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WD Celebrates 10th Anniversary Of My Passport Drives With New Design And Limited Anniversary Edition

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To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its My Passport line of portable external hard drives, WD, a Western Digital company, is introducing a sleek new design for the world’s most popular external hard drive lines. More than 60 million My Passport drives have been sold in the past 10 years, providing approximately 42,000 petabytes of content protection for consumers worldwide. The My Passport Ultra - Metal Edition drive and My Passport Ultra - Anniversary Edition drive represent a decade of refinement for WD’s enduring portable drive line. They feature elegant metal exteriors, up to 2 TB capacities in smaller enclosures, content protection, including backup, and cloud integration for anywhere access to personal content.

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The My Passport Ultra – Metal Edition and Anniversary Edition drives incorporate a unique and innovative radial-spin-design aluminum enclosure, which provides attractive styling and extra protection against the everyday knocks experienced in the hands of today’s mobile consumer. In addition, the drive offers users hardware encryption and password protection to prevent unauthorized use of the drive in the event of loss or theft. For additional content protection and remote sharing, the My Passport Ultra - Metal Edition drive includes WD SmartWare Pro software with Dropbox integration, allowing users to back up content from their computer to the drive and from the drive to the cloud, and retrieve content from their Dropbox account to the My Passport drive. These features make the My Passport drive an ideal choice for backing up, protecting, storing and enjoying digital content on the go.

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ADATA Increases Capacity Of AC233 Portable Hard Drives To 2TB

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With the information-packed digital era, the use of multimedia files, such as documents, photos and videos, has become increasingly common and so is consumer demand for data storage. Riding the popularity of its USB 3.0 2.5” portable HDD AC233 in 500GB and 1TB, Apacer announced today the expansion of the AC233 series to include the massive 2TB capacity. Sleek and fashionable with a matte and glossy dual-surface finish, the 2TB AC233 is a true rendition of highly efficient, compact, yet fashionably streamlined craftsmanship – and the best storage solution for consumers seeking aesthetic design, super fast transmission and the high data protection.

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As expressed by Apacer, the latest AC233 portable HDD features a mainstream capacity of 2TB for storing approximately 440 hours of several ultra-high-definition videos, over 800 hours of Full-HD videos, nearly a million digital photos or close to 500,000 songs, effortlessly satisfying the demand for large-capacity backup, storage and optimized file management. In addition, AC233 adopts USB 3.0 super speed transmission interface with maximum read/write speed of 110/105MB/s, enabling blazing-fast data transfers and backups of massive amounts of data.

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OWC Releases ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition

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OWC continues to innovate and build on the proven performance and flexibility of its second generation ThunderBay 4 by releasing the ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition. The ThunderBay 4 RAID 5 Edition gives users the freedom to use this cutting-edge technology as additional storage or backup, with the optimal balance of data-redundancy and performance via various RAID configurations.

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Over a year ago, OWC and SoftRAID created a strong collaborative partnership to harness the full power and flexibility of ThunderBay 4 and software RAID 5 to bring enhanced performance, storage, and data-redundancy capabilities to the Mac.

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Toshiba Announces 5TB MD04ABA-V Series Surveillance Hard Disk Drive

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The Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, announces the MD04ABA-V Series, delivering the company’s first 5TB 3.5-inch, low RPM hard disk drive (HDD) specifically for surveillance applications. The MD04ABA-V series is designed for use in surveillance digital video recorders (SDVR), surveillance network video recorders (SNVR) and hybrid SDVR.

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The MD04ABA-V Series is designed for surveillance applications with support for up to 32 high definition cameras2. The Series supports 24/7 operation, and also incorporates rotational vibration (RV) sensors, making it suitable for use in RAID/multi-HDD based surveillance platforms. With the massive 5TB capacity point, customers now have the flexibility to retain higher resolution surveillance video data for longer periods using fewer HDDs, helping to maintain a smaller storage footprint and lower energy costs.

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Western Digital Expands NAS Storage Offerings With 6 TB, 5-Platter WD Red Hard Drive

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wd_red_nas_hdd.pngWD, a Western Digital company, and world leader in storage solutions, today announced the expansion of its award-winning WD Red line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS (network attached storage) systems with the release of a 5 TB and first-to-market 6 TB capacity for NAS-specific storage and the introduction of WD Red Pro hard drives that address the medium to large business NAS market. Compatibility-tested with top NAS system manufacturers and optimized for power and performance, WD Red 3.5-inch hard drives are now shipping in 1 TB to 6 TB capacities; and the new WD Red Pro 3.5-inch hard drives are available in 2 TB to 4 TB capacities.

"With the expansion and evolution of the WD Red family, WD once again is providing its loyal customers with increased capacity up to 6 TB; improved bay count support with up to 8 bays; increased product breadth with WD Red Pro; and more features with the latest generation of NASware technology," said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president and general manager, WD Storage Technology. "WD continues to listen to its customers and bring exciting innovation to the category they helped to create."

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HGST Ships 1.8TB 10K RPM Ultrastar C10K1800 Hard Drive

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hgst_ultrastar_c10k1800.pngHGST, a Western Digital company, today announced that it is now shipping the world's highest capacity and highest performing 10K RPM hard disk drive (HDD) – the Ultrastar C10K1800. Based on HGST's field proven high-quality design, the 2.5-inch small form factor (SFF), enterprise-class Ultrastar® C10K1800 combines high capacity with a significant improvement in both random write and sequential performance for mission-critical storage applications requiring 24/7 availability.

