Toshiba has a full range of storage solutions ranging from internal to external devices. The company has announced a new series of external HDDs for backing up data via USB called the Canvio line.
The Canvio line can be had in 500GB for $119.99, 640GB for $139.99, 750GB for $159.99, and 1TB for $199.99. All of the drives are made in the same pocketable form factor and can be had in several colors.
The drives ship with backup software ready to run called NTI BackupNow EZ. The software lets the user perform easy backups and restores. The drives are available now online and in retail locations.
External storage devices are rampant in the business world. The catch is that many of them are used to transport sensitive information to and from the office and if lost could pose a significant security issue.
Apricorn has announced that it has updated its Aegis Padlock Pro external HDD with a higher capacity and eSATA connectivity. The drive can now be had in up to 640GB. The versions using HDDs are shock mounted and a more rugged SSD version is available.
Data on the drive is protected with 256-bit hardware encryption and you have to type the PIN number into the keypad to access the data. The 640GB version of the drive costs $199 and the 256GB SSD version sells for $799.
Whilst the SSD market continues to heat up with faster controllers and lower pricing, makers of mechanical hard drives are doing their best to find ways of cramming as much capacity into 2.5 and 3.5-inch drives as possible.
Toshiba has been working hard in this area and it's paid off with the company unveiling two high-capacity 2.5-inch drives; a 750GB model that's 9.5mm thick with two platters, and a even more impressive 1TB model thats 12.5mm thick, using three platters.
Both drives use the SATA 3.0Gbps interface and run at a speed of 5400RPMs, carry 8MB buffers and have access times of 12ms.
Toshiba is said to be sampling the 750GB drive as of next month.
Western Digital has added a new series of 2.5-inch sized SATA hard drives into its lineup that are ideally suited to systems running 24x7 that always call upon access from their storage subsystem; a perfect example is that of dedicated surveillance systems using AV/DVR applications.
These new AV-25 drives are designed with reliability in mind and provide a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) of 1 million hours. They run a rotational speed of 5,400RPM and carry a 32MB buffer. In always-on multimedia streaming apps the drives will stay cool and quiet with low power consumption.
The WD AV-25 series' capacities range from 160GB up to 320GB with pricing from $50 U.S. to $80 U.S. - a 500GB model will also be added to the series sometime next month.
For further details, head over to our press room where the PR resides.
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Further to Microsoft's supposed plans to enhance its Xbox 360's storage sub-system by giving users the ability to add more usable storage via USB storage devices, we see today that another step forward has been made for the gaming console in terms of superior storage.
Microsoft has made available its 250GB Xbox 360 hard drive across the globe at a price of $129.99 USD with apparent immediate availability in retailers worldwide. This drive was previously only sold as part of special console bundles and could not be purchased separately.
While we were at CES this year we stumbled upon a company named Eye-Fi. They had an interesting product that was really not much more than a method for moving your pictures from an SD card to a computer using WiFi technology.
At the time we thought these were a pretty neat idea but the capacity and speed of them was just not quite there. Well now Eye-Fi has upped the stakes. We have heard that they are pushing the speed up to Class 6 and that the wireless speed is now 802.11n.
This is pretty impressive considering that the cards are no bigger than a standard SD Card. You do not need anything else to get use them over the air. There are two new cards out now called the Connect X2 and the Explorer X2 (4GB and 8GB respectively). With each you can easily upload your pictures to Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, YoutTube and many others. With the Explorer you get an extra bonus (in addition to the extra storage), you also get automatic geotagging (through WiFi).
The cards are $49.99 for the Connect X2 and $99.99 for the Explorer X2 and will work with Eye-Fi's new Eye-Fi Center.
It's pretty crazy how much storage can be fitted into tiny memory cards and flash drives today. It wasn't so long ago that we were happy to get a couple megabytes of storage. SanDisk has now announced that it is shipping the first 32GB microSDHC card.
