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New Mac mini not user-upgradeable, new analysis reveals

10/17, 7:01pm

Hard drive can be upgraded, possibly RAM, but voids warranty to do so

Server farm and hosting provider Macminicolo has posted its preliminary findings on the latest edition of the Mac mini, noting that the RAM in the unit is not user-accessible as was the case in previous models. This does not completely preclude the possibility of it being upgraded, but doing so would void the warranty on the machine. The 5400rpm hard drive included in the 2014 models is upgradeable, but again only through a warranty-voiding procedure.

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Western Digital extends WD Red NAS drive range, launches WD Red Pro

07/21, 1:09pm

WD Red Pro drives include hardware vibration compensation

Western Digital has updated its Network Attached Storage-focused WD Red range of hard drives with new capacities and models. The main WD Red line now includes drives with 5-terabyte and 6-terabyte capacities, while the new WD Red Pro drive line is aimed at medium to large businesses, including a few additions to help in an enterprise environment.

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Briefly: Voyager Air 2 wireless drive, Acer Liquid phones in Canada

06/03, 1:40am

Corsair launches palm-sized 1TB wireless hard drive

Technology company Corsair has announced the release of its palm-size wireless hard drive, the Voyager Air 2. Featuring 1TB of storage, the Voyager Air 2 offers additional file storage for tablets, phones and computers. Its rechargeable battery removes the need for cables, and its latest version software includes close synchronization, simplified media browsing and AirPlay streaming to Apple TV. The Voyager Air 2 functions with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connections, and can be partitioned if desired. Priced at $180, the drive will be available this month.

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BackBlaze report claims temperature does not affect drive failures

05/12, 3:52pm

Research on 34,000 hard disks finds no correlation between failure and temperature

The operating temperature of a hard drive does not directly affect the failure rate, according to research by backup cloud service BackBlaze. After analyzing over 34,000 drives, the company found there to be no overall correlation between failure and temperature when looking at the data as a whole, but some drives were found to be affected by heat.

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Briefly: Intel SSD 730 Series, Plantronics' BackBeat Fit

03/02, 11:21pm

Intel's new SSD 730 Series available for pre-order

Intel has made its new Solid-State Drive 730 Series available for pre-order. A powerful hard drive intended for gaming and heavy work use, the SSD 730 Series offers low latency and a high throughput, allowing for quick response times. Able to complete up to 70GB of writes per day as opposed to the industry typical 20GB, the drive is capable of delivering consistent performance across data types. Interested buyers can now pre-order the SSD 730, with its official release being March 18.

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Briefly: G-Drives with Thunderbolt, Tocomail's email for kids

02/12, 2:19pm

G-Drive with Thunderbolt, G-Drive Mobile with Thunderbolt added to G-Drive line

G-Technology has announced its expansion of products utilizing Thunderbolt with the release of external hard drives G-Drive with Thunderbolt and G-Drive Mobile with Thunderbolt. Designed for consumers and creative professionals, the latest G-Drive storage products offer high-speed transfers, incorporating 7,200 RPM hard drives. Enclosed in aluminum, the hard drives are formatted for Mac computers by default, but can be reformatted for other compatibility if desired.

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Briefly: great deals for Cyber Monday -- TVs, smartphones and more

12/02, 2:01pm

Big Cyber Monday deals found from TigerDirect, Best Buy

Cyber Monday has finally arrived, and online shoppers can take advantage of big sales this holiday season. We've gathered up some great deals on a variety of electronics, including TVs, smartphones, e-readers, tablets and hard drives.

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Seagate launches 5mm Ultra Mobile hard drive for Android tablets

09/09, 1:16pm

Claimed to have similar performance of flash memory in tablets

Seagate has announced a way for manufacturers of Android devices to dramatically increase the storage of future devices, using a similar hard drive to the ones it launched in June. The Ultra Mobile is a 2.5-inch hard drive measuring just 5mm (0.2-inches) thick and weighing 3.3 ounces, allowing it to fit inside the tight confines of typical Android tablets, while also offering up to 500GB of storage capacity.

