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Hard disk drive prices quick to rise, slow to fall

The cost of hard disk drives remained reassuringly expensive in the opening four months of this year despite product availability improving. Long gone are the tales of a declining HDD sector hit by product shortages - sales through distribution were up 36 per cent and 78 per cent in Western Europe and the UK respectively from …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2012
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Disk fab floods rinse $1bn off Intel's Q4 revenue

Chip maker Intel has slashed its final quarter outlook, admitting it will fall short of the company's previous forecast due to a hard drive supply shortage - sparked by flooding in Thai disk factories. The vendor said it now expects to bank Q4 revenue of about $13.7bn (£8.7bn), compared to an earlier prediction of $14.7bn for …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Dec 2011
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Scientists devise 260GB CD-size glass disc storage tech

Superman's "memory crystals" have flown out of the realm of fiction into fact now that boffins have found a way to store 50GB of data in a disc of glass no bigger than the screen of a basic mobile phone. The memory is highly durable. It is able to survive heat of up to 1000° C and is resistant to the knocks and bumps that …
Caleb Cox, 19 Aug 2011
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Apple recalls 1TB Seagate HDDs

Apple is recalling a "very small number" of Seagate-made internal 1TB hard drives fitted in 21.5in and 27in iMacs sold earlier this year. The machines shipped between May and July. Some of the drives have failed, prompting the recall. Apple said it will replace the drives free of charge, though you'll have to take your …
Hard Reg, 25 Jul 2011
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Hardware biggest cause of HDD failure, says Freecom

External hard drive maker Freecom has revealed that almost half of all hard drive crashes are caused by hardware failure. While launching a new, low-cost data recovery service, Freecom said its internal estimates suggest manufacturing flaws and age together account for 49 per cent of all hard drive failures. By contrast, …
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2010
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WD targets Win XP users to ease 4KB drive upgrades

Western Digital is to help Windows XP users more easily make the transition to so-called '4K' hard drive technology, the new standard for basic drive formatting. Hard drive makers segment each data-storage platter into small, addressable units called sectors. For years, the sector size was set to 512 bytes - a standard set by …
Tony Smith, 10 Mar 2010
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Toshiba preps telly-friendly content store

Toshiba is to take on LaCie, Western Digital, Seagate and all the other HDD sellers offering drives designed to be hooked up to an HD TV. The Story TV+ is set to ship in Q3 and will contain 1-2TB of 3.5in HDD storage. Content can be copied onto the drive through its USB 2.0 port - or from cards slipped into its SDHC slot. …
Tony Smith, 10 Feb 2010
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Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB Sata 3.0 HDD

Review The Seagate Barracuda XT is the latest 2TB hard drive to land on our test bench, following on from the WD Caviar Black and Green and the Hitachi Ultrastar. It’s the largest capacity Seagate we have seen since the 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.11 so you may think that Seagate was as keen as mustard to scatter review samples to the waiting …
Leo Waldock, 13 Jan 2010
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WD Caviar Black 2TB

Review The 2TB Caviar Black is the second hard drive we have seen with a capacity of two terabytes. Glance back to our 2008 round-up of 1TB drives, which used three or four platters, and you can see that this is pretty much a doubling of areal density. Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB Western Digital's Caviar Black 2TB: covered up …
Leo Waldock, 7 Oct 2009
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Toshiba touts 640GB laptop hard drive

Not to be outdone by Hitachi's new 7200rpm, 500GB 2.5in hard drive, rival disk maker Toshiba has announced a 640GB model, though it only spins at 5400rpm. The full capacity is delivered on just two storage platters thanks to a data density of 528.5Gb per square inch. It means the capacity can be delivered without upping the …
Tony Smith, 2 Sep 2009
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Hitachi factories punch out 500GB, 7200rpm laptop HDD

Hitachi's hard drive division has begun shipping - in "limited quantities", mind - a notebook-oriented 3Gb/s Sata HDD with a raw capacity of 500GB and a spin speed of 7200rpm. Like past TravelStar drives, the new 7K500 incorporates automatic data encryption. Hitachi said the drive is one of the first mobile drives to be …
Tony Smith, 1 Sep 2009
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Samsung to drop 1.8in HDDs, focus on SSD?

Samsung has canned the development of 1.8in hard disks in favour of a focus on solid-state drives, it has been claimed. The allegation was made by Taiwanese notebook-maker moles who say the move will mean there are fewer 1.8in drives available for thin'n'light laptops, currently being keenly promoted by the likes of Intel as …
Tony Smith, 26 Jun 2009
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Samsung Story Station 1TB external HDD

Review Samsung has been making hard drives for years, but it's taken a wee bit longer for it to decide that if Western Digital, Seagate and co. can extend their drive production efforts to nice, shiny external storage units for consumers, it can too. Samsung Story Samsung's Story: strong and (almost) silent What Samsung has …
Tony Smith, 22 Jun 2009
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TDK readies netbook-friendly SSD series

TDK has begun pitching SSDs at laptop makers, and said it will ship its new SDGA2 line out to manufacturers at the end of the month. TDK's approach appears to focus more on netbooks than notebooks. Yes, it said its new products are designed as HDD replacements, but the capacity range - 1GB up to just 64GB - puts it well behind …
Tony Smith, 14 May 2009

Mystery HDD maker orders kit to build monster-capacity drives

Hard drives could experience a massive increase in capacity next year now that a "major" HDD maker has placed an order for equipment to mass-produce 'patterned media' drives. Earlier this week, Malmö, Sweden-based fabrication-equipment maker Obducat announced it had reached an agreement with "a major player in th HDD industry …
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2008
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Western Digital buys platter maker Komag

Western Digital has bought hard disk media manufacturer Komag, in a $1bn cash deal that sets it on course to go vertically-integrated, like Seagate and Hitachi GST. The deal and the price look even more astonishing when you realise the WD used to own a disk platter business, but sold it at a loss in 1999 - to Komag. Since …
Bryan Betts, 29 Jun 2007
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Seagate joins 1TB HDD battlefield

Seagate is releasing a big fish into its Barracuda product stream, with the company's first foray into the 1TB disk drive market. The 1TB drive comes in two flavors; business and pleasure — identical cousins, yet different as night and day. Indeed, if Seagate's new ES.2 disk drive for enterprise were to be played by popular …
Austin Modine, 25 Jun 2007

Samsung punches out 64GB SDDs

Samsung now purports to be the largest producer of high-capacity solid-state drives (SSDs) in the world, following a decision to push its 1.8in 64GB unit into mass production. Samsung 64GB 1.8in solid-state hard drive The manufacturer has been touting SSDs for over a year now, but this is the first time it has mass …
James Sherwood, 25 Jun 2007

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