HGST Launches Helium-Filled 6TB Hard Drive

Posted in Hard Drives by Darrin Olson on November 4th, 2013

HGST Helium filled hard drive He6HGST, a subsidiary of Western Digital, announced on Monday the launch of its first helium-filled hard drive. The new Ultrastar He6 drive comes with a 6TB capacity in a 3.5-inch drive enclosure.

According to HGST, having helium in the enclosure has significantly less friction than air, allowing for less energy needed to physically move platters around inside the drive resulting in more platters with an acceptable performance. More platters mean more drive space with a general increase by three quarters over a standard air-filled hard drive.

The challenge has been to create a chamber in the drive that was tight enough to avoid leaking the helium, and HGST assures us that it is a safe volume with “less helium than a balloon”. Pricing was not initially available, however the company stated that it will “…cost-effectively extend the capacity and …

Iomega Mac Companion Hard Drive

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2011

Iomega has released the new Mac Companion Hard Drive, which is available in 2TB or 3TB storage capacities. It features a 2.1 Amp USB charging port designed specifically for charging your iPad, iPhone, or iPod and uses a fast 7200 RPM 3.5-inch hard drive formatted HFS+ for compatibility with Mac computers right out of the box.

The device fits perfectly on the base of your Apple iMac or your monitor. It also boasts two FireWire 800 ports, one USB 2.0 port, and a two-port integrated USB 2.0 hub that lets you connect multiple devices. The 2TB model is priced at $195. The 3TB model is $295.

Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go USB 3.0 hard drives in blue and pink

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2011

Is your storage lacking pretty colors? If so, why not spice things up with these Store ‘n’ Go drives. They are pretty standard 500GB HDDs, but they come in Caribbean blue and hot pink. So why not color coordinate your gear.

The drives sport USB 3.0 and come loaded with Nero BackItUp software. They retail for $100 from Verbatim’s site if you want a splash of color and you have to have it now.

Seagate passes WiFi-enabled GoFlex Satellite hard drive through the FCC

Posted in Seagate by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

The latest gadget to pass through the FCC is the GoFlex Satellite hard drive from Seagate. Right now, if you want to add a network attached storage device to your network it is a time consuming process of connecting cables, finding a location for your drive near a router, and configuring your network. Seagate will make this process a whole lot easier with this device.

The device packs in 802.11 b/g/n WiFi capabilities, allowing you to add the Satellite to your network without stringing wires from your router to the drive. This also means you can put the Satellite anywhere you have network access. Nothing on pricing or release yet.

Seagate to ship 3TB HDD soon

Posted in Seagate by Conner Flynn on May 4th, 2011

HDD barriers are breaking left and right. The latest innovation comes from Seagate, breaking the 1TB density barrier. Seagate will soon be offering the world’s first 3TB hard disk drive. Today, this size is more important than ever, with all of our images and downloads etc.

This 3.5” HDD for desktop PCs will help insure that you have plenty of space. The new HDD uses three platters. For now, Seagate hasn’t mentioned a shipping-date. The price is also unknown, but we should have some more info soon.

Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT Hard Drive

Posted in Seagate by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2011

Seagate, who is always rolling out the latest and greatest hard drives now has another new offering. No surprise there. Their newest 3.5-inch hard drive comes equipped with 3TB of storage space.

It’s called the Barracuda XT and the drive features a SATA 6.0 Gbps interface, 64MB of cache memory and works at 7200 RPM. The 3TB Barracuda XT is available for purchase now if you have the scratch for just $279.

HyperDrive launches new Hard Drive for the iPad

Posted in iPad accessories by Conner Flynn on January 31st, 2011

Remember the HyperDrive? It’ an external hard drive that can be connected to your Apple iPad using Apple’s camera connection kit. Well, HyperDrive has now launched a new version, this time with a nicer price. It starts at $99.

You do have to add in your own hard drive. That’s why it doesn’t cost more. The HyperDrive hard drive for the Apple iPad can hold up to 1TB of storage and the built in internal battery is only good for about 40GBs of transfer/read from the HyperDrive after that you’ll need to recharge it or connect it to a 5v power supply.

