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...

HighPoint's RocketU 1144A PCIe x4 USB 3.0 Controller: A Big Back-end

Most USB 3.0 controller cards available on the market today utilize the PCIe x1 interface. With a maximum theoretical bandwidth of 5Gbps, it is possible that these controllers...

40 by Zach Throckmorton on 8/30/2011

150GB & 300GB VelociRaptors Get SATA 6 Gbps, Larger Cache

While SSDs are all the rage these days, Western Digital is still making headway on their 10,000RPM VelociRaptors. The drives come in 150GB, 300GB, 450GB and 600GB capacities in...

28 by Saumitra Bhagwat on 7/28/2011

Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB: The World's Thinnest External HDD

As a desktop user I never really jumped on the external storage craze. I kept a couple of terabyte drives in RAID-0 inside my chassis and there's always the...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/5/2011

Seagate GoFlex Mac & Thin @ CES 2011

I met with Seagate briefly at the show and it gave me an update on additions to its drive lineup. Unfortunately there still are no updates to the Momentus...

15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2011

Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB and My Book Essential 3TB Drives Reviewed

Two months ago I looked at the world’s first 3TB desktop hard drive. It was a 5 platter, 3TB Seagate Barracuda XT inside an external GoFlex Desk chassis. The...

48 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/19/2010

Seagate GoFlex Home 2TB Reviewed

If you’ve got more than one PC in the home, having a network drive to share files, stream media and create backups can make a lot of sense. Seagate...

30 by Rajinder Gill on 10/10/2010

Western Digital Introduces new USB 3.0 External Drives, Hits 3TB

Although Seagate was first to market with an external 3TB drive, it wasn’t without issues. In our testing of the 3TB GoFlex Desk we found that under continuous usage...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/5/2010

The World's First 3TB HDD: Seagate GoFlex Desk 3TB Review

Seagate recently announced the world's first 3TB 3.5" HDD. There's just one catch: it's external only. The FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB arrived in our labs over a week ago...

81 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/23/2010

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