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Offer: CompUSA has the Hitach Desktar 7K250 160GB 7200RPM Ultra/ATA100 hard drive with 8MB buffer for just $29.99 after $90 worth of rebates (expiring 9/10/05).
Western Digital have just launched a new breed of enterprise hard drives dubbed the "Caviar RE2" series (with RE referring to "RAID Edition"). These new 400GB SATA hard drives are aimed at server and network storage configurations with a reliability rating of 1.2 million hours. The drives also sport native command queuing and 16MBs of cache.
For further details, have a read through the official announcement folks.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - August 30, 2005 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today introduced the most reliable high capacity Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives for server and network-attached storage applications. Reliability-rated at 1.2 million hours MTBF (mean time between failure) in high duty cycle environments, WD Caviar® RE2 (RAID Edition) 400 GB hard drives are designed from the ground up to deliver enterprise reliability.
The demand for high capacity, high reliability storage is rapidly growing. According to market research firm Gartner, the number of EIDE or ATA/SATA terabytes shipped into multi-user servers and storage systems will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 54 percent between 2005 and 2009. (Market Share and Forecast: Hard Disk Drives Worldwide, 2000-2009, John Monroe, April 2005)
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Deal of the Day details:
Offer: Get Maxtor's big, quiet (fluid dynamic bearing equipped) Ultra 200GB 7200RPM Ultra/ATA133 hard drive with big 8Mb buffer for just $79.94 shipped after $40 off coupon code. There's no rebate to send in or anything. Use code: 71209 for the discount, expiring 9/3/05.
Deal of the Day details:
This huge 300GB hard drive is now only $100! This 7200RPM, 300GB drive features an 8MB cache and whisper-quiet motor, and it comes with a 60 month warranty.
A press release from Western Digital recently has it that they've extended the warranty period to three years for a bunch of their desktop hard disk drives, and five years for enterprise drives. They state that all drives purchased or manufacturered as of June 1 this year are covered under the new policy. This is also now in effect for australian authorised WD distributors Achieva Technology, Esys, Ingram Micro, Synnex and Westan.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - August 1, 2005 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced that it is increasing the warranty period of some of its hard drives by standardizing all WD enterprise drives to five years and WD desktop and notebook drives to three years. . All drives sold through WD's authorised distributors and manufactured or purchased after June 1, 2005, are affected by the new policy. This policy is now in effect for Australian authorised WD distributors Achieva Technology, Esys, Ingram Micro, Synnex and Westan.
"WD has carefully listened to customers, whose storage needs and buying preferences vary significantly based on geography and application," said Arif Shakeel, president and chief operating officer for WD. "Many of our customers offer 3-year warranties on their desktop and notebook systems and 5-year warranties on their servers. WD's new warranty policy aligns with the industry standards and meets or exceeds customer expectations."
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If you've upgraded to Nero 6 in the last few days, you best take a look at this story over at CD Freaks which warns about a bug which can potentially wipe your HDD. Let's hope Ahead address it soon with a patch.
An Chang used our news submit to tell us that the German online magazine PCwelt.de reports that Nero 6 contains a 'bug' that could delete your entire harddrive. The bug is introduced with the Nero 6 Recode project. Bug might even not be the correct word for it, it seems more that Ahead forgot to limit the feature to empty the destination folder for temporarily files.More information @ CD Freaks
If this destination directory is set to the root of a disc (e.g C : ) and if the question: "Destination folder is not empty, do you wish to clear it" is answered with yes, all files will be deleted.
Yesterday VIA Technologies released their long-awaited VT8237 South Bridge that brings among other things, native Serial ATA support, which is something VIA had been lacking the last few months.
Now instead of VIA motherboards partners having to place a SATA controller chip on each of their products, they have native support through VIA's new South Bridge which will ultimately bring down the cost on VIA based motherboards.
Taipei, Taiwan, 2 July 2003 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the introduction of the advanced new VIA VT8237 South Bridge, which can be coupled with the complete range of VIA core logic North Bridges for ultimate performance and connectivity across the full spectrum of Intel®, AMD and VIA processor platforms. Featuring the world's first integrated multi-configuration Serial ATA/RAID controller, the VIA VT8237 will be key to driving the Serial ATA hard disk drive technology mainstream and facilitating the performance and data integrity benefits of RAID across a wider platform.Meanwhile, VIA Arena posted a humorous video about VIA's new SATA DriveStation Advanced Controller Suite software - You can think of it as The Discovery Channel nature edition meets every day computing. You'll understand what I mean when you see the video.
More information @ VIA Technologies
Not to be left behind, yesterday VIA announced their VT6420 Serial ATA RAID controller which VIA claim to be the first controller to feature SATA, RAID and a Parallel ATA-133 interfaces in a single chip package. Look forward to seeing this controller chip added to many of your favorite KT400A motherboards in the near future.
Taipei, Taiwan, 6 March 2003 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA VT6420 Serial ATA RAID Controller, the first controller to feature, SATA, RAID and a Parallel ATA-133 interface in a single chip package. Providing platform providers and system builders with the flexibility to reach multiple market segments and price points, the VIA VT6420 incorporates the very latest in IDE technology and is compatible with hard drives and IDE devices from all leading vendors.More information @ VIA Technologies
With Serial ATA hard disk drives slowly coming onto the market, Envy News take a look at a fairly simple, yet essential product from SIIG - a Serial ATA PCI card based on the SATALink 3112 controller chip by Silicon Image.
This type of product will prove perfect for those with motherboards without SATA support in months to come when more SATA drives become available. Although, since the PCI bus can currently only transfer a maximum of 133MB/s, we won't see SATA operating at its current full capacity of 150MB/s until PCI Express launches later in the year.
SIIG's Serial ATA PCI adapter makes upgrading to Serial ATA a snap. Everything you would possibly need is included, sans an actual Serial ATA hard drive. Setup was a snap, and in less than 10 minutes I had gone from opening the case to benchmarking the card. The cables were easy to work with and drive setup went much more quickly than with Parallel ATA drives. While I didn't get the performance increase that had been hyped, I didn't lose any performance either - when it comes to first generation hardware, that is an important step. All in all, I'd describe my experience working with this card to be a positive one.More information @ Envy News
IBM have announced the world's highest capacity mobile hard disk drive at 80 GB, which they say is made possible by enhancements to the company's patented "pixie dust" technology, boosting storage density by 100 percent. If that wasn't good enough news for you, IBM also plans to launch 7,200 RPM drives for notebooks. Wow!
The new Travelstar 80GN breaks current areal density records by allowing up to 70 billion bits of data to be written on each square inch of disk space. IBM achieved this by adding another coating of "pixie dust" -- or an additional ruthenium/magnetic layer to create a five-layer sandwich called laminated-"pixie dust.".More information @ IBM News