storage en Rumor Mill: AMD Taps Toshiba to Build a Branded Solid State Drive <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/amd_ssd.jpg" alt="AMD SSD" title="AMD SSD" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />AMD may soon have its own line of SSDs</h3> <p>It seems like every PC hardware company on the planet has its own solid state drive (SSD) series -- except for AMD, that is. Rumor has it that's about to change. <strong>Word on the web is that AMD is working with Toshiba on a line of AMD brand SSDs</strong>. It's not uncommon to outsource such things, and as the rumor goes, Toshiba's building the drive based on the exact specifications AMD came up with.</p> <p>The rumor <a href="" target="_blank">originates at <em>Fudzilla</em></a>, which claims it "stumbled upon" the news and that AMD will soon make an announcement. It's not known where Fudzilla is getting its information from, though there's plenty of speculation to go around.</p> <p>"AMD's decision to enter the SSD space is all about bundles," Fudzilla says. "The announcement is expected very soon, as well as the official pricing and specification, but we are expecting to see 120GB to 240GB drives."</p> <p>Toshiba recently acquired all of OCZ's storage assets, which puts the company in good position to serve a company like AMD, if in fact this rumor turns out to be true. We're speculating here, but we can envision Toshiba pairing its 19nm MLC (multi-level cell) NAND flash memory chips with an Indilinx Barefoot controller.</p> <p>If AMD goes this route, it would open up some interesting bundle opportunities. AMD already offers a line of branded RAM, and of course the company is known for its processors and graphics cards.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> amd Build a PC Hardware solid state drive ssd storage toshiba News Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:09:36 +0000 Paul Lilly 27594 at Seagate Begins Shipping 6TB Hard Drive to Enterprise Customers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/seagate_6tb.jpg" alt="Seagate 6TB HDD" title="Seagate 6TB HDD" width="228" height="195" style="float: right;" />A high capacity hard drive intended for cloud-based data centers</h3> <p>The enterprise market now has another option when it comes to high capacity storage solutions. That's because <strong>Seagate announced it's now shipping its 6TB "Enterprise Capacity v4" HDD</strong>, which the company claims is the fastest 6TB HDD on the planet. This particular model isn't likely to find its way into consumer homes, as Seagate is targeting enterprise customers who need super sized storage solutions, particularly in data centers that drive cloud services.</p> <p>This is Seagate's eighth generation enterprise HDD platform and with it comes up to a 25 percent increase in performance over competing 6TB HDDs, the company claims. Utilizing the latest generation 12Gb/s SAS, the drive offers customers scalability and a future-proof solution. It's also available with a SATA 6Gb/s interface.</p> <p>"Unstructured data growth is doubling exponentially and will propel the digital universe to reach 16 zettabytes of data by as early as 2017. This will cause cloud service providers to look for innovative ways to store more within an existing footprint while lowering operational costs," said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. "Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the fastest 6TB enterprise capacity HDD based on our proven, reliable platform meeting this never-ending demand in both private and public cloud data centers."</p> <p>Seagate's 3.5-inch 6TB HDDs feature 128MB of cache, 7200 RPM spindle speed, up to 226MB/s sustained transfer performance, enhanced error correction, self-encryption (AES-256), and 5-year warranties.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 6tb Build a PC cloud enterprise Hard Drive Hardware HDD seagate storage News Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:50:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 27577 at Buffalo Stuffs TeraStation 7120r NAS with 6TB HGST Ultrastar Helium HDDs, Won't Float Away <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/buffalo_terastation_7120r.jpg" alt="Buffalo TeraStation 7120r" title="Buffalo TeraStation 7120r" width="228" height="110" style="float: right;" />Industry's first enterprise-class NAS to use helium-filled HDDs</h3> <p>We imagine <strong>Buffalo's TeraStation 7120r enterprise-class NAS box </strong>talks to end users in a funny high-pitched voice as they walk around holding the thing on a string like a balloon. None of that is true, of course, though it is the first NAS box of its kind to come with a belly <strong>stuffed full of 6TB HGST Ultrastar helium-filled hard drives</strong>, up to 72TB total capacity (TS-2RZH72T12).</p> <p>The 12-bay RAID 2U rackmount NAS comes with an Intel Xeon E3-1275 quad-core processor clocked at 3.4GHz, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, quad Intel NICs with 10-gigabit support, half a dozen USB 2.0 ports, redundant hot plug PSUs and fans, two PCi-Express expansion slots, and support for various RAID and storage configurations (RAID 0/1/5/6/10/51/61/JBOD).