Western Digital

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 uses perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) with two-dimensional magnetic recording (TDMR) read heads to ensure consistent read performance. Because of extremely high areal density, the new HDDs offer up to 267 MB/s sustained transfer rate, slightly higher when compared to previous-gen drives. The new hard disks will be available in high volumes later this year. The HGST Ultrastar DC HC530 hard drive is based on Western Digital’s latest helium-filled HelioSeal platform (5th generation) featuring eight 1.75 TB PMR platters and TDMR heads with two readers to ensure predictable read performance by mitigating effects of inter-track interference. The...

Western Digital Red Review: Are NAS-optimized HDDs Worth the Premium?

Western Digital (WD) introduced hard drives specifically targeted towards NAS systems under the Red branding last month. We had some initial coverage at launch time, where WD claimed a...

85 by Ganesh T S on 8/17/2012

Western Digital Enters Router Market with My Net Series

We recently had the opportunity to take a meeting with Western Digital in San Francisco, California while a good chunk of the press were out in Taipei for Computex...

25 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/14/2012

A Tale Of Two Thunderbolt Storage Devices: Seagate's GoFlex Desk and Western Digital's Thunderbolt Duo

I remember the early days of the USB-vs-FireWire wars like they were yesterday, although Wikipedia reminds me that they were more than a decade ago (sigh). USB 1.0 arrived...

45 by Brian Dipert on 5/13/2012

Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB (WD1000DHTZ) Review

There was a time when Western Digital's Raptor (and later, the VelociRaptor) was a staple of any high-end desktop build. Rotational media could only deliver better performance by increasing...

91 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/16/2012

Western Digital To Sell Hitachi's 3.5” Hard Drive Business To Toshiba, Complete Hitachi Buyout

Almost exactly a year ago, Western Digital announced that they would be buying Hitachi’s hard drive division from Hitachi for $4.3 billion. Since then, the two companies have been...

9 by Ryan Smith on 3/6/2012

Western Digital My Book Live Duo: RAIDing the My Book Live

We had reviewed the Western Digital My Book Live in detail last October and came away impressed with the functionality and mobile app support in place for the cost...

1 by Ganesh T S on 1/5/2012

Seagate Awarded $525 million in Arbitration with Western Digital

Western Digital announced today in a press release that the arbitrator for a Seagate vs. Western Digital complaint sided with Seagate and ordered an award of $525 million paid...

19 by Amman Sood on 11/21/2011

Thailand's flooding and our HDD needs

This holiday season might be a big one for SSD manufacturers. Like most tropical regions, Thailand experiences dry and rainy seasons, which are somewhat predicable, with the rainy season...

10 by Jason Inofuentes on 11/18/2011

WD My Book Live Network Attached Hard Disk Review

The rise of powerful home networking solutions have led to the shift in consumer focus from DAS (Direct Attached Storage) units to NAS (Network Attached Storage) units in the...

28 by Ganesh T S on 10/11/2011

Western Digital Introduces New WD TV Live Streaming Media Player with Spotify in Tow

Western Digital jumped on to the local media streaming bandwagon quite early in the game. With better codec compatibility and a more stable platform compared to other vendors, the...

20 by Ganesh T S on 10/6/2011

Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II 6TB Review

While we await more Thunderbolt storage devices, Western Digital grabbed headlines not too long ago for the announcement of its 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Mac-ready external drive...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2011

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

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

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

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