HDDs

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 not at a maxed-out capacity. These drives use the latest generation of PMR technology for high areal density, allowing for fewer platters to reduce costs reach their capacity points. Unlike Western Digital’s HDDs with leading-edge capacity, the new Ultrastar 7K6 and Ultrastar 7K8 drives are not filled with helium, and these drives use four and five platters, respectively. The HGST Ultrastar 7K6 series of HDDs, with either 4 TB or 6 TB capacity, rely on HGST’s four-platter enterprise platform featuring a 7200 RPM spindle speed, a 256 MB buffer, and various enhancements to improve their...

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

Seagate Ships 35th Millionth SMR HDD, Confirms HAMR-Based Drives in Late 2018

Seagate last week made two rather important announcements regarding its current and upcoming hard drives. First, the company said that it had shipped 35 million HDDs based on shingled...

19 by Anton Shilov on 5/3/2017

Western Digital Starts Shipments of HGST Ultrastar He12 12 TB HDDs

Western Digital on Wednesday announced that it had begun to ship its HGST Ultrastar He12 hard drives with 12 TB of capacity. The HDDs are the first drives to...

15 by Anton Shilov on 4/28/2017

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 MN05ACA-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

Seagate Confirms Plans for 12 TB HDD in Near Future, 16 TB HDD Due in 2018

The CEO of Seagate has confirmed plans to release new nearline harddrives with 12 TB capacity in the coming months, and HDDs with 16 TB capacity over the course...

31 by Anton Shilov on 1/30/2017

Seagate Launches 1 TB and 2 TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5-inch HDDs

Seagate has quietly added two enterprise-grade HDDs to its Enterprise Capacity lineup of hard drives. While the 'Enterprise' name has recently implied high-density products, the new 3.5” drives only...

26 by Anton Shilov on 1/19/2017

Seagate to Shut Down One of Its Largest HDD Assembly Plants

As a part of its cost-cutting efforts, Seagate has decided to shut down its HDD manufacturing plant in Suzhou, China. The factory is one of the company’s largest production...

42 by Anton Shilov on 1/13/2017

LaCie Launches Rugged and d2 Thunderbolt 3 Storage Devices

LaCie at CES introduced its new storage devices with Thunderbolt 3 interface. The new LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C and the LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 3 support 2.5” and 3.5” storage...

0 by Anton Shilov on 1/4/2017

Sharkoon Launches Rapid-Case USB 3.1 Type-C Storage Device DIY Kit

Sharkoon has introduced a DIY kit that lets users build their own external storage devices with the USB 3.1 Type-C interface. The kit is not expensive and resembles similar...

7 by Anton Shilov on 12/30/2016

Western Digital Announces Ultrastar He12 12 TB and 14 TB HDDs

Western Digital on Tuesday introduced its fourth-generation enterprise-class hard drives filled with helium. The HGST Ultrastar He12 HDD can store up to 12 TB of data, whereas its version...

26 by Anton Shilov on 12/9/2016

Seagate Announces Duet: An Amazon Cloud-Syncing Portable HDD for $99.99

Seagate this week has continued to introduce special-purpose storage devices tailored for select applications: the company is launching its Duet external hard drive that automatically downloads and uploads content...

12 by Anton Shilov on 12/2/2016

Seagate Revives Maxtor Brand for External Storage

UPDATE 12/1 9AM: Seagate confirmed Thursday that it decided to revive the Maxtor brand in a bid to sell value products. In the coming months the company plans to...

36 by Anton Shilov on 12/1/2016

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