hard disk drive http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/10717/ en Seagate's Two Billion Hard Drive Shipments is an Industry First http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/seagates_two_billion_hard_drive_shipments_industry_first2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/seagate_hdd_1.jpg" alt="Seagate HDD" title="Seagate HDD" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />No hard drive maker has shipped more HDDs than Seagate.</h3> <p>After 29 years in the business, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/seagate"><strong>Seagate</strong></a> on Tuesday announced it is the first first hard disk drive (HDD) manufacturer to ship two billion HDDs. What's especially remarkable about the feat is that half of those shipments came within just the last four years. Seagate credits the milestone to "explosive demand" in mobile, cloud infrastructures, social media, business applications, and from being in a position to serve a variety of consumer markets.</p> <p>"This is truly an impressive accomplishment and I am proud to lead this company as we celebrate this success," <a href="http://www.seagate.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/Seagate-celebrates-milestone-two-billion-shipped-pr-master/" target="_blank">said Steve Luczo</a>, president, CEO and chairman of Seagate. "This achievement is a testament to the commitment of our employees whose relentless dedication and personal pride continue to be the fabric of this company."</p> <p>It's also a testament to digital videos, music, and photos, all of which have pushed storage needs to an all-time high. According to Seagate, user-generated high definition camcorder video, still pictures, and smartphone clip sharing storage needs will quadruple from 2013 to 2015.</p> <p>Seagate was also the first to ship 1 billion HDDs, a milestone it crossed in April 2008, two years after it acquired Maxtor. The company later acquired Samsung's HDD business in a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/seagate_scoops_samsungs_hard_drive_business_1375_billion">deal worth $1.375 billion</a>.</p> <p>Image Credit: Flickr (Boja)</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/113266473617484509826?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/seagates_two_billion_hard_drive_shipments_industry_first2013#comments Build a PC hard disk drive Hard Drive Hardware HDD seagate News Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:56:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 25169 at http://www.maximumpc.com Western Digital Expects HDD Prices to Return to Pre-Flood Levels in 2013, But Analysts Don't http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/western_digital_expects_hdd_prices_return_pre-flood_levels_2013_analysts_dont <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/hdd_water.jpg" width="228" height="132" style="float: right;" />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.</p> <p>Sure, the production facilities are fully up and running, but WD's Ian Keene says that the company still needs to recoup some of the massive costs associated with battling the devastating Thailand floods. </p> <p>"There are a lot of added costs right now," <a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/10/wd_hdd_pricing/">he told The Register</a>. "WD spent a lot of money on capital damage, running (under-utilised) factories that still paid people and mitigating risks of (future) floods." He also says that shifting some of the company's manufacturing capabilities to Malaysia in response to the floods has also added additional costs.</p> <p>Industry analysts at IHS iSuppli aren't nearly as optimistic. <a href="http://www.isuppli.com/Memory-and-Storage/News/Pages/Hard-Disk-Drive-Prices-Not-Expected-to-Return-to-Pre-Flood-Levels-Until-2014.aspx">In a June report</a>, iSuppli said it doesn't expect prices to drop to pre-flood levels until 2014. The firm notes that just two manufacturers, Western Digital and Seagate, control over 85 percent of the HDD market after a series of mega-mergers in late 2011 -- which gives them the ability to keep prices skewed towards higher levels. </p> <p>iSuppli analysts also point out that during the height of the floods, OEMs signed long-term agreements with HDD makers in order to ensure availability, but those agreements locked hard drive prices in at rates that are around 20 percent higher than pre-flood levels.