Solid-state drives are superior to hard drives in every way but one: they’re faster, lighter, and less fragile, but they’re also more expensive. The last one has been the only thing keeping HDDs alive, and that thread appears to be getting thinner by the day.
Just a few months ago we were impressed with Western Digital for cramming an entire terabyte of storage into a mobile hard drive that was just seven millimeters thick. But now Seagate's come along to steal WD's thunder with the ultra-slim 2.5-inch Spinpoint M9T that manages to double that capacity to two-terabytes…
SSDs are wonderful things that take up next to no space and are incredibly fast to boot. But while most people understand the basics data security on HDDs, the same isn't necessarily true of solid state storage.
If you're in the market for slimline storage, Western Digital has just the hard drive for you: it's latest offering, WD Blue, crams 1TB into a case that's just 7mm thick.
While SSDs are blisteringly fast, they still can't offer the capacities that the humble hard disk provides. Especially this one, because with 1.5 TB squeezed into its tiny little frame, it's the most memory-dense drive you can buy right now.
There are plenty of external drives floating around at CES, but Rocstor's offer up a rugged casing and secure encryption in a surprisingly sleek package.
Though hard disk drive technology has improved in recent times, you'd be a brave soul indeed to use one for more than a couple of years without backing it up. But now a team of scientists has made a hard disk from sapphire which it claims will last 1 million years—just don't expect to be able to afford it.
While last years Thailand floods saw the cost of HDDs skyrocket, the price of solid state drives has been slowly dropping. In fact, since early 2011 prices have dropped on average by 46 percent.
Seagate's newly upgraded Momentus XT drive now sports 750GB of storage and 70 percent faster performance. Seagate says the drive boasts boot-up and application launch speeds comparable to full SSDs despite only having 8GB of solid-state storage—all for only $245.
Apple, Dell and other hardware manufacturers are bracing this quarter for an expected hard drive shortage after heavy flooding in Thailand has claimed another tech victim at the world's largest hard drive supplier.
Do you need gigabytes or performance? Laptop upgrades or a screaming new gaming PC? We walk you through what you need to know to pick the right storage solution for your PC.
The Seagate GoFlex portable hard drive has the amenities you'd expect for its price range. 500GB. USB 3.0. Support for FireWire and eSATA. But what makes it stand out is that it offers full data recovery right out of the box.
A weird quirk of LaCie drives: The desktop models feel like cheap crap, from the materials to the electronics (I'm particularly thinking of Neil Poulton's drive), but their portable drives are solid. This Porsche-designed drive feels like it just might stop bullets.
The world's first 2.5-inch HDD intended for tablets (but also available as a standalone device) has one thing going for it: It allows Archos to release two new G9 tablets that'll each have 250GB of storage. That is a lot of room. But HDDs aren't a good component for tablets, even if they are 7mm thin. With a laptop,…
But as one of our interns put it, "what kind of jerk would put a HDD in an ultraportable though?" That pair of 500GB platters will be a nice upgrade though, if you fork out $129 for it. [Engadget]
I'm going to go ahead and guess that the computer component you take most for granted is your HDD. No longer! Bill the Engineer Guy—our favorite uncreepy uncle geek since Bill Nye—unfolds its many mysteries. [TDW Geek]
Oh, to have the lightness and speed of an SSD, but with the capacity of a hard drive! OCZ, the mind-reader it is, has made a component that will offer up to 1TB in HDD space, and up to 120GB in SSD.
The new iMacs have the super fast Thunderbolt port and Intel's latest Sandy Bridge Core processors which makes them, well, pretty awesome. What's not awesome? Apple has made upgrading the hard drive on the new iMacs damn near impossible.
Uranium that's been depleted isn't necessarily waste, according to researchers at Nottingham University. They think—besides making ammo and tank armor—it could be used as the basis for future hard drives thousands of times larger than current ones.