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Storage / Hard Drives News (481)

Mushkin STRIKER SSDs Now Available

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: March 2, 2015 03:38PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Mushkin first unveiled the STRIKER line of solid state drives at CES 2015. The STRIKER line is powered by the Phison PS3110-S10 quad-core SSD controller, offering read and write speeds up to 565MB/s and 550MB/s, respectively. The drives are available in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB from authorized retailers such as Newegg. Director of Product Development Brian Flood described the drives stating, "STRIKER is aptly named for its purpose: to mark its place as the premier high-performance solid-state drive series. The STRIKER will allow its users to experience highly-accelerated application load times, boot performance, multimedia editing, and general usage."

Source: Press Release



SanDisk Reveals 200GB microSD Card

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: March 2, 2015 05:13AM
Author: Brentt Moore


SanDisk has revealed its latest microSD card that packs a total of 200GB of storage, making it the highest capacity microSD card ever produced worldwide. According to SanDisk, the latest storage breakthrough was made possible by utilizing a proprietary design and production process that allows for more bits of memory per chip. Although the company did not reveal details of the production process, the ability to store 200GB of information on a device so small is quite a technological feat, since the latest microSD card offers 56 percent more storage than a 128GB microSD card, the highest capacity currently available. SanDisk notes that the card offers data transfer at up to 90MB per second, which is the equivalent to roughly 1,200 photos per minute, making it ideal for a wealth of applications.

The 200GB microSD card from SanDisk is expected to be available in the second quarter of this year and will retail for $400 at launch.

Source: PCWorld


PNY Releases HP x778w USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: February 24, 2015 05:34AM
Author: Brentt Moore


PNY has just released its latest flash drive offering, the HP x778w. This flash drive offers a unique design approach to mobile storage as the product resembles partially melted ice cream that is layered with sprinkles. Despite its fun and cute styling, the HP x778w is made up of durable rubber and manages to offer decent read and write speeds of 90MB/sec and 30MB/sec, respectively, thanks to USB 3.0 support. Users can even utilize the built-in strap hole design that the HP x778w offers, allowing the portable flash drive to be attached to a wallet, purse, backpack, and more.

The HP x778w is available in sizes ranging from 8GB to 64GB, is compatible with virtually all desktops and laptops, and comes with a 2-year warranty from the data of purchase.

Source: TechPowerUp


Sony Announces Premium Sound Memory Card

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: February 20, 2015 04:29AM
Author: Brentt Moore

In an effort to satisfy the ears of audiophiles around the world, Sony has announced a new microSD card that apparently offers premium sound when compared to similar storage solutions available to consumers. According to Sony, the latest microSD card from the company, model number SR-64HXA, creates little to no electrical noise when data is read from it, something that other memory storage devices cannot say. While the card is fortunately a standard Class 10 microSD card that features 64GB of storage, its price is skewed quite high due to the market of audiophiles that it targets. The storage solution is set to feature an MSRP of $160 and will initially launch in Japan on March 5, 2015. Consumers will have to decide if the claim of premium sound is worth it, since a regular Class 10 64GB microSD card can be purchased for roughly $30.

Source: CNET



ADM 2.4 Beta Released by ASUSTOR

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: February 9, 2015 01:14PM
Author: Brentt Moore

ASUSTOR, a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has just released the beta version of ADM 2.4. This latest version of the exclusive operating system for ASUSTOR NAS devices includes a variety of new functions such as an improved shared folder encryption mechanism, optimized performance for SSDs, newly added multimedia previews, and support for SNMP network management protocol. The beta version of ADM version 2.4 also includes an enhanced Network Defender that allows users to configure a trusted list of trusted IP addresses in addition to manually configuring black and white lists using the IP country or area of origin via the Geo IP expansion module.

The latest version of ADM is available for immediate download and is suitable for use on all ASUSTOR NAS devices.

Source: Press Release



Kingston Announces DataTraveler 4000 Gen 2 USB Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: February 3, 2015 03:38PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Kingston has announced a pair of new USB flash drives, the DataTraveler 4000 Gen 2 and DataTraveler 4000 Gen 2 Management Ready. Both drives are FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified to provide users with a tamper-evident seal and hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption. The combination of physical and hardware based security, along with reformatting the drive after 10 unsuccessful unlock attempts, make this drive a great choice for anyone with sensitive information. The Management Ready version offers extra features for companies including remote password reset, configuration of device policies, and compliance auditing. Both drives use USB 3.0 and are available in sizes ranging from 4GB to 64GB.