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/western_digital_expects_hdd_prices_return_pre-flood_levels_2013_analysts_dont#comments flooding hard disk drive HDD price cuts pricing Western Digital News Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:03:42 +0000 Brad Chacos 23740 at http://www.maximumpc.com IDC: HDD Output To Reach Preflood Levels, But Prices Will Stay At A Postflood Premium http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/idc_hdd_output_reach_preflood_levels_prices_will_stay_postflood_premium <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/hdd.jpg" width="228" height="189" style="float: right;" />Good news for all you mechanical drive freaks out there: the beleaguered and washed-out hard disk drive industry is on track to pull its head back above water in the second half of the year. Yay! Bad news for all you mechanical drive freaks out there: even though HDD output will fully catch up to previous levels, HDD prices are still going to stay above the "dirt cheap" range they were at before the Thailand floods.</p> <p>The news comes courtesy of IDC, who says that "HDD vendors are taking advantage of this opportunity to reset prices and recover some of the excessive price erosion that began in 2009." Don't speak business-ease? Basically, HDD manufacturers will be taking a cue from the gas companies and keeping prices at a high level now that they know people will pay the premium. Hopefully they nudge down a bit from where they're at now, though. (We'd like to send our kids to college someday.)</p> <p>John Rydning, IDC's hard drive guru, claims that the higher price points will let HDD manufacturers pump R&amp;D cash into newfangled HDD technology, but the possibility of a more power-efficient hard disk two years down the line probably won't help to quell the hurt your wallet feels when you're trying to fill a NAS box today. </p> <p>To be fair, though, HDDs were getting ridiculously cheap before the floods. What are your thoughts about the "reset HDD prices"? Is it a fair move, price gouging, or something in between?</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/idc_hdd_output_reach_preflood_levels_prices_will_stay_postflood_premium#comments hard disk hard disk drive Hard Drive hard drives Hardware price price hike News Tue, 03 Apr 2012 17:55:41 +0000 Brad Chacos 23051 at http://www.maximumpc.com Report: HDD Shortages Could Lead To PC Shortages This Holiday Season http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/report_hdd_shortages_could_lead_pc_shortages_holiday_season <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/hdd_0.jpg" width="228" height="181" style="float: right;" />The major hard disk drive manufacturers have already admitted that the massive flooding in Thailand will put a severe crimp in HDD prices and availability for the foreseeable future. (A lot of major HDD factories reside in Thailand, you see.) In fact, HDD prices have already begun to climb at many major online retailers. But could the fallout be even more widespread? A new report says that the lack of HDDs could cause as overall PC shortage this holiday season, as OEMs who plow through their existing HDD inventory won’t be able to replace the components. </p> <p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/28/asustek-thai-idUST8E7L601C20111028">Asus has already owned up to the fact</a> that they only have enough HDDs on hand to meet production demands until the end of November; now, <a href="http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2011/11/04/pc_shortages_at_xmas/">The Register is reporting</a> that honchos at Sony and Acer have confirmed that they, too, expect there to be shortages and difficulties across the board heading into the rest of the year. An anonymous distribution source told the publication that some manufacturers “could have a 20 per cent to 30 per cent volume shortfall in the consumer space.”</p> <p>The New York Times reports that HDD issues could have a major effect on cloud storage services such as the ones offered by Amazon, Apple and Google, as well. “By the first quarter of next year, all worldwide inventories of hard drives will be sucked dry,” James Monroe, research VP at Gartner, <a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/04/thailand-floods-will-affect-computer-makers-and-web-sites/">told the publicatio</a>n. “This is a crisis of&nbsp;escalating&nbsp;dimension for many I.T. revenue streams.” The Times says that websites that store lots of data, such as Facebook, may also be hurt by the HDD shortage. Interestingly, this article says that PC shortages shouldn't hit consumers until next year.</p> <p>Things aren’t going to get brighter anytime soon, either; Q1 of 2012 is expected to be even rougher than Q4 of this year. On the plus side, maybe we’ll start to see more adoption of speedy SSDs in the mainstream market. Any comments?