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Western Digital 'fesses up to Mavericks data loss mess

Western Digital (WD) has pulled some versions of its data management software after users of external disk drives from Western Digital reported data loss after they upgrade their Macs to OS X Mavericks. WD's forums are aflame with scarily-named threads like External Drives for Mac Experiencing Data Loss with Maverick OS, All …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Nov 2013
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Skyera hires flashy Western Digital veep as chief architect

Flash array startup Skyera, which counts Western Digital among its investors, has recruited a WD flash product exec as its new chief architect. According to a story in the Sacramento Bee, Skyera recruited Andy Tomlin as its chief architect. Tomlin was WD's vice presidnt of SSD Development responsible for all firmware, software …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013

Western Digital cuts revenue forecast, cites 'muted demand'

Storage megacorp Western Digital dropped a bomb on its investors – and the entire computer industry – by announcing that it was lowering its revenue projections for its first fiscal quarter, which will end on September 28. That quarter, the company said in a press release on Thursday, will now see revenues of between $3.9 …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Sep 2012

Western Digital profits down despite revenue rise

Revenues for disk drive industry leader Western Digital's third fiscal 2013 quarter rose 24 per cent to $3.8 billion – compared to $3 billion a year ago – but profits fell 19 per cent. It's a hard life in the disk drive business. The previous quarter's revenues were $3.8 billion too; no change there, then. Third-quarter profits …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2013

Western Digital gobbles VeloBit in flash cache cash splash dash

Western Digital is buying flash cache software startup VeloBit and its HyperCache product technology. HyperCache accelerates information access by relying on banks of fast RAM and putting a compressed copy of highly active data stored on disk into SSDs or any other kind of flash. The algorithms for doing this are said to lead …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2013
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Review: Western Digital Sentinel DX4000

Western Digital makes Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices and recently sent a Sentinel DX4000 to El Reg for review. When I was asked to write about it I was initially unsure exactly how I would approach this: where's the novelty in a small consumer or SME device? The Sentinel stands out for me not only because it's the first …
Trevor Pott, 25 Apr 2013
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Western Digital promises long hot summer of S&M products

Western Digital’s SME business will expand on its Sentinel range over the summer, as it looks to step up from the S to the M part of the market The vendor will also refresh the Arkeia dedupe and backup software platform it bought in December and expand it in the similar direction, after completing the integration of the 17-year- …
Joe Fay, 06 Jun 2013
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King Coyne snaps chains, escapes Western Digital

Under CEO John Coyne, Western Digital bought Hitachi GST and has become the world's number-one disk drive manufacturer. Now, leaving on a high note, Coyne is going to transfer the reins to HGST's ex-boss man Steve Milligan. The transfer of power will take place on 2 January, 2013. Milligan is now president of WD and will keep …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2012
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Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo

It's over a year since Apple began shipping Macs fitted with next-generation high bandwidth Thunderbolt ports, and they're now in the hands of millions of punters. But with Thunderbolt peripherals still few on the ground, they're all dressed up with nowhere to go. Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo WDBUPB0040JSL Mac aware …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jun 2012
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Do-it-yourself Dropbox: Western Digital's My Cloud 2TB NAS box

Western Digital’s My Book Live line has been around for three years now, but beyond the addition of a 3TB model to 2010’s 1TB and 2TB versions, WD hasn’t done a lot with it in the intervening period. Sure, we’ve had some regular firmware updates - not all of them meeting users’ approval, incidentally - but there’s clearly …
Tony Smith, 10 Oct 2013

Western Digital gets China's nod to gobble Hitachi GST

Western Digital has gained China's approval for its Hitachi GST acquisition, but the integration of the two cannot take place for two years. Western Digital and Hitachi GST have agreed the acquisition but both EU and Chinese anti-competition regulators have had concerns, delaying their approval of the deal. WD and Toshiba have …
Chris Mellor, 05 Mar 2012
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Whispers of Western Digital 3TB drive

A Western Digital partner has implied a 3TB drive is coming . Veracity makes the Coldstore video surveillance array, using a "linear array of idle disks technology and sequential filing system in order to offer reliability and file access". It has announced a partnership with Western Digital following "the realization by the two …
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2010