As the demand for enterprise-class storage grows, customers are increasingly seeking tiered storage infrastructures built along a range of raw IOPS performance, capacity and $/GB price efficiencies. While solid state drives (SSDs) and 15K HDDs fill a clear need in high performance solutions, the demand for 10K HDDs continues to be strong as customers seek better $/GB metrics.

"Our customers continue to contend with explosive data growth, balancing disparate application loads, while needing to improve data center space and power efficiencies," said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST. "By fusing unmatched capacity with ultimate performance in the same drive, the Ultrastar C10K1800 offers the optimal balance of capacity, performance and cost. We expect our customers to use the Ultrastar C10K1800 with a complement of SSDs and 15K performance HDDs in tiered pools of storage."

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WD Launches Dual-Drive My Book Duo With Hardware-Level RAID And USB 3.0

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wd_my_book_duo.pngWD, a Western Digital company, and world leader in storage solutions for the connected life, today introduced My Book Duo , the newest member of its award-winning line of desktop storage solutions for home and office. Utilizing two drives, hardware-level RAID and USB 3.0, My Book Duo delivers massive capacity and file transfer speeds not available on single-drive solutions. Available in 4 TB, 6 TB and 8 TB capacities, My Book Duo also comes with software that creates secure local, cloud and system-level backups for complete data protection.

"From creative pros and expert consumers to everyday content creators – people with large amounts of data will find My Book Duo the fast and reliable way to offload content from their computers, organize it in a single location and protect it with backups, passwords and encryption," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president of content solutions and worldwide sales at WD. "My Book Duo offers super-fast transfer speeds, massive capacity and integrated WD Red drives to provide the ultimate desktop storage solution for all your digital libraries."

Performance

My Book Duo's dual-drive design offers superior performance with USB 3.0 connection to enable transfer speeds up to 290 MB/s. Optimized for small RAID environments, the integrated WD Red hard drives with true hardware RAID increase performance and reduce data bottlenecks. Preconfigured in RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) 0 for maximum performance and capacity, My Book Duo offers users the flexibility to take advantage of mirror mode (RAID 1) for ultimate data protection or use JBOD configuration to use the drives individually. In mirror mode (RAID 1) the drives continuously maintains a second copy of all digital files for real-time data backup. One drive is used to store the user's data while the second drive is used for a duplicate copy. In the unlikely event that one drive fails, all of the user's data is still available from the other drive.

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Silicon Power Launches Diamond D06 USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

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Silicon Power, the world’s leading provider of memory storage solutions, today launches the new designed USB 3.0 portable hard drive—Diamond D06. Well-known for its infinite creativity, SP can always amaze users with distinctive and impressive product designs. This time, SP introduces Diamond D06 that takes on a whole new twist for ordinary storage devices with classic diamond-check pattern and extremely light-weighted design. Not just a drive, Diamond D06 is an expression and a statement of your impeccable taste for fashion. Along with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 transfer interface and large capacities, Diamond D06 fulfills all the desires for beauty and superiority.

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Featuring classic diamond-check pattern, SP Diamond D06 is suffused with elegance and luxury. Out of the stereotype of ordinary storage device designs, Diamond D06 dramatically reduces the size and weight in 30%, which fully realizes the real portability and functionality for easy carrying and instant memory expansion. Furthermore, Diamond D06 is given a delicate treatment of matte surface that can not only show the classy gesture but also offers complete protections against fingerprints, dirt and scratches. Diamond D06 is especially designed with the intelligent LED indicator by which users can easily tell the transferring status with a simple glance.

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LaCie Ships Fastest Dual-Disk RAID Solution

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LaCie, the premium brand of Seagate Technology, announced the availability of the fastest dual-disk RAID solution on the market — the LaCie 2big. Now with Thunderbolt 2 technology, the LaCie 2big delivers speeds of up to 420MB/s, which means zero lag for photographers and action–camera gurus who use Lightroom or Final Cut Pro. Combined with up to 12TB of capacity, hardware RAID and a cutting–edge industrial design, this makes the LaCie 2big a powerhouse for productivity.

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A common annoyance for creative professionals is lag caused by full or slow storage. The LaCie 2big delivers enough bandwidth and capacity to ensure professionals can store large photo and video libraries while editing or instantly applying filters to photos. They can then export entire photo libraries in half the time of single hard–disk solutions. Furthermore, GoPro® users working with HD video files will experience a drastic reduction in render times, allowing them to optimize workflow and publish videos faster.

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LaCie Upgrades Iconic Rugged Hard Drive

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Today LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology, announced its latest Rugged hard drive that features faster speeds, a tougher design, and an integrated interface cable. Thunderbolt™ speeds of up to 387 MB/s make the new LaCie Rugged one of the fastest bus–powered products on the market. It is tougher than ever before with improved shock, dust and water resistance. Plus, the integrated Thunderbolt cable stows neatly when not in use, to ensure that it will never get lost or left behind.

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"My assignments take me to the top surf spots all over the world," said Surfer Magazine staff photographer Zak Noyle. "So it's imperative that my equipment is ready for any challenge. The LaCie Rugged's speed allows me to deliver projects quickly, and its resilience to water, sand and drops make me confident that my photos are protected. From the beaches of Oahu to Tahiti, the LaCie Rugged has never let me down."

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