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Western Digital ships 2.5-inch Red NAS drives, adds 4TB 3.5-inch model

09/03, 3:59pm

Thinner network storage drives offer 750GB, 1TB capacities

Western Digital has updated its line of WD Red hard drives to include two new 2.5-inch versions designed for network attached storage devices. The 1 terabyte and 750 gigabyte-capacity 2.5-inch drives join the line alongside with a new higher-capacity 4 terabyte 3.5-inch model, beating the size of its previous largest model by 1 terabyte.

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WD ships hard drive, hybrid storage measuring 5mm thick

04/23, 10:30am

Thinner drives use single edge connector to save space

Building on from its 7mm release last year, Western Digital has started shipping its first hard drives and solid state hybrid drives (SSHD) that measure 5mm (0.2-inches) thick. The new WD Blue and WD Black 2.5-inch drives are made to allow for even thinner notebook and ultrabook designs, while still providing a sizable amount of storage for the end user.

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Western Digital extends Black drive range capacity to 4TB

11/20, 12:56pm

High-performance WD Black drive uses dual stage actuators

Western Digital has extended its high-performance hard drive line to include a 4-terabyte option, doubling the previous largest capacity drive. The new addition to the WD Black range continues the line's themes of fast access times and reliability, making it ideal for workstations as well as the desktops of performance-hungry gamers.

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Kingston ships SSDNow V300 solid state drive series

11/14, 12:45pm

SandForce SSD capable of 450MBps sequential write speed

Kingston has extended its SSDNow line to include the V300 line. Using 19nm NAND Flash, a SATA 6Gbps interface, and an LSI SandForce 2281 flash storage processor, similarly to the SSDNow V+200 launched at the start of the year, the V300 can reach sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB per second. Kingston claim this to be ten times faster than a standard 7200RPM hard drive.

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WD updates My Book Studio drive with USB 3.0 connectivity

11/13, 12:58pm

Transfer speed claimed to be three times that of USB 2.0

Western Digital has rolled out a new version of the My Book Studio external hard drive, aimed towards users wanting more speed without switching to Thunderbolt. The update adds USB 3.0 connectivity, which provides data transfer speeds claimed to be three times faster than the USB 2.0 version, while also allowing for legacy connections through USB 2.0 and FireWire 800.

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Apple expands iMac HD replacement program

10/15, 4:48pm

Seagate 1TB drives at risk for failure

Apple has expanded the range of iMacs eligible for a hard drive replacement in its iMac 1TB Seagate replacement program. The program, launched in July of 2011, formerly covered iMacs sold between May and July of 2011. Under the expansion, iMacs with 1TB Seagate hard drives sold between October 2009 and July 2011 will now be eligible for replacements.

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Review: Akitio Neutrino U3+ USB 3.0 hard drive enclosure

09/26, 12:10pm

USB 3.0 paired with FireWire 800

As notebook computers continue to grow in popularity, 2.5-inch hard drives have become one of the most popular upgrades. Most of the drives that are pulled out of a computer end up collecting dust, but Akitio's Neutrino U3+ enclosure promises to give life back to unused drives, or serve as a basis for custom external storage. In our full review, we take a closer look at the USB 3.0-equipped enclosure.

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Western Digital unveils TB Velociraptor, USB 3.0 Passport

08/30, 10:06am

Thunderbolt drive uses 10K RPM disks to match SSD performance

Hard drive maker Western Digital has revealed a new line of portable external drives specifically for Macs with capacities up to 2TB and USB 3.0 functionality, and has added a 2TB Thunderbolt-enabled drive that it says offers up to 400MB per second read speeds (and 380MB per second write speeds). When two My Book Velociraptor Duo drives are daisy-chained together, it doubles the speed capacity, rivalling consumer SSD drives at dramatically lower costs.

