Storage devices have taken many strange forms over history. We’ve seen everything from an old 19th-century loom to massive data centers that power companies like Facebook and Google. But along the way, some truly weird devices tried to change how we save our precious data bits. These technologies were either…
Our need to store data is growing at an astonishing rate. An estimated 2.7 zettabytes (2.721) of data are currently held worldwide, equivalent to several trillion bytes for every one of the 7 billion people on Earth. Accessing this data quickly and reliably is essential for us to do useful things with it – the problem…
The capacity of our digital storage devices has skyrocketed in recent years. But there’s one storage medium that still kicks the crap out of our state-of-the-art solid state, and humans didn’t invent it. It’s called DNA.
Gone are the days when you have to sacrifice size for speed with an SSD drive in your laptop. At the Flash Memory Summit in California, Samsung just revealed a new 2.5-inch SSD drive with an incredible 16 terabytes of storage. It’s not only the world’s largest SSD—it’s actually now the world’s largest hard drive,…
Chances are if you’ve opted for an ultra-portable laptop, you’ve made a few compromises when it comes to on-board storage. So an external hard drive for archiving your mountains of media is a must, and Samsung’s now squeezed four terabytes of storage inside a housing that matches your computer’s svelte dimensions.
Connecting a hard drive to your home network is a smart idea: it can let you access your files no matter where you are. But now it seems that, in some cases, Google has been indexing the private files held on such devices.
For nearly as long as hard disk drives have been placed in personal computers running certain popular operating systems (notably MS-DOS/Windows), the primary hard disk has been designated with the letter “C”. But why?
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies—aka HGST, aka a subsidiary of Western Digital—was recently showing off its gigantic new 10TB hard drive at the Linux Foundation Vault tradeshow in Boston. But unfortunately you won't be packing 10,000 gigabytes into your laptop anytime soon because the drive is designed for use in…
With their now-iconic rubber orange armor, LaCie's rugged external drives have become the go-to choice for professionals in the field looking for a reliable place to store and transport photos and footage. And while LaCie's new Rugged RAID might be a little larger than its predecessors, it provides even more…
As the world becomes increasingly (and justifiably) dominated by flash storage, old fashioned hard disk drives are becoming increasingly (and justifiably) useless. But slap a set of hands and a quartz movement on one, and boom! You've got yourself a pretty awesome-looking watch.
External hard drives are essential; the cords they come with are a pain. And finally, after watching its competitors go wireless one by one, Western Digital has joined the party. My Passport Wireless does away with cords, and adds a nifty built-in SD card slot as a nice little bonus.
Bigger is better. Seagate just shipped the world's first 8 TB hard drives to "select customers", a new milestone for fitting gobs of data on a single 3.5-inch platter.
If you were a filmmaker who spent a lot of time on the road, LaCie's new rugged Thunderbolt drive would be on your wishlist. It's wrapped up in a neat little IP-54-rated water- and drop-resistant package, with the cord already attached. And it's about as fast as they come.
The new MyPassport Pro from Western Digital is the world's first bus-powered portable hard drive to offer two disks with RAID capability for blazing fast, grab-and-go storage.
Seagate has always offered up big drives that store your stuff reliably, and the newest round of external storage devices—Backup Plus Slim—will now back up content from your phone.
LaCie has doubled the storage capacity of its extra-resilient Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series external hard drives. They now offer two terabytes of storage that you can drop or carelessly toss about for $300.
Digital storage is always getting cheaper and more capacious—but Western Digital has a plan to fill it with helium to make hard drives way more efficient than ever before.
When it comes to cramming as much data as possible on a platter, hard drive manufacturers will use every trick in the book to maximize capacity. Including turning up the heat as TDK plans to do with a new technique that could deliver 40 terabyte hard drives by 2020.
Cloud storage is great and all, but sometimes you've just gotta download. Sometimes, you've just gotta download something huge. Back in the days of dial-up, a couple hundred MB would take eons to bring down, but now we can play with way bigger files. What's the most massive one you have sitting on your hard drive…