</p> <p>"Buffalo has a proven track record of delivering products that utilize the latest technological advancements in the storage and networking sectors," <a href="" target="_blank">said Brian Verenkoff</a>, director of product management at Buffalo Americas, Inc. "We are excited to embrace HGST's revolutionary Ultrastar He6 helium-filled hard drives to offer the industry's largest capacity 2U NAS solution, with the goal of lowering TCO for high-capacity enterprise applications and datacenters."'</p> <p>There are some TCO benefits to using HGST's helium HDDs compared to a typical 3.5-inch air-filled 5 platter 4TB HDD. They include 50 percent more capacity at 6TB, 23 percent lower idle power at 5.3W, 49 percent better watts-per-terabyte, 4-5C cooler operation, and 50g lighter weight at 640g.</p> <p>These benefits don't come cheap. The TeraStation 7120r Enterprise 72TB TS-2RZH72T12D will be available in the U.S. for an estimated $20,000 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 7120r buffalo Hard Drive HDD helium hgst nas storage terastation News Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:07:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 27544 at Plextor Releases High Performance M6M mSATA Solid State Drives for Mini PCs and Tablets <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/plextor_m6m.jpg" alt="Plextor M6M" title="Plextor M6M" width="228" height="186" style="float: right;" />Desktop-grade performance in a tablet-friendly form factor</h3> <p>Remeber Plextor? The company built a reputation for itself during the era of optical drives, and as times have changed, so has Plextor's product lines. <strong>Plextor still builds optical drives, but its newest product is the M6M, a performance oriented mSATA solid state drive (SSD)</strong> that promises desktop-class performance in a smaller package suitable for NUC-style PCs, thin laptops, and tablets.</p> <p>The M6M family uses Toshiba Toggle NAND flash memory chips paired with Marvell's server-grade 88SS9188 controller. Plextor builds its own firmware in-house. The combination of the three results in sequential read and write speeds of up to 520MB/s and 440MB/s, respectively, and random 4K read/write speeds of 94,000 IOPS/80,000 IOPS.</p> <p>"The M6M is all about real-world performance. We’ve optimized this compact SSD to deliver the best possible computing experience. We used the latest generation of components, then included a new version of True Speed for even smoother long-term operation, and focused on increasing the random speeds to give the fastest everyday operating performance," said Product Manager, Yaping Zheng.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/plextor_m6m_naked.jpg" alt="Plextor M6M Naked" title="Plextor M6M Naked" width="620" height="366" /></p> <p>Plextor also infuses its M6M series with True Protect technology to support advanced data integrity checks, and 256-bit AES full disk encryption.</p> <p>The new drives will be available in the second quarter of this year in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware m6m msata plextor solid state drive ssd storage News Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:35:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 27513 at Micron and Crucial Toss M550 SSD Series into High Speed Storage Market <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/crucial_m550.jpg" alt="Crucial M550 SSD" title="Crucial M550 SSD" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Available in multiple form factors and up to 1TB in capacity</h3> <p><strong>Micron on Tuesday unveiled its new M550 solid state drive (SSD) family</strong>, which is available today to consumers, businesses, and system builders under the company's Crucial brand, and to OEM customers under the Micron name. The M550 is a high-performance line of drives available in a variety of form factors, including 2.5-inch, mSATA, and M.2 with capacities ranging from 64GB all the way up to 1TB.</p> <p>As you would expect, the new SSDs use Micron's own NAND flash memory and firmware, along with Marvell's 88SS9189 controller. These combine to offer performance of up to 95,000 IOPS, up to 550MB/s sequential reads, and up to 500MB/s sequential writes, depending on the drive model.</p> <p>In addition to raw speed, Micron says the M550 offers a host of advanced features, including best-in-class hardware encryption, a sleep low-power mode that enables the drives to draw virtually no power in sleep mode yet still respond instantly when a laptop is opened, data protection via onboard power-loss protection and advanced error recovery techniques, adaptive thermal management, and Micron's proprietary RAIN technology that provides built-in fail-over protection at the NAND level.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/m550_collection.jpg" alt="Micron and Crucial M550 Collection" title="Micron and Crucial M550 Collection" width="620" height="339" /></p> <p>Pricing for Crucial branded drives (2.5-inch versions) runs $100 for the 128GB model, $169 for 256GB, $337 for 512GB, and $531 for 1TB.