After making waves by quietly launching the industry's first 4TB internal hard drive in Japan just days ago, Hitachi announced it is now shipping its new Ultrastar C10K900 enterprise hard drive, which the company claims are the fastest 10K hard drives on the planet. According to Hitachi, C10K900 drives offer 18 percent faster sequential and 17 percent faster random performance than the nearest competitor.
Anyone who's been around PCs for a length of time remembers when Plextor had a reputation for building top-shelf optical drives. For the most part, they were fast performing and reliable, and of course more expensive than your average bargain-bin burner. Plextor still sells optical drives, but like everyone else, the company also dabbles in solid state drives. The company's newest SSD product is the M3 Series with "True Speed" technology and a comparatively lengthy 5-year warranty.
What to do when an SSD just isn’t fast enough? Super Talent would like you to buy its new TerraNova SSD. This little piece of silicon is capable of a theoretical max 540MB/s read and write speeds. The drive packs up to 480GB of storage and uses a new SandForce 2200 controller to get those insane speeds.
Now is a pretty bad time to be shopping for a mechanical hard drive. Prices are generally higher than what they were a couple of months ago, sometimes significantly so, due to the flooding in Thailand. But it's a temporary problem and eventually the storage sector will settle down. So, onward with innovation, and kudos to Hitachi for coming out with a 4TB internal HDD as part of its Deskstar line.
The only thing you'll be singing in the rain if you get your USB flash drive all wet and slushy is the soggy data blues. Why you would choose to wield a storage device in a downpour is a riddle we're not here to answer, but if you do fear water wrecking your data, Adata wants you to know about its new S107 USB flash drive series. These new drives are built with a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface and are both waterproof and shock resistant.
Hard drive prices aren't about to return to pre-flood levels, but they may gravitate towards that point sooner than some analysts are expecting. Western Digital, one of the HDD makers hit hard by the recent flooding in Thailand, said it has made "substantial progress" in getting its overseas operations partially up and running again, and is now producing hard drives at one of its buildings in Bang Pa-in (BPI), Thailand a week ahead of internal schedules.
It takes a collective effort from component makers to realize Intel's vision of what an Ultrabook should look like, and Samsung is doing its part to keep the form factor slim and sleek. The storage maker just kicked off volume production of its Mini-Serial ATA (mSATA) solid state drives (SSDs) designed for all kinds of ultra-slim notebooks, and in particular Ultrabooks.
Seagate has started shipping the second generation of its Momentus XT, a solid state hybrid drive aimed at both consumer and commercial laptop applications, and the company's fastest driver ever for personal computers, Seagate says. Like the previous generation Momentus XT, this second gen drive moves frequently accessed data to a small chunk of solid state memory for faster access.
In Greek mythology, Talos was a giant bearded man made of bronze, a human statue forged by Hephaistos and tasked with circling the island of Crete three times a day to guard it against pirates. The Talos 2 is something completely different. It's a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid state drive (SSD) series built for enterprise chores, and unlike its comparatively giant 3.5-inch predecessor, OCZ's second generation Talos series is available in a compact 2.5-inch form factor.
After peering into its crystal ball, the market psychics at Kingston firmly believe that by this time next year, you're likely to choose a solid state drive over a mechanical hard drive. NAND flash memory prices are coming down, and while it's been slow going, overall pricing for SSDs will finally reach the point where they're able to attract would-be HDD buyers.