Source: Press Release



HighPoint Announces Thunderbolt 2 To USB 3.0 Adapter

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 26, 2015 03:50PM
Author: Nick Harezga

HighPoint has announced its latest adapter to take advantage of the high speed Thunderbolt 2 interface, the RocketStor 6324U. It provides a four port USB 3.0 hub that provides an independent 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 controller for each port. The 6324U is capable of vastly expanding the capabilities of any system and allows users to "add PCIe expansion capability, multi-bay drive docks, I/O adapters and Hardware RAID storage to any Thunderbolt™ capable platform." An included 90W external power supply also provides the ability to simultaneously charge four USB devices. The RocketStor 6324U will be available this month at an MSRP of $349.

Source: Press Release



DiskStation DS115 Launched by Synology

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 13, 2015 09:45AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Synology has just launched the DiskStation DS115, a 1-bay NAS server that is aimed at delivering centralized data storage, borderless file sharing, easy cloud synchronization, multimedia streaming, home surveillance, and more to home and small business users. The DiskStation DS115 includes a dual-core processor, a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.0 port, an eSATA port, and an Ethernet port. Synology has also included version 5.1 of the DiskStation Manager operating system, which makes it easy for users to synchronize files, stream multimedia, set up home surveillance systems, create digital scrapbooks, and much more. Energy efficiency has also been addressed, with the DiskStation DS115 using just 5.44W during hibernation and 10.21W when accessed. Jonathan Wang, the product manager at Synology, noted that "With its speedy performance, intuitive interface, and diverse ecosystem of add-on packages, DS115 is a great NAS server for homes or small businesses - especially for people who still rely on external hard drives, flash drives, or cloud services to swap and share files."

Source: TechPowerUp



Mushkin Announces STRIKER Line of Solid State Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 7, 2015 05:20PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Mushkin has revealed its latest line of SSDs at CES, the STRIKER series. The drives use a Phison PS3110-S10 controller and have maximum read and write speeds up to 565MB/s and 550MB/s, respectively, and can reach 90,000 4K Input/Output Operations per Second. The controller also offers 256-bit AES encryption support, end-to-end data path protection, SmartECC, SmartRefresh, and SmartFlush. The STRIKER series will be available in capacities ranging from 240-960GB in the first quarter of this year. Director of Product Management Brian Flood said, "With an ever-increasing demand for greater performance, the new STRIKER drives provides the ultimate combination of speed and reliability for today’s demanding applications."

Source: Press Release



Patriot Unveils High Capacity Ignite SSDs

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 6, 2015 03:43PM
Author: bp9801


With CES in full swing, new product announcements are coming fast and hard. We have another one from Patriot today, and this time it focuses on a large capacity solid state drive. The Patriot Ignite SSD comes in 480 and 960GB capacities, and runs with a Phison S10 controller for blistering fast read/write speeds of 560/545MB/s. Those are some impressive speeds for any SSD, let alone ones that offer that much storage space. Patriot even said it could reach scores over 1000 in the AS SSD benchmark test, which shows off the speeds these are capable of. Each Ignite SSD features end-to-end data protection, advanced wear-leveling, smartECC, and Smart Refresh, among others, so users can feel protected with these high capacity models.

The Patriot Ignite SSDs will be available to buy later this month, with the 480GB model priced at $214.99 and the 960GB at $404.99. Each offers a three-year warranty and Patriot's award winning customer service.

Source: Press Release



Patriot Announces New Supersonic Flash Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 6, 2015 03:18PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Patriot has announced the addition of two new flash drives under the Supersonic line, the Supersonic Magnum 2 and Supersonic Rage 2. The Magnum 2 will be available in capacities of 256GB and 512GB giving you as much space in your pocket as many people have in their entire system. The drive is housed in a matte black casing that can withstand shock up to 15Gs to prevent data loss as a result of drops. The Rage 2 is smaller in size and capacity than the Magnum 2 with capacities of 128GB and 256GB. A rubberized housing is accompanied by a retractable connector to minimize space. Both drives use USB 3.0 and have maximum read and write speeds of 400MB/s and 300MB/s, respectively. The drives will be available in February of this year.

