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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
Apparently Seagate, Maxtor, and Western Digital will all be lowering warranties on all of their hard disk drives from the original 3 years to just one.
"We're following the trend in desktop PCs, where they've all switched to one-year warranties," said Stephen DiFranco, vice president of marketing at Maxtor. "This should have no effect on consumers because we hardly ever get returns in the second or third year and it frees up cash that we have to reserve to cover the warranties.More information @ C|Net News
Raven from our forums let us know that Fry's Electronics are selling Western Digital 80GB hard disk drives today for $139.99 less the $40 rebate bringing it back to $99.99 US. If you're after a high performance drive at a good price (and you live in the United States), this is the best buy for you.
- Capacity: 80GBMore information @ Fry's Electronics Outpost
- Seek Time: 8.9ms
- 8MB Buffer
- High Performance Drive
- Data Lifeguard: WD's exclusive hardware, software and services designed to protect your data.
- Hard Drive Cable Included
- 3 Year Warranty
HardwareZone.com comes along first with their review of the RICOH MP5125A DVD+RW drive.
If you'd read about our recent HP dvd200e DVD writer based on the DVD+RW technology, you should have known that to date there are currently three primary DVD formats - DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW and DVD-RAM. Although the DVD Forum have only approved the DVD-R/-RW and DVD-RAM formats, the DVD+RW Alliance have been pretty aggressive in garnering market acceptance for their own format. Until next year, when a single DVD format will be finalized, users for now will have to choose between these three writing formats.More information at HardwareZone.com
The Tech Report then comes along with their Samsung optical drive comparison.
A lot of optical drives may look very similar, but performance can vary quite a bit, despite advertised speeds. Today we're looking at two optical drives from Samsung, a screaming-fast 40X CD-RW, and an all-in-one CD-RW/DVD combo drive that's no slouch in the speed department, either. How do the drives compare? Which is faster where?More information at The Tech Report
Don't companies love bragging when they take over their rivals? It seems Lite-on IT claims to have over taken Samsung to become the world's second-largest optical-drive maker.. Remember TweakTowners, It's a "claim"
Separately, the company reported a first-half net profit of NT$2.8 billion, or NT$8.98 per share, on sales of NT$21.2 billion. As the profit rate represents 70% of its full-year estimate, Lite-On IT said it may re-evaluate its earnings target at the end of the current quarter. Sales in the coming months will strengthen and stay above the NT$3 billion monthly level, it added, after having hit bottom in June and July.More info at DigiTimes