Posts Tagged 'wd'

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.

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New WD drives

Whatever the design team is getting paid Western Digital is getting their money’s worth. Check out the latest externals WD is hawking. The lcd has been implemented in some of their external drives as of late but the porting to the Passport lineup is a step in the right direction. The info is certainly helpful for the lazy (me <–). Next up? Larger lcds with preview features? Now that would be really cool.
Damn, those drives look sexy!
(link)

Freeing up hard drive space

Perhaps advanced formatting is the way to go. Think of the amount of additional space existing enterprises could free up WD’s advanced formatting. Larger blocks, less sector gaps could make a hard drive work more efficiently. One thing you can do right now is increase the size of the sector blocks to reduce the number of sector gaps. WD’s spin on this may prove to be a godsend for companies starving for hard drive space. It’s all a part of the green strategy. More efficient data storage means less hard drives and a smaller carbon footprint.

Now There’s a Good reason to buy the WD Elite

Let’s face it, who needs extra connections? Blah. The electronic display on new WD external elite models are reason enough to spend the extra money on these drives. Other than the flashy “elite” name there are some useful options with it. The label helps distinguish which drive contain what data, plus gives you a rough estimate of how space is available. Things that are the same: shape, automatic backup software, hardware based encryption, warranty, and Western Digital’s green technology.

USB 2.0? Come on already. Hello? USB 3.0? Heck even eSATA would be appreciated. If I’m paying a premium for the brand name it should have firewire. FYI Mac users will need to reformat the drive to work optimally with their hardware. FAT32 just doesn’t cut it. A nice aluminum or metal casing would look fantastic, albeit more expensive, would probably do wonders for the failure rate. Plastic is not great when it comes to heat dissipation.

Hmm, I wonder how much a label machine costs? I’m always mixing up my music and porn drives…

Here we go again …

Who’s got the bigger … notebook hard drive? I guess Western Digital has beaten the others to the punch. Enter 1 TB of storage goodness in a 2.5″ platform. Whaaat?! I’m still using a lowly 500GB in my desktop beast an now WD has come out with something even larger for my notebook? Perhaps it IS time to upgrade. I’ve barely filled up half of my 80GB laptop hard drive and along comes something to tempt my wallet. Shame on WD for trying to put me in the poor house with their lineup of storage solutions! I guess the only thing left is to wait for Seagate to come out with their version … and run out and buy it. 😉

Western Digital finds another use for the MyBook shell

If you’re like me, you have an extensive media library. Music, movies, tv shows, photos, and more. Sometimes integrating that library into your entertainment system can be a hassle. It looks like Western Digital did a stealthy release with the WD HD TV media player. The concept isn’t a new one. Basically a hard drive in an enclosure with video out options. The WD version comes with an interface and of course the standard MyBook classy looking case. Same old case but with some new connections. I guess when you have a nice formula you just add features to it. HD support, zooming, slideshow creation feature, USB expandability for more of your stuff. Nice gadget for home users transitioning their library to the digital format.

So when is Seagate releasing their version?
(review here)

WD offers My Book Mirror edition, external RAID drive

Backup for dummies. Buy this, set it and forget it. Simple backup for the user who is too lazy or doesn’t know how. Now if they could only stop those damn drives from crashing …

“WD’s My Book Mirror Edition dual-drive storage system automatically mirrors your valuable data for extra protection. The USB 2.0 interface and a powerful combination of features make this system the storage solution of choice for photographers, home users, small offices, and anyone looking for extra assurance that their data is safe.

The safest place for your data – Using RAID mirroring technology, this system automatically and continuously duplicates your data for the ultimate in data protection. If one drive in this two-drive system ever fails, the system continues to run and your data is safe. How’s that for peace of mind?” (link)


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