Source: Press Release



New PCIe SSD, USB 3.0 Flash Drive, and microSD Card All Announced by Kingston

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 6, 2015 12:04PM
Author: bp9801

One of the leaders in all things memory-related is Kingston, and today has several new products to introduce at CES. Kingston has a new PCIe SSD, a secure USB flash drive, and a microSD card suitable for 4K and HD videos. The PCIe SSD is the HyperX Predator, and when it arrives next month will be the fastest PCIe drive in the company's lineup. The HyperX Predator will come in 240 or 480GB capacities when it arrives, with a 960GB model expected a bit later on. As for the speed, well it is capable of read speeds of 1400MB/s and write speeds of 1000MB/s thanks to the Marvell 88SS9293 controller. The HyperX Predator works in an M.2 PCIe slot, but also comes in a half-height, half-length adapter for motherboards without that slot.

On the flash drive side is the DataTraveler Locker+ G3, which offers hardware encryption and password protection to keep your data safe no matter what happens. The DataTraveler Locker+ G3 offers a USB 3.0 connector for read speeds of up to 135MB/s and write speeds of up to 40MB/s, with capacities of 8, 16, 32, and 64GB available. Along with the hardware encryption and password protection, the Locker+ G3 can backup data to the likes of Google Drive, Amazon S3, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, or Box using the included ClevX software. This way your data is always available if your drive is ever lost or stolen.

Lastly there's the microSD UHS-I Speed Class 3 (SDCA3) card, with its 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write speeds to offer fast performance when recording 4K or HD video. It can also play back recorded video without stuttering, even if it is in 4K resolution. This card comes in 16, 32, and 64GB capacities, and is water, shock/vibration, X-ray, and temperature-proof. The SDCA3 works with any device capable of reading microSDHC or microSDXC cards, and can even be used with an SD adapter to work as a full-size card.

The Kingston HyperX Predator, DataTraveler Locker+ G3, and SDCA3 did not have any prices mentioned at this time, but you can expect that information before long.

Source: Press Releases



Corsair Introduces New Flash Voyager Flash Drives and Neutron Series XT SSDs

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 6, 2015 10:38AM
Author: bp9801

Corsair is no stranger to computer enthusiasts, with products covering a range of hardware lines. Today the company has several new USB 3.0 flash drives and a new high capacity SSD line that should make plenty of people happy. The flash drives start with the Flash Voyager Slider X1 and X2, which offer a sleek exterior and a sliding USB 3.0 connector to eliminate the need for a cap. The Slider X1 comes in capacities of 16, 32, 64, 128, and 256GB with read speeds of 130MB/s, while the Slider X2 bumps the read speed to 200MB/s.

If performance is what you need in a flash drive, then the Flash Voyager GS and GTX models are for you. Both connect via USB 3.0 and feature a rugged yet stylish exterior, along with some impressive speeds and capacities. The Flash Voyager GS comes in 64, 128, 256, and 512GB sizes, with read speeds of 260MB/s and write speeds of 105MB/s. The Flash Voyager GTX only comes in 128 and 256GB capacities, but features read speeds of 450MB/s and write speeds of 200MB/s thanks to its onboard SSD data controller.

Switching over to the SSD side of things is the Neutron Series XT. These SSDs come in 240, 480, and 960GB sizes, and feature a quad-core Phison SSD controller to offer read speeds of 560MB/s and write speeds of 540MB/s. Let that sink in for a moment. These drives still connect with the SATA 6Gbps interface and offer incredibly fast speeds to put your PCs on a whole new level. The Neutron XT SSDs also come with SmartFlush and SmartRefresh technologies for "enterprise-level data management and retention in the event of power failure and advanced wear-leveling and garbage collection" to keep these drives working long into the night.

All of these drives come with Corsair's five-year warranty and are available to buy now. The Corsair Flash Voyager Slider X1 is priced at $14.99 for the 16GB, $19.99 for the 32GB, $39.99 for the 64GB, $64.99 for the 128GB, and $149.99 for the 256GB. The Flash Voyager Slider X2 is $19.99 for the 16GB, $29.99 for the 32GB, $54.99 for the 64GB, $99.99 for the 128GB, and $189.99 for the 256GB. The Flash Voyager GS comes in at $89.99 for the 64GB, $109.99 for the 128GB, $199.99 for the 256GB, and $399.99 for the 512GB. The Flash Voyager GTX is $129.99 for the 128GB and $249.99 for the 256GB. The Neutron Series XT SSDs are $149.99 for the 256GB, $269.99 for the 512GB, and $539.99 for the 960GB.

