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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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WD_Black gaming HDD and SSD look like shipping containers

WD_Black gaming HDD and SSD look like shipping containers

This week the folks at Western Digital released a new collection of WD_Black series hard drives (HDD and SSD) with radical new industrial designs. When you're buying a hard disk drive or solid-state drive, especially an external HDD or SSD, you'll first look at the capabilities of the drive - mostly innards. Then you'll look at the external bits - the way the case looks, the bits you'll be seeing every time you access your gaming machine. Because of this, Western Digital went the extra mile (in the right direction) with their latest round of WD_Black.

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1TB SanDisk Extreme is a beastly microSD card with a monster price

1TB SanDisk Extreme is a beastly microSD card with a monster price

Those of you who have been waiting for a high-capacity microSD card with fast transfer speeds might like what Western Digital is showing off at MWC this year. The company has announced a new 1TB microSDXC card that it claims is the fastest UHS-I card in the world. Officially dubbed the 1TB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC card (which is quite the mouthful), prospective buyers might want to start saving now, because it certainly has the price tag to match its high capacity and potential transfer speeds.

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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 hard drive lineup gains a 15TB behemoth

Western Digital hard drive lineup gains a 15TB behemoth

Storage is one of the great unifiers of the information age. Everyone needs more storage, whether they're an individual consumer or a massive company. For those in the latter group, Western Digital today announced a beefy new HDD that packs a whopping 15TB of storage.

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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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SanDisk 400GB microSD card is world’s fastest at 160MB/s

SanDisk 400GB microSD card is world’s fastest at 160MB/s

SanDisk has unveiled a 400GB microSDXC card, giving mobile users a new external storage option for greatly expanding their device's internal storage capacity. The drive is offered under the SanDisk brand, officially taking the title of the world's fastest UHS-I microSD card. The company introduced the card at Mobile World Congress 2018 where it demonstrated the card in action.

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Western Digital now has a 14 TB hard drive

Western Digital now has a 14 TB hard drive

While consumers, particularly those on laptops, look to SSDs as their data storage of choice because of their speed and reliability, hard disk drives or HDDs are never going away. In fact, they have become even more critical because of the digital content we produce and store these days. Unlike SSDs, however, hard drives run into the limits of physics sooner. Which is why making a single HDD that reaches 14 TB capacity, such as Western Digital's Ultrastar Hs14, is no small matter for the enterprise.

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