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC Crucial Hardware m550 micro solid state drive ssd storage News Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:29:33 +0000 Paul Lilly 27461 at Lacie Lays Claim to World's Fastest Portable Hard Drive <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lacie_little_big_disk_0.jpg" alt="Lacie Little Big Disk" title="Lacie Little Big Disk" width="228" height="224" style="float: right;" />Little Big Disk boasts transfers of up to 1,375MB/s</h3> <p>With content creators now making 4K videos, high-speed storage solutions are fast becoming a necessity. That shouldn't be a problem for Lacie's new Little Big Disk. <strong>Lacie, which is owned by Seagate, says its Little Big Disk is the world's fastest portable storage solution ever</strong>, and with speeds of up to 1,375MB/s, it would be hard to argue against that claim. Of course, to be in the neighborhood of those speeds, you'll need to take advantage of the drive's Thunderbolt 2 port.</p> <p>Inside the Little Big Drive are a pair of 500GB PCI-E Gen 2 solid state drives pre-configured in RAID 0 (RAID 1 and JBOD are also supported). In addition to 1,375MB/s read performance, the Little Big Drive can write data at up to 1,180MB/s. Performance is even better if you daisy chain two of them together.</p> <p>"Professionals can daisy chain up to five LaCie Little Big Disks plus a 4K display, and connect them to a computer via a single cable," <a href="" target="_blank">Lacie says</a>. "Now it's possible to create a plug–and–play 4K video editing environment that delivers scalable capacity, incredible speed and convenience to workflows."</p> <p>To keep heat and noise from becoming a problem, Lacie added two heat-dissipating aluminum plates and a larger thermoregulated fan that only turns on when necessary.</p> <p>What's not little about the Little Big Drive is the price -- it carries an MSRP of $1,299 and is <a href="" target="_blank">available now</a> direct from Lacie.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Hardware LaCie little big disk storage thunderbolt 2 News Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:24:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 27424 at Sony and Panasonic Jointly Develop Archival Disc Successor to Blu-ray <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/archival_disc.jpg" alt="Archival Disc" title="Archival Disc" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />Archival disc roadmap extends to 1TB</h3> <p>If you're wondering what comes next after Blu-ray, there's a good chance it could be the<strong> "Archival Disc," a new standard for professional use, next-generation optical discs</strong> that's been jointly developed by Sony and Panasonic. The objective is to expand the market for long-term digital data storage, and in the immediate future, that means 300GB write-once Archival Disc media, though that's just the beginning.</p> <p>Sony and Panasonic plan to launch systems with a recording capacity of 300GB per disc in the summer of 2015. Beyond that, both companies have laid out a roadmap that calls for 500GB discs and even 1TB discs, though no time frame is given for either capacity.</p> <p>What this also means is that optical media isn't on its deathbed. Though cloud storage solutions are convenient, Sony and Panasonic point out that optical discs have certain properties that protect themselves against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, as well as the ability to withstand temperature and humidity changes when stored.</p> <p>"This makes them robust media for long-term storage of content," <a href="" target="_blank">Sony and Panasonic said</a>. "Recognizing that optical discs will need to accommodate much larger volumes of storage going forward, particularly given the anticipated future growth in the archive market, Sony and Panasonic have been engaged in the joint development of a standard for professional-use next-generation optical discs."</p> <p>Initial Archival Disc media will be double-sided discs with three layers per side.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> archival disc panasonic sony storage News Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:51:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 27418 at Toshiba Marches Out Next Generation Enterprise Drives Spinning at 15,000 RPM <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/toshiba_enterprise_hdd.jpg" alt="Toshiba Enterprise HDD" title="Toshiba Enterprise HDD" width="228" height="213" style="float: right;" />New hard drives for mission critical applications</h3> <p>If it weren't for pesky budgets and a little thing called fiscal responsibility, most businesses would opt for super fast and capacious solid state drives, but in the interest of balance sheets, hard drives are still vogue. There's also room for continued improvement and innovation in the HDD space, which <strong>Toshiba tackled with its new enterprise-grade AL13SXB and AL13SXQ HDDs</strong>.</p> <p>The AL13SX series comes in 300GB, 450GB, and 600GB capacities, each one boasting support for industry 512n sector lengths in a space-friendly 2.5-inch form factor. These drives include Toshiba's persistent write cache technology for improved data integrity and performance while spinning at 15,000 RPM. Specs are virtually the same for the AL13SXQ, except that it adds self-encryption to the fold.