to Samsung

Western Digital Black NVMe SSD takes the battle to Samsung

The Western Digital WD Black 3D NVMe SSD was revealed today in a number of capacities. WD showed off a 1TB model, one at 512GB, and another at 250GB. These solid state drives are M.2 2280 in form, which means they're tiny, and they're ready to take on the most popular competition on the market right out the gate.

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