Source: Press Releases




Patriot Announces the EP PRO-II UHS-II SDXC Card

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 5, 2015 10:33AM
Author: bp9801


CES kicks off tomorrow, but you can bet that plenty of companies are getting their products announced today. Patriot Memory has a new product it is showing off called the EP PRO-II SDXC memory card, which is a UHS-II card for devices in need of speed. The Patriot EP PRO-II SDXC card is perfect for devices capable of taking high-definition (HD) and ultra high-definition (UHD) pictures and/or videos, with between 16 and 64GB of storage to hold it all. It features read speeds of 280MB/s and write speeds of 250MB/s, so there should be no dropoff in performance when you're shooting at those UHD resolutions. Patriot designed the EP PRO-II to meet the new SD 4.0 specifications on all the latest devices, but is backwards compatible with SD 3.0 and 2.0 for those still using older hardware.

The Patriot EP PRO-II SDXC card will be available in the first quarter of this year, with prices ranging between $119.99 and $199.99 depending on capacity.

Source: Press Release



ASUSTOR Releases 50T and 51T Series NAS Devices

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: December 17, 2014 04:53PM
Author: Brentt Moore

ASUSTOR, a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has just announced the launch of its 50T and 51T series NAS devices. The latest high performance NAS devices from ASUSTOR, which are comprised of models AS5002T, AS5004T, AS5102T, and AS5104T, provide a comprehensive storage solution for technology enthusiasts. The 50T series includes an Intel Celeron 2.41GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of DDR3L RAM, while the 51T series features an Intel Celeron 2.0GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of DDR3L RAM. All models within the 50T and 51T series include three SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two eSATA ports, one HDMI 1.4a port, and one S/PDIF port. Additionally, all models include an infrared receiver, support for RAID volume management, and support for hard disk hot swapping and online RAID migration.

The ASUSTOR 50T and 51T, which are currently only available in two and four-bay models, come with a three-year warranty and can be purchased from global retailers immediately. According to ASUSTOR, eight and 10-bay models of the 50T and 51T will launch in the near future.

Source: Press Release


Apacer Launches Two SSDs

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: December 10, 2014 04:49PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Apacer has launched a pair of SATA3 solid state drives targeting industrial applications. The drives are extremely small, with the SFD18SH-M built to the JEDEC MO-297 standard and the H1-M built to the MO-300 standard. The drives were designed with reliability in extreme conditions in mind and "have passed market challenges, thus standing firm in the IoT, autotronics, medical electronics, and communication component markets and winning customer recognition for their outstanding quality and performance." Both drives range in capacity from 16GB to 256GB and were built with improved ECC.

Source: Press Release




Patriot Reenters the SSD Market with Torch Series

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: December 3, 2014 05:07PM
Author: Brentt Moore


Although Patriot Memory was one of the early pioneers of the SSD market, the memory manufacturer has failed to provide consumers with any of its own SSDs for quite some time. Patriot is apparently looking to change that by reentering the SSD market, thanks to its new Torch series. The latest SSD series from Patriot comes with 16nm Synchronous NAND and features sequential read speeds of 555MB per second and sequential write speeds of 535MB per second.  The Patriot Torch SSD also includes intelligent advanced wear-leveling in order to provide extended reliability.

The latest SSD from Patriot is only available in capacities of 120 and 240GB, comes with a three-year warranty, and can be purchased from retailers such as Amazon.

Source: TweakTown


OCZ Announces Saber 1000 Series

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: November 20, 2014 04:08PM
Author: Nick Harezga

OCZ has announced its latest line of solid state drives, the Saber 1000 Series, designed for "read-intensive applications targeting high-volume deployment hyperscale, web-hosting and distributed computing environments." The drives are built with 19nm NAND flash from Toshiba and will be available in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. Powered by the OCZ Barefoot 3 controller the Saber 1000 Series is capable of read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 470MB/s, respectively. OCZ CTO Daryl Lang described the drives saying, "In designing the new Saber 1000 Series we listened to our customers to meet their growing needs for a server-class SSD that is optimized with the right balance of features, performance and cost. With the Saber 1000 Series, customers now have an ideal storage solution in which to build an all-flash datacenter, one that is able to efficiently process high volume enterprise and hyperscale workloads."

