WD, a Western Digital company and a world leader in hard drives, today announced the expansion of its award-winning WD Black line of performance hard drives up to 6 TB capacity. Shipping now, the 3.5-inch, 7200 RPM drive is the perfect solution for gamers and professionals in need of high-performance desktop systems and workstations.
When it comes to choosing a portable hard drive there are quite a lot of options to choose from. When I am looking for a portable hard drive the things I consider is performance, protection, and security. The drive we are taking a look at today has all of these and even a cool way to unlock the drive. The drive I am talking about us the Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC and it offers military spec shock protection, IPX3 standard water resistance, IP5X standard dust resistance, and hardware encryption. On top of that it comes with built in NFC technology that with the included SmartCard will allow you to easily unlock the drive. We will be taking a look at the 1TB (HD-PZN1.0U3B) version today.
Not that long ago HGST, formally knows as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies announced their 10TB helium-filled drives and it looks like we will be seeing them come to market very soon. This new drive will be part of HGST’s UltraStar HelioSeal line and will have seven platters inside with each having a capacity of 1.43 TB.
Seagate introduced their Kinetic Open Storage Platform back in 2013. For the first time they are presenting the first hard drive for this system. The drive in question is the Seagate Kinetic 4TB, which is designed for cloud storage applications and has built-in Ethernet abilities.
Silicon Power has today unveiled their newly designed 3.5-inch USB 3.0 external hard drive, the Stream S06. The Stream S06 has a very elegant look and will be available in capacities up to 4 TB.
At Computex today WD is showing off a new hard drive that makes use of a SATA Express connection. The drive is built much like the WD Black2, which we reviewed back in January. Using the SATA Express interface allows WD’s hard drive to communicate over the PCI-Express bus.
LaCie has just announced the availability of 5 TB, 7200 RPM hard drive capacities in their 5big, 2big and d2 Thunderbolt series. LaCie will deliver 5 TB capacities in single drive systems and up to 25 TB in multiple drive systems.
Seagate is said to be working on a 6TB hard drive, which they plan to roll out around the April-June time frame (Q2). According to the leaked company road maps the drive is likely to be released later in the quarter and could be branded in the new Constellation ES.3 Megalodon series.
When it comes down to it many people have to choose between hard drive speed or hard drive capacity, especially when it comes to laptops or small form factor systems. While solid state drives offer great speeds, they are quite expensive per GB. On the other hand typical mechanical hard drives offer a better value per GB, but are not as fast. Western Digital saw this problem and has come up with a solution in their WD Black2 Dual Drive. This drive features a 120 GB solid state drive along with a 1 TB mechanical hard drive. Now you may think that this is a hybrid drive where the SSD portion acts as cache, but this is actually two separate drives in one. This way you have the 120 GB portion for your OS and important programs and the 1 TB can be used for media and other files. More importantly this drive only takes up a single hard drive spot! Let’s check it out!
French storage giant LaCie teamed up with French silversmith Christofle to produce a limited edition, hand crafted external USB 3.0 storage device called the Sphere. This spherical object weighs a few pounds and houses a 1 TB, bus-powered, 2.5″ hard drive.
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