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LaCie is a company that makes all sorts of storage products that run the gamut for small and portable hard drives that connect via USB ports to high-end multi disk RAID solutions for storing and protecting your data. LaCie has announced that it has added a new 5TB drive options to a number of the external storage products it makes.
The 5TB hard drive is a 7200-rpm unit and can be found in several LaCie product lines. The product lines that will get the larger capacity drive option include the 5big Thunderbolt series, 2big Thunderbolt series, and the d2 Thunderbolt Series. We reviewed the LaCie 5big NAS Pro storage solution last summer.
With the availability of the 5TB drive, shoppers can now get 5big series storage devices with up to 25TB of storage space. LaCie says that the 25TB option makes it the largest 5-bay storage solution on the market. It will also be able to provide data speeds of up to 785 MB/s. The larger capacity drives are available in the LaCie 2big Quadra and d2 Quadra storage devices as well.
For many years now, flash memory manufacturers have been working hard at shrinking USB drives down smaller and smaller, and today Team Group announced the launch of a new ultra-small compact flash drive that is truly the size of your thumb. The new C134 Compact Flash Drive measures in at just over 24mm x 12mm x 6mm in size and weighs only 3.4-grams, making it one of the smallest thumb drives on the market today.
The extremely small size of the C134 makes it ideal for use in applications where a traditional thumb drive could easily get bumped and broken off, or where a very small profile is ideal for discrete operation. The new C134 is available in capacities from 4GB up to 32GB, and is encased in an all metal, gold-anodized zinc body.
"The compact size allows it to stick closely to other lightweight mobile devices while in use, so that it will not interfere or become an obstruction when using two USB devices or when carrying or moving the device.It prevents unnecessary space wastage and avoids possible collisions due to the excessive body size. It also echoes perfectly with the design concept of Ultrabook and tablet PCs, working impeccably together," said Team Group in a statement.
The agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is currently researching the possibility of increasing storage capacity of the Heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) storage drives. The A*STAR institute in Singapore conducted investigations iron-platinum (FePt) nanocrystals can be used in ultra high density magnetic drive's performance.
Zhanhong Cen who is working at the A*STAR data institute said that,"Decreasing the size of magnetic particles makes the magnetic information become thermally unstable due to an effect called super paramagnetism. FePt nanoparticles are very promising, because for these nanoparticles, super paramagnetism is suppressed at room temperature." Cen also added that his simulations showed that introducing carbon into FePt nanocomposite boosts optical performance. This also helps to maintain the drive more energy efficient when reading and writing data as it required smaller optical spot for recording data.
Toshiba's Storage Products Business Unit has just announced its next-generation of 3.5-inch enterprise HDDs, the MG04 series. The MG04 series is the industry's first enterprise capacity category models that support industry standard 4K Advanced Format sector technologies, as well as persistent write cache technology.
The new drives arrive with SATA 6Gbps connectivity, with the SAS MG04SCA and SATA MG04ACA available at up to an astounding 5TB. These 5TB HDDs still spin at 7,200RPM, which will give enterprise users plenty to smile about. The new Toshiba MG04 enterprise class HDDs will come in either a SAS or SATA interface - depending on what is required. Samples will begin shipping this month.
SanDisk has just announced its new Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive, which comes in just one size: 128GB. The new SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive is capable of delivering write speeds of up to 240MB/sec, while reading at an impressive 260MB/sec.
"The SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 drive offers world-class performance for technology aficionados who demand high-speed, durability and peace of mind that their files will be safe" explains Philippe Willams, Director of Product Marketing of SanDisk. He continues: "We are excited to be expanding our USB 3.0 solutions, and this is another example of our efforts to enable consumers with fast access to content and data".
SanDisk's ultra-fast Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive features a sophisticated design, made with a durable aluminum metal casing which protects the flash drive from wear and tear. It also comes with SanDisk's SecureAccess software, which provides 128-bit AES encryption and password protection. The SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive has
USB flash drives designed for use with mobile devices are quickly becoming one of the fastest growing segments in personal storage, and today SanDisk has unveiled its first entry into the USB flash drive for mobile arena. Today the company announced the launch of its first Dual USB drive that is designed to work with both laptops and desktops as well a mobile devices running Android.
