Neowin News Feed for: Drives Neowin News Feed for: Drives en-us Neowin Ignition News (Managing Editor) (Neowin Developers) 5 Seagate Barracuda hard drives plagued by failures <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/366027923.png" alt="" /></div>Numerous complaints are being reported from customers who own the 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive at the Seagate's online support forum. The hard drive seems to just freeze during data transfers. Kabatek, Brown and... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Chakkaradeep Chandran) Sun, 18 Jan 2009 07:49:53 +0000 Seagate and Dell offer self-encrypting drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="/images/news/logos/10319688d.jpg" alt="" /></div>Seagate and Dell have announced that they will be shipping laptops with self-encrypting solutions for hard drives up to 320GB. The company said this was a move to prevent data theft on stolen laptops... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Andrew Lyle) Mon, 10 Nov 2008 20:55:10 +0000 Mobile Hard Drives Hit 500GB <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>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... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Thu, 03 Jan 2008 10:01:08 +0000 Panasonic ships World's Thinnest Blu-ray Disc Drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Panasonic has begun shipping samples of the world's thinnest (that&#8217;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... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Sat, 29 Dec 2007 19:56:06 +0000 Intel touts Tiniest Solid-State Drives in the Industry <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Intel Corporation touts the Z-P140 PATA Solid-State Drive, the company&#8217;s latest product in the SSD market, as being &#8220;smaller than a penny&#8221; and weighing &#8220;less than a drop of water&#8221;. The devices are available in... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Mon, 17 Dec 2007 17:02:16 +0000 Market share of notebooks with Blu-ray drives to rise to 10% <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>The market share of notebook PCs with Blu-ray drives is expected to increase from 1% this year to 10% in 2008 due to notebook makers more willing to adopt cheaper Blu-ray combo optical disc drives... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Wed, 28 Nov 2007 10:35:29 +0000 Seagate warns of infected drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Seagate is warning users to scan their systems for malware after a password-stealing Trojan was found on some of its hard drives. The vendor said that the malware was discovered on the Maxtor Basics Personal... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Wed, 14 Nov 2007 13:20:06 +0000 Terabyte Hard Drives Show Stellar Performance <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>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... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Fri, 02 Nov 2007 19:05:17 +0000 Western Digital Touts 3TB Hard Drives in 2010 <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>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... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Sat, 27 Oct 2007 18:16:48 +0000 Hitachi releasing Power Saving Green Hard Drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Hitachi has announced it will be releasing green hard drives this quarter with up to 40% better idle power savings. The pricing will be comparable with non-green devices. Hitachi will remain at 7200rpm throughout all... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Steven Parker) Wed, 24 Oct 2007 09:13:34 +0000 Universal Music Announces Singles on USB Drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>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... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Thu, 18 Oct 2007 22:08:26 +0000 Seagate adds encryption to all drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Seagate is to build automatic encryption into all its enterprise hard drives, the company announced at Storage Expo 2007 in London. All enterprise drives will be fitted with Seagate's Full Disk Encryption (FDE) as standard.... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Thu, 18 Oct 2007 11:10:36 +0000 Cram 4TB on Desktop Drives by 2009, Hitachi Says <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Hitachi Global Storage Technologies plans to announce Monday it has developed technology that will quadruple the storage capacity of desktop hard drives within the next two years. The new reading-head technology will allow the company... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Mon, 15 Oct 2007 11:36:52 +0000 Tested: New Hybrid Hard Drives From Samsung and Seagate <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>When they were introduced a couple of years ago, hybrid hard drives seemed enticing. Pairing a standard hard drive with a flash component sounded like a good way to deliver on the theoretical performance boosts... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Mon, 08 Oct 2007 13:23:42 +0000 Aging Japan test drives high-tech helpers <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>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 &mdash; all examples of cutting-edge technology to... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Fri, 05 Oct 2007 01:09:05 +0000 Hacker's project sends media-filled hard drives to troops <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>A network engineer going by the hacker handle 'Deviant Ollam' has taken it upon himself to send care packages of a different sort to troops serving overseas, with him ditching the usual goods in favor... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Sun, 23 Sep 2007 17:21:43 +0000 Formac ups its Portable Hard Drives to 250GB <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>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... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Sun, 26 Aug 2007 22:11:23 +0000 LG Unveils Second-Generation Super Multi Blue Drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>LG Electronics, a leading maker of consumer electronics, has reportedly announced its second-generation hybrid optical disk drives for personal computers (PCs). The novelties can read all four disk formats currently sold, including Blu-ray discs (BDs),... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Fri, 20 Jul 2007 14:40:30 +0000 Lighting a Fire Under Hard Drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>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... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Mon, 02 Jul 2007 19:39:12 +0000 Laptop Hard Drives with 320GB Capacities Incoming <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Two makers of perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) platters for hard disk drives (HDDs) said recently they had started to produce platters with leading capacities that enable creation of 1TB hard drives for desktops as well... