The WD RE 4TB drive is specifically meant to handle an enterprise workload, but don’t let that scare you off, as it includes a desktop-friendly SATA 6Gb/s interface. As long as you’re running Windows Vista or Windows 7, you should be able to format it into one partition somewhat easily, though you could use it as a boot drive if you’re insane. Its enterprise pedigree is evident not only in its RE branding but in its 1.2 million-hour MTBF, or mean time between failure. This means you should be using this drive at least until Apple Maps for iOS has caught up to Google Maps.
Note: This review appeared in the Holiday 2012 issue of the magazine.
A number of factors will lead to declining hard drive shipments this year, IHS iSuppli says.
Facing stiff competition from tablets, smartphones, and solid state drives (SSDs), mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) shipments are expected to fall 12 percent this year, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli. HDD revenue will drop at about the same clip, declining 11.8 percent to $32.7 billion in 2013, down from $37.1 billion in 2012, and remaining flat in 2014.
The enterprise-class Ultrastar C10K1200 sports a SAS 6Gbs interface.
Western Digital's HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies) subsidiary today unveiled what it claims is the world highest capacity 10,000 RPM hard drive, the Ultrastar C10K1200. As a capacity extension to HGST's C10K900, the newest model is another enterprise-class hard drive with a SAS 6Gbps interface and 64MB cache buffer, but with 1.2TB of storage served up at 10,000 RPM.
Current HDD prices in line with pre-recession levels
The hard drive industry was hit particularly hard by the 2011 floods in Thailand, which is the second biggest producer of hard drives behind China. The devastating deluge was accompanied by a sharp increase in hard drive prices, with the average selling price for HDDs shooting up 28 percent to reach $66 in Q4 2011 (Q2 FY2012). Although a return to pre-flood prices does not seem likely in the immediate future, things aren’t nearly as bad as they were an year ago.
Toshiba this week announced that it's upping the storage ante for business customers by fleshing out its enterprise hard drive line with four new 4TB HDDs. The large capacity drives are part of Toshiba's MG Series and includes both SATA flavors -- MG03ACA400, MG03ACA400Y -- and SAS models -- MG03SCA400, MG03SCP400 -- all of which offer 4TB of capacity with varying feature-sets.
You can never have too much capacity, and if you feel the same way, you'll be geeked to find out that Western Digital is now shipping its high performance WD Black desktop hard drive line in capacities up to 4TB. The new 4TB model (WD4001FAEX) offers twice as much capacity as the previous top-end WD Black drive (2TB, WD2002FAEX), and is one of five available models, including two 500GB drives (one with 32MB cache and the other with 64MB) and a 1TB drive.
Corsair and Samsung debut new SSDs and controllers in a battle for SSD-ominance
The pace of development in the SSD world is staggeringly awesome, as each generation of SSD controllers has delivered substantial increases in performance and reliability, while at the same time we’ve seen flash prices drop like a stone. It’s a great time to be storing and accessing data, for sure, but we’ve also seen the market dominated by a trio of SSD controllers from SandForce, Marvell, and Indilinx, with different vendors applying their own tweaks to the drives’ firmware to differentiate them. Though these controllers are all pretty sweet, we were beyond stoked to see two brand-new drives from Samsung and Corsair arrive this month, both with all-new SSD controllers. Will either of them put a dent in the SandForce/Marvell juggernaut? Read on to find out!
Toshiba's new (and somewhat redundantly named) 'Canvio Slim Portable External Hard Drive' makes it easier than ever to cram 500GB of data into your pants or shirt pocket. That's because the new Canvio drive is supposedly the world's thinnest portable model. It's just 9 mm thick, which is ever-so-slightly chunkier than a Samsung Galaxy S III (8.6 mm), to give you a point of reference. The drive is also 107 mm long and 75 mm wide, which coverts to 0.35 inches by 4.21 inches by 2.95 inches, if you have an aversion to the metric system.
A few months after it started shipping the Scorpio Blue 7mm hard drive, aimed at Intel-based ultrabooks and other ultra-thin and light notebooks, Western Digital on Monday up the ante by announcing what it claims is the “world's thinnest 2.5-inch hybrid hard drive.” The world’s largest HDD maker said it has begun sampling the 5mm-thin hybrid HDD and will be showcasing the technology during the upcoming WD Investor Day on September 13, 2012.