Posts Tagged 'hard'

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.

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.

Toshiba HDs with Wipe Technology

Data security is always on the minds of corporate America, especially when it comes to top secret trade information. Encryption not good enough for you? Let me introduce you to the new line of Toshiba hard drives. A new quick wipe technology built in to Toshiba Self Encrypting Drive (SED).

“Wipe is a technology that can automatically invalidate an HDD security key when its power supply is turned off, instantly making all data in the drive indecipherable.”

Meaning? The data is scrambled into pieces using an algorithm. The algorithm is locked in a box. The box needs a key to open. If the security senses a breach, the key is destroyed. No key = no box = no algorithm = no data. That’s taking security for the regular joe to a whole new level. Now just be sure to remember your login password.

Thin Is In

No surprise here. Thinner components mean smaller technology and everybody knows the more tech you can haul around with you, the better. Data storage going from punch cards, to tapes, to hard drives, to nand flash chips making your life better and your wallet lighter. I remember when compact flash memory was the bomb and then was shortly replaced by secure digital memory cards, which has been replaced by microSD cards. It’s beginning to get a little insane just how much data can be stored on the tip of a finger.

Hard drives are shrinking in size … physical that is. 3.5″ to 2.5″ and now smaller. Hitachi has come out with a laptop hard drive that is a mere 7 mm (millimeters) thin. The Z series comes in 160/250/320 GB flavors all spinning at 7,200 RPM. Encryption is optional. Me thinks this will be showing up in cheaper Macbook Air’s in the near future. Keep on rocking thin tech.


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