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Wed, 27 Jun 2007 12:09:33 +0000 Seagate Announces two new 1TB Drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>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... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Tue, 26 Jun 2007 05:52:47 +0000 Western Digital Bumps Passport Drives to 250 GB <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>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... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Wed, 06 Jun 2007 19:58:17 +0000 New tech could lead to much bigger hard drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>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... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Mon, 21 May 2007 23:59:14 +0000 Vista's ReadyBoost flash drives lack significant boost <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Windows Vista's Windows ReadyBoost sounds too good to be true, and based on our extensive lab tests, it is. The technology promises to let you speed up Windows by plugging an inexpensive USB flash drive... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Tom Warren) Thu, 17 May 2007 20:19:13 +0000 Microsoft and SanDisk Join Forces for USB Flash Drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Microsoft Corp. and SanDisk&reg; Corp. today announced they have signed an agreement to deliver a next-generation software and hardware solution to place application programs and personal customization on USB flash drives and flash memory cards,... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Tom Warren) Fri, 11 May 2007 16:20:53 +0000 New Worm Targets Portable Memory Drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>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... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Sat, 05 May 2007 03:11:28 +0000 Corsair Unveils World's Most Rugged USB Flash Drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Corsair has introduced the Flash Survivor family &ndash; 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... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Tue, 01 May 2007 16:25:15 +0000 Samsung Speeds Up World's Highest Capacity 2.5" Drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Until now, 200GB 2.5&quot; hard disk drives have only been available with a 4200rpm motor speed. Samsung Electronics has announced a new lineup of 2.5&quot; hard disk drives that includes a model with 200GB capacity... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Thu, 12 Apr 2007 01:36:50 +0000 Samsung Launches Quiet SpinPoint Hard Drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Samsung has announced 80GB and 160GB flavours of its new 3.5&quot; 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,... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Wed, 04 Apr 2007 22:57:10 +0000 Sharp to Ship 6x Laser for Blu-ray, HD DVD Drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Sharp Corporation has announced its new 210 mW (milliwatts) blue-violet laser diode, the most powerful in the world when it ships in May, that will triple the write times for high-end DVD and optical disc... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Thu, 15 Mar 2007 02:15:06 +0000 Intel unveils Flash-based hard drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Intel has unveiled a new solid state hard drive based on Flash memory that aims to provide a low cost alternative to mechanical hard drives. The Z-U130 is currently shipping in 1GB and 2GB models,... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Mon, 12 Mar 2007 11:13:27 +0000 SanDisk rolls out flash hard drives for laptops <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>SanDisk wants to replace the hard drive in notebooks with flash memory, a swap that it says will make thin laptops faster and more reliable. The switch, however, will cost you a few hundred dollars... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Michael Stanclift) Thu, 04 Jan 2007 15:51:58 +0000 Intel P965, Vista to boost adoption of SATA optical drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Intel's P965 chipset and Microsoft's Vista operating system are expected to speed up adoption of SATA (serial advanced technology attachment) and displace ATAPI (ATA packet interface) as the mainstream interface standard for optical drives in... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Tue, 28 Nov 2006 13:06:07 +0000 Neowin at Digital Life: U3 BeSmart Drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Oddly enough, one of the more interesting devices at the convention was a flash drive. U3, the company that developed the technology behind the new &quot;smart&quot; drives that are sold by various flash drive manufacturers,... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Christopher Vendemio) Sat, 14 Oct 2006 17:19:45 +0000 Conventional Hard Drives Obsolete? <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>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... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Jerry Grey) Fri, 13 Oct 2006 07:52:15 +0000 Visual Subst - create virtual drives in a GUI way <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>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... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Wed, 16 Aug 2006 09:36:56 +0000 Microsoft: No plans for internal HD-DVD 360 drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>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... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Fri, 28 Jul 2006 18:34:40 +0000 Versatile Hard Drives <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>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&quot; Mini Portable Hard Drive, a 1.9-by-1.9-by-0.6-inch portable hard drive... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Daniel Fleshbourne) Wed, 19 Jul 2006 12:46:22 +0000 Nintendo Drives Revival of Japanese Market <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>Sales of Nintendo's DS handheld console have lead to a boom in the Japanese gaming market this year. The DS is the unrivalled king in Japan at the moment, selling thousands more than its competitors... <a href="">Read more...</a> (Joe Cashman) Sat, 08 Jul 2006 00:10:39 +0000 Hybrid Drives to Become Vista Premium Logo Requirement <div style="float:left;margin-right:10px;"><img src="" alt="" /></div>At a discussion of flash memory technologies to be included in Windows Vista and &quot;Longhorn&quot; here at TechEd 2006 this morning, Microsoft's program manager for Windows Client Performance Matt Ayres confirmed that inclusion of hybrid... <a href="">Read more...</a> () Wed, 14 Jun 2006 17:12:02 +0000