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HGST Ships 100 Million Travelstar Z-series 7.0mm 2.5-inch Hard Drives

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HGST, a Western Digital company today announced that it has shipped more than 100 million Travelstar Z-series, 7.0-millimeter (mm), 2.5-inch hard disk drives (HDD). As the 7.0 mm HDD market maker, HGST also launched the new 2.5-inch, 1TB, Travelstar Z5K1000 drive – the industry’s fastest 7.0 mm 5,400 RPM HDD with best-in-class shock robustness for thin, ultra-portable laptops, Ultrabooks, external storage and ultra-compact CE devices. Embraced by all of the top global PC OEMs, HGST’s 7.0 mm Z-series HDD family features common connectors and mounting points for easy integration into existing systems to enable greater design flexibility for new thinner, lighter and more robust consumer electronics devices.

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“The 7.0 mm 2.5-inch mobile market continues to be a strategic space for HGST as evidenced by our record 100M shipments,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST. “With the addition of our new 1TB Travelstar Z5K1000, HGST continues to offer the market’s broadest 5,400 and 7,200 RPM 7.0 mm 2.5-inch hard drive portfolio to meet the needs of a diverse mobile computing and storage segment.”

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PROMISE Technology Announces Pegasus2 and SANLink2 Storage Solutions With Thunderbolt 2

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PROMISE Technology, Inc. today announced Pegasus2 and SANLink2, the world’s first storage solutions with Thunderbolt 2, the revolutionary technology from Intel that delivers blazing speeds of 20Gbps and allows for exceptional performance for creative workflows and 4K streaming and display environments. The Pegasus2 line of hardware RAID solutions provides blistering-fast transfer speeds that dramatically accelerate and simplify 4K workflows and offers industry-leading RAID protection in a sleek, compact, and portable enclosure at maximum Thunderbolt 2 data transfer rates. SANLink2, a Thunderbolt 2 to 8G Fibre Channel bridge, alleviates storage bottlenecks for desktop and portable computing systems by providing direct connectivity to an external Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) such as a VTrak x10 or x30 RAID storage system or a shared SAN filesystem for rich media video ingest and editing such as a VTrak A-Class.

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As one of the storage industry’s global leaders, PROMISE is the developer of high-performance solutions optimized for the video bandwidth requirements of the media and entertainment market and is the leader in developing cutting-edge Thunderbolt enabled devices. Thunderbolt 2 technology, the fastest PC I/O connection, has changed the industry by introducing new capabilities and opening new possibilities for content creators working with high-resolution files including HD, 3D, 2K, and 4K video. Running bi-directionally at 20Gbps – twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt at 10Gbps – Thunderbolt 2 is a breakthrough technology for video creators and multimedia professionals because it allows for simultaneous transfer and display of high-bandwidth 3D and 4K video files, which often requires 15Gbps.

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Toshiba Announces Two Platter 7mm MQ02ABF Series Hard Drives

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The Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, announces the slim, 7mm two platter MQ02ABF series 2.5-inch 5,400 RPM SATA hard drive disk (HDD). The MQ02ABF series is Toshiba’s first two platter 7mm HDD model, delivering up to 1TB of storage capacity with both the performance and power efficiency required for thin mobile computing applications. Available in 750GB and 1TB, the MQ02ABF HDD series features a rigid chassis design and dual stage head positioning technology.

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“The MQ02ABF series fulfills our customers’ desire for a high capacity 7mm form factor HDD required for today’s thin and light laptops,” said Don Jeanette, senior director of product marketing at Toshiba’s Storage Products Business Unit. “We continue to focus on delivering a wide range of storage devices that enhance the computing experience, and we believe this newest addition to Toshiba’s HDD product line will deliver the features our customers need.”

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HGST Ships MegaScale DC 4000.B 4TB Hard Drive

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HGST, a Western Digital company, today announced that it is shipping its new MegaScale DC 4000.B, a 3.5-inch, 4TB, 6 Gb/s SATA hard disk drive (HDD). As the company's second-generation MegaScale drive, the new MegaScale DC 4000.B has been further optimized based on customer feedback to meet the explosive growth of infrequently accessed data, while balancing the right mix of power, capacity, performance and reliability. As part of a tiered storage strategy, the MegaScale DC 4000.B is designed for low-workload applications such as bulk storage for unstructured or big data, disk-to-disk backup, online archives, or long-term data retention where cost-per-GB, watt-per-GB and GB-per-square foot are critical parameters.

"With the explosive adoption of free email, social networks and Internet services, the capacity requirements for cloud and hyperscale data centers are growing astronomically. These environments are constantly looking for ways to improve their storage infrastructure costs and the bottom line," said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST. "As a leading drive supplier to some of the world's largest cloud data center providers, we understand the demanding storage requirements for low workload applications in these hyperscale environments. With the MegaScale DC 4000.B, we're delivering massive capacity in a low-power, performance-optimized drive to help customers achieve superior capital savings, operational efficiencies and energy conservation in the data center."

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ADATA Unveils DashDrive Choice HC630 USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

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ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, has added another attractive storage gadget to the company’s popular DashDrive Choice family. With a USB 3.0 interface, the HC630 also boasts a gorgeous metal surface with sparkling etched patterns that reflect users’ outgoing style.

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Weighing in at just 160 grams (5.6 ounces), the fashionable, lightweight design of the HC630 is a welcome change from the dark and drab colors that are most often seen on this kind of device. Complementing the eye-catching exterior is an LED indicator that shows the transfer status of the drive. Furthermore, a raised lip around the edges helps protect the surface from scratching when the drive is placed on a flat surface.