Western Digital leaps out of a plane, forgets to pull the 'chute

Western Digital's latest quarterly financial results signal a retreat in revenue and profits. Recession helped reduce both figures and the floor is not yet in sight. For its second quarter of fiscal 2013, which ended 28 December 2012, revenues were $3.8bn, an impressive 89 per cent increase on the year-ago quarter. Net income …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2013
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Western Digital slips solid hardness into EMC's eager slot

Getting ahead of ourselves by a few days, Western Digital is supplying solid-state disks to EMC for its VNX5500-F all-flash array. Of course, currently the chips are funnelled through its arms-length independent Hitachi GST subsidiary, but this is just a formality. WD is buying Hitachi GST and the acquisition is expected to be …
Chris Mellor, 06 Mar 2012
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No 15K 2.5-inch drives from Western Digital

Western Digital does not intend to bring out an enterprise 15,000rpm 2.5-inch disk drive despite arch rival Seagate having plans to do so. Seagate announced the introduction of a faster-than-10K small form factor (2.5-inch or SFF) drive last week. Stifel Niklaus analyst Aaron Rakers was told by Western Digital's CFO Tim Leyden …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2010
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Western Digital My Book Live Nas box

Western Digital’s My Book line of drives spans nearly all areas of external storage, supporting fast modern interfaces from FireWire 800 and eSATA to USB 3.0. Yet the My Book Live is network drive and, in terms of connectivity, sports nothing more than a DC input and a gigabit Ethernet port. Western Digital My Book Live Silent …
Shaun Dormon, 31 Dec 2010
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Western Digital lets iPad users peek at pix

Western Digital has a free app for Android and iPhone smartphone users to look at photos stored on their home MyBook drive. The app works for iPad, iPhone, iPhone 4 and iPod touch devices as well as most Android phones by connecting over the internet to a shared folder on WD's MyBook Live, World Edition and ShareSpace external …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2010
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Seagate and Western Digital sued by patent ambulance-chaser

Specialist patent enforcement firm Rembrandt IP is suing both Seagate and Western Digital for patent infringement. As reported by Ars Technica, the two are identified in a lawsuit filed in a Wisconsin court and accused of infringing US patent numbers 5,995,342 and 6,195,232 which refer to toroidal thin film heads with low noise …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2010
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Western Digital gearing up to sell 3TB drives

Western Digital is tipped to barge into the 3.5 inch 3TB drive market as early as this month. Techarp has been told WD will launch a set of 3TB 3.5-inch hard disk drives (HDD) later this month. Currently only Seagate ships a 3TB dive, a 5-platter unit available as an external drive or included in its BlackArmor NAS desktop …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2010
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Toshiba pushes out 5TB spinner for cloudy types

Toshiba has produced a 5TB 3.5-inch disk drive for bulk storage and cloud-based workloads, its second 5TB drive (the first came out in February). The MC series drive seems to be based on its 5TB MG04 and shares the same 6Gbit/s SATA interface, 7,200rpm spin speed and 2TB, 3TB, 4BH and 5TB capacity points, using 1TB platters. It …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2014
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Western Digital to offer Windows-based small storage

SOHO, SOHO, it's off to work we go... Western Digital is using Windows Storage Server to build a small office storage offering. The SMB storage market is set to grow faster than the general IT market and WD wants a piece of that pie. WD will base its SOHO (small office, home office) offering specifically on Microsoft's Windows …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2011
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Thieves drive off with 10,800 Western Digital drives

Brass-necked thieves stole 10,800 Western Digital disk drives from Kuala Lumpur international airport on Sunday by simply driving away a lorry. According to the New Straits Times the eight-tonne lorry, loaded with 524 boxes of drives worth about 1.7 million Singapore dollars, was parked in a forwarding agent's area in the large …
Chris Mellor, 01 Oct 2010
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Cold storage, Facebook style? Flash FPGA controller to knock your SoCs off, vows upstart

Startup NxGnData Stepping onto the flash controller stage from its stealth phase comes with an FPGA-based SoC promising hyperscale cold data storage using cheap, short-life TLC flash and in-situ processing. NxGnData NxGnData home page Its home page promises: In-Situ processing for computational data, EndExt with advanced …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2014
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HGST's tiny whopper: Just 2.5 inches, but we've packed in 1.8TB