The tiny card crams 32GB of storage onto a small memory card that can be used in smartphones and PMPs. SanDisk says that the card is large enough to store enough music for 35 round trip flights from San Francisco and New York.
The card will be officially available starting on March 23 in the US and in Europe. The card isn't cheap at $199.99, but if you have tons of media you want to take with you, it may be worth it. The card uses 32nm X3 NAND to reach the huge storage capacity.
For those of you often on the go with your precious data which you want the comfort of knowing is locked away from access by all others, Patriot is soon bringing their new Bolt series USB flash drives to market.
The highlight of the drive is the native 128-bit AES data encryption. If the drive so happens to end up in the wrong hands, after 10 consecutive attempts to unlock it with the required password the drive will format itself.
But apart from this, the drive isn't unlike the gazillions of others floating around on the market with rated read and write speeds of 27MB/sec and 13MB/sec respectively, whilst capacities will range from 8 to 64GB and pricing from 25.90 EUR up to 310 EUR.
We'll keep an eye out for the press release.
I would be willing to bet that around the country in many small businesses magnetic tape storage for data backups is very common. Magnetic tape is cheap and the tech has been around for a long time making it a known in the business world.
Imation has announced a new magnetic backup tape cartridge for users who still use tape for backups. The new tape is called the LTO Ultrium Generation 5 tape cartridge and it offers 1.5TB of native storage space.
When data is compressed, the tape can store 3TB of data. The tape supports WORM and hardware encryption. Data transfer for the new tape is 280MB/sec and Imation uses several different technologies to make the tape more secure and prone to less errors.
Active Media have introduced a new lineup of eSATA Flash Drives to market today with 16 and 32GB capacities.
Upon first glance they look much like any other conservative styled flash drive on the market with dimensions of 3.1 x 1.1 x 0.4 inches. But these little units take advantage of the eSATA interface's throughput with the use of MLC NAND Flash that gives sequential read and write speeds of up to 100MB/sec and 55MB/sec respectively.
You can now purchase these 16GB and 32GB eSATA Flash Drives from Active Media through Amazon online at a price of $69.95 and $109.95 respectively.
For further information, check out the official PR here folks.
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Here's a piece of hardware we'd all be excited to own if it weren't for the sky-high price tag that's typical of all things enterprise.
LSI who just recently announced their partnership with Seagate have begun samping their LSISSS6200 PCI-Express SSD for the enterprise server market. This storage solution is said to be capable of delivering up to 150,000 4K random I/Os per second and up to 1,500MB/s sustained sequential I/O and 1,200MB/sec sustained random I/O, irrespective of read/write mix. Up to 300GB drive capacity can be had on a single PCI-E slot card and without any form of additional power required.
"The new LSISSS6200 card utilizes the industry's most widely deployed software stack to deliver an enterprise-capable, drop-in storage solution," said Steve Fingerhut, senior director of marketing, Storage Components Division, LSI. "Providing customers with a new tier of storage between system memory and low-cost disk drives, without sacrificing reliability or simplicity, PCIe-based SSS solutions represent the next evolution in storage architectures for market segments requiring extreme performance."
As for actual pricing and a release date to select OEM customers, this we're not sure of just yet. For further information about the LSISSS6200 you can view the full press release here.
Many of you will remember Plextor's dominance in the optical drive market many years ago when it was clear that if you had a Plextor, you had the highest quality optical drive money could buy. Since then competition became more fierce and optical drive technology was fine tuned across the board; for that reason the high price tag that came with owning a Plextor meant that they were slowly dimming out and losing firm hold of the top-end in this market sector.
But not to worry; Plextor isn't short sighted and can see a solid future in the vastly growing world of solid state (bet you never thought you'd see Plextor ground themselves in SSD territory - I didn't either!). They've just recently polished the edges on their first SSD they call the PX-128MIS and the folks at BCCHardware were able to get hold of a sample for review today.
Take a look at the review here.