</p> <p>"The 15,000 RPM disk continues to be the backbone of mission critical IT operations. Toshiba’s AL13SX doubles available capacity while preserving the low-latency and energy efficiency customers require," <a href="" target="_blank">said Don Jeanette (PDF)</a>, senior director of marketing at Toshiba Storage Products Business Unit. "While older 3.5-inch 15,000 RPM disk drives are withdrawing from the market, the AL13SX provides a clear migration path to 2.5-inch models with the same 600GB capacity and lower latency for improved performance with a significant power savings – a real win-win for the important mission-critical storage category."</p> <p>Toshiba didn't say when the new drives will be available or how much they'll cost.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> al13sxb al13sxq enterprise Hard Drive HDD storage toshiba News Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:25:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 27382 at Intel Launches 730 Series Solid State Drives for Enthusiasts <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/intel_730_series_mpc.jpg" alt="Intel 730 Series SSD" title="Intel 730 Series SSD" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Latest SSDs from Intel use a 3rd generation controller built in-house</h3> <p><strong>Intel on Thursday launched a new line of solid state drives</strong> built specifically for power users and enthusiasts. The new 730 Series enters the performance storage scene wielding 20nm MLC (multi-level cell) NAND flash memory chips and a third generation Intel controller rather than SandForce silicon as found on the company's 530 Series. According to Intel, the 730 Series was built with DNA extracted from the data center and tuned for gamers and other consumers that require speed and reliability.</p> <p>For now, the drives are available in 240GB and 480GB capacities. Both models boast sequential read and writes speeds of up to 550MB/s and 470MB/s, respectively, along with random 4K read performance of up to 89,000 IOPS and random 4K write performance of up to 74,000 IOPS. And while you can't adjust the controller's clock speed, Intel said it goosed the clocks from 400MHz to 600MHz and increased the NAND bus speeds from 83MHz to 100MHz.</p> <p>Beyond raw performance, these drives are built for the long haul. Intel backs the drives with a 5-year warranty and states they can withstand up to 70GB of writes per day, which makes them particularly attractive for content creators working with 4K video.</p> <p>The drives are also supposed to scale well in RAID 0 configurations. With two of these drives in a RAID 0 setup, 128K sequential writes jump to 960MB/s, and 128K sequential reads balloon to 1,073MB/s. Plop four drives in RAID 0, and performance can exceed 1,500MB/s, Intel says.</p> <p>Retail pricing for the drives has been set at $249 (240GB) and $489 (480GB). We have a couple of the 480GB models that we're currently testing. Stay tuned for performance benchmarks!</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 730 series Hardware intel solid state drive ssd storage News Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:45:02 +0000 Paul Lilly 27354 at Toshiba Announces Fast and Capacious TransMemory Pro USB 3.0 Flash Drive <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/toshiba_transmemory_pro.jpg" alt="Toshiba TransMemory Pro" title="Toshiba TransMemory Pro" width="228" height="131" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Toshiba's newest flash drives top 200MB/s</h3> <p>Tired of slow file transfers? Assuming your PC has a USB 3.0 port, it might be worth upgrading to a USB 3.0 flash drive. Not all of them are created equal, however, though <strong>Toshiba just announced its large-capacity TransMemory Pro USB 3.0 flash drive family</strong> with high-speed transfers. Specifically, Toshiba rates the read and write speeds at up to 222MB/s and 205MB/s, respectively.</p> <p>That's not the fastest rating we've seen for a USB 3.0 flash drive, though it's certainly far from pokey, at least on paper (we haven't played with one to see how real-world performance compares with the rated performance). We also like that Toshiba is offering its new line in 64GB and 128GB models, though it'd be nice if smaller (and more affordable) capacities were offered as well.</p> <p>"Featuring the best performance, highest speed, and largest capacity of any Toshiba USB flash drive to date, this storage device offers blazing fast data transfers while ensuring that all digital information is securely protected," <a href="" target="_blank">said Maciek Brzeski</a>, vice president of product marketing and development, Branded Storage Products, Toshiba Digital Products Division. "We wanted to create a better on-the-go storage solution."</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/toshiba_transmemory_pro_laptop.jpg" alt="Toshiba TransMemory Pro with Laptop" title="Toshiba TransMemory Pro with Laptop" width="406" height="370" /></p> <p>The TransMemory Pro line comes with built-in EX II Pad Locker security software and encrypted password protection. Using the software, you can create your own private and public partitions.</p> <p>Toshiba says the <a href="" target="_blank">64GB</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">128GB</a> models will be available at the end of March for $130 and $200 MSRP, respectively.