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Hard Drive Desk Clock

Posted in Clocks,Hard Drives by Reuben Drake on June 9th, 2007

Hard drive desk clock is a hard disk drive converted into a working clockMaking good use of bricked drives, Etsy has desk clocks created from real computer hard drives that are obsolete. They combined a real working Quartz clock and made a desk clock for the uber-geek. Remove the base and you can even hang it on the wall.

via TechEBlog

WD 250GB Passport Portable Drive

Posted in Hard Drives,USB by Chris Weber on June 6th, 2007

Western Digital 250GB Passport portable usb driveWestern Digital’s Passport portable hard drive now encloses a 250GB 2.5″ drive while keeping the same small, portable 5 inch length and $199 price tag.

This pocket-size portable drive connects via USB 2.0 and can easily go with you in your computer bag or in your shirt pocket storing loads of multimedia and information. The smooth black finish on the rounded enclosure makes the device easy on the eyes as well.

The 250GB Passport also comes with some data synchronization features along with help searching its content. When you’re away from your home PC, you can transfer and modify files through other computers or your notebook and they can be automatically synchronized when you connect it back up to your main computer again. There is also some Google-based software that helps with indexing and finding content in the large space.

Product via …

Size Matters For Toshiba HDD

Posted in Hard Drives,Toshiba by Chetz on April 18th, 2007

Toshiba 200GB portable hard driveAs hard drives continue to shrink in size and increase in storage space, Toshiba gets to wear the crown for how much you can store on a portable HDD. The company has had its debut in this marketplace by launching 2.5-inch 100GB and 200 GB portable HDDs that are USB 2.0 compatible. That’s about 90 DVD movies you could hold on the largest Toshiba drive, good enough so that you can take it with you on trips for the rest of your life, and its hard shell casing makes it great to stick inside your travel bag too.

The 100 GB drive retails for around $130 and the 200 GB is priced at $230. Sales of portable HDDs are also growing fast too with industry analysts predicting that the number of units sold next year will be 6 million, up 58% over …

PS3 Getting Bigger?

Posted in Hard Drives,PS3,Sony by Chetz on April 18th, 2007

PS3 might get larger hard driveWith lagging sales and the decision to stop making the smaller 20 GB version of the PlayStation 3, Sony is now facing the unenviable position of playing catch-up in the race to be the number one selling next gen gaming machine.

Microsoft is also playing hardball with Sony by announcing the Xbox 360 Elite which gives users a 120 GB hard drive to play around with, besting the largest PS3 drive by a factor of two. Now two strong indicators have surfaced that show Sony is preparing to also up the size of its PS3 hard drive.

The reports stem from a March 2007 Sony request to the FCC to change the hard drive capacity on its PS3 gaming system from 60 GB to 80 GB. The report, practically a smoking gun, was given further strength when a Sony executive commented …

t.uch It With Trekstor

Posted in Card Readers,Hard Drives,TrekStor by Chetz on March 23rd, 2007

Trekstor maxi t.uch hard drive and card readerSeen last week at the CeBIT convention and heading to stores shortly is TrekStor’s DataStation maxi t.uch external hard drive. It comes in three sizes (250 GB, 320 GB and 400 GB) and can double for a USB 2.0 hub with its two ports up at the front.

Compatible with Windows Vista and everything back to Win 2000, as well as OS X and Linux, this is a nice and easy way to backup your system at the touch of a button and also to take it with you if you like. The unit’s 9-in-1 card reader offers you a variety of supported formats for your memory card needs so you should be able to practically plug and download right out of the box.

TrekStor claims that this baby has low energy needs and is practically silent when in …

Intel introduces solid state Nand flash drive

Posted in Flash Memory,Hard Drives,Intel,News by Darrin Olson on March 12th, 2007

Intel introduces solid state NAND flash drive with the Z-U130 ValueToday Intel, a world leader in silicon innovation, took their first crack at a new product line of solid state drives based on Nand flash memory.

