HDD

Data storage requirements have seen an exponential increase over the last several years. Both cloud and local storage requirements continue to be served by hard drives where workloads are either largely sequential or not performance sensitive. While the advancements in storage capacity have primarily served the interests of datacenters (enabling more storage capacity per rack), the products have trickled down to consumers in the form of drives for NAS (network-attached storage) units and pre-installed in external / DAS (direct-attached storage) enclosures. Seagate is the only one of the three hard drive vendors to target the desktop storage market with their highest capacity drives. We looked at the 10TB BarraCuda Pro drive last year, and the 12TB follow-up was launched last month. This review takes...

Seagate Launches SkyHawk AI HDDs for Intelligent NVRs

Seagate has released a new family of hard drives for intelligent network video recorders (NVRs) with 'AI capabilities'. The new Skyhawk AI HDDs are built to simultaneously record footage...

9 by Anton Shilov on 11/1/2017

Western Digital Now Shipping 14 TB HDDs: HGST Ultrastar Hs14 with 1000 Gb/in2

Western Digital has started to ship its new HGST Ultrastar Hs14 hard drives, promoted as being suitable for cloud datacenters and for hyperscale developments. The capacity increase from its...

34 by Anton Shilov on 11/1/2017

Western Digital Stuns Storage Industry with MAMR Breakthrough for Next-Gen HDDs

Western Digital sprang a big surprise yesterday with the announcement of microwave-assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) as the foundation for the next generation of high-capacity hard drives. Hard drives...

129 by Ganesh T S on 10/12/2017

Seagate Ships Consumer-Focused 12TB Helium Drives

Seagate is launching a trio of 12TB hard drives today with a focus on the consumer market. The 3.5” drives build upon the 'PMR platters in a helium-filled enclosure'...

14 by Ganesh T S on 10/5/2017

Toshiba Announces 10 TB MG06ACA HDD: Seven Platters, 249 MB/s, NAND Cache

Toshiba has announced its new enterprise-grade MG06ACA-series hard drive with a 7200 RPM spindle speed and up to 10 TB capacity. The new units have a new design as...

15 by Anton Shilov on 9/28/2017

Western Digital Ships 12 TB WD Gold HDD: 8 Platters and Helium

Western Digital has begun to ship its WD Gold HDD with 12 TB capacity to partners and large retailers. The 3.5” drive relies on the same platform as the...

63 by Anton Shilov on 9/16/2017

Toshiba's 8 TB X300 HDD Now Available: 7200 RPM Drive For Under $260

Toshiba has started to sell a new, 8 TB version of its X300 3.5” desktop hard drive. The new X300 8 TB hard drive relies on a specially developed...

42 by Anton Shilov on 9/9/2017

Western Digital Launches New My Book Duo Storage Systems: 360 MB/s, USB-C, 20 TB

Western Digital has released its new My Book Duo external storage systems for consumers. The new devices run two 3.5” WD Red HDDs in RAID 0 or 1 mode...

6 by Anton Shilov on 8/25/2017

Western Digital Launches New My Passport Ultra HDDs: New Enclosure, Up to 4 TB

Western Digital this week refreshed its My Passport Ultra lineup of small form-factor external HDDs. The new hard drives use a new enclosure and come with software that backs...

26 by Anton Shilov on 6/29/2017

Seagate Launches The 4TB Game Drive For Xbox Game Pass Special Edition

Seagate has been partnering with Microsoft to supply official accessories for the Xbox console for a couple of generations now, and we took a look at one back in...

3 by Brett Howse on 6/1/2017

WD Adds Helium-Filled 10 TB NAS HDDs to WD Red, WD Red Pro Lineups

Western Digital has announced two new helium-filled hard drives targeting consumer and business NAS applications. The new WD Red and WD Red Pro HDDs increase capacity of WD’s NAS...

19 by Anton Shilov on 5/22/2017

Western Digital: Sales of Helium-Filled HDDs Accelerating, 15M Sold So Far

Western Digital recently announced that it had sold 15 million helium-filled hard drives, indicating that sales of such HDDs are accelerating. Since the launch of the HGST HelioSeal platform...

29 by Anton Shilov on 5/13/2017

LaCie Announces 2big Dock: 2-Bay TB3 DAS with Card Reader, USB-A and DisplayPort

LaCie this week has taken the wraps off of the latest member of their family of DAS devices, the 2big Dock. The newly revealed dock is their first Thunderbolt...

11 by Anton Shilov on 4/27/2017

Toshiba Launches N300 HDDs for NAS: Up to 8 TB, Up to 240 MB/s

Toshiba this week launched its new lineup of high-reliability hard drives for NAS units. The drives offer up to 8 TB of capacity and are based on enterprise-grade platforms...

16 by Anton Shilov on 4/21/2017

Western Digital Expands Purple Lineup with a 10 TB Helium-Filled HDD

Western Digital has expanded its Purple lineup of hard drives, aimed at video surveillance applications, with a 10 TB helium-filled HDD. The drive is optimized for write-intensive workloads and...

8 by Anton Shilov on 4/13/2017

HighPoint RocketStor 6618 Thunderbolt 3 DAS: 8-Bays, Up to 96 TB, 2.7 GB/s, $999

HighPoint has started to ship its RocketStor 6600-series Thunderbolt 3 RAID enclosures that can accommodate up to eight storage devices. The enclosures support all popular RAID levels and can...

21 by Anton Shilov on 4/11/2017

Toshiba Launches MG05ACA Enterprise HDDs: 8 TB, 7200 RPM, NAND Cache

Toshiba recently introduced its new generation of enterprise-class nearline HDDs for servers, surveillance, and higher-end NAS systems. The new MG05ACA-series hard drives offer up to 8 TB of capacity...

10 by Anton Shilov on 4/10/2017

Seagate Announces Enterprise Capacity 12 TB HDD: 2nd-Gen Helium-Filled Hard Drives

Seagate has introduced its second-generation of helium-filled HDDs. These drives will be aimed at capacity-demanding enterprise and cloud applications, and the new drives store up to 12 TB of...

21 by Anton Shilov on 3/16/2017

Toshiba Announces MN-Series HDDs: Up to 8 TB

Toshiba has announced a new family of 3.5" hard drives for home and SOHO NAS devices. The new MN-series HDDs have up to 8 TB of capacity and support...

23 by Anton Shilov on 2/15/2017

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