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Latest LaCie USB 3.0 external HDDs pack 3TB drives

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

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Western Digital ships 3TB SATA hard drive

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

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Samsung's S2 Portable 3.0 external HDD with USB 3.0 and 7200RPM spindle speed

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

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High capacity ultra thin laptop drives unveiled by Hitachi GST

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

Computers

NetDISK multi-function NDAS - the 'hack-proof' drive

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

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Toshiba announces 750GB laptop-sized HDD

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

Science

Harnessing heat for greener platter-based hard drives

Solid state drives (SSDs) should - theoretically - offer energy savings compared to the conventional platter-based variety. They have no moving parts and don’t require the battery draining spinning of platters that leads to excessive heat generation. But researchers have found that random thermal fluctuations in magnetic memory can be harnessed to reduce the energy required to store information on these drives, offering the prospect of magnetic-based computer memory that operates at significantly lower power than platter-based HDDs.Read More

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