</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/report_hdd_shortages_could_lead_pc_shortages_holiday_season#comments hard disk drive Hardware HDD news pc shortage News Fri, 04 Nov 2011 17:35:05 +0000 Brad Chacos 21176 at http://www.maximumpc.com Toshiba Added To The List Of Flooded Thailand HDD Facilities http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/toshiba_added_list_flooded_thailand_hdd_facilities <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/tosh_hdd.jpg" width="228" height="170" style="float: right;" />We’ve been keeping you up to date on the effects of the Thailand floods on the hard drive market as we’ve received news of the situation: both <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/severe_floods_shut_down_western_digitals_thailand_facilities">Western Digital</a> and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/seagate_expects_hdd_production_woes_flooding_continues_thailand">Seagate</a>, the world’s largest suppliers of HDDs, have been forced to halt or cut back on production as the waters rose around their factories. <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/hard_drive_prices_expected_rise_due_flooding">HDD prices are already expected to rise</a> over the next year as a result. Now, add Toshiba to the list of impacted companies – and its flood damage is so severe that it doesn’t plan on opening the facility again anytime soon.</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.semicon.toshiba.co.jp/eng/event/news/1200765_7141.html">a Toshiba announcement</a>, its HDD facility in Navanakorn Industrial Estate Zone, Pathumtani, Thailand, has been severely flooded, with over 3 feet of standing water throughout the building. Although none of the employees were injured in the deluge, the facilities inside were damaged. “With the water at its current level, we anticipate a long-term shutdown,” the announcement proclaims. “The date of resumption of operation is unpredictable.”</p> <p>Like we’ve said previously, if you think you might be in the market for a HDD sometime soon, it may be a good idea to go and get it now while the getting is cheap.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/toshiba_added_list_flooded_thailand_hdd_facilities#comments flood hard disk drive Hard Drive HDD news toshiba News Mon, 24 Oct 2011 17:52:57 +0000 Brad Chacos 20977 at http://www.maximumpc.com Seagate Expects HDD Production Woes As Flooding Continues In Thailand http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/seagate_expects_hdd_production_woes_flooding_continues_thailand <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/seagate.jpg" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />It’s a bad time to be one of the top two hard drive manufacturers in the world right now. Both Seagate and Western Digital maintain large manufacturing facilities in Thailand, which is currently battling extreme flooding that has sent people fleeing from their homes and devastated the nation’s infrastructure. Yesterday, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/severe_floods_shut_down_western_digitals_thailand_facilities">Western Digital halted all production at its Bangkok-area facilities</a>, and today, Seagate said that local supply chain issues caused by the flooding will probably affect its production schedule as well.</p> <p>“Currently, all Seagate factories in Thailand are operational and there are no logistical issues with employees reaching its factories,” Seagate said in a released statement. “However, the hard disk drive component supply chain is being disrupted and it is expected that certain components in the supply chain will be constrained. Given the volatility of the situation it is unclear what the magnitude of the supply chain disruption will be to Seagate’s hard disk drive output from its Thailand operations.”</p> <p>Thankfully, the company says none of its employees are among the hundreds that have died in the floods. Production woes at major facilities of the two biggest players in the HDD market could very likely impact pricing and availability for the components in the next quarter, but it is still too early to make a definitive call on the situation. Like Western Digital, Seagate expects to give an update on the situation in its quarterly conference call, scheduled for a week from today.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/seagate_expects_hdd_production_woes_flooding_continues_thailand#comments factories hard disk drive Hard Drive HDD Production seagate News Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:21:15 +0000 Brad Chacos 20819 at http://www.maximumpc.com Seagate Scoops Up Samsung's Hard Drive Business for $1.375 Billion http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/seagate_scoops_samsungs_hard_drive_business_1375_billion <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/seagate_sign.jpg" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />As of today it's official, Samsung is out of the hard drive business and significantly richer as a result. Samsung reportedly hoped to pull in $1.5 billion but was willing to entertain offers below $1 billion. Turns out the company didn't have to, as Seagate stepped up to the plate with a $1.375 billion offer, half of which it will pay in cash and the other half in stock. Samsung will also receive a 9.6 percent stake in Seagate, but there's more to this deal than hard drives, cash, and stock.