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Western Digital are on a bit of a roll lately in terms of releasing new HDDs. Recently they unveiled both standard and enterprise class 750GB hard disk drives, and now they follow on with a new line of power-efficient hard drives with capacities ranging from 320GB through 1TB.
The new "GreenPower" line of hard drives are said to cut power consumption by up to a whopping 40%, that's a pretty bold claim right there but you never know, WD could be onto a really good thing here. To help keep power usage to a mininum the drives have the ability to adjust their spindle speed on the fly (between 5400 and 7200RPM) depending on whats being asked of the drive at the time.
Other specs are 16MB of onboard cache, support for 300MB/s SATA speeds, and WD's exclusive IntelliPower, IntelliSeek and IntelliPark technologies embedded.
For the full rundown on 'em have a read of the official PR on Western Digital's website.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - July 23, 2007 -Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced a new environmentally friendly GreenPower family of WD® desktop, enterprise, CE and external hard drive products. The new GreenPower (GP) family will ship in capacities from 320 gigabytes (GB) to one terabyte (TB), and will save up to 40% in hard drive power consumption, or as much as $10 per drive per year.
Storage specialists "TrekStor" have just fired up details on their website of a new external storage solution they call the "DataStation duo w.u". This unit boasts 1TB of storage capacity which is made possible via two seperate 500GB HDDs enclosed in an aluminium housing. Included is a copy of Nero's "BackItUp2" software suite and the pricing on it is said to be around $430.
Head over to the official website for further info.
3.5" external HDD enclosures flood the market these days, so it's become very hard for companies to make their product stand out.
Thermaltake dont have to worry about that with their new "Muse R-Duo Raid External Enclosure" though, as this one is capable of taking up to two 750GB HDDs in RAID 0, 1, Linear or BIG.
Some of the key features are as follows :-
* Integrated high performance 30mm fan
* Backup & restore software included
* Supports eSATA & USB2.0 interface
* Brushed aluminum housing
* Rotating acrylic foot stands
* Supports plug & play and hot-swapping
For more images and details on on it head over to Thermaltake's website.
Promise has released its first NAS product, the SmartStor NS4300N. It's a rather attractive looking, for a NAS that is, square black box with rounded corners on one side and some silver highlights.
It will take up to four SATA hard drives and it features RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10. It connects to the network via a Gigabit Ethernet interface. It also features one touch backup for the clients, however, it doesn't seem to smart that you have to go and press a button on the NAS to backup your systems.
It also supports an external UPS and it has a pair of USB ports that can be used with external USB drivers or printers. It's compatible with the FTP, SMB, CIFS, AFP and NFS network protocols and it works with Windows, Linux and Mac OS.
You can find out more here
Corsair have always had a tendancy to be one of the first when it came to revolutionising an already saturated market of varying types of USB flash drives.
As further backing to that, they have just introduced an entirely new family of flash drives with a "padlock" feature embedded. What this does is allow users a simple way of protecting their data from being accessible to just anyone, this by means of using a series of buttons on the outer-shell. A 4-digit PIN is required to be entered prior to being given access to the contents on the flash chip.
This feature is entirely independant of any system software manipulation. The drives will be available in both 1 and 2GB capacities, and are set to be released towards the end of this quarter.
For further information on them, head over to TechConnect.
After years and year of impressing us with highly-overclockable memory modules, Corsair has managed to take the flash drive market by storm too with its Flash Voyager line-up. Now, after establishing a few speed records with the Flash Voyager GT and shattering dreams of fragility with the ultra-durable Flash Survivors, Corsair has turned towards a new of flash drive users, security.
Whilst we have the spotlight on Corsair, TechConnect have also acertained that due to the sub-par success rate of Corsair's most recent watercooling kit (the Nautilus 500), they've chosen to put future cooling projects on the backburner. They have put their focus entirely back onto memory products and power supplies. Whether or not they will choose to have another go at the watercooling market down the track is anyone's guess at this stage.
WD have just announced their new AV (Audio / Video) series hard drives in Australia, these designed to suit environments where reliability, low-noise and low power consumption are a requisite for their roles (such as surveillance systems, digital set-top boxes, IP Gateways etc. where they will often be running 24/7.
Capacities of the family are from 80GB through 500GB, and you can get the full rundown on the particular technologies implemented in the AV series in the official announcement here.