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Toshiba unveils 12 new high-capacity hard drives

08/08, 7:28am

New Toshiba storage in 3TB, 2TB and 1.5TB capacities

Toshiba has launched a new family of 3.5-inch hard drives. Four different models of drive being made available in three different capacities sees Toshiba releasing a total of 12 new drives. Half of the new drives are equipped with a streaming function for data transfers within a specific timeframe, which are optimized for applications such as digital video recorders.

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WD adds Red drives designed for network attached storage

07/10, 5:43pm

WD Red claims higher reliability, performance in NAS devices

Western Digital is bringing out hard drives designed specifically for network attached storage devices. The WD Red range is a new line of storage aimed purely at the NAS market, claiming improved reliability and system performance in comparison to desktop and server drives in such devices.

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Review: Seagate portable GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter

03/16, 2:15am

Seagate tackles external Thunderbolt storage

Seagate has continued to expand its GoFlex hard drive system, which features interchangeable interfaces for interoperability between various connection types. The company's latest adapters enable users to upgrade their existing GoFlex drives with a Thunderbolt interface to take advantage of fast transfer speeds on Apple's latest Macs and a number of upcoming Windows machines. In our full review, we'll take a closer look at the Thunderbolt adapter for GoFlex portable drives.

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Hitachi slips out 4TB internal drive in Japan

12/09, 6:50pm

Largest capacity to arrive in 3.5" form factor

Hitachi has reportedly begun shipping a 4TB internal hard-drive, which has been spotted in the company's home country of Japan. The offering appears to be the first 3.5-inch internal drive to arrive on the market with a 4TB storage capacity, though competitors managed to release 4TB single-disk external drives earlier in the year.

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Hard drive shortage affecting BTO iMacs?

12/02, 8:00pm

Long delay suddenly appears for 2TB option

Build-to-order Macs where the customer has specified a 2TB hard drive have suddenly jumped from a estimated shipping time of "next business day" to a new status of 5-7 weeks, in what could be a sign of the company being hit by the ongoing global hard drive shortage. Other drive sizes are unaffected so far, and the issue only crops up on built-to-order iMacs with 2TB drive options selected, reports AppleInsider.

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Analyst: PC chips stockpiling due to HDD shortages, tablets

11/30, 5:35pm

Market still feeling effects of Thai floods

Although the floodwaters have receded in Thailand, the disaster is still said to be affecting supply chains in the tech industry. Canaccord Genuity analyst Bobby Burleson suggests Intel has been forced to stockpile its microprocessors as a "direct result" of the hard drive shortages that resulted from flooded factories located in Thailand.

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Review: Iomega Mac Companion 2TB hard drive

11/18, 11:25pm

Storage device follows Apple design cues

Many of Iomega's Mac-oriented storage products merely ship pre-formatted for HFS+, but the new Mac Companion has been entirely designed with Apple's computers in mind. The housing is shaped to match the footprint of an iMac or Cinema/Thunderbolt display, while FireWire connections and a 2.1 Amp USB port complement Apple's computers and iOS devices. In our full review, we explore the Mac Companion's functionality as a storage device and connection hub.

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G-Technology intros 8TB Thunderbolt RAID system

09/08, 8:40pm

Compact design integrates dual drives

G-Technology has unveiled its latest storage system, the G-RAID. The aluminum-clad device offers 8TB of storage space, spread across two 4TB disks running at 7,200rpm. The company geared the system for Mac OS X, taking advantage of the 10Gbps Thunderbolt connections on the latest Macs, though a simple reformat extends support to Windows machines.

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OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid pairs 100GB SSD with 1TB hard drive

09/01, 7:05pm

Hybrid storage hits $499 price point

OCZ has introduced its latest storage system, the RevoDrive Hybrid, which pairs an solid-state drive with a standard disk drive. The hybrid storage is geared for desktop computers, build upon a PCI Express card rather than utilizing typical drive connectors. Operating system files and applications can be stored on the 100GB SSD for faster speeds, while the HDD provides an additional 1TB of capacity for other content.