Source: Press Release



OCZ Releases Vertex 460A SSD

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: November 17, 2014 06:34AM
Author: Brentt Moore

OCZ has decided to release a new version of its Vertex 460 SSD, the Vertex 460A. The new model by OCZ features updating branding across the device, but more importantly, includes Toshiba A19 series MLC NAND flash which replaces the older 19 nm Toshiba flash found in the Vertex 460. The OCZ Vertex 460A also comes with the company’s new ShieldPlus warranty, which allows customers to provide OCZ with their device’s serial number to file a claim, with no purchase receipt needed. Additionally, the warranty covers shipping costs both ways for those within the United States and European Union regions.

Source: OCZ and TechPowerUp



Kingston Doubles Capacity of Several Memory Card Form Factors

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: November 12, 2014 04:18PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Kingston has announced the availability of increased capacities for two of its popular lines of flash memory cards, the Class 10 UHS-I microSD and Class 10 UHS-I SDHC/SDXC cards. The microSD card is now available in 128GB in addition to 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. The SDHC/SDXC cards are now available in 256GB in addition to 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. The latter cards have read and write speeds up to 90MB/s and 45MB/s, respectively, and are a perfect choice for users that take a lot of HD pictures or videos. Flash memory business manager Jean Wong said, "In a world where most users carry around more data than ever before on mobile devices, the larger capacities and faster speeds help ensure that customers have the best possible solutions available to them to streamline their mobile lives."

Source: Press Release



Patriot Launches Supersonic Bolt XT Flash Drive

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: November 3, 2014 03:46PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Patriot has announced the addition of the Supersonic Bolt XT flash drive to its lineup, combining high performance and hardware encryption "like never before." The drive utilizes FIPS 197 compliant hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption to secure your data and locks down and reformats after ten failed password attempts. The USB 3.0 interface provides for transfer speeds up to 150MB/s in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. It is compatible with operating systems going back to Windows ME, Mac OS 9, and the Linux 2.4 kernel. Prices for the Bolt XT start at $49.99 for the 16GB model.

Source: Press Release



G.Skill Launches Phoenix Blade PCIe SSD

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: October 22, 2014 03:45PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The Phoenix Blade Series is the latest solid state drive offering from G.Skill, this time built into a PCIe form factor. The drive uses four LSI SF-2281 SSD controllers in a RAID0 configuration to create a 480GB array of MLC NAND flash capable of bandwidth "up to 4 times over typical SATA3 based SSDs." The PCIe x8 interface allows for read and write speeds up to 2,000MB/s and up to 245K IOPS.

Source: Press Release




Mushkin Announces Chronos G2 Solid State Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: October 7, 2014 03:01PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Mushkin has announced the latest addition to its popular Chronos SSD line, the Chronos G2. The drives boast maximum transfer speeds of 555MB/s and up to 90,000 Input/Output Operations Per Second. The drives will be available in capacities ranging from 60GB to 480GB, providing for a wide range of applications. Director of Global Marketing Nicolas Villalobos described the new drive saying, "A reincarnation of the legendary Chronos, the Chronos G2 Series was born to stand out from the crowd. Its competition-surpassing value give Mushkin’s Value SSD an oversized attitude."

Source: Press Release



Corsair Releases Flash Voyager Vega USB Drive

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: October 1, 2014 03:13PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Corsair has released three new USB 3.0 flash drives under the Flash Voyager Vega product line. The drives are "ultra compact," measuring 5mm in thickness and 24mm in length with a key ring to make it even more portable. The drive is housed in a chrome plated scratch resistant case and will be available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. The drives have USB 3.0 connectivity with USB 2.0 backwards compatibility. The 16GB has an MSRP of $16.99, the 32GB model will cost $24.99, and the 64GB has a price tag of $44.99.