SYDNEY AUSTRALIA - July 04 , 2007 -Western Digital announced a new family of hard drives for audio and video recording products, one of today's fastest growing digital storage markets. Drawing on its expertise as a leading supplier to major consumer electronics and surveillance manufacturers worldwide, WD has designed its new 3.5-inch WD AV hard drives with technologies that provide the increased reliability, cooler and quieter operation and low power consumption required for these demanding environments. The WD AV drives in capacities ranging from 80 GB to 500 GB are available through the company's distribution network.
Transcend have today added a new product to a quickly growing market of solid state storage solutions, this being a 32GB offering in the form of an ExpressCard for notebooks.
The ExpressCard/34 SSD is fully compatible with Windows Vista and supports Readyboost. An included USB adapter also allows the ExpressCard to operate as a regular USB flash drive.
For further details have a read of the official PR here.
Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a leading company in flash memory products, is pleased to announce its latest 32GB ExpressCard/34 SSD. The ExpressCard/34 SSD (Solid State Disk) has a huge capacity and low power consumption, which makes it perfect for use as a mobile storage solution in notebook computers with ExpressCard slot. This type of slot is a new standard developed by PCMCIA to carry forward the benefits of plug-in I/O cards to the next generation of personal computing devices.
Samsung has announced that it is mass producing 64GB SSD drives, which it claims is the highest density drives available today. The drive consists of eight 64Gbit single-level cell flash memory chips that are manufactured at 51nm. It looks like the first model is IDE only, although we'd expect SATA drives to follow.
Samsung expects a huge growth in the SSD market and if Computex this year is anything to go by, it looks like a lucrative market that many companies are looking at getting into. Although 64GB isn't the biggest size to have been shown, it seems like Samsung has the biggest available drive. No pricing was given, but you can bet on the fact that it won't be cheap.
Rapid expansion of the 1.8-inch SSD market will spark demand for even smaller SSD formats to be used in mobile consumer electronics. The miniaturization of SSDs will give rise to new types of digital products. Over the next three years, 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SSDs will also gain a great deal of momentum for widespread use in standard notebooks and desktop PCs, respectively.
You can read the full press release here
Wow, I bet most of us didnt think the industry would catch up so soon, however PQI have managed to pump out a 2.5" solid-state hard disk with 256GB capacity; thats bang smack in the same league as the biggest of current mechanical notebook drives on the market.
Apparently this drive is also pretty damn quick, being able to dish out transfer speeds of around 60MB/sec. The only inevitable downside will be the pricetag, there's nothing official on that yet but it's not hard to believe it'll end up retailing in excess of $1k USD.
More info at the Dailytech.
Taipei, Taiwan ~ Power Quotient International Co., Ltd. (PQI) officially announced high speed 226X Industrial CF Turbo+ card, 256GB SSD Turbo+, 32GB PCI-E SSD and 1.8" 32GB ZIF - SSD storage mediums. The high speed 226X Industrial CF card Turbo+ is available with a maximum capacity of 16GB and a transfer rate of 38MB/sec.
Bob Chu, PQI DiskOnModule Manager states, with growing popularity of flash drive hard drive due to SSD's shock proof, high stability and low power consumption properties, SSDs have made it's debut in some of the world's renown PCs replacing traditional hard drives. Apart from the advantages described, SSDs also have longer average data storage time of 10 years and faster seek times compare to traditional hard drive read / write heads. PQI expects SSD to become the hard drive of the future and in 2008, SSD may replace up to 30% of traditional hard drive market.
Memory marker Transcend have just extended their solid state storage family of 2.5" IDE drives with a 32GB model, doubling the capacity of their previous top-end SSD drive. These drives are only 7.44mm in thickness and will easily fit into a notebook of choice.
For full details have a read of the official PR here folks.
Transcend is very pleased to announce its 32GB 2.5-inch IDE Solid State Drive (SSD), which is compatible with most mainstream PC and notebook computers. The 2.5-inch IDE interface SSD has a tough outer metal case, enormous capacities, high reliability, low power consumption and anti-shock features that make it ideal to replace Hard Disk Drives. Transcend's 2.5-inch IDE SSD series has a distinct advantage over standard 2.5" HDDs in that it is a solid-state memory with no moving parts, and therefore not susceptible to mechanical failure as a result of vibrations. It is now available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB memory capacities.