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iFixit improves optical bay HDD enclosure for MacBook Pros

08/15, 10:45pm

Revised design overcomes sloppy fit

iFixit has introduced a revamped optical bay hard drive enclosure for unibody MacBooks and MacBook Pros. The new design serves the same basic purpose as its predecessor, replacing the optical drive with a drive enclosure for storage expansion, however the team has reengineered the mounting points for a tighter fit.

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Toshiba intros 2.5" hard drive with 1TB capacity

08/02, 1:00am

Drive fits standard 2.5" bays

Toshiba has introduced its first 2.5-inch hard drives to reach 1TB in storage capacity. The drives, which fit in the MQ01ABD series, use 500GB/platter technology to reach a capacity of 1TB within the standard 9.5mm-thick housing design for notebooks and other small devices.

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LaCie intros weatherproof Rugged Mini drives with USB 3.0

07/19, 7:10pm

Drive available with 500GB or 1TB disk

LaCie has expanded its Rugged series of portable hard drives, introducing the Rugged Mini. The new offering is said to be 40 percent smaller than its predecessors, without sacrificing a durable build. The compact drive features a rubber edge for resistance to shock and falls, while the aluminum housing is also claimed to be water resistant.

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Sony intros HD-PG5 external hard drive with 500GB disk

07/13, 8:15pm

Drive designed for Bravia TVs, Handycam, etc.

Sony has introduced its first external hard drive, the HD-PG5. Although the drive works as a general USB-attached storage device, it also provides a number of features specific to Sony's range of devices. Users can record HD video directly from their Bravia TV, transfer video files directly from a Handycam camcorder without using a PC, or play videos and photos through a PlayStation 3 console.

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Forum roundup: best portable hard drive?

06/17, 3:40pm

Recent topics from the MacNN forums

Yesterday in the MacNN forums Ron K, a Fresh-Faced Recruit, started a thread looking for the most reliable, fast and quiet portable hard drive, click here to join in. Recently a debate was started by one user who is trying to decide between purchasing a used G5 or an iMac, click here to read more.

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DealNN roundup: refurb. Seagate 320GB Hard Drive, only $36

06/14, 11:30am

Deals on hard drives, power supplies, and more

Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on hard drives, power supplies, and more. Macmall.com has recently lowered the cost of the refurbished Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 320GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, which features the Seagate Dashboard management tool, powerful encryption software, and a 90 day warranty for both parts and labor. Currently featured at DealNN, this hard drive has recently dropped from $79.99 down to only $36.99, and offers savings of up to $43.

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I-O Data intros 3TB external drive with USB 3.0 support

05/02, 1:25pm

System relies on single 3TB disk

I-O Data has quietly introduced an external hard drive, the HDCA-UT3.0K, with three terabytes of storage capacity. The drive is based on one drive, rather than using a multiple-disk configuration that is common to many high-capacity NAS systems. USB 3.0 support enables faster transfer speeds, though the drive is still backwards compatible with USB 2.0.

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Deal roundup: My Passport 500GB hard drive, $55.99

02/01, 11:00am

Price breaks on hard drives, cameras and more

Today's deals include price cuts on hard drives, digital cameras, MacBooks and more. The Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB External Portable Hard Drive is MacMall.com's deal of the day today. It has seen a 38% price break dropping the price from $89.99 to $55.99 with FREE shipping. 6ave.comís Sick Deal of the Day today is the Sony Cyber-shot 14.1MP Digital Camera, it was $249.99, but is now only $169 after a price drop of $80.99.