The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive has been designed for Android-based smartphone and tablet users who have been looking for a reliable and fast method of transferring data from their mobile device to their PC. The new Ultra Dual USB Drive allows users to do this by featuring a micro-USB connector as well as a full-sized USB B connector for quick and easy file transfers. This frees up much needed space on the mobile device, and also serves as a way for users to carry additional data that can be easily accessed by an Android tablet or smartphone at moments notice.
Embedded World 2014 - Apacer announced today that it will be unveiling as many as six new industrial SSD products at this years Embedded World 2014 conference held in Nuremberg, Germany. The company will be unveiling a new real-time SSD monitoring app for mobile devices dubbed the SSDWidget, as well as a new ultra-high speed dual disk CSD (Combo SATA Drive) that exceeds 1,000MB/s.
Apacer will also be showing off a new 5-thick industrial-grade 2.5-inch SSD that is SATA 3 equipped for ultra-fast transfer speeds. Additionally a new seamless, waterproof SSD will be on display that is said to function normally even when submerged under water. The company's booth will be located in Hall 1-103 and will feature many demos of new products as well as existing lines showcasing Apacer's strength in the Solid State marketplace for more than 10 years now.
Addonics is back with yet another portable SSD product launch. Today the company announced the all new Sapphire SSD RAID Array Storage line including the Sapphire 5-slot CFast and the Sapphire CF drives. These devices are designed to utilize ultra-fast Compact Flash drives to create an SSD RAID array for extreme performance on the go.
Both models feature USB 3.0 and eSATA connectivity to ensure the fastest performance possible, and allows you to configure five CFast or CF cards to appear as separate, independent drives. Alternatively users can use the device to set up a high-performance, fault tolerant RAID array in RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD Modes. Internal hardware connects up to five CF cards to a single high-speed 6G eSATA port for unmatched performance. Addonics says that the Sapphire 5-slot CFast and the Sapphire CF drives are available now at major electronics retailers.
External hard drives are one of the most convenient devices a person on the go can have, but they are quite fragile when it comes to falls from desk, rough handling, and frequent trips to and from inside a full backpack. With the recent drop in SSD prices, more companies are forgoing the external spinner and opting for something more solid.
Today Apacer launched its new AS710, a portable SSD that is designed to be carried with you where ever you may go. The company said that the AS710 is the first external SSD that is equipped with both a SATA III interface as well as USB 3.0 connectivity, which provides unparalleled speeds. Real-world testing shows that the SATA III interface is capable of sequential read speeds up to 550MB/s and sequential write speeds of 530MB/s. The external drive itself can reach speeds of 380MB/s and 420MB/sec through a USB 3.0 connection. This means that it takes less than 15 seconds to copy a 5GB video file over to the drive when using USB 3.0.
The Apacer AS710 is available at a capacity of 128GB and measures in at just 7mm thick. Its stylish exterior housing is comprised of aluminum with a black finish and machined edges for a very sleek look. The device features 30G anti-vibration protection as well as 3000G anti-shock protection. The SSD itself supports Microsoft Windows-To-Go,which allows one to store the start-up system from his/her Windows 8 Enterprise install directly onto the SSD. Additionally the drive boasts built-in advanced wear leveling and Error Correction Code (ECC) functions and supports Win7 Trim command, ensuring enhanced reliability of data transmission and longer service life for higher stability of data storage.
Today, ATP announced the release of the all new Velocity SI-LITE, an industrial-grade SATA II SLC SSD that is designed for use in rugged environments where flash storage is needed. The SI-LITE SSD utilizes the latest generation SLC Flash with industrial grade performance, endurance and wide temperature ranges to meet the unique requirements of the industrial market space.
ATP says that the Velocity SI-LITE features data-integrity-calibrated firmware technologies that protect the data storage device against various power-down and intensive read/write scenarios, which would damage lower-grade solid state storage. The drive offers sequential read speed of up to 181 MB/s and sequential write of up to 133 MB/s, and features up to 2,700 4KB Random Read IOPS.