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Flash Drive Hardware storage toshiba transmemory pro USB 3.0 News Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:56:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 27336 at Western Digital Pounces on Surveillance Storage Market with Purple Hard Drives <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/wd_purple.jpg" alt="Western Digital Purple" title="Western Digital Purple" width="228" height="157" style="float: right;" />Purple is the new color of surveillance</h3> <p><strong>Western Digital continues the trend of color coding its hard drive line by adding a Purple model</strong> built specifically for surveillance applications. The Purple line differs from regular hard drives in that they're better suited for 24/7 always-on conditions, whereas standard HDDs are built to run for only short intervals, WD says. In addition, Purple drives can withstand high temperature fluctuations and equipment vibrations inherent in typical surveillance applications.</p> <p>Outside of ruggedness, WD's Purple family uses AllFrame technology, which helps to reduce video footage loss with a proprietary cache policy management technology that's intended to help improve data flow and playback.</p> <p>"Different from ordinary desktop hard drives designed for eight hours of daily operation, WD Purple drives have the built-in reliability to operate in Hikvision home and small business system installations so critical video footage is available when it is needed most," <a href="" target="_blank">said Ying Yang</a>, director of testing, Hikvision. "An additional benefit of WD Purple drives is they support up to eight drives and 32 HD cameras so there is the flexibility to expand for future system coverage."</p> <p>The Purple line consists of 3.5-inch HDDs with 64MB of cache and a SATA 6Gbps interface. They come in 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB capacities ranging in price from $90 to $200 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC Hard Drive Hardware HDD purple storage surveillance wd Western Digital News Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:03:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 27333 at SanDisk Lifts Storage Ceiling with Capacious 128GB microSDXC Memory Card <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sandisk_ultra_128gb.jpg" alt="SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC Card" title="SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC Card" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />Enough space to store 16 hours of Full HD video</h3> <p>SanDisk has been on a tear lately. Following up the launch of its <a href="" target="_blank">Extreme Pro SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card</a> earlier this month, which it bills as the fastest SD card from here to the edge of the galaxy, <strong>SanDisk today announced its new 128GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-1 memory card</strong>, which offers the most capacity of any microSD card ever made. That's a pretty impressive amount of storage for a part that's smaller than the size of a fingernail.</p> <p>"SanDisk’s high-performance 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC memory card will reshape the way users interact with their devices," <a href="" target="_blank">said Stuart Robinson</a>, director, Handset Component Technologies, Strategy Analytics. "Until now, consumers had to spread out their content between multiple products because the memory on those devices was not able to hold enough data in one place. This 128GB microSD card is going to be popular as the preferred removable storage option, giving users fast, secure and reliable access to their personal data archives."</p> <p>The capacious card is designed for Android smartphones and tablets. According to SanDisk, it's capable of holding 16 hours of Full HD video, 7,500 songs, 3,200 photos, and more than 128 apps.</p> <p>Compared to the first microSD card (128MB) launched in 2004, SanDisk's 128GB model is capable of storing 1,000 more data. To enable that kind of storage increase, SanDisk said it developed an "innovative proprietary technique" that involves vertically stacking 16 memory die, each of which is shaved thinner than a single strand of hair.</p> <p>SanDisk says the new 128GB Ultra microSDXC card is available only at and for $200 MSRP. We checked online and didn't see it listed on Best Buy's website just yet, though Amazon has it listed (and "temporarily out of stock") for <a href=";qid=1393259370&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=SDSDQUA-128G" target="_blank">$120</a> with adapter.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 128gb Hardware Memory microsdxc mobile world congress mwc mwc2014 Sandisk storage News Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:45:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 27326 at LaCie Announces 5TB External Hard Drive for Beefy Backups <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lacie_storage.jpg" alt="LaCie Thunderbolt Storage" title="LaCie Thunderbolt Storage" width="228" height="170" style="float: right;" />The industry's first 5TB external hard drive</h3> <p>Hard drive makers only recently began announcing 5TB capacity HDDs, but it looks like LaCie will be the first one to bring 5TB of external storage to market. <strong>LaCie announced today the availability of 5TB (7200 RPM) hard drive capacities</strong> in its 5big Thunderbolt, 2big Thunderbolt, and d2 Thunderbolt series of external storage solutions. And in case you're wondering, the answer is yes, the 5TB capacity LaCie is touting comes in single-drive configurations.