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Hitachi launches 2.5-inch 750GB mobile hard drives

10/05, 6:05am

7K750 and 5K750, 7,200RPM and 5,400RPM options

Hitachi has taken the wraps off two new 2.5-inch 750GB mobile hard drives, the Travelstar 7K750 and Travelstar 5K750 hard drives. The 7K750 spins at 7,200RPM, while the 5K750 spins at 5,400RPM. They are the largest capacity mobile hard drives currently available on the market in the 9.5mm segment.

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DealNN roundup: 4GB iPod shuffle, only $46

06/25, 3:25pm

Price cuts on iPods, headphones, and more

Today's deals from DealNN include a range of bargain priced items from iPods and headphones to hard drives. OnSale.com currently has the 4GB iPod shuffle 3rd generation for $66.67, which is already $12.33 less than the list price of $79, and about $2 less than the lowest price available anywhere else. A $20 mail-in-rebate offer drops the price further to $46.67. The 4GB iPod shuffle holds up to 1,000 songs with a run time of up to 10 hours on a single charge. A set of Apple earbud headphones are included, along with a one year warranty from Apple.

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Seagate confirms Mac support for 3TB hard drive

05/17, 10:40pm

HDD should automatically work with Snow Leopard

A Seagate representative has provided Electronista with a few additional details regarding Mac compatibility for the upcoming 3TB Constellation hard drive. In-house testing reportedly showed 3TB of usable space on Snow Leopard, indicating that Mac users should be able to utilize the full capacity of the drive without any special configurations or software updates.

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Drive Genius 3.0 adds 64-bit support, improvements

04/21, 12:45am

Improved defragmentation of files

Prosoft Engineering has launched Drive Genius 3.0, a major upgrade to its hard drive maintenance utility designed to improve speed and overall performance. With the latest release 64-bit support has been added for Appleís Snow Leopard operating system, and enhancements have been made for the defragmentation of files. Drive Pulse technology has also been added in order to help monitor the overall health of the userís drive, and send alerts regarding any possible issues.

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Samsung intros 640GB, 7200rpm notebook drive

04/07, 6:45pm

Spinpoint MP4 brings high speed, large capacity

Samsung has expanded its line of hard drives with the Spinpoint MP4, a 2.5-inch HDD featuring 7,200rpm rotation speed and capacities up to 640GB. The new notebook drive brings higher speeds to the company's 640GB notebook offerings, delivering a 30-percent performance improvement over 5400rpm models and doubling the cache size to 16MB.

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LaCie intros Rugged USB 3.0 drive, new USB flash drives

01/06, 1:25am

New Rugged HDD claimed to reach 110MB/s speeds

LaCie has announced the Rugged USB 3.0 external storage and two USB flash drives, the CooKey and WhizKey. The Rugged drive features the latest USB 3.0 interface, with data transfer rates claimed to reach up to 110MB/s. The company has yet to announced capacities for the updated version, although the current USB 2.0 model is available with 250GB, 320GB or 500GB hard drives.

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Turkey Day DealNN: storage, MacBooks and more

11/26, 4:15pm

A selection of Thanksgiving sale items

Happy Thanksgiving from DealNN, and with that said we would like to present our holiday deals collection. OfficeMax.com got a jump start on their Black Friday sales, cutting prices on items like the Hitachi SimpleDrive III 1TB external hard drive from $139.99 to $84.99. The NEXTAR Q4 4.3-inch touchscreen GPS also saw an early price drop and is now just $89.99.

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LaCie intros 1080p LaCinema Classic HD media server

11/24, 1:45pm

Device available with 1TB disk

LaCie on Tuesday introduced the LaCinema Classic HD, a media server capable of full 1080p video playback. Users can connect an HDTV using a standard HDMI cable, while Composite connectors are also available. Multichannel DTS audio is supported, sent via HDMI or a dedicated S/PDIF optical port. A 1TB hard drive is integrated for storing movies, music or photos, while a USB 2.0 connection is provided for interface with a computer.

