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Purple strain? Purple gain: WD doubles cam count for spy drives

Western Digital has tweaked its Purple-branded hard drives for video surveillance to double the supported camera count. The 4TB Purple 3.5" disks were introduced in February last year, with a 6TB model hitting the market eight months later. They have a feature called AllFrame in their firmware that's supposed to reduce data …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2015
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WD reveals NASty new boxes for home and small biz use

WD has updated its My Cloud NAS products, adding more oomph for prosumers and two boxes for small-business-filing fanatic users. WD estimates we should expect 3.3TB of data storage in every home by 2016, and NAS is the way we should store files in homes and small businesses. WD claims its Red drive has the greatest drive share …
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2015
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I want to TRANSPLANT your storage BRAINS: WD desktop NAS refresh

WD has updated its small office Sentinel desktop filer range, adding Windows Storage Server 2012 with its Storage Spaces facility. The Sentinel storage servers are for small and medium businesses that don’t want or need a full-blown racked NAS system running on X86 processors. The DX4200 is basically the same as the 4-bay, 2 or …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2014
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One's speedy, one's a fat boy: WD and Toshiba spin out new HDDs

Toshiba has introduced a 12Gbit/s SAS disk interface AL13 series disk drive, doubling its interface bandwidth compared to previous models, while WD has launched a power-sipping high-capacity drive. Toshiba’s 2.5-inch, 15,000 rpm AL13SX capacities go from 300GB, through 450GB to 600GB. Obviously it's smaller and uses less power …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2015

Watch out Seagate: Here comes WD with a hybrid flash/disk drive launch

WD is demonstrating a faster-than-Seagate 4TB hybrid flash/disk drive at Storage Visions 2015. It is built with 3.5-inch disk drive, an up to 128GB SSD, and the SATA Express PCIe interface with the flash and disk components presented as a single volume. The demos include commercially available ASRock and Gigabyte motherboards …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2015

HOW MUCH did WD pay for Skyera? Join the dots, work it out

Comment We at El Reg suggested yesterday, Monday, that WD paid up to $400m for the all-flash array upstart, but WD has since mailed us to say that's wrong. Jim Pascoe, WD's corporate marketing director, told us: "You estimated that Skyera had secured $90m-$100m of funding following on from seed finance. In fact, the total amount Skyera …
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2014

WD and HGST: We tried to merge our two drive makers, MOFCOM said NO, NO, NO

Analysis Although WD’s acquisition of HGST was approved over two years ago, Chinese regulatory authority MOFCOM is still preventing the full integration of their respective drive-making ops. The Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) has always maintained it was not keen to see WD and its HGST subsidiary move …
Chris Mellor, 10 Dec 2014

Spinning rust into gold: WD profit grows ... though sales dip

+Comment Western Digital sold 61 million drives in its latest quarter, 2.1 million less than a year ago, but made $30m more profit, and it out-shipped and out-earned rival Seagate – CEO Steve Milligan's men must have ear-to-ear grins on their faces. The company’s revenues, including its WD and HGST operations, for Q2 in its fiscal 2015 ( …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2015
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Don't tase me Pro: WD brings out Thunderbolt external drive

WD has bought out a Thunderbolted My Passport Pro external drive with power delivered over the speedy data cable. WD My Passport Pro Wd Thunderbolt My Passport Pro It comes in 2TB and 4TB capacities using two 2.5-inch drives, with either RAID 0 (striping) or RAID 1 (mirroring) for MAC users. RAID 0 delivers up to 233MB/sec …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2014
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PCIe hard drives? You read that right, says WD

WD will demo PCIe-connected disk drives at the Computex tech conference in Taipei, using a SATA Express interface. SATA Express has been enabled with partners, and is offered on Intel series-9 chipset motherboards. WD says it provides a route to faster speeds and lower power consumption. SATA revision 3.2 delivers 16Gbit/s. PCIe …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2014
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Behold our SPINNING DATA GRAVE: WD carts out 6.3TB cold storage drive

Western Digital’s WD has paralleled its HGST sibling and introduced an archive drive – but with just 6.3TB of capacity compared to HGST’s 10TB, 8TB and 6TB drives. Er, what? WD is branding its new drive the Ae, standing for, we think A(rchiv)e, and so moving away from its colours-focussed branding with Red, Green, Blue and Black …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2014
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WD adds Miracast support to feed-slinging tellybox gizmo

WD has updated its “sling your media to the TV” box and brought out the WD TV Personal Edition, adding Miracast support. It's a media player that, according to the bumf, "plays virtually any media file stored on USB and network storage devices or any computer on the home network." It supports file formats like MKV, MP4, AVI, …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jul 2014

