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A diagram of nanowires used in a Racetrack memory chip

Tired of waiting for your computer to boot up? Within five to seven years, you may no longer have to. That’s the estimated amount of time it will take to bring Racetrack Memory to market. Racetrack is a proposed new shock-proof system that is said to be 100,000 times faster than current hard drives, while also being 300 times more energy-efficient. Although it incorporates cutting-edge nanotechnology, it’s based on the same principles as the humble VHS videotape.  Read More

The new d2 and 2big USB 3.0 external HDDs with 3TB drives from LaCie

LaCie has given a bump to its USB 3.0 external hard drives in terms of both capacity and speed with its latest d2 and 2big drives. Taking advantage of 3TB hard drives and the performance of USB 3.0, the company’s dual drive 2big USB 3.0 offers 6TB of storage and a 20 percent speed boost to 306MB/s – claiming the fastest performance of any 2-bay RAID solution to date – while the single drive d2 USB 3.0 offers 3TB of storage and transfer speeds of 156MB/s.  Read More

WD has announced 2.5 and 3 TB SATA hard drives

Both Seagate and WD have announced 3 TB external drives, and now WD has broken new ground with a 3TB internal hard drive. The WD Caviar Green 2.5 and 3 TB hard drives are bundled with an Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI)-compliant Host Bus Adapter (HBA) that allows both 64-bit Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard, along with 32-bit Vista and Windows 7 platforms to make full use of the new drives.  Read More

Samsung's S2 Portable 3.0 HDD

The trickle of USB 3.0 devices hitting the market is steadily increasing and will no doubt be a flood before too long. Portable hard drives are likely to be big sellers and Samsung is helping to get the ball rolling by announcing its new 2.5-inch external HDD, the S2 Portable 3.0. The drive features an on-board SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface and a 7200RPM spindle speed to slash the time spent watching a progress bar crawl across the screen when moving files.  Read More

Seagate has announced a centralized single drive wireless storage addition to its GoFlex r...

Seagate has unveiled a new centralized wireless home storage and backup addition to its FreeAgent GoFlex hard drive solutions. The single-drive GoFlex Home storage system is said to benefit from easy setup and use, the ability to connect and wirelessly share USB printers or other devices, remote file access and a modular approach to higher capacity upgrades.  Read More

Hitachi GST has not only squeezed 320GB into a super slim 7mm, 2.5 inch driver form factor...

As portable computing devices get thinner and thinner, component manufacturers appear to be in a perpetual state of one-upmanship. In the latest round, Hitachi has put its HDDs on a crash diet and announced a range of super slim drives available in storage sizes up to 320GB. With a z-height of just 7mm (0.275 inch), the Z-series family of Travelstar and CinemaStar drives also offer low power consumption and low noise.  Read More

Seagate has revealed a hybrid solid state/hard drive which is claimed to be 'the world's f...

Seagate has revealed a hybrid solid state/hard drive which is claimed to be "the world’s fastest 2.5 inch laptop PC hard drive." The Momentus XT offers users the price and capacity benefits of a hard disk drive and the speed advantages of solid state memory in one laptop-sized drive.  Read More

Able to transfer a HD movie in around three minutes, the LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 hard drive

LaCie has added the super fast speed of USB 3.0 to its Rugged 2.5-inch portable hard drive design. The company says the Rugged USB 3.0 is one of its most power-efficient and fastest mobile hard drives, providing speeds up to 110MB/s – three times the speed of USB 2.0 – which translates to the transfer of a HD movie in less than three minutes.  Read More

No need for hard to install IP addressable storage devices, the IOCELL NetDISK 315UNE deli...

IOCELL Networks claims its NetDISK external eSATA/USB 2.0/Ethernet combo hard drive is hack-proof because it’s embedded with revolutionary NDAS technology (Network Direct Attached Storage), which allows a direct connection to a network without the need for IP configuration, making it invisible to the outside world.  Read More

The 2.5in double platter 750GB HDD from Toshiba and the slightly chunkier 1TB flavor

More storage for laptops is now possible thanks to Toshiba managing to squeeze 750GB into a two platter 9.5mm form factor. Boasting the industry's highest areal density, the MK7559GSXP is also joined by a slightly bulkier 1TB three platter HDD and both hold the promise of greener manufacture and improved power efficiency.  Read More

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