We've been stuck at 2TB for what seems like forever, and there's good reason for that. Drive partitions larger than 2.19TB create a unique problem for PCs, and trying to boot from them requires a mish mash of technologies, including the use of a GPT partition, a modern 64-bit OS (Vista or Windows 7), and a motherboard equipped with an EFI BIOS.
Despite all this, Western Digital has gone ahead and begun shipping a 3TB hard drive in Caviar Green trim, which qualifies as the largest capacity internal SATA drive around. The drive utilizes four 750GB platters as well as Western Digital's Advanced Format technology, which you can read more about here.
To sidestep the issue of integrating large capacity hard drives into your system, Western Digital also bundles an Advanced Host Controller (AHCI)-compliant Host Bus Adapter with its 3TB (and 2.5TB) hard drives, which makes it easier for OSes to locate and use a known driver with correct support for large capacity drives. In other words, you can actually boot from the thing without any crazy voodoo.
The 3TB drive is available now for for $240, while the 2.5TB drive sells for $190.
Shares of Seagate stock skyrocketed 21 percent in after-hours trading after the hard drive maker disclosed it had been approached about going private.
"Seagate Technology announced today that it has received a preliminary indication of interest regarding a going private transaction," Seagate said a statement. "The company is in discussions with the party from whom it received the indication of interest, and its board of directors is evaluating the indication of interest and other strategic alternatives. The company has retained Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated and Perella Weinberg Partners LP to provide financial advice and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Arthur Cox as legal counsel. There is no assurance that the company will receive a formal offer or that any transaction will take place.
"Neither the company nor its representatives will be providing any additional comments regarding the preliminary indication of interest."
According to a report in The New York Times, private equity firms TPG and Kohlbert Kravis Roberts are the two parties making a joint bid for Seagate. Seagate's market value stands at $6 billion, and should it agree to a buyout, it would rank as the biggest private equity deal this year.
According to the company, the C10K600 delivers 15 percent better random and 18 percent faster sequential performance while consuming 22% less power than comparable enterprise solutions currently on the market. The drive is also said to be the only one its class to utilize a 64MB cache.
“The Ultrastar C10K600 is closely aligned with customer requirements for increased performance, improved server/storage density, greater power efficiency and lower total cost of ownership,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of Product Marketing, Hitachi GST.
There is currently nothing to report as far as its pricing and date of release are concerned.
USB 3.0 product announcements are coming thick and fast these days. The latest is brought to you by the world's largest PC maker Hewlett-Packard, which has announced a pocket-size USB 3.0 external HDD that promises to outstrip USB 2.0 drives with a threefold performance boost. As the current abundance of USB 2.0 ports necessitates, HP has made its USB 3.0 external HDD backwards compatible. Weighing 200gm and measuring 4.47″ L x 3.15″ W x 0.75″ H, the drive is available in 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB capacities, costing $79, $99 and $129, respectively. HP is offering a two-year warranty on the drive.
Verbatim has announced the launch of its maiden USB 3.0-equipped portable hard drive. The Store 'n' Go SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compact portable hard drive will be available in 500GB and 750GB capacities in October, with a 1TB variant to follow in November. If your world is rife with USB 2.0 ports like everyone else's, the drive's compatibility with the ubiquitous interface will ensure that you don't feel out of place. We are still waiting for Verbatim to spill out the price of the portable hard drive, but we do know that it will be covered under a 7-year warranty.
"We're excited to introduce the Store 'n' Go, the first portable hard drive in Verbatim's USB 3.0 collection, and allow consumers to experience a significant improvement in data transfer speeds that will let them complete their tasks in a fraction of the time," said Charles Klinker, Verbatim's Director of Marketing, HDD Products. "With the Store 'n' Go, users can seamlessly enter into the new generation of USB 3.0 and safely and reliably share, store and back-up their data anytime, anywhere."
Hitachi's new Travelstar 5K750 and Travelstar 7K750 notebook hard drives boast the “highest capacities in a standard 9.5mm two-disk design.” The company has managed to wedge up to 750GB (375GB/platter) into a conventional 9.5mm hard drive enclosure, making the drives compatible with the vast majority of notebooks. The Travelstar 5K750 is a 5,400 RPM hard drive with an 8 MB buffer, and the 7K750 a 7,200 RPM drive with a 16MB buffer.
Available in 750GB, 640GB and 500GB capacities, they are the first Advanced Format hard drives from Hitachi, “allowing for increased drive capacities and improved data integrity at higher storage densities.” Advanced Format hard drives use 4096-byte physical sectors as opposed to the conventional 512-byte sectors.
“The Travelstar 5K750 family is currently shipping in volume. Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 Retail Hard Drive Kits will be available in November with a suggested retail price of $129.99. The Travelstar 5K750 EA version will be shipping to OEMs for qualification by the end of the year,” Hitachi said in a release. “The 7,200 RPM Travelstar 7K750 family, including EA versions and retail kits, will be available in Q1 2011.”
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a federal agency tasked with establishing standards for government and business, did something it's never done before -- it certified a line of enterprise-class hard drives for use within government systems. Specifically, the agency gave Seagate's Cheetah Constellation and Savvio drives its stamp of approval by certifying them to the FIPS 140-2 standard.
"As information storage consumption in the enterprise continues to grow, the ability to secure that data during all stages of a storage system's lifecycle becomes increasingly critical," said Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president of Sales, Marketing, and Product Line Management. "The FIPS 140-2 certification of Seagate's enterprise products further validates Seagate's commitment to enabling the widespread adoption of truly government-grade secure storage and hellp customers protect their sensitive personal and business information."
It's getting easier to carry your digital luggage from point A to point B thanks to ever increasing capacities in portable storage. Take for example Seagate's new 1.5TB FreeAgent GoFlex ultra-portable drive. According to Seagage, this ranks as the planet's first 1.5TB portable external drive.
"Today’s announcement is a 'triple-crown' of consumer technology—packaging record breaking capacity, blazingly fast USB 3.0 connectivity and the bonus of movie entertainment—making the 1.5TB GoFlex ultra-portable drive an unprecedented and innovative solution," said Darcy Clarkson, vice president of Global Retail Sales and Marketing for Seagate. "Bringing this solution to market on the heels of our 3TB GoFlex Desk drive and the Momentus XT solid state hybrid drive is proof of Seagate’s continuing technology leadership and tradition of setting storage industry milestones."
In addition to USB 3.0 connectivity, the FreeAgent GoFlex also features 192-bit triple DES encryption, automatic continuous backup, and Seagate's Dashboard management tool for managing backup schedules, viewing drive stats, and more.
For those of you who tend to a take a boatload of photos everywhere you go, Memorex has come up with an external backup solution specifically for you. Dubbed "Mirror for Photos," it's basically a glorified external hard drive that zeros in (not zeros out) your snapshots and backs them up automagically.
"As people’s digital libraries continue to grow, they understand how critical it is to preserve those moments, yet are often intimidated with the notion of backing up," said Jess Walton, Memorex brand manager. "Mirror for Photos provides even non tech-savvy users with a quick, simple and maintenance-free method for backing up and protecting precious memories."
In other words, it's a backup solution you can give your mother and have realistic expectations that she'll actually be able to use it. The device is USB powered and comes in 320GB ($80), 500GB ($100), and 640GB ($120) capacities and is available at...Toys R Us. Award yourself a million geek points if you would have guessed that one.