Drive-making kingpin WD gobbles Skyera... to give to HGST

Rumour had it last month that WD was going to buy Skyera and rumour was right. WD subsidiary HGST is getting an early Christmas present with WD buying the all-flash array packing density king and assigning it to HGST. Skyera changed its CEO in August, with COO Frankie Roohparvar taking over from flash tech genius and co-founder …
Chris Mellor, 15 Dec 2014

WD unborks MYSTERY My Cloud borkage

WD has issued an update to its My Cloud, My Book Live and Mionet outage, saying Mionet customers may still be facing problems. The root cause is still not understood. Here's the text: Update: April 7, 2014 @ 9:30PM PST As of April 3, remote access to My Cloud and My Book Live personal cloud storage has been re-established. If …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2014
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THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy

In a move that will get well-heeled Drobo owners salivating WD has announced a 6TB Red drive costing just $299, setting the industry a new high water mark in the areal density stakes. This is a 5-platter drive, with 1.2TB/platter areal density, intended for NAS use, and coming in both 5TB and 6TB versions. It spins, we …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2014
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Disk daddy WD dishes out more drives, but profits dip anyway

For its final fiscal 2014 quarter WD revenues were flat at $3.7bn but profits declined despite the firm having sold a greater number of disk drives. SSD sales declined compared to the previous two quarters. The increased drive demand came from PCs, gaming devices and notebooks but, unfortunately gaming and notebook drives have …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2014
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WD punts cash at ... no, it couldn't be... another 'tape library killer'?

+Comment WD Capital has invested $10m in object storage startup Amplidata and has put its HGST unit to work developing a set of high-capacity storage systems with Amplidata, using the latter's Himalaya software. El Reg storage desk believes the end game is intended as a tape library killer. Verizon is building a Himalaya-based cloud …
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2014
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WD 'restoring connections' after WEEK of MyCloud outages

WD's MyCloud has been up and down all week, with users unable to connect across the internet to their storage devices. MyCloud refers to a set of ARM-powered, single drive external storage products from WD and a way of accessing then remotely across the Internet. Its MyBook line of basic desktop NAS boxes were rebranded MyCloud …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2014
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Fast is the new Black: WD gives laptops' spinning rust a new whirl

WD has bumped up the I/O speed of its Black line of desktop disk drives, with dynamic caching technology featuring in its marketing material. Blacks are re-branded Caviar technology, and span a 500GB to 4TB capacity range, spinning at 7,200rpm and using a 6Gbit/s SATA interface. There is no specific reason provided for the data …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013
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Growing revenues, profits on the up: WD sails on serenely

WD’s latest quarter shows untroubled growth as the disk drive business sails serenely on, untroubled by any flash storm. For its second fiscal 2014 quarter, ended Dec 27, 2013, revenues were a clean $4bn, nicely up from the first quarter’s $3.8bn and the year-ago quarter’s $3.8bn. Net income was $430m, lower than the previous …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2014

WD unveils new MyBook line: External drives now bigger... and CHEAP

WD has introduced an even bigger single-drive MyBook, a 4TB one with USB 3.0 connectivity. The MyBook line is a desktop product about the size of a medium-thickness paperback and WD has steadily built up its capacity and speed: In January 2012 WD reached 4TB and 6TMB capacities with the MyBook Live Duo which had USB 2.0 …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2013
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Furious MyCloud users descend on WD website as borkage continues

When a Western Digital president mass mails MyCloud users about the ongoing outage, you know it's a serious matter. Angry users generated 33 pages of complaints on WD’s community website after El Reg reported the MyCloud outage last week. Some users say that their devices are not visible while others complain of never-ending “ …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2014
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You can't touch this: It's HAMR time for WD

In September 2012, Seagate boss Steve Luczo gave a presentation using a HAMR technology disk drive. Now, more than a year later, a WD exec has done the same with the company's own HAMR tech drive. There's got to be a joke here: WD exec nailed it with HAMR? If all you have is a HAMR every disk is a nail? (Give it up - Ed) HAMR, …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2013

NASty boy of storage WD now flogging servers too

Question: is WD in the storage business or the server business? Answer: Er, yes. Western Digital has just introduced a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials – with up to 16TB of direct-attached WD Se drive storage – that can run "thousands of Windows applications" and support up to 25 users. There are two models: the …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2013
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WD results confirm it: Disk buyers ARE spending less

Is there a disk drive sales slump? Seagate's latest quarterly results suggested it and now WD's results confirm it. Enterprise disk drive buyers are spending less money. Despite all the marketing/analyst guffery about data bloat driving storage sales, both Seagate and Western Digital have seen lower sales in the last three …
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2014
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WD slips bullet between teeth, gets ready to hand $706 MEELLION to Seagate