The new Z-U130 Value Solid-State Drive is intended to be used in the place of traditional hard drives offering a more cost-effective and high-performance storage solution. The Nand flash-based drives can offer quicker boot times and faster data access while using less power in systems such as PC’s, routers and gaming devices. Aside from just being able to improve boot times and the ability to find and read data faster, the flash memory based drives would also most likely last longer than a traditional hard drive since there are no moving parts involved.

“Solid state drive technology offers many benefits over traditional hard disk drives including improved performance and reliability,” said …

The Hybrids Are Coming

Posted in Flash Memory,Hard Drives,News,Samsung by Chetz on March 8th, 2007

Samsung Hybrid Hard DriveSamsung has offered up some specs on their lineup of hybrid hard drives. Arguably the heart of any computer, the new drive is designed to consume less power than traditional HDDs. The hybrids use a buffer of non-volatile flash memory to cache data, improving accessing speed and increasing the boot speed. Additionally, since the drive only needs to spin for less than a minute every hour, the power consumption for a hybrid is 10-15% less than a traditional HDD.

The Samsung hybrid MH80 HDDs will be available in storage sizes of 80 GB, 120 GB and 160 GB. The buffer, OneNAND Flash, can be purchased in sizes of 128 MB or 256 MB. The company is saying that this flash will improve boot speeds up to 50%, offers five times the reliability of traditional HDDS while consuming 70-90% less power and increase battery life up …

Fujitsu shows off faster 2.5″ drive

Posted in Fujitsu,Hard Drives by Reuben Drake on March 7th, 2007

Fujitsu announced a new SATA 2.5″ hard driveEveryone could use a bigger hard drive, there’s no doubt there; but there is something to be said about a fast drive as well. Not long after unveiling a 300 GB 2.5″ SATA, Fujitsu has announced 3 new 2.5” SATA models running at a nice 7,200 rpm.

The three models, MHW2080BJ, MHW2120BJ and MHW2160BJ, come at, 80GB, 120GB, and a hefty 160GB respectively. These hard drives also have a very fast transfer rate of up to 300MB/s.

All three models should be out sometime in May 2007.

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Media Tank

Posted in Hard Drives,Storage by Chetz on February 16th, 2007

Media TankEver want to transport your computer’s hard drive without having to worry about its safety or without too much hassle? Or, are you just looking to have your backup drive outside your case but also not cluttering up your desktop? Enter ThinkGeek’s Media Tank which offers a permanent home for all your vital computer gear. Made of sturdy hard plastic and with built-in surge protection, this armored enclosure can contain your storage devices in one package and make them USB 2.0 accessible.

There’s room for a 5.25” optical drive and a 3.5” hard drive, a 6-in-1 card reader (CF I/II, MD, SD, MMC , MS/MS PRO) and an extra USB port up at the front for any thumbdrives you’re using these days. With all that ware in close proximity you won’t have to worry about overheating; inside the Media Tank is a cooling fan and aluminum …

Pocketec Nano 12GB HDD

Posted in Hard Drives,USB by Darrin Olson on February 7th, 2007

Pocketec Nano 12GB hard driveThis tiny 1 inch hard drive is interesting to see in light of recent industry advances in flash memory, since the Pocketec Nano is actually a spinning hard drive.

The small USB 2.0 device is powered and transfers data through a USB interface and saves data onto the tiny plates of a hard disk at a rate of up to 480Mbps. The HDD has a capacity of 12GB and is in an enclosure measuring only 38mmx38mmx15mm. The tiny USB interface drive is compatible with Window 98/SE/ME/2000/2003 server/XP/Vista and MAC OS 8.6.

More information can be found about the Pocketec Nano at the Korean Pocketec website, and will be retailing for around $210 USD.

Source: Aving via Engadget

Hot Swap Hard Drive with IDE to USB Adapter

Posted in Accessories,Hard Drives,USB by Darrin Olson on February 4th, 2007

Vantec IDE to USB Adapter to hot swap a hard driveThis IDE to USB adapter from Vantec is a really handy tool. Whether you are trying to retrieve data from a hard drive or looking for some simple external storage, this makes the connection very simple.