</p> <p>"The availability of 5TB hard drives enables LaCie to deliver significantly more storage capacity in its same compact desktop designs. This saves professionals valuable desktop space," <a href="" target="_blank">LaCie said</a>.</p> <p>For those who need oodles of storage, LaCie's 5big Thunderbolt now offers capacities of up to 25TB (it's a 5-bay unit) with transfer speeds of up to 785MB/s. According to LaCie, it's an ideal solution for video professionals, especially those working with 4K videos.</p> <p>Pricing starts at $450 (5TB d2 Thunderbolt and USB 3.0).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 2big thunderbolt 5big thunderbolt 5tb d2 thunderbolt Hard Drive HDD LaCie storage News Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:30:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 27305 at Toshiba's HG6 Series Solid State Drives Arrive with 19nm NAND Flash Memory <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/toshiba_hg6.jpg" alt="Toshiba HG6" title="Toshiba HG6" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" />New SSD line comes in capacities up 512GB</h3> <p>If you thought Toshiba might simply hand over all solid state drive chores to its <a href="">recently acquired</a> OCZ Storage Solutions subsidiary, think again. <strong>Toshiba will continue to build its own brand SSDs alongside OCZ and today announced its new HG6 series</strong>. It's the newest edition to the HG family and is intended for a wide range of applications, everything from ultrabooks and ultrathins to data center servers.</p> <p>The HG6 series comes in different form factor options including 2.5-inch (7mm and 9.5mm heights) SATA 6Gbps, mSATA, and M.2 (both single-sided and double-sided) in capacities ranging from 60GB to 512GB, depending on form factor. What they all share in common are 19nm Toggle 2.0 multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory chips.</p> <p>Performance is the same across the board -- up to 534MB/s sequential reads and up to 482MB/s sequential writes. They also boast enterprise class technology such as Toshiba's proprietary QSBC (Quadruple Swing-By Code) error correction code (ECC) to prevent data corruption caused by NAND wear.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/toshiba_hg6_drives.jpg" alt="Toshiba HG6 Drives" title="Toshiba HG6 Drives" width="620" height="413" /></p> <p>Toshiba didn't share pricing information, though <a href="" target="_blank">did say (PDF)</a> the HG6 series will begin shipping in March 2014.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 19nm Build a PC Hardware hg6 nand flash solid state drive ssd storage toshiba News Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:42:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 27295 at Microsoft OneDrive Goes Global, Adds Automatic Camera Backup for Android <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/onedrive_0.jpg" alt="OneDrive" title="OneDrive" width="228" height="120" style="float: right;" />Say goodbye to SkyDrive and hello to OneDrive</h3> <p>Microsoft's rebranded SkyDrive service, now known as <strong>OneDrive, is now available globally</strong>, the Redmond outfit announced in a blog post today. If you're already a registered SkyDrive user, don't fret, your data is still there. Furthermore, there are a few incentives to sign back in (or sign up to OneDrive), such as a new automatic camera backup feature for Android, along with different ways to increase your storage ceiling.</p> <p>OneDrive users receive 7GB of storage space for free, You can increase that amount in 500MB increments by referring friends for a total of up to 5GB of additional space. And if you use the above-mentioned camera backup feature, you'll receive 3GB of additional storage.</p> <p>"We’ve built OneDrive into the latest versions of Windows, Windows Phone, Office, and Xbox. You can even make OneDrive your default storage option, so you never have to worry about whether you are saving files to the cloud: They are just there," Microsoft explains in a <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "If you happen to carry an iPhone or Android phone, or use an iPad, Android tablet, Windows device, or a Mac—OneDrive is available there, too."</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Microsoft <a href="">announced</a> the name change a month ago, which came as part of a trademark settlement with British Sky Broadcasting, known as BSkyB. Turning lemons into lemonade, Microsoft used the name change as an opportunity to flesh out the service and offer more space.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> android cloud microsoft onedrive online skydrive storage News Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:57:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 27293 at