Posts Tagged 'drive'

Largest … for now

Is the WD 3 TB hard drive the largest? Yes, for now at least. 2 terabytes is sooo last year, hurry up and upgrade already. This bad boy has 750GB of storage per platter and will be available for around $240 (street price may vary). It’s from the Western Digital Green series of hard drives so it’s environment friendly, low power consumption, blah blah blah. The flip side is that it will probably be slower than say the Blue series or Black so be aware. Let’s wait and see what Seagate comes up with in a month or so.

Anything you can do …

Western Digital came out with their FIRST 1TB portable hard drive a few months ago so Seagate has answered with it’s own 1.5TB portable hard drive. And the pissing contest continues, stay tuned! Based of its GoFlex design the unit is USB 3.0 compatible and works for both Macs and PCs. Do you like movies? Because these units come pre-loaded with Paramount Pictures movies that can be unlocked by buying a license online. Available in an assortment of colors to the tune of $250. So if portability is an issue be sure to check out the Seagate lineup.

Kingston says “FIRST”

What do you get for the person who just picked up the LaCie 2big USB 3.0 NAS and seemingly has everything? How about a Kingston USB 3.0 flash drive? The styling’s a bit bland (*cough, UGLY!) but it’s way better than your regular USB 2.0 flash drive. 80MB a second read speed and write speeds of up to 60MB a second. It also comes with a compatible cable for those computer ports with USB 2.0, sooo last month. Well, everyone can’t be as trendy as you now can they? Comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB flavors. Ooh, with a lanyard to boot! Warranty is 5 years, let’s hope you don’t lose it before then.

Gadget: LaCie MosKeyto

Continuing in the naming tradition of “key” LaCie introduces you to the MosKeyto. However this is not the buzzing annoying variety. This tiny USB storage device is for those computers or laptops that just need a bit of extra storage space. Plug it in and you will hardly notice it. 4GB for $18 and 8GB for $28. Judging by the design the only thing that might be annoying about it will be trying to unplug it from your computer.

My itsakey is jealous.

3TB External is hot … literally

Look out storage nuts, 3 terabytes is on the horizon. And it’s hot, literally. Anandtech reports that the 3 TB drive gets a little hot when put to work for extended periods. That what happens when you cram 5 platters into a 3.5″ plastic shell with little ventilation. Temperatures sometimes getting as hot as 69 degrees Celsius. Performance suffered as well. The heat issue could come back to bite you in the butt if you have any important data on the drive and happens to fail at a critical moment. However with this external unit available for sale the OEM 3 TB hard drive should be showing up at local retailers shortly.

I would take a pass on this one. Pickup two 1.5TB drives instead. USB 3.0 is nice but not worth the design risk. Also, who carries around 3 TB of data with them? There HAS to be a better way to transport data.


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