</p> <p>The two sides also used the deal to extend and enhance their existing patent cross-license agreement, ensuring that the two remain BFFs after money changes sides. In addition, Samsung agreed to provide Seagate semiconductor products for use in Seagate's enterprise solid state drives, solid state hybrid drives, and other products.</p> <p>Other terms of the deal include:</p> <ul> <li>Seagate will supply disk drives to Samsung for PCs, notebooks, and consumer electronics</li> <li>Expanded cooperation between the companies to co-develop enterprise storage solutions</li> <li>A shareholder agreement under which an executive of Samsung will be nominated to join Seagate's Board of Directors</li> </ul> <p>"We are pleased to strengthen our strategic relationship with Samsung in a way that better aligns both companies around technologies and products," <a href="http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&amp;name=samsung-seagate-alignment-announce-pr&amp;vgnextoid=d00a78162ab6f210VgnVCM1000001a48090aRCRD">said Steve Luczo</a>, Seagate chairman, president and CEO. "With these agreements, we expect to achieve greater scale and deliver a broader range of innovative storage products and solutions to our customers, while facilitating our long-term relationship with Samsung."</p> <p>This is one of those cases where both sides appear to come out ahead. Samsung, which was losing money on its hard drive business, suddenly receives an infusion of cash and stock, but there's more here than a simple sale. The deal was just as much about a "broad strategic alignment" as it was the sale of a diminishing HDD business.</p> <p>Image Credit: Flickr (Robert Scoble)</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/seagate_scoops_samsungs_hard_drive_business_1375_billion#comments acquisition Build a PC hard disk drive Hard Drive Hardware HDD samsung seagate storage News Tue, 19 Apr 2011 13:06:58 +0000 Paul Lilly 18203 at http://www.maximumpc.com Storage Triage--How to Upgrade and Reuse Your Old Hard Drive http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/storage_triagehow_upgrade_and_reuse_your_old_hard_drive <!--paging_filter--><p>It's a new year, a new decade, with bigger hard disks than ever and new technologies like SATA 6Gbps, USB 3.0, and bigger solid-state drives to choose from. So, what do you do with the drives you've replaced (or will replace this year)? There are plenty of choices, so let's get started.</p> <p align="center"><img src="http://dl.maximumpc.com/galleries/win7upgrade/hard-drive.jpg" width="405" height="324" /> </p> <h2>Capacity Cutoffs</h2> <p>If you're staring at a pile of conventional hard disks with less than <strong>250GB capacity (desktop) or 160GB (portable or mobile)</strong>, stop staring at them, put them through a disk overwriting program to safeguard any remaining information, and <strong>recycle them</strong>. See &quot;Safe Drive Recycling and Disposal&quot; for details.</p> <h2>Performance Considerations</h2> <p>So, you've culled out the tiny drives from your collection. What's the next consideration?<strong> Performance.</strong> If you have drives with the same capacity, but some have larger buffers, faster spin rates, or higher areal density (fewer platters for a given storage capacity), use them for high-performance jobs such as <strong>RAID 0 arrays</strong> or<strong> media streaming</strong>. </p> <p>If the drive has already been pulled, check the label for the model number. However, if the drive is currently installed, open Windows Device Manager, expand the Disk Drives branch, and see the name and model number of each installed hard disk.</p> <div style="text-align: center"><img src="/files/u21826/WinDevMgr.png" alt="Windows Device Manager can show you the drives in your system" width="388" height="345" /></div> <p>  </p><p>Once you have the model number, check the manufacturer's website for the information you're looking for. Here's how two of the 500GB hard disks in my inventory compare (note, you'll probably need to look up reviews to determine the number of platters):</p> <h3><strong>Western Digital WD5000AAKS (Caviar Blue series)</strong></h3> <p><strong>Form factor</strong> 3.5-inch Internal</p> <p><strong>Capacity</strong> 500GB</p> <p><strong>Interface</strong> SATA 3Gbps</p> <p><strong>Spin rate</strong> 7200 RPM</p> <p><strong>Number of platters</strong> 3</p> <p><strong>Capacity per platter</strong> 166GB</p> <p><strong>Cache </strong>16MB</p> <h3><strong>Seagate ST3500320AS Barracuda 7200.11</strong></h3> <p><strong>Form factor</strong> 