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Now this is pure simplicity at its best. If you find yourself swapping and changing SATA hdds on a regular basis (bravo for hot swapping) but don't like the inconvenience of having your side panel off and the juggling of cables or spending up to 5 minutes changing physical drives inside your external caddy, this new "SATA HDD Stage Rack" spotted over at Akihabara News is sure to impress.
When you look at how functional, simple and useful this device is, it's easy to wonder why we haven't seen anything like it until now.
To get a basic idea of how it works check out the video posted below :-
My only gripe with it is that there appears to be no eSATA connectivity. Let's hope we'll see see this added to a newer version in the not too distant future.
Have you ever desired to easily plug a 3.5 or 2.5" HDD to your computer like this without the needs to dismount or open anything? Well I have may found the solution for you thanks to the SATA HDD STAGE RACK.
Simply put, let's imagine that you have an USB docking station plugged to your PC and that whenever you feel the need to use a SATA HDD, you just have to plug it to this docking station as simply as you were plugging your iPOD or PDA to your computer
Hitachi have made an announcement today which states they're aiming to quadruple the current storage capacity limits of mechanical hardrives by 2011, with the technology they plan to use being implemented in mass-produced drives by sometime during 2009. They expect once refined, this new technology of theirs will allow for singular drives to sport capacities of up to a whopping 4TB.
For information about their new technology, check out the press release here folks.
TOKYO, Oct. 15, 2007 - Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501) and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) announced today they have developed the world's smallest read-head technology for hard disk drives, which is expected to quadruple current storage capacity limits to four terabytes (TB) on a desktop hard drive and one TB on a notebook hard drive.
Researchers at Hitachi have successfully reduced existing recording heads by more than a factor of two to achieve new heads in the 30-50 nanometer (nm) range, which is up to 2,000 times smaller than the width of an average human hair (approx. 70-100 microns). Called current perpendicular-to-the-plane giant magnetoresistive1 (CPP-GMR) heads, Hitachi's new technology is expected to be implemented in shipping products in 2009 and reach its full potential in 2011.
Hitachi will present these achievements at the 8th Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Conference (PMRC 2007) to be held October 15-17, 2007 at the Tokyo International Forum in Japan.
This week has seen a couple of new entries into the solid state storage market already, and now Team Group have also dished up an announcement supporting the release of their new 2.5" mobile sized solid state storage family, these available in capacities of 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128GB with a 256GB model to show up in the not too distant future.
Team Group Inc is announcing the 2.5" Solid State Disk (SSD), the break-through product promising faster booting time, low power consumption, zero noise, shock resistance and light weight. It will take over the conventional hard drive due to its better mechanism structure.
The SSD is a revolutionary application of NAND flash memory. When compared with current mechanical hard drives, the SSD has the advantages of reducing risk of data loss from external shocks by eliminating the actuator arm, magnetic head and spindle motor. Moreover, the SSD uses the random access mechanism which is superior to the semi-progressive, semi-random access of hard drives.
Following RiData's release of a 32GB solid state hard disk yesterday, Transcend have also just entered a mobile based (2.5") 32GB SSD into the market, this topping their existing lineup of 8 and 16GB models.
For full details on it you can read up on Transcend's announcement here.
Transcend is very pleased to announce the arrival of its 32GB 2.5" SATA Solid State Disk (SSD). This new drive comes in a standard 2.5-inch size and has an SATA interface which means it can be used in most notebook computers and mainstream PCs just like a regular hard drive. Add to that a tough metal outer case, instant access speeds, large capacity, high reliability, low power consumption and anti-shock features, making it clear that Transcend's SSDs are the ideal drop-in replacements for conventional Hard Disk Drives.
The solid state storage market sees a new entry today, this one from Ridata with the new 32GB SATA SSD. As a 2.5" drive it is aimed at the mobile sector and carries an MTBF of four million hours.
Dailytech report that the read and write speeds of this drive are listed at 60MB/sec and 48MB/sec respectively, a little less than its competitors. This 32GB model should become available in a few weeks, with a 64GB variant due late November.
For full details, head over to the Dailytech.
The performance fares favorably with Samsung's mainstream 64GB SSD which offers read/write speeds of 65MB/sec and 45MB/sec respectively. Mtron's outrageously priced SSDs, on the other hand, put both to shame with read speeds of 120MB/sec and write speeds of 90MB/sec.
"Our new Ridata SSD offers exceptionally consistent high performance in all environments," said Advanced Media President Harvey Liu. "Compared to a traditional HDD the Ridata SSD is smaller; uses half as much power; is ultra lightweight; offers incredibly fast boot and access times; and operates at a low temperature with no mechanically moving parts. It is the ideal HDD replacement for OEMs, ODMs and system integrators as well as consumers."
Highpoint have just added to their RocketRAID family of controller cards with the new RocketRAID 2522. Highlights of the card include a sustained data throughput of 1.2GB/s (the fastest available to date) as well as support for 40/40 (40 SATA drives up to 40TB) storage configurations.
