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Showa Denko begins to produce 1.3TB platters for high-end HDDs

Showa Denko (SDK), an independent producer of platters for hard disk drives, has begun to manufacture its seventh-generation 1.10TB – 1.30TB platters for high-capacity hard drives. The move will allow Seagate Technology, as well as other makers of HDDs, to introduce storage devices with up to 9TB capacity. Showa Denko’s …

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Toshiba: SSDs will be cheaper than HDDs by 2025

In the recent couple of years solid-state drives got significantly more affordable then they were four or five years ago. Still, they are considerably more expensive than hard disk drives on cost-per-gigabyte (or the cost-per-bit) basis. According to Toshiba Corp., this is going to change by 2025, when SSDs will …

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HDD Expert: Reliability of HDDs depends on manufacturing process

Failure rate of consumer-class hard disk drives is a point of concern for many, if not all computer enthusiasts who build PCs themselves. Apparently, failure rate of hard disk drives heavily depends on manufacturing processes of particular manufacturers. Last week a report from Backblaze, a cloud-storage provider that uses consumer-class …

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HGST: Mass production of 10TB HDDs to start in Q1 2015

Although HGST, a subsidiary of Western Digital Corp., introduced its 10TB hard disk drive earlier this month, the company has never revealed when it plans to release the product commercially. This week a representative for HGST finally said that the company will start mass production of behemoth HDD in early 2015. …

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Seagate ships its 10 millionth solid-state hybrid drive

Seagate Technology on Wednesday announced that it has shipped its 10 millionth solid-state hybrid drive. While the number is rather respectable, it just proves that hybrid drives that combine rotating media and large NAND flash cache are not really popular among end-users. Seagate introduced its first SSHD in 2010 (although it …

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WD’s HGST introduces new 6TB, 8TB and 10TB hard disk drives

HGST, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Western Digital Corp., has introduced three new Ultrastar-series hard disk drives with 6TB, 8TB and 10TB capacity designed for data centre storage infrastructure. The new HDDs utilize WD’s latest technologies – including HelioSeal, new platters featuring perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology as well as all-new …

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Seagate reveals world’s first 8TB hard disk drives

Seagate Technology on Tuesday unveiled the world’s first hard disk drives with 8TB capacity. The HDDs are designed for scale-out data infrastructures that require maximum capacities at minimal footprints. Seagate did not reveal a lot of technical details about its 8TB hard disk drives, but it said that the HDDs …

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WD release 5TB and 6TB Red Hard Drives

WD (Western Digital) has launched high capacity versions of its Red NAS drives in 6TB £240 and 5TB £199 versions. On the face of it this looks like a slow response to the 6TB Hitachi Helium, 5TB Toshiba MC series and 5TB/6TB Seagate Enterprise drives which were launched a few …

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Seagate ships 8TB ‘customer development’ hard drives

Seagate Technology on Thursday said that it had shipped the first samples of hard disk drives (HDDs) with 8TB capacity to its customers. The company did not reveal any peculiarities regarding the product or the name of its clients. “We have also delivered 8TB customer development units to major customers …

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WD’s HGST debuts world’s first 1.8TB 10K HDD

HGST, a subsidiary of Western Digital Corp., this week introduced the industry’s first hard disk drive with 1.8TB capacity, 10K rpm spindle speed and SAS-12Gb/s interface. The drive will be used in mission-critical applications that do not require maximum possible performance offered by solid-state storage solutions, but take advantage of …

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Synology gets serious about sizeable storage

Most famous for its affordable home/small business solutions, Synology presented a certain amount of balance at Computex recently. For ever cool unit that looks at home on your desktop, Synology also had a fully-populated monster on display. KitGuru tried to remember the last time we saw 180 hard drives in …

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Seagate introduces 6TB hard drive for enterprise applications

Seagate Technology on Monday introduced its first hard disk drive with 6 platters and 6TB capacity. The HDD is aimed at the enterprise market and supports multiple technologies that boost its reliability and performance. Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 v4 6TB hard disk drive features 7200rpm spindle speed, 128MB cache and …

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WD debuts My Passport Pro dual-drive solution with Thunderbolt

Western Digital Corp. has announced its first portable storage solution featuring Thunderbolt interconnection. The My Passport Pro dual-drive storage device has user-selectable RAID functionality to deliver needed performance or reliability for the most demanding applications in the field, without the need for power adapters or extra cables. WD MyPassport Pro …

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Seagate quietly starts to sell 5TB hard disk drives

Seagate announced earlier this year that it would start shipments of its first enterprise-class hard disk drive with 6TB of storage space sometimes in April. While the firm is getting ready to release its highest-capacity hard drive ever, it has already started to ship a HDD that combines performance with …

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Seagate Kinetic storage is massive and cool

In the business-only section of CeBIT 2014, the folks at Seagate were showing off a massive block of storage that points the way to a very interesting future. KitGuru feels the fabric of Seagate’s fibres. Standard desktop systems come with 1TB or 2TB drives. Newer systems come with 3TB or 4TB …

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