3.5-inch Internal</p> <p><strong>Capacity</strong> 500GB</p> <p><strong>Interface</strong> SATA 3Gbps</p> <p><strong>Spin rate</strong> 7200 RPM</p> <p><strong>Number of platters</strong> 2 </p> <p><strong>Capacity per platter</strong> 250GB</p> <p><strong>Cache</strong> 32MB</p> <p>This comparison suggests that the Seagate should have faster real-world performance than the WD because of its larger cache and higher areal density, and a<a href="http://www.techtree.com/India/Reviews/Seagate_Barracuda_ST3500320AS_SD15_720011/551-89997-632.html"> review</a> at TechTree.com bears out this hypothesis. </p> <h2>Drive Condition and Operational Time</h2> <p>If you're looking to recycle a drive that you've been using for some time, you might also want to consider the age of the drive in terms of operating hours and surface condition. This information is captured by the built-in S.M.A.R.T. (SMART) self-diagnostic feature in ATA/IDE and SATA hard disks.</p> <p>To view this information, you can use a utility provided by the drive vendor, such as Western Digital's Data Lifeguard Diagnostics or Seagate's SeaTools, or a third-party utility such as PassMark’s <a href="http://www.passmark.com/products/diskcheckup.htm">DiskCheckup</a>. PassMark’s utility (free for personal use) not only displays this information but also defines (in understandable terms) what each SMART attribute means and can calculate possible future failures based on drive condition.</p> <div style="text-align: center"><img src="/files/u21826/DiskCheckup.png" alt="PassMark DiskCheckup" width="400" height="328" /></div> <p>If you need to recondition a drive to replace bad sectors with spare sectors, use the software provided by the drive vendor <strong>after backing up the contents of the drive</strong>.</p> <h2>Firmware</h2> <p>If firmware upgrades are available for your drives, you should install them before continuing to use the drives. Drive vendors recommend that you back up your drives before installing firmware updates. Firmware updates are available for Maxtor Diamond Max 22, Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 and Seagate Barracuda ES.2 drives <a href="http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=207931&amp;NewLang=en">from Seagate's website</a>.</p> <hr /> <h2>Bidding Farewell to ATA/IDE Hard Disk Drives</h2> <p>With only one ATA/IDE 40-pin interface available in most recent desktop systems that's already busy taking care of a rewritable DVD or Blu-Ray drive, it's time to find new uses for ATA/IDE drives, even if they're larger than the 250GB/160GB capacity cutoff. While these drives (especially ATA100/ATA133 class drives) have about the same real-world performance as first-generation SATA (1.5Gbps) drives, newer SATA 3Gbps and the newest SATA 6Gbps drives outclass them in performance as well as capacity.</p> <p>What about ATA/IDE optical drives? While SATA interfaces are now available for optical drives, there's little real-world difference in performance, so there's no reason to replace a late-model ATA/IDE-interface optical drive with an SATA model.</p> <h2>Planning Drive Upgrades to the Terabyte Class</h2> <p>If you haven't moved into the Terabyte class yet, think about backup and disk interface performance before making your move. </p> <p>Your backup drive should be at least 50% larger than your system hard disk, especially if you plan to add a lot of data to your drive or anticipate a lot of application and data &quot;churn.&quot; </p> <p align="center"><img src="http://dl.maximumpc.com/galleries/usb3card/usb3_02_sm.jpg" width="405" height="270" /> </p> <p>To get the most performance for your storage buck, consider using the new <a href="/search/node/SATA+6Gb">SATA 6Gbps interface</a> for your new internal hard disk, and don't skimp on backup speed, either. USB 2.0's 480Mbps isn't fast enough for big backups. Instead, look for external hard disks that support eSATA (you can turn spare SATA ports on your motherboard into eSATA ports with an <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&amp;DEPA=0&amp;Order=BESTMATCH&amp;Description=eSATA+bracket">inexpensive bracket</a>) or the new <a href="/search/node/USB+3.0">USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed USB) standard</a>. </p> <p>Seagate and Western Digital both use licensed versions of Acronis True Image for disk cloning and setup, making it relatively simple to transfer your existing installation to a larger hard disk.</p> <p>So, what are your options for your existing drives?</p> <h2>Salvaging Mobile Drives</h2> <p>You can connect mobile SATA drives to any SATA host adapter, as they use the same SATA power and data connectors as desktop SATA drives. And, they convert very nicely into bus-powered USB drives you can use for desktop or mobile storage or with media streamers by installing them in a<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&amp;DEPA=0&amp;Order=BESTMATCH&amp;Description=2.5+drive+enclosure"> mobile drive enclosure</a>; for maximum versatility, choose a mobile drive enclosure that also includes an eSATA port.