Western Digital is preparing to pay Seagate $706 million for using Seagate trade secrets. Needless to say WD is appealing against the Arbitration Court’s decision in favour of Seagate but may have to cough up the readies if its petition for review with the Minnesota Supreme Court fails. If that happens then WD’s net income for …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2013
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Surveillance, that's a hot topic right now. We'll make some disk drives for that – WD, Seagate

Not so long ago, Apple went through a list of big cats to name its OS X releases and it seems that WD is doing the same with a box of crayons. So far we’ve had WD Black (flash-disk hybrid), Green (eco-friendly), Blue (desktop-friendly) and Red (NAS-friendly). The spectrum is widening though, as WD announced its Purple range of 3 …
Bob Dormon, 26 Feb 2014
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Bay pride: WD slips out FOUR-DRIVE network FILE STASH

WD has fixed the limited space and lack of RAID on its 1-bay My Cloud box by introducing a 4-bay one, the EX4. The first My Cloud box, providing data access to all your home/small biz network, was powered by a dual-core ARMv7 processor running Debian Linux. The single-core, 2GHz Marvell 88F6282 processor inside this new 4-bay …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2013
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Return of the disk drive bigness? Not for poor old, busted WD

Western Digital has reported mixed numbers for its latest quarter, with a small revenue rise and a larger profits drop compared with the numbers it reported a year ago. Seagate reported sparkling numbers yesterday in comparison. For its first fiscal 2015 quarter, ended 3 October, revenues of $3.9bn were up modestly year-on-year …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2014
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WD outs 'Mini Me' Red label NAS drives

WD has taken the wraps off its first 2.5-inch hard drive designed for network storage roles, NAS nuts in need of a more compact connected storage box – and, crucially, teensy drives to put in it – will be pleased to hear. Part of WD’s NAS-centric Red series, the notebook form-factor drives come in 750GB and 1TB capacities. Both …
Tony Smith, 03 Sep 2013
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Flash stash on toppa platta: WD's tasty Black² 1TB combo for LAPTOPS

WD hopes to whet the appetites of laptop owners and serious gamers who have the need for speed AND capacity: it has launched a 1TB Black spinning disk drive with a 120GB SSD stuffed inside its case. The Black2 has a notebook 2.5-inch disk drive form factor, with a 9.5mm z-height and will bring joy and delight to Windows notebook …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2013
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WD: Between you and me, VARs, small biz may NEVER trust the cloud

Storage specialist Western Digital have asked value-added resellers to take part in its assault on the small-to-medium business (SMB) network backup market. The manufacturer is now actively recruiting specialist VARs to grow and fill out its geographical coverage across the UK and Europe, part of a long-haul push to increase its …
Tony Smith, 17 Sep 2013
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WD embraces C word* and hews HDD handles from NAS kit

Western Digital is re-branding its MyBook Live line of basic NAS boxes to better stress the device’s personal cloud capabilities. So yes, from today they will be called MyCloud drives. They’ll also getting new internals, a revamped casing and upgraded software for devices that want to tap into the drives’ storage. Inside, you’ …
Tony Smith, 02 Oct 2013
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WD touts slimline external HDDs

"Skinny external hard drives for all!" shouted Western Digital today while launching an 11mm-thick USB 3 unit. WD My Passport Edge The WD My Passport Edge, available in separate NTFS format for Windows boxes and Journaled HFS+ for Mac OS X - the latter has an aluminium edge for extra fanboy appeal - offers 500GB of svelte …
Tony Smith, 06 Sep 2012
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WD frees self from TYRANNY of TAPE

WD has introduced an update of the deduplicating Arkeia Network Backup Appliance product range featuring more powerful CPUs, higher capacities and less dependence on tape. Arkeia was bought by WD in January this year when its software was at the v10.0 level, and updated software, v10.1, is included in the backup appliance …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jul 2013
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'THINNEST EVER' spinning terabyte beauty slips out of WD fabs

WD says it is shipping the thinnest terabyte drive ever, giving thin and light notebook suppliers and users 143GB of capacity* per millimetre of drive thickness. The WD Blue drive is 7mm thick (0.28in) and has, we understand, one or two 500GB platters inside it depending on the capacity levels offered – these range between 250GB …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2013
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WD to crash down five terabyte desktop job, mutterings suggest

A Russian tech website has revealed what appears to be Western Digital's roadmap for 5TB desktop and NAS drives. Always More Digital has images of what it claims are two WD presentation slides for its Green desktop and Red NAS 3.5-inch drives, which show 5TB models coming in the fourth quarter of 2013. WD Green 5TB drive WD …
Chris Mellor, 04 Dec 2012
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WD game-centric set-top spied on web