Source: Press Release




Apacer Announces Two Solid State Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: September 17, 2014 03:07PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Apacer has announced a pair of new solid state drives, one using the mPDM+ form factor and one using the M.2 form factor. The mPDM+ drive is similar in size to other mSATA devices with read speeds up to 385MB/s. Embedded Application Business Unit Director Jeff Lin described the capabilities of the M.2 offering, "The newly launched M.2, i.e. the NGFF (Next Generation Form Factor), adopts PCIe 2.0 interface which has a broadband speed up to 10Gb/s compared to PCIe 1.0. In addition, the additive transmission efficiency of Gen2x2 enables the sequential read speed up to 780MB/sec, far more efficient than the theoretical 600MB/sec transmission performance of SATAIII. High-end applications such as network storage or enterprise servers are thus capable of faster transmission." Both drives will be available in capacities up to 128GB.

Source: Press Release



Thecus Now Offering Windows Storage Server 2012 on NAS Devices

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: September 17, 2014 02:51PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Thecus has announced that it will soon be offering Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials to its NAS users, the first product on the market to do so. Thecus will release three models in October using the software, the two bay W2000, four bay W4000, and five bay W5000. The solutions were designed with small businesses in mind with goals of "advanced data protection, integrated cloud services, and secure remote access." Microsoft VP of Worldwide OEM Marketing Peter Han said, "We believe offering our software on Thecus NAS devices will provide an excellent solution for those small businesses looking to protect their data while optimizing their resources with a hybrid, on premise, and cloud-connected offering." The Thecus NAS devices are built around the Intel Atom processor and feature dual LAN, 2GB or more RAM, and media connections such as HDMI or VGA.

Source: Press Release



Western Digital Releasing 8TB and 10TB Hard Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: September 10, 2014 03:25PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Western Digital recently announced that it will be releasing an 8TB hard drive under the Hitachi brand. The Ultrastar He8 uses a helium filled design that uses the pressurized helium to allow the drive to use perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology. The upcoming 10TB drive will also be released under the Hitachi brand but will use shingled magnetic recording (SMR), "a technology that partially overlaps data tracks like roof shingles." The drive won't be suited for typical desktop applications, but will instead be a great choice for "writing log files, storing a constant stream of images, or handling “big data” stores like Hadoop." SMR will provide for far greater storage density at three trillion bits per square inch, while PMR is only capable of 200 gigabits per square inch.

Source: Ars Technica



HighPoint Announces Thunderbolt 2 External Docks

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: September 9, 2014 02:08PM
Author: Nick Harezga

HighPoint has announced the latest additions to its Thunderbolt 2 offerings in the form of a pair of external docking stations. The first is the RocketStor 6351A, offering multiple connection options. The 6351A offers two USB 3.0 ports, a single 6Gb/s eSATA port, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. In addition to the connection options, the 6351A can also be used as a charging station and supports Rapid Charging Mode for iOS devices. The RocketStor 5212 is the first Thunderbolt 2 storage dock to hit the market and enables users to attach SATA drives externally using a high speed Thunderbolt 2 connection. The 5212 is compatible with OS X Time Machine and also features external boot support.

Source: Press Release



HighPoint Adds to RocketStor 6300 Lineup

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: September 1, 2014 10:48AM
Author: Nick Harezga

HighPoint has announced the addition of some new products to the RocketStor 6300 line of Thunderbolt 2 storage solutions. The RocketStor 6328AS is an 8-bay RAID solution that gives users a choice between RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, and JBOD configurations. An easy to use web interface simplifies configuration and also allows for e-mail notifications and remote access. The 6328AS has an MSRP of $1,299. The 6324LS and 6328LS provide JBOD storage through the Thunderbolt 2 interface with capacity for four and eight drives, respectively. These solutions were designed to "host mid-scale backup applications, digital libraries and archives for digital assets." The 6328LS has an MSRP of $999 and the 6324LS costs $649.

Source: Press Release



Seagate Now Offering 8TB Hard Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: August 26, 2014 03:00PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Seagate has announced that it has begun shipping the worlds first 8TB mechanical hard drives. The extremely large capacity drives will benefit consumers of large amounts of data such as data centers and enterprise servers. As more storage will be able to fit into a smaller space, power and cooling requirements can be lowered. VP of Marketing Scott Horn described some of the motivations behind the move, "As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data." In addition to the massive amount of offered storage the drives also offer "enterprise-class reliability and support for archive workloads" with "multi-drive RV tolerance for consistent enterprise-class performance in high density environments."

Source: Seagate



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