</p> <p>Enclosures are also useful for recycling 160GB and larger ATA/IDE mobile drives, but keep in mind that the portable version of ATA/IDE requires an adapter if you want to use it in a desktop computer or an enclosure designed for desktop drives.</p> <h2>Safe Drive Recycling and Disposal</h2> <p>If you've decided that some of your drives would be better off out of  your hands, don't leave important data on them. For maximum security, use a Department of Defense (DoD)-compliant disk overwriting program, such as those included in some versions of Norton Utilities, McAfee, and other system protection suites. A theoretically less-secure method is to perform zero-fill writes across the entire disk. Most diagnostic programs provided by drive vendors offer this option for disk erasure or to swap bad sectors for spare sectors. </p> <p align="center"><img src="/files/u69/E-Waste.jpg" width="405" height="264" /> </p> <p>After overwriting your drives, what next? You can sell them (or give them away to friends and relatives on tight storage budgets) or send them to electronic recyclers (some of whom might overwrite the drives for you), or, if you're the paranoid sort, dismantle the drives yourself and break the platters with a hammer before dropping them off for recycling.</p> <hr /> <h2>Salvaging Older Drives</h2> <p>If you have hard disks that are no longer big enough or fast enough for your primary storage needs, there are still plenty of ways to make them useful.</p> <h3>A Second Life with Drive Enclosures?</h3> <p>Until recently, I automatically went shopping for a drive enclosure for my old hard disk. However, it’s not the only way to find new life for old drives. If you decide to go the enclosure route, look for the following features:</p> <p><strong>Low cost.</strong> Don't spend more than $20-30 for an enclosure for an ATA/IDE drive. Newegg, for example, offers a number of ATA/IDE enclosures with USB 2.0 ports for <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&amp;N=4093&amp;Description=IDE%20enclosure&amp;bop=And&amp;ActiveSearchResult=True&amp;Order=PRICE">around $20 each</a>, including some with fans.  Spend much more, and you’re getting close to the cost of a 500GB 3.5-inch external drive. This enclosure from Coolmax converts ATA/IDE drives to run on USB/IEEE-1394/SATA (not eSATA):</p> <div style="text-align: center"><img src="/files/u21826/Coolmax_ATA-IDE.jpg" alt="This Coolmax ATA/IDE enclosure outputs to USB, IEEE-1394a, and SATA" width="400" height="267" /></div> <p><strong>Performance.</strong> If you're moving up to USB 3.0 and you're trying to recycle SATA 3Gbps hard disks, get a USB 3.0 enclosure (they're<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&amp;DEPA=0&amp;Order=BESTMATCH&amp;Description=USB+3.0+enclosure"> about $40 or so at Newegg</a>). </p> <p><strong>Flexibility.</strong> If you're moving an SATA hard disk to an enclosure, get an enclosure that supports <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&amp;DEPA=0&amp;Order=BESTMATCH&amp;Description=eSATA+enclosure">both USB 2.0 and eSATA</a>, so you can plug it into a wide variety of systems. Once USB 3.0/eSATA enclosures hit the market, they’ll be a good choice for your SATA 3Gbps drives. This Antec enclosure features active cooling:</p> <div style="text-align: center"><img src="/files/u21826/Antec_eSATA_USB2_Enc.jpg" alt="Antec SATA enclosure features USB 2.0 and eSATA ports" width="400" height="267" /></div> <p>Already have enough external drives for the foreseeable future? Consider these other ways to give old storage new life.</p> <h3>RAID Your Collection for Faster, Safer Storage</h3> <p>If you have a couple of identical SATA or late-model ATA/IDE drives and a motherboard with RAID support, you can create a RAID array to make two drives a single logical unit. Use RAID 0 for a system/apps drive that cranks up performance thanks to data striping, a RAID 1 mirrored array that automatically mimics the contents of one drive with another, or, if you use a system with a late-model Intel chipset with RAID support, look at <a href="http://www.intel.com/design/chipsets/matrixstorage_sb.htm">Matrix Storage</a>, which gives you the speed of RAID 0 and the data protection of RAID 1 with two drives, or the speed of RAID 0 and enhanced data protection of RAID 5 with a four-drive array. Keep in mind that if you create an array with two drives of different sizes, your array is 2x the size of the smaller drive (RAID 0) or the size of the smaller drive (RAID 1).