HGST has gone and increased its 1.2TB Ultrastar drive’s capacity to 1.8TB, making it the highest capacity 2.5-inch drive available. The Ultrastar C10K1800 spins at 10,520rpm and has a 12Gbit/s SAS interface (the C10K1200 model had a slower 6Gbit/s one). HGST says the new drive writes random data 2.5 times quicker than the old …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2014
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Wham, bam, thank you NAND: SanDisk SSD sales soar

SanDisk sales are booming, based on its NAND foundry integration and well-executed move into enterprise storage. Record second quarter revenue of $1.63bn was 11 per cent up year-on-year. Net income was £274m, 4.6 per cent more than a year ago – with revenues growing faster than profits. SanDisk supplies consumer and business …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2014
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Western Digital edges ahead of Seagate

Western Digital, encountering the same adverse headwinds as Seagate, has emerged ahead. In its fourth quarter (Q4) of fiscal 2011, WD reported revenues of $2.4bn, marginally above Q4 2010's $2.38bn. Net income fell from Q4 2010's $265m to $158m, hindered by $35m of costs associated with the Hitachi GST acquisition. For the full …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2011
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Western Digital slips todger to horrified Brit

We're not quite sure what to make of this particular packaging outrage, but what it's lacking on the excess cardboard front, it more than makes up for it in the trouser department. Warwick Uni's Jaroslaw Zachwieja describes himself as "surprised" to discover that, on unpacking his shiny new Western Digital "1TB MyBook …
Lester Haines, 26 May 2009
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And the winner of the most reliable disk drive award is ...

The folks at backup-as-a-service outfit Backblaze have again done something astounding: they've not only looked at log files but analysed them, this time to figure out which vendor's disk drives offer the longest working life. There's a scary-looking histogram in BackBlaze's post detailing the results that shows Seagate drives …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2014
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Western Dig opens new R&D centre

Western Digital has opened a new research and development centre in Singapore and we detect some interesting bits of of HAMR disk drive technology coming out of it. Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) is one suggested future technology for increasing disk drive capacity through having higher area densities. It depends upon …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2011
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Western Digital pips Toshiba to platter post

Western Digital is shipping its 750GB, 2.5-inch, 2-platter drive ahead of Toshiba, although Toshiba announced first. The Scorpio Blue 750 drive has 375GB capacity per platter and spins at 5400rpm. With 8MB of cache and a 3GBit/s SATA II interface it is broadly identical to Toshiba's MK7559GSXP. This was announced last week and …
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2010
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Western Digital debuts HD TV add-on

Western Digital has introduced a gadget that'll turn an external hard drive into an HD-capable media player. WD_TV_01 Western Digital's WD TV HD: sits between your telly and your hard drive Dubbed WD TV HD pulls content off a USB-connected hard drive such as WD's new My Passport external drive and presents it on an HDMI- …
James Sherwood, 03 Nov 2008
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Flash to the Max: HGST, NEC ink SQL Server appliance deal

Japanese server maker NEC's Express5800 servers will soon use HGST FlashMax PCIe flash cards via a reference architecture deal. HGST, a WD company, obtained this product line and technology when Western Digital bought Virident in 2013 for $685m. The servers, said to be intended for the enterprise scale-out server market, will …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2014
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Western Digital WD TV Live Hub

Western Digital’s WD TV has always been one of the better streaming media players. It has an attractive graphical interface, supports an extensive range of audio and video file formats, and – with no internal hard disk – proved much cheaper than disk-based rivals such as the AppleTV. WDTV Live Hub Local store: Western Digital's …
Cliff Joseph, 02 Dec 2010
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Western Digital My Book USB 3.0 drive

Making the claim for the “first certified SuperSpeed USB 3.0 storage devices” is Western Digital with its new My Book 3.0 external desktop hard drive. Available as standalone models or in a kit form, which includes a USB 3.0 PCIe card, these 1TB and 2TB drives promise to raise the bar for external storage transfer speeds. …
Shaun Dormon, 31 Mar 2010
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Western Digital laps Seagate

Western Digital reported a stonking first 2010 quarter yesterday, with record revenues and unit shipments, passing Seagate in drive unit production numbers for the first time. Revenues for the quarter were $2.6bn, 66 per cent up or a billion dollars higher than the year-ago quarter. Net income was $400m, a massive jump from the …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2010
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Western Digital goes cartoon crazy

Meet Brent, Gus and Blake - WD's cartoon personifications of its blue, green and black disk drives. We're told by WD's media partner, MediaFreaks, a Singapore-based animation agency, that Brent represents the Blue hard drive which is built for reliability and steadiness for everyday computing. Gus represents the Green hard drive …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2010

Cash slump a Seagate problem, or a hard disk industry problem?

