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.
Which would you rather have, raw speed or redundancy? That's the delightful decision buyers of Western Digital's new My Book VelociRaptor Duo external storage device will face if investing in what WD calls the fastest My Book ever. The dual storage backup device bites at backup chores with a pair of speedy 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor hard drives, which you can configure in RAID 0 for speed or RAID 1 for protection. Plus, you can daisy chain multiple My Books for even more performance.
For those of you paying attention, it's hard not to notice the downward trend in solid state drive pricing, which in some cases has fallen below a buck per gigabyte on high end SSDs. Be that as it may, market research firm IHS iSuppli believes mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) will remain the dominant storage platform now and in the near term future, even as Microsoft's Surface tablet and other competing SSD-only devices enter the market place.
Toshiba today announced the launch of four new 2.5-inch enterprise HDDs, each with a rotation speed of 10,500 RPM. According to the company, the highest capacity drive in the new “AL13SE” line-up, the 900GB AL13SEB900, is also the “industry's highest capacity” drive when it comes to 2.5-inch HDDs spinning at 10,500 RPM.
Just in case you haven't gotten the memo yet: HDD prices haven't returned to pre-flood levels, and don't expect them to anytime soon. Don't take our word for it; that information's coming straight from the horse's mouth, as a European sales director for Western Digital -- one of the two big HDD manufacturers -- recently said that prices won't drop that low until next year.
If you ever want to experience true elation, try swapping out a fragmented hard disk drive (HDD) that's bogging down performance from an otherwise well equipped PC for a performance oriented solid state drive (SSD). The difference can be night and day, depending on how slow your HDD is. It's also a costly upgrade that usually results in downgraded storage capacity, hence why HDDs are still the popular storage medium of choice. But for how long?
If you haven't already, you can officially stop feeling sorry for the hard drive industry, which took a tremendous hit to its collective operations from last year's floods in Thailand. Those floods contributed to a tight supply of HDDs and higher prices all around, but lest you offer any more sympathy, consider this. HDD makers generated record revenue in the first quarter of 2012, and they did it by raising prices.
Get ready to hear "Told you so!" from the conspiracy theorists, because according to research firm IHS iSuppli, mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) prices aren't expected to ease back down to pre-flood levels until 2014. That means two more years of inflated HDD prices for consumers, even though hard drive production is "rapidly recovering from the catastrophe" that ravaged Thailand last year.
Finally, a 4TB hard drive. That’s one more than three!
MOST OF US DON'T NEED 4TB hard drives. Most of us don’t even need 3TB drives. Unless you create, edit, or store lots of high-definition video; have backups of all your machines; have a massive lossless audio library; or…. You know what? Maybe we do need 4TB drives. After a couple of years making do with puny 3TB drives (like animals!), it’s time to get 25 percent more stuff into our 3.5-inch drives. Though other drive makers offer 4TB external drives, Hitachi GST is the first drive maker to give you 4TB on the inside. And didn’t your mother or mother-equivalent teach you that it’s what’s on the inside that counts?
We’ve been expecting 4TB drives since Seagate’s 1TB/platter 3TB drive in the January 2012 issue, but the four-platter 4TB 7,200rpm drive we’ve been dreaming of isn’t here yet. Instead, we get Hitachi’s Deskstar 5K4000, which packs a full four terabytes into a standard 3.5-inch drive, but on five platters, not four. The platters have a maximum areal density of 443Gb per square inch. The 5K4000 has 32MB of cache, a 6Gb/s SATA controller, and a spin speed of 5,400rpm.