02/14/2014, Thinking of having your own personal cloud, WD My Cloud may be what you have been waiting for. Marketed as “Save Everything, Access Anywhere”, the My Cloud is available in 2, 3 and 4 TB size. As a single drive setup, the My Cloud targets mostly home users and it is priced accordingly. For instance, the model tested in this review is built around a 2 TB red WD hard […]
01/07/2014, [CES 2014] Smartphone and tablets have changed the way we carry content. People no longer need to carry around discs full of content, they can simply load up their mobile devices. However, these devices offer a limited amount of storage which often isn’t enough. In that case, portable wireless HDDs come in handy. The new Buffalo MiniStation Air is a bonafide wireless HDD, but it does much more than allowing […]
01/05/2014, [CES 2014] Seagate is introducing a new line of external backup hard drives with Seagate Backup Plus Slim, a new series that follows the previous “Backup Plus” drives launched in June 2012. As you have guessed, the new ones are smaller, thanks to the natural size reduction of drives but the more important update in 2014 is the capability to (partially) backup Android and iOS devices in addition to PC […]
01/05/2014, [CES 2014] For the professional photo editor or video editor, having ample amount of hard disk space is necessary. After all a good majority of these professionals work with raw files and files whose resolutions are huge, meaning that every single file could be a few megabytes, and in the case of videos, a few hundred to one gigabyte alone! This is where LaCie comes in as the company has […]
01/05/2014, [CES 2014] External hard drives and USB flash drives are something we don’t necessarily think too much about in terms of design. However LaCie is a company that has not been shy about styling their products as we have seen them collaborate with Porsche on hard drives before, which is why it is not surprising, and somewhat of a delight, to see LaCie announce a new external hard drive in […]
11/18/2013, NETGEAR has just announced the ReadyNAS 716, a powerful Network Attached Storage (NAS) system for business usage that NETGEAR says is powerful enough to serve 150 concurrent 1080p video streams… if your network can support it. To achieve this level of performance, NETGEAR has tapped into a powerful Xeon (Ivy Bridge) E3-1225v2 quad-core CPU from Intel which runs at 3.2GHz and is couple with 16GB of RAM (ECC memory). More […]
10/11/2013, Capitalizing on their success with the 840 series, Samsung released their new SSD TLC based drives named EVO. With this new line, Samsung broadens their offer with five drives ranging from 120GB up to 1TB. The first generation of Samsung TLC SSD stacked up with MLC drives on the read I/O but lagged behind in term of writes I/O. Looking at the data-sheets from Samsung for the 840 EVO, it […]
10/03/2013, At CEATEC Japan, TDK was demonstrating HAMR (heat-assisted magnetic recording), a technology designed to dramatically increase the data density of mechanical hard drives. Hard drives are typically limited by how much bits of information they can safely store per square inch of each platter surface (HDDs can feature many platters or disks). Since the information is saved as a magnetic polarity, attempting to pack too much information in a tight […]
10/02/2013, Western Digital (WD) has just launched a new family of “personal cloud solutions” called My Cloud. This consists in new hardware of course, but includes an even more important software solution that lets users access and manage their data from a personal cloud in an easy way. The idea behind My Cloud is that managing a personal cloud based on one of more network attached storage (NAS) devices in your […]
07/22/2013, Sandisk has just revealed a couple of brand new products: the Sandisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive (16GB-32GB), and Sandisk Connect Wireless Media Drive. Both are WiFi-based storage units and the main idea behind them is to serve mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. As smart devices become more powerful, people consume and create more and more data with them. Additionally, mobile displays and imaging capabilities have reached a level of […]
07/17/2013, In addition to releasing new consumer SSDs, Samsung introduces the XS1715 SSD which is designed for “Enterprise” applications, which means that it is cutting-edge and expensive (from a consumer’s perspective). Since cost is a secondary concern, the performance has to be brilliant, and the numbers are indeed quite impressive: with a capacity of 1.6TB the XS1715 is capable of a theoretical 3000MB/sec sequential read speed, which would be great to […]
07/17/2013, Samsung SSD 840 EVO | Samsung has introduced a new line of Solid State Drives (SSD) aimed at the consumer market. The SSD 840 EVO will come in capacities of 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, 750GB and 1TB.
06/02/2013, Seagate has just announced the launch of a new 5mm HDD (hard disk drive) which represents an important height reduction (30%) from the previous 7mm and 9mm versions. Seagate built this to enable ultra-thin computers to reach a storage capacity of 500GB (today) to 650GB (by 2016) at a price point that SSDs (solid state drive) simply won’t allow in the same timeframe.
05/16/2013, Synthetic benchmark does show bigger numbers in favor of the PRO while applications trace testing even the playfield