Storage is like money in the bank, you can never have too much. Sure you might not use it all in one go, but knowing its sitting there waiting if you need it is a nice feeling. OWC has announced a new external storage device with a lot of storage.
The device is the Mercury On-The-Go Pro with 1TB of storage. The new device is 56% larger than the 640GB version that was the largest offered before. The 1TB device comes in three versions.
A triple interface version with FireWire 800/400 and USB sells for $269.99, a combo interface with FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 sells for $249.99, and a USB 2.0 only version sells for $229.99. All three versions are available now.
Intel today officially announced its new X25-V series (V for 'Value') solid state drives which give more budget conscious folks the ability to take a stab at SSD technology and make use of those near non-existant access times.
This new entry-level SSD series from Intel launches with just the single model in the lineup at this stage with 40GB capacity. The drive is of course 2.5-inch in size and makes use of 34nm MLC NAND Flash memory along with a 3.0Gbps interface and MTBF of 1.2 million hours. Intel states read and write performance figures of up to 170MB/sec and 35MB/sec respectively.
The drive comes with a three year warranty and can be picked up for around 130 bucks in the U.S. and 100 Euro in Europe.
For further info on the X25-V series SSD, you can locate Intel's press release here.
Western Digital has more external storage solutions than you can shake a stick at not to mention the gobs of HDDs the company has for use inside a computer. WD has announced a new external storage solution that is aimed at a different crowd called the My Passport AV.
The drive has 320GB of storage space and can be purchased now for $109.99. WD has designed the drive specifically for streaming video and the device supports direct connections to mane USB equipped devices.
The drive will plug directly into Sony Camcorders with the Direct Copy feature. It will also connect directly to your PS3 or Xbox 360 for video playback as well as other devices including TVs. The drive can also be connected directly to Windows and Mac computers for transferring video and other files to and from the hard drive.
Everyone needs to be backing the data on their computer up. This is especially important for business users or companies that have servers with critical data on them. Many businesses use tape drives for backups today because they tend to be cheaper systems.
Dell has unveiled a new HDD-based backup device for small and medium businesses called the PowerVault DL2100. The device can be fitted with up to four 500GB HDDs in RAID 5 configuration. Dell offers the DL2100 in value and performance versions and claims the systems are up to 50% cheaper than tape systems to operate.
Both versions are powered by Symantec Backup Exec software and use Intel Xeon E5520 CPUs with a single CPU in value systems and two of them in performance systems. Value systems get 6GB of RAM and performance versions get 24GB. Pricing starts at $8,600 for value systems.
Keeping private or confidential data safe on a flash drive can be a challenge, especially when you consider how easy the things are to lose. The DOD banned flash drives in its operations a while back and has only recently relaxed that ban with specific stipulations.
Kanguru has announced its latest flash drive called the Defender Elite that it specifically built and designed to meet the DOD needs for flash drives. The Defender Elite is FIPS 140-2 certified and meets both HIPAA and Sarbanes Oxley standards.
The drive uses hardware encryption with 256-bit AES encryption to secure data on the drive. Other features include limited password attempts, master password support, restricted IP range, and a tamper resistant design. The flash drive also has integrated anti-virus and malware protection.
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In similar fashion to Kingston with its 30GB SSDNow drives to give more budget conscious users a closer stab at SSD tech, OCZ has just joined the budget sector, introducing today the Onyx series of SSDs which begin at just $99 for the 32GB model.
The Onyx series of SSDs use the Indilinx Amigos controller together with MLC based NAND Flash, 64MB cache, 3.0Gbps interface and TRIM support to give up to 125MB/sec read and 70MB/sec write rates.
While the capacity is indeed quite small, it's good enough as an OS boot drive or for use in netbooks etc. and at the $99 price tag with a 3 year warranty it should be an attractive offering for those not wanting to throw too many pennies at an SSD the first time round while still getting those yummy low access times.
You can get to OCZ's official announcement on the Onyx series of SSDs here folks.