Mobile Hard Drives Hit 500GB

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Notebook PC disk storage leaps into the stratosphere today, hitting the half-terabyte mark with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies' announcement of a 500GB 2.5-inch mobile hard drive. Due out in February 2008, the $400 Travelstar 5K500...

Panasonic ships World's Thinnest Blu-ray Disc Drives

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Panasonic has begun shipping samples of the world's thinnest (that’s 9.5 mm to be exact) internal Blu-ray Disc drives to personal computer manufacturers. The new sample 9.5 mm high BD drives were accomplished by combining...

Terabyte Hard Drives Show Stellar Performance

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It's the era of the terabyte. That era really launched back in May when Hitachi delivered its 7K1000 terabyte hard drive. However, the 7K1000 was a five platter, ten head device, while Western Digital and...

Western Digital Touts 3TB Hard Drives in 2010

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Western Digital has achieved record areal density in its Magnetic Head Operation labs in Fremont, California, using its perpendicular magnetic recording/tunneling magneto-resistive head technology, allowing the leading maker of hard disk drives to product 3TB...

Universal Music Announces Singles on USB Drives

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Instead of offering digital singles as downloads like Apple does with iTunes, Universal Music announced that it plans to release its singles on USB flash drives this month. One reason Universal wants to stay with...

Aging Japan test drives high-tech helpers

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If you grow old in Japan, expect to be served food by a robot, ride a voice-recognition wheelchair or even possibly hire a nurse in a robotic suit — all examples of cutting-edge technology to...

Formac ups its Portable Hard Drives to 250GB

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Formac has bumped its Disk Mini Portable Drive series from 160GB to 250GB. The company's latest USB 2.0 portable hard drive measures 129-x-92-x-22mm and weighs only 124g. The drive draws power over the USB connection...

Lighting a Fire Under Hard Drives

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Researchers at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands believe that lasers will one day take over conventional magnetic data writers in hard disk drives. In laboratory experiments, they used laser light to write data to...

Seagate Announces two new 1TB Drives

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Seagate has unveiled two new hard drive lines that both offer a maximum 1TB capacity: the Barracuda 7200.11 (consumer) and the Barracuda ES.2 (enterprise). Expect both to arrive sometime this quarter and note that Seagate...

Western Digital Bumps Passport Drives to 250 GB

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Western Digital has released its new 250 GB Passport portable drives. WD Passports use 2.5-inch hard drives, allowing for their plug-and-play, ultra-portable design. WD announced last month that its launch of the 250 GB Scorpio...

New tech could lead to much bigger hard drives

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Researchers from Toshiba and Tohoku University in Japan have announced a new method of creating magnetic read heads that could boost hard drive storage density from the current record for a shipping product of 178.8Gb...

New Worm Targets Portable Memory Drives

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Researchers from security vendor Sophos say a new worm targeting removable drives, called the SillyFD-AA worm, searches for removable drives such as floppy disks and USB memory sticks and creates a hidden autorun.inf file which...

Corsair Unveils World's Most Rugged USB Flash Drives

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Corsair has introduced the Flash Survivor family – USB 2.0 flash drives that feature 256-bit encryption and can withstand the elements. The Flash Survivor series has Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer seals which allow the drives...

Samsung Launches Quiet SpinPoint Hard Drives

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Samsung has announced 80GB and 160GB flavours of its new 3.5" SpinPoint S166 Series of ultra silent and high-speed hard disk drives. The S166 Series has a spindle speed of 7,200RPM, provides an 8MB buffer,...

Conventional Hard Drives Obsolete?

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If you follow the hard drive market, you are probably familiar with names such as Raptor, Deskstar or Barracuda, which stand for hard drive families from various manufacturers. All of today's mainstream hard drives are...

Visual Subst - create virtual drives in a GUI way

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Visual Subst is a small tool which allows you to associate the most accessed directories with virtual drives. It uses the same API like console 'subst' utility, but makes it easier to manage virtual drives...

Microsoft: No plans for internal HD-DVD 360 drives

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Takashi Sensui, General Manager Xbox Japan, has suggested that Microsoft currently have no plans to incorporate the forthcoming HD-DVD drive internally within Xbox 360 units, but did suggest that this could be a possibility if...

Versatile Hard Drives

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The unfettered rise of flash storage hasn't prevented the hard drive from remaining a mainstay in many devices. Providing ultimate portability is Edge Tech's DiskGo 1" Mini Portable Hard Drive, a 1.9-by-1.9-by-0.6-inch portable hard drive...

Hybrid Drives to Become Vista Premium Logo Requirement

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At a discussion of flash memory technologies to be included in Windows Vista and "Longhorn" here at TechEd 2006 this morning, Microsoft's program manager for Windows Client Performance Matt Ayres confirmed that inclusion of hybrid...

Samsung Prepping Hybrid Hard Drives

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Samsung plans to demonstrate prototype flash-and-hard-disk hybrids next week at WinHEC, aiming to improve start/resume times and extend laptop battery life. Samsung Electronics has found another use for all that flash memory it's manufacturing: packing...

Demand for Xbox Live Drives Microsoft's Revenue

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Microsoft's revenue rose 13 percent to $10.9 billion in the third quarter to end-March 2006 from the same period a year earlier on the back of a surge in demand for newly released products, especially...

March Launch for PC Blu-Ray Drives

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Samsung Toshiba have announced that their PC drives will be ready for launch in March. The company stated that the backwards compatible drive will read both DVD and CD formats as well as Blu-Ray. Richard...

Seagate Ships Momentus® Perpendicular Storage Drives

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Drivemanufacturer Seagate Technology has begun shipping its new Momentus®2.5 inch perpendicular storage drives for laptops that were debuted at CES earlier this month. Inthe past, typical hard drives have stored data in a horizontal fashion...

Vista says NO to old DVD drives

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Windows Vista will no longer support DVD-ROM drives that do not handle region coding in hardware(RPC1 drives) - thus preventing playback of DVDs that are region/CSSencoded with those drives. Not a big problem, as RPC1...

Nintendo DS Drives Japanese Market

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The latest Japanese sales charts, including the week of the Xbox 360's launch in that country, show the Nintendo DS scoring big thanks to releases such as Mario Kart DS. In the week covered...

Blu-ray Drives Due Next Month

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Taiwanese firm AOpen has plans to introduce its first line of internal and external PC-based Blu-ray optical drives to the Middle East by the end of November. Compared to present dual-layer DVD writers,...

Fake Maxtor Drives Reported in Japan

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According to local press, forged Maxtor MaXLine II hard disk drives have been making their way into the Japanese market. Alleged fakes feature a 320GB capacity while Maxtor only produces 250GB and 300GB varieties...

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