For further details, grab the press release here.
Milpitas, Calif. - Oct 4, 2007 -announced the availability of the HighPoint RocketRAID 2522 SATA RAID Controller. The RocketRAID 2522 is the world's first SATA RAID controller to deliver unmatched sustained performance throughput at 1200MB/s READ and WRITE.
The RocketRAID 2522 brings a new level of high performance and external connectivity for storage environments. The 1200MB/s sustained data throughput is achieved by striping together drives in a RAID array. Digital media environments gain the most benefits from utilizing the sustained throughput for viewing, editing and saving real time digital content and projects.
Thecus has launched a new home product with the N3200 NAS with RAID 5 support. This is the first product in the 3x00-series from Thecus and it's Thecus first high-end model for home users. It can house up to three hard drives and you'll need three drives to take advantage of the RAID 5 capabilities. The N3200 measures 160 x 170 x 215mm (WxHxD) and it has a completely tool less design. You can fit up to 3TB of storage in it and the hard drives are easily installed and removed.
The N3200 also has a front mounted LCD display that show status information and allows for some system management operations. It also has USB ports and the N3200 can be given a wireless upgrade this way via a USB dongle. Oddly enough the press release didn't mention the speed of the Ethernet interface on the N3200.
Other home features include iTunes server, a browser based photo server and a DLNA compatible media server for video streaming to DLNA compatible video players. You can also attach a web camera to one of the USB ports and use it a surveillance camera without the need of a PC and with the video recorded directly to the N3200.
Finally the N3200 has an expansion slot and this is the first time we've heard about such a feature on a NAS. Thecus didn't say what it was for apart from mentioning that they will be offering expansion cards for in the future to further enhance the N3200's functionality. No availability date or pricing was announced in the press release, but hopefully we won't have to wait too long.
At the time of writing, the N3200 wasn't on Thecus website, but you can have a look here in case they've updated their site.
LaCie, the somewhat famous external drive manufacturer has got a new designer onboard, Sam Hecht. We can't say that he's familiar to us, but apparently he's into practical design, that's a first. In all fairness, the new drives look quite usable, if a bit bland for something from LaCie.
Rather than using some kind of metallic finish the new Little Disk family as it's know as uses a "oh so in fashion" shiny piano black finish. LaCie's product manager Nolwenn Rozen had the following to say about the new drives "Designed for simplicity, the 1.8- and 2.5-inch drives are extremely portable and are bus powered, eliminating the need for A/C power. So whether you are on a bus, taking the train, or relaxing at the park, your data is always accessible."
Available in sizes ranging from 30 to 250GB the new Little Disk drives should appeal to a wide range of users and the 2.5in models are available as a combo drive with both USB 2.0 and FireWire interface. The 1.8in drives are limited to 30 and 60GB in size with the 2.5in models starting at 80GB for the USB only version and at 120GB for the combo model.
Additionally the drives come with 1-click backup and synchronization software and Windows users can encrypt their data with 128-bit AES encryption. The 1.8in models costs US$99.99 and $129.99 respectively for the 30 and 60GB drives. The 2.5in version starts at $89.99 for the 80GB model and goes up to $104.99 for the 120GB, $119.99 for the 160GB and finally $179.99 for the 250GB version. The combo starts at $119.99 for the 120GB variety, with the 160GB going for $139.99 and finally the 250GB one for $229.99. All models are available now, but not in all sizes.
You can find more info on LaCie's mobile hard drive page, here
In similar style to Corsair's Survivor series of flash drives, OCZ have announced today some very rugged well-built offerings of their own in the ATV and ATV Turbo series.
These flash drives will cop a real beating as they are both shock and water-proof, the Turbo series has extremely quick memory chips in it which allow for read rates of up to 35MB/sec and write rates of 30MB/sec, of course they are Windows ReadyBoost ready as well.
The external casing features a durable and colorful rubber 'tread' pattern which will keep the internals very safe even when submerged in water.
The ATV and ATV Turbo flash drives come in sizes ranging from 2 to 8GB.
Sunnyvale, CA-September 5, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the toughest and fastest additions to its award-winning lineup of flash drives. The all-new ATV and ATV Turbo are ruggedized storage solutions for professionals, students, and gamers on the go, and are built to handle whatever rough terrain you encounter. Developed to compete with the fastest flash drives in the world, the ATV Turbo features unbelievable speed for today's busy lifestyles.
SanDisk have found a way to make solid-state storage more affordable to the entry-level market with its new uSSD 5000 SSD series. These are small USB-based SSD offerings and will be embedded onto motherboards found in sub-$250 systems.
BERLIN, GERMANY, August 31, 2007 - Joining global efforts to bring affordable personal computers to millions of people in developing nations, SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced the uSSD 5000 solid state drive (SSD), which can be used as an economical substitute for hard disk drives in sub-$250 PCs. Among the first computers using uSSD solid state drives will be the Intel-powered classmate PC, intended for educational markets in emerging nations.