Category Archives: Hard Drive News

News from the storage industry – hard drives, SSD, Flash, backup, network storage (NAS) and RAID.

Where did the screw holes go? 8 and 10 TB hard drive mounting issue

So you’ve got your shiny new Seagate IronWolf or Western Digital Red Pro 10 TB hard drive and your’re itching to install it in your MacPro or NAS appliance.  You pull out the drive tray and grab your screwdriver and… … Continue reading

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What is the state of Thunderbolt drives? (October 2014 edition)

Thunderbolt drive news Apple has left Firewire and adopted Thunderbolt as their recommended high speed connection for external hard drives (and monitors and other devices). With the Late-2013 “tubular” MacPro, Apple is making it quite explicit that there is no longer any … Continue reading

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Q. Where did OCZ Technologies go? What happens to my warranty?

OCZ Technologies (OCZ Technology Group) was a leading edge producer of performance computer products – at first RAM memory and power supplies for gaming and overclocking, then they took on SSD solid state drives and abandoned the RAM and power supply … Continue reading

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Western Digital sees Red, releases new line of NAS storage hard drives

Western Digital has made an addition to their drive line up, adding a Red series of 3.5″ SATA hard drives to complement their Blue (standard), Green (low power consumption) and Black (high performance) series. At the same time, they are … Continue reading

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Q. What is happening with OEM hard drive warranties?

Hard drive warranty coverage has been reduced by the major manufacturers, and competition in drives is consolidating around just three companies. All Seagate bare (internal) consumer level drives have 1 year warranty in North America (down from three years). Some … Continue reading

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Q. What is Thunderbolt?

Thunderbolt is a new computer data interface format that combines high speed data transfer plus digital video into one cable. The release of the Apple Mac Book Pro in February 2011 introduced Thunderbolt to the market, followed by the iMac … Continue reading

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iPad + Wireless + portable storage = Wi-Drive

One criticism of Apple’s popular iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) is that they don’t have Secure Digital flash memory card slots. This means that to back up the data from an iOS device or to access additional data … Continue reading

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Favorite: TrueCrypt open source encryption

Here’s something that makes me shudder – when I hear someone complain that they lost their USB memory ‘keychain’ drive, and then to hear them say “yeah, now I’m out $30 to buy a new one”.  It’s not the money, … Continue reading

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Hybrid SSD/hard drive setups

Lately there has been a choice to make between conventional hard drives and flash based Solid State Drives (SSD).  The decision boiled down to speed vs. cost vs. capacity.  SSDs can be blazingly fast, but they are expensive, and limited … Continue reading

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