When SSDs first hit the market they were around $8/GB, then it was a big deal when they hit the $1/GB mark. Today many of the SSDs that we reviewed recently can be found anywhere between $0.35 – $0.45/GB. According to a new report SSD pricing could become 1:1 with mechanical hard drives in late 2016. This would mean you could pick up a 4TB SSD for around $150.
Most of us have our hard drives filled with photos, documents and other random data, but there are some that have business information, trade secrets, and sensitive information stored on hard drives. It could be a very bad thing if that information gets into the wrong hands. It would be great if hard drives had some sort of self-destruct mechanism, well as it turn out this technology goes exist and comes from a company called SecureDrives.
Seagate today announced it is shipping the world’s first 8 TB hard disk drive. An important step forward in storage, the 8 TB hard disk drive provides scale-out data infrastructures with supersized-capacity, energy-efficiency and the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry for cloud content, object storage and back-up disaster recovery storage.
It seems not that long ago 6 TB drives were just announced and now they are selling for as low as $300. Seagate is ready with fully functional engineering samples of its 8 TB hard drives and has sent them over to major enterprise (hosting / cloud) customers for reliability testing and feedback. This was revealed in their Q4FY earnings call by CEO Steve Luczo when responding to a question.
We are expecting that Western Digital is going to put a rest to the shipments of the parallel-ATA (PATA or legacy ATA) hard drives and this stoppage will be effective since the 29th of this month. The lineup of PATA hard drives was a small one in the company’s extensive product portfolio and this was solely to help the people who were still using the older laptops and wanted some upgrades for their hard drives.
It has been reported that the 6 TB Ultrastar He6 hard disk drive (HDD) is finally being shipped by HGST, which is a known Western Digital company. HP, Netflix, Huawei Unified Storage, CERN, Green Revolution Cooling and Code42 are some of the big names which have worked with HGST and have been the Key OEM, cloud and research leaders helping HGST all along. These are just a few prominent names, there are many other names which are associated with well known largest social media and search companies.
The new hard drives for NAS, namely the WD Red, are available in two different capacities of 750 GB and 1 TB. The standard device being 2.5 inches is designed to work with the NAS system and offers an expansion of 3.5 inches allowing the storage capacity to boost up to 4 TB.
WD, a subsidiary of Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC), and a world leader in external storage and solutions for today’s connected life, today introduced My Passport Enterprise, one of the industry’s first portable hard drives designed specifically for use with Microsoft Corp.’s Windows To Go, which enables corporate customers to provision a fully featured Windows 8 workspace on a bootable USB drive.
Today LaCie announced that its professional 2big and 4big Quadra multi-bay RAID solutions, designed by Neil Poulton, now feature USB 3.0 technology. LaCie completely re-engineered these external storage solutions for optimized performance with new Mac computers. Thanks to UAS (USB-Attached SCSI Protocol) compatibility and 7200rpm hard drives, these products reach speeds up to 210MB/s and 245MB/s respectively. With these speeds the user can transfer 10GB of data in less than one minute.
Large volume external storage has also been and will remain to be popular just for the fact that many people do not have room inside their cases for extra hard drives. Also external storage allows you to easily use that storage on multiple systems with minimal effort. With the introduction of eSATA external drives can now be just as fast as internal drives so we have seen quite a few eSATA external enclosures released lately. Today we will be taking a look at the MB561US-4S-1 Quad Bay External Enclosure from ICY DOCK that features an internal port multiplier and both eSATA and USB 2.0 connections. Let’s take a look…