Asus Lamborghini USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2011

Damn that portable hard drive looks fast. Really. Like it’s about to burn rubber. Adding to their growing list of Lamborghini products, Asus has launched another Lamborghini themed accessory for your computer, the Asus Lamborghini USB 3.0 portable hard drive.

The Asus Lamborghini USB 3.0 portable hard drive comes with either 500GB or 750GB of storage and is compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. It will be available in two colors, silver and black and plays nice withl Windows 7, Vista and XP.

Western Digital launches 750GB Scorpio Black 2.5-Inch Hard Drive

Posted in Western Digital by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2011

We can never have enough storage options these days and this latest is from Western Digital, who has announced a new storage capacity for its Scorpio Black hard drive line, by launching this 750GB model.

This 2.5-inch hard drive features an SATA 3.0 Gbps interface, 16MB of buffer and works at 7200 RPM. If you like how this one is spinning, the 750GB Scorpio Black is priced at just $149. That’s a pretty decent price.

Seagate Barracuda Green hard drive now available

Posted in Seagate by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2010

Seagate is thinking about the environment with their latest Barracuda Green hard drive. It’s the industry’s highest performance eco-friendly 3.5-inch desktop drive and it consumes very little juice, making it ideal for low-power personal computers, multi-drive home networking systems and external storage.

The new Barracuda Green will merge the industry’s highest spin speed (5900 RPM) with Seagate’s SmartAlign technology and this results in best-in-class performance. The Barracuda Green hard drive will run quietly, lowering system costs associated with fans and power supply devices that are often required for power-hungry systems. Over 70% of the materials used to build the drive can even be recycled.

Seagate introduces 2.5-inch Constellation.2, 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on December 13th, 2010

Seagate has introduced their new Server-specific enterprise hard drive. The 2.5-inch hard drive will have a total capacity of 1TB. It’s dubbed the Constellation.2 and it can be used by small to medium businesses as well as large enterprises. It can be used in directed attached storage (DAS), network attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) environments.

It should give IT managers more options to meet capacity requirements. The Constellation.2 is available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities and promises 6-GB/s SATA or 6GB/s serial-attached SCSI interface options.

Playboy 250GB Hard Drive ships with vintage issues

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on November 26th, 2010

We’ve seen magazine companies bundle content with hard drive purchases in the past. Remember the National Geographic external hard drive? Well now we have a bundle that’s a little more adult oriented.

The Playboy $300 250GB hard drive contains every single issue of the magazine dating back to 1953. That’s a lot of boobs and airbrushing for sure. $300 is expensive for a hard drive, sure, but you’re really paying for the boobs.

Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 3TB HDD

Posted in Hitachi by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

The Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 comes in storage capacities of 1.5TB, 2TB and 3TB. That should give you more than enough space for your movies, music or whatever. These 3.5-inch 7200 RPM hard drives feature a 6Gb/s SATA interface and 64MB cache buffer.

They also offer improved performance over previous models. The Desktar 7K3000 has a halogen-free design, making it more eco-friendly, while the Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 is perfect for gaming and video editing.

Century’s New External HDD Case with LCD display

Posted in External Hard Drives by Conner Flynn on November 1st, 2010

Century’s latest external HDD case comes in the form of the CWRS2LCD-BK. It’s an external hot-swappable hard drive enclosure with cooling fans, heat sensors and an LCD display that shows the information right on the front of the case. What more do you need?

It measures 149mm x 185mm x 42mm and weighs 700 grams. This enclosure allows for hot-swapping hard drives just by opening the front panel. The Century CWRS2LCD-BK will arrive in early November.

W!! External Hard Drive Casing looks like a Nintendo Wii

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2010

Is that a Wii? The packaging would lead you to believe that it is, but actually it’s a W!!. A hard drive enclosure that looks like a miniature black Wii. Get it? W!!? Very clever. It will house a 2.5-inch SATA hard drive and offers a USB 2.0 connection that you can connect to your PC or Mac.

As an added bonus, the package includes some tiny Wiimote-like key chains that are also whistles. Umm. Okay. It’ll cost you $9.70, which isn’t bad for a fake Wii that will hold your hard drive.