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Hello happy reader,
This turn of the platter brings us to some recent announcements concerning disk drives from Toshiba, WD and others plus, an interesting statistic…OK, let’s start with an announcement last month from the folks at Toshiba, concerning their new family of high-performance 2.5″ mechanisms. “Boosting performance by 13 percent over the previous generation, Toshiba’s MKxx56GSY drive family of 7200 RPM, 2.5-inch hard disk drives provide up to 500GB of capacity storage while improving system and application responsiveness. Top-of-the-line performance, low-power consumption and field-proven durability make the MKxx56GSY series well-suited for a wide variety of data-intensive mobile and stationary computing systems…The MKxx56GSY continues Toshiba’s initiative in environmentally-conscious solutions by decreasing or eliminating the use of certain toxic, hazardous or controversial chemicals in the drive.” Available in the 4th quarter, along with other 500GB drives from Seagate, Samsung and Hitachi, the Toshiba offerings have a 16MB buffer, and 600k hour MTBF. SATA-IO, the Serial ATA trade group, has conferred on the family the SATA-certified 3Gb/s logo, which means the mechanisms have successfully run the compliance gauntlet.
“So, what’s in it for me…” you ask? Well, how ’bout half a terabyte in your laptop or, an eSATA RAID so small, you can stash in in your gear case with room to spare. Sooo–weet!
Let’s turn to external storage. Western Digital just “…introduced its new high-performance My Book® Studio™ desktop external drives with a customizable e-label that is always visible, even when unplugged, so it’s easy to know the contents of the drive. Designed for Mac® users and creative professionals, the new My Book Studio drives are equipped with a FireWire® 800 interface…The new My Book Studio drives are TimeMachine compatible, offer automatic, continuous backup with WD SmartWare™ software, and include 256-bit hardware-based encryption…the new My Book Studio drives are formatted for Mac and offered in capacities of 500 GB, 1 TB, 1.5 TB and 2 TB.” The My Book family of products use WD Caviar Green drives inside, and are portable, not like the honky, big ass drives from LaCie.
The really interesting innovation is the e-label, “… utilizing e-paper technology similar to that found on the Amazon Kindle™, the information on the display remains clearly visible even when the drive is unplugged, and can be changed easily and as often as desired. The e-label also shows available storage capacity and drive security status.”
Posted on October 13th, 2009 by OMas
Filed under: General IT