Seagate revenues and profits have slumped in its third fiscal 2014 quarter, reflecting ongoing difficulties in the disk drive market and product transitions. Revenues of $3.4bn were reported in the quarter ending 28 March, and these were 4 per cent down year-on-year. Net profits were $395m, 5 per cent lower than a year ago. …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2014
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Super-dense flasher Skyera gets new CEO, fills pockets

Skyera, the super-dense all-flash array startup, has acquired a new CEO at the same time as it scored an additional funding round from its strategic investors. Former chief operating officer Frankie Roohparvar will be taking up the reins from today. Skyera was co-founded in July 2010 by Radoslav Danilak, who was also the …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2014

Storage, chip slingers pledge allegiance to Linux, open source

As LinuxCon 2014 kicks off this week in Chicago, the Linux Foundation has announced that it has won new support from across the technology industry, including several hardware companies. The nonprofit organization said on Wednesday that SanDisk, Seagate, and Western Digital have become Linux Foundation members, all three of …
Neil McAllister, 21 Aug 2014
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Can Western Digital drives vary their spin speeds?

There has been some confusion about whether Western Digital's IntelliPower technology varies a drive's rotation speed or not. Well, it doesn't. A WD spokesperson said that IntelliPower does not vary a drive's spin speed while it is in use. The drives have fixed spin speeds and these may vary with individual drive capacity points …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2009
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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

MYSTERY sugar daddies showering flash upstart Tegile in gold named

Western Digital and SanDisk have been named as the two investors that just ploughed millions of dollars into hybrid flash array startup Tegile. Tegile's Zebi flash-disk array uses WD subsidiary HGST's disks and solid-state drives. With the WD funding, Tegile and HGST have a joint technology development. The companies are chasing …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2013
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Western Digital debuts 2TB power sipping drive

Western Digital has introduced a high-capacity drive to provide near-silent green storage for the video recorder and surveillance markets. Its WD AV-GP is a 2TB capacity GreenPower drive. WD says it consumes up to 40 per cent less power than the drives of its competitors. It is targeted towards digital video recorders, media …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2009
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Buffalo and Western Digital get into TV

Two new products are showing how the storage world is starting to flirt with TV. Buffalo's DriveStation AV and Western Digital's WD TV Live Plus HD media player are respectively friendly with and completely dependent on a TV. The DriveStation AV is a single 3.5-inch SATA drive offering 1TB, 1.5TB or 2TB capacity, in a very shiny …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jun 2010
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HGST refreshes $685m flash tech: Go-faster FlashMAX PCIe card

HGST claims it has doubled the price/performance of its FlashMAX PCIe flash card, lowering the maximum capacity and moving to gen-3 PCIe from gen-2. These cards came to HGST when its parent, Western Digital, bought Virident and its FlashMAX II PCIe flash product line in 2013 for $685m. Now we have the updated FlashMAX III line …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 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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WD punts cash at ... no, it couldn't be... another 'tape library killer'?

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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Disks with Ethernet ports? Throw in some flash and you've got yourself a HGST p-a-r-t-y

Western Digital Corp subsidiary HGST is developing Ethernet-connected drives for OpenStack users – and they won't require any application software changes, apparently. The architecture of such a product will be demonstrated by HGST at the OpenStack Summit, to take place between 12 and 16 May in Atlanta, GA. The presentation …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2014
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Intel promises 10Gb Ethernet with Thunderbolt 2.0

Intel will expand its Thunderbolt high-speed interconnect platform with the addition of Ethernet networking support. The company, presenting at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas, said that the next version of the platform will not only support 20Gbps connections for peripherals, but will also …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Apr 2014
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Array upstart's chip boffin CEO: Skyera's not just a flash-in-the-pan

As a part of his CEO series, Willem ter Harmsel interviews CEOs of innovative companies in the fields of storage, virtualisation and networking. Rado Danilak, the founder and CEO of Skyera was in for a chat recently. The company – which includes Western Digital among its investors –was first introduced to Reg readers in August …