Archive for Storage

Lexar announces Shoot-n-Sync Wi-Fi SD card

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on September 19th, 2008

Lexar Shoot-n-Sync SD CardOne of the things I dislike most about taking pictures is having to remove the memory card form my camera each time and load it into my card reader. I could directly connect the camera via USB, but I tend to forget to turn it off after I transfer pics so the battery is dead when I want to use the camera next time.

Lexar has a new SD memory card called the Shoot-n-Sync that will automatically upload images to my computer when in range of my wireless network. If the card sounds a lot like the Eye-Fi we have talked about before, it’s because it uses Eye-fi technology.

Iomega eGo Helium USB drive for MacBook Air geeks

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on September 17th, 2008

Iomega eGo HeliumIt’s just not cool to drop lots of cash on a svelte notebook like the MacBook Air and then have to pair it with an ugly, fat, and plain external hard drive that is just too ugly to be associated with a MacBook Air. The good news for you is that Iomega has a new hard drive that is the perfect Air external drive.

The USB 2.0 hard drive is called the Iomega eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive. The drive is encased in aluminum, the same shiny hue as the Air, and shares the Air’s thin profile. The Helium is a mere 16mm thick and weighs only 7 ounces. Inside the thin case is a 2.5-inch 320GB hard drive.

Seagate introduces new FreeAgent drives for 2008

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on September 15th, 2008

Seagate FreeAgent DrivesExternal storage is an important part of any backup strategy. No one wants to lose all the data on their computers in the event of an accident. Backing up data like documents, photos, music, video files, and other content on your PC is often best done to an external hard drive.

Seagate is one of the biggest names in external storage and today it announced its 2008 line of FreeAgent drives. The flagship drive of the line is the FreeAgent Go, which is only 12.5mm thick. The slim profile of the drive makes it the slimmest available today. Storage capacities are up to 500GB.

SD Card Association announces Embedded SD

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on September 12th, 2008

SD AssociationMany portable electronic devices that are used today store data from office documents to music and video files using SD storage in the form of full-size SD cards and microSD cards. The association that promotes the SD format — the SD Card Association — announced a new standard today for Embedded SD storage.

The new standard would allow manufacturers to embed SD memory inside devices like cameras, phones, and MP3 players. The new specification allows makers to build devices that have internal and external storage using the same specifications.

Toshiba unveils 240GB 1.8-inch HDD

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on September 10th, 2008

Toshiba 1.8-inch 240GB HDDWhen many of us think of hard drives, we immediately think of notebook and desktop computers where storage capacities can reach into the terabyte level. Storage capacities are equally important for smaller devices like MP3 players and camcorders.

Toshiba has announced a new 1.8-inch hard drive today that is the world’s first dual disc 1.8-inch 240GB HDD and the world’s first 120GB single platter hard drive. The new 240GB HDD is Toshiba part number MK2431GAH. The drive spins at 4200 RPM and offers a 33% improvement in energy consumption compared to Toshiba’s 160GB 3600 rpm 1.8-inch drive.

Intel makes its 80GB SSDs official

Posted in Intel,Storage by Shane McGlaun on September 9th, 2008

Intel SSDsThe SSD offers some nice benefits to the notebook users like increased battery life, faster boot times, and quieter operation. The catch is that at this time SSDs are significantly more expensive than comparable hard drives and the storage capacity of the typical SSD is low.

Intel has jumped into the SSD market with the introduction of a pair of SSDs aimed at consumers. The new SSDs include the X18-M and the X25-M. The X18-M is a 1.8-inch drive and the X25-M is a more traditional 2.5-inch size drive. Intel says that the improved performance of the SSD helps reduce bottlenecks between its CPUs and the storage system. This is the SSD used in the HP system claiming 24-hours of runtime.

Nexcopy SD duplicator

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2008

Nexcopy SD duplicatorNexcopy has introduced the new Secure Digital Duplicator, the SD200PC. It features advanced copy options, a small foot print and easy operation for an economical data loading and data distribution to SD flash memory. The idea is that this handy device will save you 100’s of hours in production time as well as 1,000’s of dollars in production costs. The software interface is supposed to be easy to use and it lets you copy up to 20 blank SD flash memory cards automatically. No “copy-n-paste” or single card loading. No hassles. It’s PC Based and will copy at maximum data transfer speeds.

Aluratek external hard drive encrypts data and uses RFID

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on August 27th, 2008

Aluratek Tornado Plus External Hard Drive with RFIDExternal hard drives are a great way to protect important data stored on your computer in the event of a computer crash. The bad part about external storage is that the drives are typically small and easy to steal. That means if the data on the drive is sensitive, you might want to encrypt the data.

