Toshiba this week announced its first 2.5-inch hard drive series to offer up to 1TB of storage in the industry standard 9.5mm high form factor. The company's new MQ01ABD series uses 500GB platter technology and is available in capacities ranging from 1TB down to 250GB. This isn't the first drive to offer 1TB in a standard notebook form factor, but according to Toshiba, its flagship mobile HDD offers an industry leading areal density of 744Gb/in2, an increase in the quantity of data stored per square inch by over 37 percent compared to prior 2.5-inch models.
It used to be that if you were looking to put together a high end rig with as few compromises as possibles, you rolled with a Western Digital Velociraptor. Today enthusiasts are more likely to opt for a solid state drive when looking to address the storage bottleneck at any cost, but this shift in power hasn't yet rendered the Velociraptor extinct (or if it has, somebody forget to tell Western Digital).
We're not going to ask for a show of hands on this one; if you own an Apple iMac, that's your business. But as a courtesy to our readers who like to play the field, even when doing so requires dancing on the dark side, we want you to be aware of a recall that affects "a very small number" of Seagate brand 1TB hard drives found in 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac systems.
Don't let anyone fool you into thinking the hard drive market is tanking. If that were the case, Seagate's fiscal quarter and year-end 2011 financial results would look decidedly different, but as it stands, the company claims to have shipped 52 million drives. Revenue for the quarter reached $2.9 billion with net income of $119 million.
It wasn't that long ago the largest notebook hard drive you could buy was 500GB. Now here comes Western Digital with its newly announced WD Scorpio Blue 1TB hard drive for mainstream notebooks, and it isn't even the first of its kind. It is, however, one of just two 1TB hard drives built around the industry standard 9.5mm, 2.5-inch form factor (Samsung's Spinpoint M8 being the other) instead of the 12.5mm thickness standard, which means it's compatible with nearly all existing laptops.
The Buffalo MiniStation Plus USB 3.0 external hard drive, which the company announced last month, is now shipping. Housed inside a shockproof chassis, the USB 3.0-enabled MiniStation Plus is currently available in two capacities and three colors. Hit the jump to know more about Buffalo’s latest portable storage solution.
Portable hard drive have one purpose in mind, and that's to safely shuttle your data from point A to point B. That doesn't sound very glamorous, but even so, there's no rule that says external HDDs have to look drab. Silicon Power's new Stream S20 portable hard drive looks anything but with its sleek design and metallic purple paint job, which the company says "demonstrates its luxurious style" while "declaring its superiority" with performance to boot.
Our storage needs aren't shrinking by any means. Games are getting bigger, our music and movies collection keeps growing, we have media players, NAS boxes, and, well, you get the idea. Despite solid state drives taking over as the sexy boot option, we suspect the market for beefy and affordable hard drives will stick around for a long time yet. That said, if you're in need of more storage, you might be better served by pulling the trigger now rather than waiting until the last minute.
It's probably not a good idea to go charging through traffic on foot with your My Passport portable hard drive clutched under your arm like a football, nor should you toss it around like one with a buddy. But in case you do find yourself in situations where drops, moisture, or even spills might occur, Western Digital's offering a bit of extra protection with its new WD Nomad rugged case, a durable enclosure that will keep your drive protected from drops as high as seven feet.
The new Clickfree C2 Rugged Back-up Drive is "built to strict U.S. military standards," though that doesn't mean you should lug this on the battlefied and use it to repel bullets. What you can do is accidentally (or purposely, if you're the curious type) drop the drive from up to four feet, plug it into your PC, and watch it come to life as if nothing happened.