The IDE to USB adapter had a 140cm cable that has an IDE interface on one end and a USB 2.0 interface on the other; pretty simple. The IDE interface is a 3.5″, but the device has a small adapter that brings it down to the 2.5″ models as well. When the cables are connected and the hard drive is powered up, the computer automatically detects the external HDD hardware and you can start transferring files. No software is needed for Windows XP or 2000, and the device is compatible with Windows 98/ME/XP/2000 as well as Mac OS 8.6 and above.

Powering the …

Seagate Savvio 15K Drive – World’s Fastest

Posted in Hard Drives,News,Seagate by Darrin Olson on January 16th, 2007

Seagate unveils Savvio 15k Form Factor Drive as Worlds Fastest.The need for greater storage performance density while keeping power consumption and heat relatively low was a challenge that Seagate met back in 2003 with a move to the form factor drives for enterprise systems. Today Seagate continues leading the same market by announcing the world’s fastest hard drive – the Savvio 15K drive.

The new 15K-rpm is the latest addition to the Savvio line of 2.5-inch SCSI drives and provides an enterprise level storage solution with a seek time that’s 12% faster than any other drive. Seagate claims to provide this speed with a 30% drop in power consumption from their 3.5-inch drive and maintaining high reliability with a 1.6 million hour Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF).

“Seagate is committed to delivering solutions that will meet the needs of today’s demanding IT environment, and no product demonstrates this …

HyperDrive SPACE HDD Enclosure, Card Reader

Posted in Card Readers,Hard Drives by Darrin Olson on January 14th, 2007

Hyperdrive SPACE HDD enclosure and flash card readerSavitMicro has just released a nice solution for backing up your flash memory cards when out on the road. The SPACE HyperDrive is a 2.5″ HDD enclosure which has slots to support 18 different types of memory cards.

The HyperDrive SPACE is the enclosure for the hard drive, and requires you to provide your own 2.5-inch hard drive of whatever capacity you would like. The storage gadget has an interface to control the action of transferring data to and from the drive, and connects to your computer via USB. The SPACE drive can transfer data up to 1Gbps, and has a battery that according to the web site lasts at least long enough to transfer 100GB of data to the internal HDD.

This drive is a great solution for backing up your multimedia from audio recordings pictures and video. Easier to …

Hitachi Delivers Worlds First 1 Terabyte Hard Drive

Posted in Hard Drives,Hitachi,News by Chetz on January 5th, 2007

Hitachi Announces Worlds First 1 Terabyte Hard DriveToday Hitachi has announced that it will be the industries first in the world to offer a 1 terabyte hard drive. The 1,000 GB drive (for those having trouble with the metric system) will be available to retail consumers in the first quarter of this year, and will come under the name ‘Deskstar 7K1000′ retailing for $399. Hitachi states that the 40 cents per gig (for those having trouble with the math) will make the larger capacity an accessible price for more customers.

This announcement comes within hours of Seagate’s announcement of also offering a 1 TB drive sometime during the first half of this year. Seagate did not have specifics as to a release time or price and since missed out on the race to be the first.

“The industry’s first one-terabyte hard drive represents a milestone that is …

SanDisk Announces 1.8″ 32GB Solid State Drive

Posted in Flash Memory,Hard Drives,Notebooks,SanDisk by Darrin Olson on January 4th, 2007

Sandisk Launches 32GB Notebook Hard DiskSanDisk announced today the launch of a 32 gigabyte, 1.8″ solid state drive as a drop-in replacement for existing notebook drives.

The new replacement drive uses non-volatile memory instead of a spinning disk and mechanical head to read and write data. Due to this, the SanDisk drive can offer very competitive read and write speeds without having to spin-up or seek files, with a fraction of the power consumption of a traditional hard drive with moving parts. Lower power consumption can be an important factor for those using notebooks on the road in order to increase battery life.

“This is an important milestone for SanDisk in our relentless quest to create new large-scale markets for flash storage solutions for consumers in the personal computing space,” said Eli Harari, SanDisk CEO. “The 32-gigabyte SSD that we are announcing today represents the fifth generation …