It's getting harder to call Western Digital a hard drive company. One of its next offerings, for instance, is a new WD TV set-top box, the Play. Spotted in US Federal Communications Commission emissions testing reports, the TV-connected gadget appears to take the basic WD TV media playback functionality and add casual on-telly …
Hard Reg, 19 Jul 2012
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My Passport Grip Pack blooms with new colours … and more storage

WD has refreshed its My Passport line of portable disk drives with fetching Grip Packs — colourful edge protective bands providing a big jump from 2TB to 3TB max capacity. The seventh generation of My Passports offer 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 3TB capacities. The PC version, My Passport Ultra, comes in four colours — blue, dark red, …
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2015
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WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay NAS

Review WD is on a mission to make using NAS as easy as possible for consumers to use, from setting a unit up to accessing it remotely via a personal cloud. It’s not exactly a new mission, yet it has gained momentum since the company introduced its popular single bay My Cloud range. Now to get over the limitations of using just a single …
Simon Crisp, 13 Feb 2014
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WD shuns flash, plonks enlarged racks on shelf

WD has extended its unified storage Sentinel range into a 1U, Atom-powered rackmount shelf, a first for WD as it enters the rackmount storage market. Up until now, the DX4000 Sentinel was an Atom CPU-powered desktop box with between 4 and 16TB of capacity from its 4 x 3.5in HDD bays positioned one above the other. Position …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2013

Can't get enough of flashy upstarts, can you, WD? Firm pays $685m for Virident

Western Digital has bought PCIe flash array supplier and startup Virident for $685m in cash and given it to its HGST subsidiary to add to its stable of flash businesses. Virident got itself a new CEO, Mike Gustafson, on 19 September last year. From hire to sale in 12 months is pretty damn good. Virident's board and backers will …
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2013

WD's 2TB Green giant can't jam hardness into standard slot

WD has added a 2TB Green small form factor drive to its line-up. The Tweaktown website has a picture of the drive in a Japanese retail store. WD's website says it is 15mm thick – meaning it won't fit in standard 2.5inch drive bays you'd find in a laptop or netbook; comes in 1.5TB and 2TB versions; and has a 3Gbit/s SATA …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2012

Disk drive kingpin WD whips out wallet for upstart Skyera

Who'd have thought it? When flash array startup Skyera announced its $51m second round funding we knew Dell was leading it but what we didn't know was that disk drive bigwig Western Dig was in there too. WD appears to be lagging behind Seagate in adding a solid state drive dimension to its disk drive business. Seagate is …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2013

How do you sell fewer hard drives but make more profit? Let's ask ... Western Digital

Western Digital's third quarter of fiscal 2015, ended April 3, raked in sales of US$3.55bn – that's 4.1 per cent down on the year-ago quarter, and 8.7 per cent less than the previous quarter. It banked a profit of US$384m; that figure was US$375m a year ago, so that's a 2.4 per cent gain. WD recorded a profit of US$460m in the …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2015
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Seagate reveals a NASty side, tears wraps off WD Red copycat disk

Seagate has introduced its own disk for filer-focussed network-attached storage (NAS) boxes, a year after rival Western Digital launched its own Red NAS drive. The new Seagate spinner comes with NASworks software; it's clearly a startling coincidence that the WD Red's bundled software is called NASware. The Red is a 1TB, 2TB or …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2013
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WD releases Thunderbolt drive

Mac users: WD's Thunderbolt-connectable 6TB hard drive, the My Book Thunderbolt Duo, can be yours for a mere €699/£580. Too much? The 4TB version is just €599/£500. WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo For your money you get a box with two drives installed - hence the 'Duo' - which you can configure as RAID 0 or 1 for, respectively, …
Hard Reg, 15 Mar 2012
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WD glams up SmartWare with Dropbox

WD has glammed up its SmartWare consumer backup software with a Pro version embracing Dropbox. Smartware presents you with a file-folder view of your, er, files, through its control centre. You can tell it to continuously backups of your files and folders, or scheduled snapshots - hourly, daily, monthly - using the specified …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2013

WD: Enjoying our $630m, Seagate? Let's ruin your day with our results

It might still be smarting from the $630m it just doled out to Seagate, but WD widened the gap between itself and its arch competitor with its fourth quarter and full year results. Overall, the world's biggest HDD maker sold more drives more profitably - and coped with the PC downturn better. Revenues for WD's fourth financial …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2013
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WD intros 'world's first' 2TB portable HDD

WD has outed what it claims is the world's first portable hard drive with a 2TB capacity. The drive is part of WD's My Passport line, and sports a redesigned shell - available in a choice of five colours - and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity. WD My Passport 2TB Bundled software allows you to password-protect the drive's …
Hard Reg, 20 Mar 2012