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ADATA Launches DashDrive Air AE800 Wireless Hard Drive And Power Bank

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adata_dashdrive_air_ae800.pngADATA Technology has launched the company’s second foray into wireless storage, announcing the release of the DashDrive Air AE800. Incorporating a wireless HDD that can serve data to multiple mobile devices, the AE800 delivers the added functions of power bank and wireless hotspot, simultaneously meeting the most common needs of smartphone and tablet computer users.

Mobile devices continue to surge in popularity, bringing forth a new set of data storage and transmission requirements. The AE800 packs a robust 500 gigabytes of storage, and can stream data to iOS & Android mobile devices through the freely downloaded DashDrive Air Elite App (Apple App Store and Google Play). Wireless enabled desktop computers as well as notebooks can also read and write data easily, providing fast and secure storage either with or without the use of a transmission cable. In wireless mode, up to 3 users can simultaneously stream 1080P video, and up to 5 users can simultaneously stream 720p video.

The AE800 also functions as an easy to operate wireless hotspot, with support for 802.11 b/g/n wireless networking. With the created network bridge, an existing internet connection can be shared by up to 8 devices. Users can access AE800 data and connect to the internet simultaneously.

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Seagate To Demo Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording Storage Technology At CEATEC 2013

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Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced that it will be demonstrating its next generation heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology at CEATEC 2013. Pushing the boundaries of magnetic recording, Seagate’s revolutionary HAMR technology is poised to power an astounding 20 Terabyte drive by as early as 2020.

“The world is generating an astronomical amount of data annually and that data needs to be stored. We are approaching the limits of today's recording technology and with HAMR technology, Seagate is on track to continue to increase areal density delivering hard drives with the lowest cost per gigabyte and reaching capacities of 20TB by 2020,” said Mark Re, Seagate's chief technology officer.

Currently shipping leading-edge shingled magnetic recording technology (SMR), Seagate will continue to push the limits of storage capacities with HAMR in an effort to fulfill the insatiable global demand for storage fueled by cloud and mobile usage. Critical for continued improvement in areal density, HAMR increases storage capacity by heating the medium with a laser-generated beam at the precise spot where data bits are being recorded. When heated, the medium becomes easier to write and the rapid subsequent cooling stabilizes the written data. The result of this heat-assisted recording is a dramatic increase in the recorded density.

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HGST Ships Endurastar J4K320 Automotive Hard Drive

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hgst_endurastar_j4k320.pngHGST today announced that it is shipping its new Endurastar J4K320 family, a single-platter hard disk drive (HDD) specifically designed for the automotive infotainment and telematics markets. As HGST's sixth generation automotive HDD, the new Endurastar J4K320 family is based on proven technology, provides the industry's highest automotive HDD capacity at 320GB (220% more capacity than its predecessor) and is built to operate in extreme and varying temperatures and altitudes.

The requirements for automotive-class hard drives are quite different from hard drives designed for personal computers or other stationary consumer electronic devices. These drives must go through a stringent qualification process as in-car manufacture installations or after-market solutions can face the most extreme conditions—from high altitudes in the Alps to searing heat in the Sahara Desert. The Endurastar J4K320 operates at altitudes of up to 5500 meters (18,044.62 feet), supports an operating temperature range of -30°C to +85°C (-22°F to 185°F), and has improved operating shock tolerance of 300G (2ms) and a non-operating shock of 800G (ms) for extra reliability and data protection when driving on damaged or unpaved roads.

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WD Announces New Line Of My Book External Desktop Hard Drives

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wd_my_book.pngWD, a Western Digital company, has redesigned its popular My Book and My Book for Mac lines of external desktop drives to provide as much as 4 TB storage capacity and enhanced data protection for those who create and collect large volumes of data, video, music and photos.

With USB 3.0 for speed, the new My Book lines are available in 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB capacities for the largest content collections. At any point in time, anything can happen to one’s data. Whether it’s a lost notebook or destructive virus, it’s critical to keep data safe and maintain a backup of important documents and valued content.

The new drives’ data protection features are perfect for backing up content collections. WD SmartWare™ Pro automatic back-up software with Dropbox™ integration offers cloud backup capabilities, and the WD Edition of Acronis® True Image™ enables users to execute a full system backup and securely delete digital files and programs.    
      
“The new generation of My Book external hard drives provides greater speed, flexibility, content safety, and system security for our customers,” explains Scott Steffens, general manager of WD’s consumer storage products group. “Consumers are creating, downloading, and storing more digital content than ever before and our line of desktop drives are equipped with capacities and security measures to keep it all backed-up and protected against system disaster, damage or theft.”

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Silicon Power Increases Capacity Of Diamond D20 Ultra-Slim Portable Hard Drive To 1TB

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Silicon Power, the world’s leading provider of memory storage solutions today is proud to announce a capacity upgrade on its Ultra-Slim portable hard drive – Diamond D20. With the capacity boost to one terabyte, Diamond D20 does not compromise on its size and still retains its compact design. With the built-in 7mm slim hard drive, D20 is able to keep its slender style while having more storage spaces for data and files.

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Featuring a solid aluminum metal structure and the anti-scratch surface, SP Diamond D20 provides sturdy protection against fingerprints and scratches from day to day use, and it also creates a new sense of digital revolution for the portable storage experience. D20’s exquisite design has won the award of “Computex d&i Awards 2013”, organized by TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Development Council) and iF (International Forum Design GmbH), and was immediately recognized by users from all over the world.

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