</p> <h3>Windows Home Server and Data Storage Appliances</h3> <p><a href="/article/features/master_your_digital_domain">Windows Home Server</a> is an excellent choice for recycling old computers and slightly-past-their-freshness-date storage devices, both internal and external. When you connect additional drives to a system running WHS, it automatically adds them to the storage pool. Microsoft also offers <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/windowshomeserver/eval.mspx">trial CDs</a> so you can give WHS a spin.</p> <p align="center"><img src="http://dl.maximumpc.com/galleries/windowshomeserver/buildsteps/4_mount_405.jpg" width="405" height="269" /> </p> <p>WHS isn't the only game in town, though. There are a number of easy-to-use freeware network servers apps based on Linux or FreeBSD  that <a href="/search/node/%22Windows+Home+Server%22">we've covered previously</a>, so look them over. </p> <p>If you don't want to add another computer to your home or small business, but want extra storage, don't overlook data storage appliances such as<a href="/search/node/Drobo"> Drobo</a>, <a href="/article/news/pogoplug_device_makes_any_usb_hard_drive_nas">PogoPlug</a>, Promise Technology's<a href="/article/news/promise_announces_userfriendly_smartstor_zero_ns2600_twobay_nas"> SmartStor Zero NS2600</a> and others. Most of these are designed to work as network storage appliances (Drobe requires an add-on), so you'll get better performance by connecting them to a Gigabit Ethernet network switch in a wireless router.</p> <h2>Media Streamers</h2> <p>Another good home for old PC storage is a media streamer. We <a href="/article/reviews/netgear_digital_entertainer_elite_eva9150">reviewed</a> the new Digital Entertainer Elite EVA9150 from Netgear recently and noted its ability to support external USB storage devices. </p> <p align="center"><img src="/files/u90693/netgearDM_405.jpg" width="405" height="169" /> </p> <p>Some of the other players in the field include<a href="http://www.popcornhour.com/onlinestore/index.php"> Popcorn Hour</a> (supports SATA and USB drives), Patriot Memory's <a href="http://www.patriotmemory.com/products/detailp.jsp?prodline=6&amp;catid=69&amp;prodgroupid=159&amp;id=895&amp;type=20">Box Office Media Player</a> (supports 2.5-inch SATA SSD and HDDs and USB drives), and Iomega's <a href="http://go.iomega.com/en-us/products/multimedia-drive/screenplay153-multimedia-drives/tvlink/">Multimedia ScreenPlay TV Link</a>  (supports USB drives, flash drives and Iomega REV drives).</p> <h5>Ready to take the first step in an IT technology career? Prepare for the newest version of the CompTIA A+ Certification exams with Mark's newest book, <a href="http://www.informit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0789740478">CompTIA A+ 220-701 and 220-702 Cert Guide</a>.</h5> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/storage_triagehow_upgrade_and_reuse_your_old_hard_drive#comments consumer electronics esata hard disk hard disk drive Hard Drive Hardware IDE sata upgrade usb USB 3.0 Features Thu, 28 Jan 2010 04:00:00 +0000 Mark Edward Soper 10539 at http://www.maximumpc.com JVC Launches World's Smallest HD HDD Camcorder http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/jvc_launches_worlds_smallest_hd_hdd_camcorder <!--paging_filter--><p>JVC's new Everio GZ-HD620 camcorder isn't just easy to lug around, it also happens to be the smallest HD HDD camcorder money can buy. The compact body <a href="http://www.akihabaranews.com/en/news_details.php?id=19537&amp;utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:%20Akihabaranews_en%20(AKIBA%20EN)">measures </a>just 53mm x 63mm x 115mm, and the whole thing weighs just 270g, making it the lightest HD HDD camcorder on the block as well.</p> <p>Despite its small frame, the new Everio boasts a 1/4.1-inch, 3.32 megapixel CMOS sensor and a 30x optic zoom Konica Minolta HD lens with 200x digital zoom and Backside Illumination (BSI).</p> <p>Other notable specs include a 2.7-inch LCD screen, a microsSD/SDHC slot, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video format support, Dolby Digital 2-channel audio, both USB and HDMI ports, and component and AV outputs. </p> <p>The new model will be available tomorrow in Japan in black, red, and silver. No word yet on when JVC will start shipping the GZ-HD620 the U.S. market or for how much, but we wouldn't be surprised to see this one show up at CES next month. </p> <p align="center"><img src="/files/u69/JVC_Everio.jpg" width="405" height="210" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: xx-small">Image Credit: JVC </span></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/jvc_launches_worlds_smallest_hd_hdd_camcorder#comments camcorder hard disk drive Hardware hd HDD high definition jvc video News Tue, 08 Dec 2009 19:30:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 9585 at http://www.maximumpc.com