HDDs

OWC has released its new Drive Dock external storage solution that can accommodate two hot-plug-capable HDDs or SSDs. What makes this latest drive dock particularly notable is that it uses a USB Type-C interface, so it can be used with the latest laptops. OWC’s Drive Dock (OWCTCDRVDCK) with a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 interface can house two 2.5 or 3.5-inch SATA drives, supporting both HDDs and SSDs. The dock also supports RAID stripe or RAID mirror modes for extra performance or redundancy. Under the hood, the device uses Via Labs' VL820 USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller as well as ASMedia’s ASM1151 USB to SATA bridge, with OWC presumably layering software RAID on top of that. Keeping in mind that the maximum performance a USB 3.1...

Toshiba Launches 12 TB and 14 TB HDDs for Desktops and NAS [UPDATED with MSRPs]

Toshiba on Thursday said that its latest and largest hard drives for high-end desktops and NASes will be available later this month in the US. The new N300 and...

17 by Anton Shilov on 12/7/2018

Seagate Starts to Test 16 TB HAMR Hard Drives

Seagate on Monday disclosed that it had begun testing the industry’s first HAMR hard drive intended for evetualy commercial release. With a capacity of 16 TB, the HDD is...

14 by Anton Shilov on 12/4/2018

Best Consumer Hard Drives: Holiday 2018

Data storage requirements have kept increasing over the last several years. While SSDs have taken over the role of the primary drive in most computing systems, hard drives continue...

50 by Ganesh T S on 11/15/2018

New Halo 15TB HDDs: Western Digital Unveils the Ultrastar DC HC620

Western Digital this week introduced its new Ultrastar DC HC620 family of hard drives that consists of 14 TB and 15 TB models. The HDDs use shingled magnetic recording...

18 by Anton Shilov on 10/26/2018

Seagate Unveils 14 TB Consumer HDDs: BarraCuda Pro, SkyHawk, IronWolf, & IronWolf Pro

Seagate on Monday introduced a portfolio of consumer-oriented 14 TB hard drives. The new HDDs belong to the BarraCuda Pro, SkyHawk, IronWolf Pro, and IronWolf series, and rely on...

10 by Anton Shilov on 9/11/2018

Seagate BarraCuda Pro 14TB HDD Review: Massive Storage for Desktops

The exponential increase in data storage requirements over the last decade or so has been handled by regular increases in hard drive capacities. Multiple HDD vendors supply them to...

68 by Ganesh T S on 9/10/2018

Toshiba Unveils MG07SCA 12 TB & 14 TB Enterprise-Class HDDs with Dual-Port SAS

Toshiba is announcing that it has started sampling of its latest MG07SCA-series enterprise-class helium-filled hard drives. Notable for utilizing a dual-port SAS interface, the HDDs are aimed at business-critical...

11 by Anton Shilov on 9/7/2018

Western Digital Announces OpenFlex Storage Architecture and NVMeoF Storage Devices

Western Digital on Tuesday introduced its new OpenFlex storage architecture and the first family of products supporting it. The OpenFlex architecture promises to enable operators of datacenters to independently...

2 by Anton Shilov on 8/7/2018

ASUS Unveils FX External HDDs with Aura Sync RGB & AES-256 Encryption

ASUS has introduced its new FX family of external storage devices, which are aimed at gamers and feature the company’s Aura Sync RGB lighting. The FX drives can store...

3 by Anton Shilov on 8/7/2018

Toshiba Unveils MN07 Series HDDs Featuring 12 TB & 14 TB Capacity

Toshiba on Tuesday announced its new hard drives featuring 12 TB and 14 TB capacity aimed at NAS and desktop applications. The HDDs are currently sampling to Toshiba’s partners...

7 by Anton Shilov on 8/2/2018

Western Digital to Shut Down HDD Manufacturing Facility, Increase Production of SSDs

Western Digital this week announced plans to shut down its HDD assembly facility (near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) by the end of 2019, and then sell the property. The factory...

24 by Anton Shilov on 7/19/2018

Toshiba’s 14 TB HDDs Now Available from Supermicro

Toshiba was the first maker of hard drives to announce a PMR-based 14 TB HDD last December and apparently it is the first company to start their commercial shipments...

24 by Anton Shilov on 7/13/2018

SilverStone Preps IP68 Water- and Dust- Proof Enclosure for 2.5-Inch Drives

Rugged as well as water/dust-proof hardware usually comes in specially designed factory-sealed enclosures and is sold at a premium. SilverStone believes that if an enclosure is made right, it...

4 by Anton Shilov on 6/21/2018

Seagate Shows Off 14 TB Exos HDD, Promises Consumer 14 TB Drives in Q4

Seagate is among many companies that do not announce a new stack of products at every trade show because design-in cycles of modern storage devices are fairly long and...

10 by Anton Shilov on 6/6/2018

ATTO Connects SAS HDDs/SSDs/Tape Drives to Thunderbolt 3 PCs

Thunderbolt 3-enabled computers continue to gain compatibility with various exotic and special-purpose devices. ATTO this week released its ThunderLink 3128 SATA/SAS Thunderbolt 3 adapter, which can allow a Thunderbolt...

8 by Anton Shilov on 5/11/2018

Western Digital Launches Ultrastar DC HC530 14 TB PMR with TDMR HDD

On Wednesday, Western Digital introduced its highest capacity hard drive based on conventional magnetic recording to date. The HGST Ultrastar DC HC530 can store 14 TB of data and...

20 by Anton Shilov on 4/18/2018

Toshiba Launches S300 and V300 HDDs for Surveillance and Video Applications

Toshiba introduced two new families of retail 3.5-inch hard drives designed for surveillance and video streaming applications. The S300 lineup will offer high performance and up to 10 TB...

6 by Anton Shilov on 4/17/2018

Seagate Announces Exos X14: a Helium-Filled 14 TB PMR HDD

Seagate this week formally introduced its first hard drive with 14 TB capacity aimed at cloud datacenters that does not use shingled magnetic recording. The new Exos X14 HDDs...

10 by Anton Shilov on 3/21/2018

HGST Ultrastar 7K6 & 7K8 Enterprise HDDs: Up to 8 TB, 9th Gen PMR

This week Western Digital has introduced a new breed of HGST-branded server-class hard drives targeting “mainstream” applications that require 24/7 availability as well as enterprise-grade reliability and performance, but...

2 by Anton Shilov on 1/25/2018

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