Toshiba ships first harddrive with perpendicular recording tech
Aug 16, 2005 - in News
Toshiba claims it has won the race of bringing the first PMR harddrive to the market. PMR, short for perpendicular magnetic recording, is believed to increase the capacity of harddrives substantially: Toshiba's first PMR device is a single platter 1.8" model with a storage density of 133 Gbit per square inch.
Seagate ships 400 GByte nearline SATA harddrives
Aug 15, 2005 - in News
Seagate today announced that it has begun shipping nearline SATA drives that are designed to fill the gap between online and offline enterprise storage. The company claims that the new NL35 are more reliable than desktop drives, while offering a lower-priced enterprise storage solution for applications such as disc-to-disc backup, archive, and tiered storage.
Two Fast and Functional USB Flash Drives
Aug 10, 2005 - in Reviews
Memina elicits superlatives with its record-shattering Rocket 4 GB USB flash drive. Kingston counters with its DataTraveller II Plus Migo Edition, which carries your e-mail and Windows installation files around and imports them onto other desktops. Which is better, and why?
When Size Really Matters: Smallest Flash Cards
Aug 5, 2005 - in Reviews
You can find CompactFlash memory cards today with capacities of up to 8 GB, and 4 GB Secure Digital flash (SD) cards are just around the corner. While rather small, their size still makes them unsuitable for use in ultra-small devices like cellphones, smart phones, PDAs, and so forth. Here, we take a look at smaller memory formats, including MMCmicro and MicroSD, which promise mass data storage in truly tiny packages.
External Hard Drives with Trimmings Aplenty
Aug 4, 2005 - in Reviews
External hard drive capacities continue to grow and their prices certainly don't break the bank. Now, vendors such as Fastora, Maxtor and Smartdisk are designing in value-added features that make these devices that much more exciting.
Siggraph 2005: Texas Memory Systems shows 32 GByte solid state storage system
Aug 3, 2005 - in News
At the annual Siggraph convention held in Los Angeles, Texas Memory Systems demonstrated a solid state (all RAM) storage unit that promises to blow away traditional hard-drives, both in performance and price. The unit dubbed the RamSan-400 holds 32 to 128 GByte of RAM and can sustain 3 GByte per second transfer rates. Starting Price is steep at around $65,000.
Storage enclosure packs four 2.5" harddrives into one 5.25" bay
Aug 1, 2005 - in News
Fujitsu announced that Enhance Technology will use the firm's next-gen SATA harddrives in the QuadraPack 14, storage enclosure that can house up to four 2.5" Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or Serial ATA (SATA) harddrives mounted into a single 5.25" drive bay.
Iomega posts $6.7 million loss, realigns product strategy
Jul 28, 2005 - in News
As expected storage specialist Iomega posted another quarterly loss, amounting to $6.7 million on revenues of $65.7 million for the second quarter of this year.
EMC makes massive array official
Jul 25, 2005 - in News
EMC formally launched its newest high-end storage array, a tiered storage box that can store one petaByte (define) of data and help customers move files from smaller systems onto one machine.
Desktop Datastore: Accusys Acuta 4S
Jul 25, 2005 - in Reviews
Providing a RAID array containing up to four SATA hard disks, the Acuta 4S is designed to meet the storage needs of small businesses.
Hitachi's 500 GB DeskStar Monster
Jul 14, 2005 - in Reviews
Hitachi has become the first hard drive vendor to offer 500 GB of capacity. But while coming out on top in the size superlative, the DeskStar 7K500's heat dissipation and other performance factors might involve some compromises.
Small or Smaller? Ultraportable Hard Disks
Jul 12, 2005 - in Reviews
Seagate puts its top 2.5" portable hard drive model into the running, and Transcend counters with an even smaller, ultraportable offering based on a 1.8" hard drive. Which product makes the most sense?
Prodisc to launch 4.9 GByte DVD discs
Jul 6, 2005 - in News
Prodisc Technology has developed 8x DVD-R discs with a storage capacity of 4.9 GByte, 200 MByte larger than standard 4.7 GB discs, the company pointed out.
LightScribe: Professional Labels in Your DVD Recorder!
Jul 1, 2005 - in Reviews
With little left to differentiate DVD recorders, manufacturers are looking for new ways of staying ahead of their competitors. One such novelty is LightScribe, which lets a recorder actually label the CD or DVD directly. You can produce professional-style labels using the same laser that burns data, right inside your own CD/DVD drive! Is it worth it? Read on to find out.
