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 …

G-Connect Wireless Storage For iOS Devices

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 23rd, 2011

G-Technology has unveiled its new G-Connect wireless storage solution for the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and other mobile devices. It packs in a 500GB hard disk drive and creates an 802.11n wireless network, allowing you to share content with up to five other devices simultaneously.

Other features include a USB 2.0 port, automatic discovery and organization of files into photos, videos, music, and documents categories, app-based access from iOS devices, password protection, a personal private folder, and AirPlay support. The G-Technology G-Connect will be launched next month for just $200.

SanDisk Unveils New SSD U100 And iSSD i100 Storage

Posted in SanDisk by Reuben Drake on June 1st, 2011

SanDisk, at Computex 2011, has unveiled some new storage devices: the SSD U100 And iSSD i100. The SanDisk i100 is the world’s smallest and fastest 128GB SATA III BGA-based SSD and is designed for use in ultra thin notebooks and tablet devices.

SanDisk U100 SSD and i100 iSSD’s unique architecture allows OEMs to manage the power consumption with their devices while providing increased storage and performance. The SanDisk i100 has 128GB of storage and is capable of up to 450MB/s sequential read speed and up to 160GB/s sequential write speeds.

Buffalo MiniStation Pocket Hard Drive and DriveStation USB 3.0 Storage

Posted in Buffalo by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

Buffalo has announced some new hard drives, the Buffalo MiniStation Pocket Hard Drive and DriveStation, a desktop hard drive storage solution that also supports Apple Time machine. The pocket sized Buffalo MiniStation will play nice with both PC and Mac and is available in 320GB or 500GB capacities. It appears to be USB 3.0 ready and can be powered by USB, without an extra power supply.

The larger desktop DriveStation comes with either a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port and is available in either 1TB, 2TB or 3TB storage capacities. It also comes with Buffalo’s backup utility for automatic backups. It can be setup to support Apple’s Time Machine using a USB connection as well.

Intel SSD 510 Series with 6Gbps SATA interface, 500MBps transfer speeds

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2011

The previous generation of SSDs, at around 280MBps read speeds, are pretty sweet, but now Intel is announcing its new 510 Series SSDs, which up the ante. The Marvell-controlled flash storage drives will zip data around at a rate of 500MB per second and boast write speeds of 315MBps.

The 510 SSDs feature a 6Gbps SATA interface, which ups the performance greatly. Bulk prices for the 250GB SSD 510 will cost you $584, while the slower (450MBps read, 210MBps write) 120GB model will cost you $284.

RunCore USB 3.0 Express SSD features 64GB of storage and two ports

Posted in USB 3.0 by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2011

If you have an old laptop with an ExpressCard slot that doesn’t have USB 3.0, you probably should upgrade. But if you can’t upgrade your lappy just yet, then check this out.

The USB 3.0 Express SSD is your solution. It offers 64GB worth of SSD storage and a pair of super fast USB 3.0 ports. This will sort you out. No word on price or availability just yet, but it shouldn’t be too long.

Card Reader that stores your Cards

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2011

Most card readers just do what it says on the tin, read cards, but this concept design goes one step further. It provides a simple solution to store all of those memory cards you have. Peng Qixuan has designed this card reader and we like what we see.

You can easily store your memory cards inside, while it functions as a card reader with a retractable USB port. This card reader would be a perfect travel companion. Too bad it’s just a concept right now.

DiscGear Selector 100 will organize your DVD and Blu-ray Discs

Posted in DVD by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2011

Do you have DVD or Blu-ray discs everywhere and need to get organized? The DiscGear Selector 100 is a DVD/ Blu-ray disc organizer that will help you to keep your movie collection more tidy. The DiscGear Selector 100 has 100 compartments for you to store up to a 100 discs.

It features a one-touch disc retrieval system and an index slider so that you know which discs you’re looking for and can easily select what you want. Just find the right number, move a slider to it, press down and your disc pops out.

Password Vault

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2010

The Password Vault stores and secures account information for website addresses, usernames, passwords, and ATM PINs, and allows immediate retrieval when you need them. Your passwords are safely stored offline in the vault’s memory, ensuring that the information can never be compromised. It can store up to 400 account records.

Sounds much safer than leaving passwords on notes around the house. The Password Vault holds all of your secret information behind its own password. And if the device is misplaced, lost, or stolen, five unsuccessful attempts to access your accounts will lock the device for 30 minutes. You can also reset it to erase all of your secret data.

Sony announces three new SD cards

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

Sony has announced three new series of SD cards to hold your many pics. The budget Essential Series comes in 2, 4, and 8GB capacities, with Class 4 (4MB/s) speeds. There’s also the Class 4 Experience Series, which adds 16 and 32GB models.

The third new offering is the Class 10 Expert Series in 8, 16, and 32GB capacities. This one offers high bitrate HD recording. All ship in January, but sadly we don’t have any info on pricing yet for these.

Rock Band Storage Ottoman from Level Up

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2010

Rock Band is fun, but those fake instruments and accessories sure do take up a lot of room. Now LevelUp has a solution for you with the Rock Band Storage Ottoman. It’s an ottoman made of wood with fake black leather for the cover. There are also Velcro loops under the lid for two guitar controllers. The drum kit stores in the bottom once it’s disassembled.

But that’s not all. There are other pockets on the inside for storing the drumsticks and the microphone. You can even add trays to hold video games and normal controllers from your game console. The black version is aptly called Back in Black and will cost you $89.99 at Costco.

TDK unveils new 1TB Optical Disks

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on October 11th, 2010

Storage breakthroughs are exploding all over the place and TDK has now introduced the new 1TB or 1000GB optical disk at CEATEC. The new 1TB disc has the same diameter as a standard Blu-ray disc, but has 16 layers, storing 32GB per side of each layer (32 layers each storing 32GB = 1TB).

TDK had already created a 200GB disk in 2006, but sadly it never entered the mass market. One day soon maybe we will be able to store 5TB on these discs.

Hitachi outs new 750GB 2.5-inch HDDs

Posted in Hitachi by Shane McGlaun on October 5th, 2010

Hitachi has unveiled a new family of HDDs that are aimed at use in mobile devices like netbooks and notebooks. The new drives have 750GB capacity and they will be offered in 5400-rpm and 7200-rpm versions. Each of the versions has the same platters inside.

Those new platters have 375GB per platter and allow the high capacity HDDs to fit into a standard 9.5mm form factor. The drives are also resistant to shock that mobile devices will encounter. The new drives are also the first from Hitachi to use Advanced Format with larger physical sector sizes to help use the storage area more efficiently.

Patriot Convoy puts a RAID array into your PC

Posted in Storage by Shane McGlaun on September 29th, 2010

When it comes to memory for your computers or SSDs to store your data on Patriot has you covered. What some of us need is a way to store more data inside some of the unused optical drive bays on a desktop computer. Patriot has you covered there too with its Convoy line of storage devices.

Patriot has added a couple new products to the Convoy line today that have four 2.5-inch drive bays. The new products are the Convoy 425S and the 425XL and both are very similar. They have an aluminum chassis and 40mm fans to keep the drives inside the hot swap bays cool.

Elecom Nano SSD

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on September 12th, 2010

Elecom’s Nano SSD is a mini Solid State Drive hardisk that can be installed directly on your computer’s motherboard so that it’s out of your way. It measures just 25mm x 6.5mm x 39mm and supports Serial ATA Revision 2.6 specifications and delivers a high speed data transfer.

It’s priced at 13,900 Yen or about $165. You can get the Elecom Nano SSD in 8GB and 16GB storage capacities.