The catch with encrypting data is that the data is only as safe as your password. Aluratek has introduced a new Tornado plus external hard drive that features RFID keys. The drive can’t be accessed and the data stored on the drive won’t be unencrypted without first swiping one of the two included RFID keys.

Kingston announces massive 32 GB SDHC Elite Pro Memory Card

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on August 13th, 2008

Kingston 32GB SDHC CardThe storage capacity of SDHC cards is growing greater all the time. I can remember only a few short years ago a 2 GB SDHC card was huge. Today that amount of storage will hold but a few full resolution photos from my DSLR camera. Things are even worse if you try to record HD video from my camcorder that uses SDHC storage.

Kingston announced the perfect SDHC storage card today for users of HD camcorders that record to SDHC cards. The new SDHC Elite Pro card from Kingston has 32 GB of storage. Kingston says 32 GB is enough storage for 6000 full 10-megapixel resolution digital images or over eight hours of full HD video recorded at 6 Mbps.

Newer Technology offers up FireWire 400/USB 2.0 storage hub

Posted in Storage by Nino Marchetti on August 10th, 2008

Newertech miniStack v2.5

Newer Technology was busy this past week showing off a new  FireWire/USB hub for data storage. It is called the Newertech miniStack v2.5 and pricing, depending upon hard drive storage size, runs up to around $280 for 1TB.

The Newertech miniStack v2.5 is a FireWire 400/USB 2.0 powered hub storage solution, according to its maker. At its maximum storage offering of 1TB it can reportedly store upwards of 1 million JPEGs, 350,000 MP3s or 500 DVD quality movies.

Addonics Portable Dual Drive Enclosure puts RAID in your Hand

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on August 8th, 2008

Addonics Portable Dual Drive EnclosureWhen it comes to backing up data on our computers most of us never do it. The sheer amount of data that could be lost to a hard drive crash on most user’s computers is disturbing to think about. External hard drives are the storage solution of choice for users that have more data than a flash drive will hold or want an automated backup solution.

Addonics has a new external enclosure called the Portable Dual Drive Enclosure that supports dual hard drives and RAID configurations for even more data safety. The enclosure can hold dual 2.5-inch SATA hard drives 9 to 9.5mm in height. Using SATA-CF adapters, you the enclosure can also support up to four compact flash cards.

Will the Micron RealSSD please stand up

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on August 5th, 2008

Micron RealSSDMicron is a big name in the flash memory and storage world. It announced a pair of new solid state drives (SSDs) today called the RealSSD P200 and the RealSSD C200. The two drives are aimed at distinctly different markets and use different technologies.

The RealSSD P200 has the performance, power, and reliability that are needed in the enterprise environment. The P200 uses Micron single-level cell NAND technology and uses a 2.5-inch form factor. Storage capacity for the P200 line ranges from 16GB to 128GB and the drives use the 3Gb/s SATA interface. Maximum read and write speed for the P200 line is 250MB/s. The P200 SSDs are good for up to 2 million hours mean time between failure.

Colorful Memorex Essentials portable hard drives unveiled

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on August 4th, 2008

Memorex Essentials Hard DriveIt used to be that a portable hard drive had to be plugged into the wall AC outlet to be able to operate. Over time, some smaller capacity hard drives could be powered by the USB port totally, making them much more portable. Today even some larger capacity portable drives are powered by the USB port.

Memorex announced its new line of portable hard drives today that are completely USB powered. The line is called the Memorex Essential TravelDrive. All of the drives are 2.5-inch and are compatible with both Mac and PC systems and backup software is included with the drives.

Formation doubles ToughDisk 3500 rugged HDD capacity

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on August 1st, 2008

Formation ToughDiskThere are many places in the military and enterprise environments where a standard 3.5-inch hard drive just won’t work. In the military, hard drives find their way into all sorts of applications from mobile command centers to aircraft where vibration and shock are big issues.

One provider of SATA hard drives — called Formation — has a hard drive that was designed especially for environments where a normal hard drive won’t work and the only alternative is expensive, and lower capacity SSDs. Formation has announced that it has doubled the capacity of its ToughDisk 3500 SATA Rugged hard drive.

Meninos hard drives make storage fun

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2008

Meninos hard drives make storage fun
Plain boring hard drives. We’ve all got one. But what if you could jazz up that hard drive and actually make a creative statement about your work area? The artists of Brazil’s Meninos design studio hate boring hard drives and they did something about it.

It all started when they made these custom pop art hard drive cases for friends. Now they are releasing them into the wild so everyone can enjoy them. Each external USB hard drive case is made by hand at their studio, using a custom acrylic case covered with a vinyl wrapper that features one of their designs. They’ll also make custom designs for you if you want to upload Adobe Illustrator art using their custom template. I like the Stormtrooper.