Hard drives go mobile: Q&A with Hitachi GST
Jun 28, 2005 - in News
The success of the Apple iPod has brought home to a mass market that hard disk drives are now considered a viable form of portable mass storage.
Quanta Storage moves into CE market
Jun 23, 2005 - in News
Quanta Storage, the largest manufacturer of slim-type optical disc drives (ODDs) in Taiwan, has extended its production to consumer electronics (CE), and will initially focus on portable and car-use DVD players, according to the company.
Internet Archive stores 40 billion web pages
Jun 22, 2005 - in News
Storage provider Capricorn said that it has installed a total of 1.5 PetaByte (PByte) of storage space for the Internet Archive, best known for its "Wayback Machine".
FirstWare Recover Pro 2004: System Recovery in Seconds
Jun 20, 2005 - in Reviews
Every user is familiar with the problem: Suddenly your computer is infested with a virus, or a freshly installed application sends your whole operating system to kingdom come. These situations aren't nearly as scary when you have Recover Pro 2004 installed.
A Hard Disk In A PCI Slot? The Upgradeware HD25-I/IS
Jun 17, 2005 - in Reviews
Upgradeware offers a curious option for accommodating a 2.5" hard disk. With the help of an adapter board, drives can now be installed directly in a PCI slot.
Startup storage firm announces NAS/SAN hybrid
Jun 14, 2005 - in News
A new storage networking products firm funded by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's Tako Ventures has announced its entry into the already fiercely competitive enterprise storage hardware market. Pillar Data Systems' Axiom line can act as network-attached storage as well as conventional SAN storage for different network hosts.
Maxtor preps 500 GByte harddrives
Jun 6, 2005 - in News
Maxtor today announced that it will begin shipping 3.5" SATA and ATA harddrives with a capacity of 500 GByte in the third quarter of this year.
A New Toshiba 100 GB Notebook Drive at 5,400 RPM
Jun 6, 2005 - in Reviews
100 GB hard drives for notebooks have been available for a while now, but most of them only run at a leisurely 4,200 RPM. Toshiba has eliminated this shortcoming with the new MK1032GAX.
CFI extends HDD case capacity up to a teraByte
Jun 2, 2005 - in News
Chyang Fun Industry (CFI) is showcasing its CF-B4042 hard disk drive (HDD) case for the SOHO and SMB (small and medium business) markets at Computex Taipei.
Saving Your Data After a Head Crash: An Inside Look at a Disk Recovery Service
May 30, 2005 - in Reviews
You've read about how unreliable storage media is, but like failing to floss your teeth every day, even the best of us sometimes neglect to do the necessary and don't regularly back up our hard disks. When one of our editor's laptop hard disk crashed, we learned first hand what happens when you put your precious data in the hands of a data recovery firm, which in this case was CBL Data Recovery Inc.
Holographic storage to debut at "very end" of 2006
May 25, 2005 - in News
InPhase is edging closer to a commercial release of its holographic storage system "Tapestry". The technology will offer 300 GByte space on one disc and will be marketed as high-end archival storage solution - but may also appeal to some pro-sumers and small businesses.
Samsung develops Flash-based harddrive
May 23, 2005 - in News
Samsung announced that it has developed the first solid state disk (SSD) based on NAND Flash memory technology. 1.8" 16 GByte SSD drives will ship in August of this year.
T is for Turbo: The Hitachi DeskStar T7K250
May 23, 2005 - in Reviews
With its redesigned 250 GB model, Hitachi is adding a drive to its product portfolio for both mainstream purchasers and potential upgraders. Even if you are using older 40 GB and 80 GB drives, this is a worthy upgrade.
Data Transfer on the Run: High-Speed USB Flash Drives
May 20, 2005 - in Reviews
Forget the diskettes or read/write optical media! USB flash memory drives are quicker and easier to use. And some models even offer data transfer rates that exceed 20 MBytes/sec!
Bigger, faster midrange storage from IBM on the way
May 12, 2005 - in News
IBM has added a new 4Gbps storage system to its midrange line-up.
Bare Metal Backup and Recovery for Small Business Networks
May 2, 2005 - in Reviews
Small business backup solutions are numerous, but restoring files to the "bare metal" of a new disk drive after disaster strikes is probably the easiest and most effective strategy. We examine three different solutions for a Windows environment and point out the advantages and disadvantages of each.