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Buffalo intros USB 3.0 external hard drive

11/23, 9:35pm

HDD claimed to transfer at 625MB/s

Buffalo Technology has introduced the DriveStation HD-HXU3, a new series of external hard drives featuring USB 3.0 interfaces. The high speed connection option is claimed to support transfer rates of up to 625MB/s, beating USB 2.0 and even FireWire by a considerable margin. Users can still connect using the current USB standard, however the transfer rates drop to approximately 480Mb/s.

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Pogoplug updated with 4 USB ports, automatic media sync

11/20, 9:00am

New organization options, global search

Cloud Engines on Friday introduced the second-generation Pogoplug, along with a variety of new features for storing and sharing multimedia. The hardware features the same plug-and-play capability of the original, but adds several USB ports to allow connection of up to four external hard drives without using a dedicated USB hub.

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Toshiba intros 1.8-inch HDDs with capacities up to 320GB

11/04, 10:55pm

Drives geared for thin notebooks, ultraportables

Toshiba has expanded its line of small hard drives with several 1.8-inch offerings featuring capacities up to 320GB. The MKxx33GSG series is available in 160GB, 250GB, and 320GB sizes, each based on dual-platter configuration. The drives feature a 16MB cache buffer, 5,400RPM spindle speed and transfer rates of up to 830Mb/s.

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Toshiba debuts 500GB, 7200RPM notebook drive

09/16, 11:00pm

Half-terabyte capacity in a 2.5-inch HDD

Toshiba has debuted a new line of hard drives, the MK5056GSY series, that expands the company's notebook offerings to included a 7200RPM model with 500GB capacity. The drives are claimed to transfer data at 1,255Mb/s, a 23 percent improvement over the earlier versions.

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OWC launches 750GB On-the-Go portable drives

09/03, 6:35pm

On-the-Go portable drives reach 750GB

OWC has launched new 750GB notebook drive products. The new capacity drives arrive in bus-powered On-The-Go Pro models, with three connectivity options. The top-of-the-line triple interface offers FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0 connections, while a dual-interface FireWire 400/USB 2.0 and a USB 2.0-only version are available for reduced pricing.

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MyService offers 750GB MacBook Pro hard disk upgrade

09/02, 3:15pm

MyService upgrades MBP

Apple service provider MyService has launched a 750GB MacBook Pro hard disk upgrade. The company is providing round-trip shipping, installation of the drive, and full data transfer. In particular the new drive is a 5400rpm Scorpio Blue model from Western Digital. Its height slightly exceeds the standard 9.5mm for 2.5-inch drives, but still fits in the computers accepted by MyService.

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Hitachi intros 500GB 7200RPM notebook drive

09/01, 3:00am

Hitachi 500GB notebook HDD

Hitachi has expanded its Travelstar line of 2.5-inch hard drives with the 7K500 series, available in capacities up to 500GB. The new drives represents the company's highest capacity notebook storage without sacrificing the 7200RPM speed and 16MB cache. Media transfer rates have been increased to 1245Mb/s, approximately 16 percent faster than the 7K320-series drives.

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Aegis Padlock Secure Hard Drive utilizes keypad entry

08/19, 8:35pm

Padlock Secure Drive ships

Apricorn has released its Aegis Padlock Secure Hard Drive, a portable storage system. The drive features a keypad that is used to input custom PIN numbers, protecting the device's content from being accessed by intruders. Users also have a choice between an AES-128 or 256 bit encryption to keep data safe. The device utilizes a USB 2.0 cable and is cross-platform compatible.

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Apple releases Firmware Update 2.0 for 7200RPM MBPs

08/19, 7:10pm

MBP Firmware Update 2.0

Apple on Wednesday released Hard Drive Firmware Update 2.0, which addresses issues with 7200-rpm, 500GB MacBook Pro drives. Users were reporting that their computer would freeze for several seconds, before beeping and clicking. These are reportedly signs of overworked reading mechanisms. Apple released a statement last week saying it was working towards a solution to the problem.

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