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You ain't nothing but a porn dog, prying all the time: Cyber-hound sniffs out hard drives for cops

Texas cops have hired a four-legged super-sleuth to sniff out hidden hard drives. Montgomery County Crimestoppers paid $17,000 for a chocolate labrador called Brody, who is apparently one of only two dogs in America trained to seek out computer storage devices. The cyber-canine has learned to pick up the smell of a common …
Iain Thomson, 24 Dec 2015
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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Caption Competition Wow, what bumper crop of captions this week, it seems that El Reg readers are pretty flexible when it comes to posting thoughts on gymnastic computer users. Thanks again to the regular posters, no doubt driven on by the knowledge that last week’s winner had already won once. Quite a few referenced the Lenovo Yoga device …
Simon Rockman, 23 Oct 2015

BATMAN LASER builds smaller, faster hard drives

Swiss boffins working at the Paul Scherrer Institute have explained a mechanism allowing magnetic bits to be switched using lasers, and have turned up an accidental nano-scale Batman logo. The boffins, as part of an international team with collaborators in Germany, the Netherlands and Japan, reckon their work could let storage …
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'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

Blocks and Files The word "cabinet" can mean a piece of furniture in which you store something and the digital version of this is a disk drive or flash drive. Having said that, the idea that by destroying the drive you destroy the data is so far from reality in today's data centres that anyone professing it is profoundly idiotic. Which brings …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 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, 4 Dec 2012
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Apple extends fail-prone Seagate HDD swap scheme

Apple has extended its 2011 iMac hard drive replacement scheme. Originally pegged to all-in-one desktop maps purchased between May and July 2011, the programme now runs from October 2009 to July 2011. If you own a 21.5in or 27in iMac bought new during that period, you may qualify for a free hard drive replacement. At issue …
Hard Reg, 15 Oct 2012
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AData claims 'world's thinnest external HDD' crown

AData has unwrapped what it claims is the thinnest external hard drive to ever make it to market: a USB 3.0 unit that measures 8.9mm front to back. For comparison, one of the slimmest external HDDs we've seen of late is the 11mm-thick WD My Passport Edge for Mac. You have to wonder what practical difference that 2.1mm makes. …
Hard Reg, 27 Sep 2012
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Ten USB 3.0 HDD enclosures

Product Round-up Undoubtedly, an HDD enclosure is always a handy thing to own, especially if you're likely to be tempted to upgrade to SSD storage and need to haul files off the old HDD. With USB 3.0 featuring on a range of enclosures, transfer speeds are pretty nifty. Yet, as I discovered during these tests of ten USB 3.0 enclosures, speed isn' …
Caleb Cox, 15 Sep 2012
Freecom Hard Drive Sq 2TB

Freecom Hard Drive Sq 2TB

Geek Treat of the Week Freecom’s Hard Drive Sq is a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 hard drive which is clearly pitched at the growing number of us who have smart TVs and want to be able to record programmes without investing in a Freeview or Freesat DVR. Designed by Berlin-based Iranian designer Armam Emami, the aluminium enclosure looks strikingly like Apple’s …
Kenny Hemphill, 14 May 2012
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Seagate's latest GoFlex kit 'bolts into stores

Seagate rolled out its latest batch of external hard drives this week alongside a new Thunderbolt adaptor, bringing the high-speed connectivity tech to its entire GoFlex range. Four drives are available. The GoFlex Pro for Mac is the company's 500GB entry level model. Memory is doubled with the GoFlex Special Edition for Mac …
Caleb Cox, 26 Apr 2012
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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
WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo

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
Freecom Mobile Drive Sq

Freecom Mobile Drive Sq 500GB external HDD

Accessory of the Week This stylish mobile hard drive from Freecom is described by its manufacturer as "almost square", which is another way of saying it’s rectangular. Regardless, the rounded corners, "almost square" form-factor and sandblasted stainless steel finish give an aesthetic attractiveness that’s lacking in many an external hard drive. …
Kenny Hemphill, 17 Feb 2012
Western Digital My Passport Studio 1TB external hard drive

WD My Passport Studio 1TB external hard drive

Accessory of the Week Despite the prevalence of online sync'n'store services like Dropbox, and of cheap USB thumb drives, fast, high-capacity hard drives are still favoured by those who need to store photographs, video or large graphics files. A full back-up of your computer's hard drive is beyond those lesser forms of storage than external hard …
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Pirated software hard drive on display as art

A New York gallery is displaying a piece of “art” that consists of a one-terabyte portable hard drive chock-full of pirated code. Manuel Palou’s “5 Million Dollars 1 Terabyte”, currently on display at the Art 404 gallery in New York, consists of a single drive placed on a plinth, containing stolen code from Adobe, Nintendo, …
Iain Thomson, 28 Nov 2011
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Floods really will bring armageddon in 2012, insist resellers

PC shortages are affecting the UK earlier than expected but the rapid swing from inventory overload to relative hardware famine has led to some customers dismissing resellers' warnings as sales opportunism. The channel has been awash with stock all year as consumer demand fell off a cliff. However PC makers forecast shortages …
Paul Kunert, 21 Nov 2011
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Self-erasing flash drives destroy court evidence

The inner workings of solid state storage devices are so fundamentally different from traditional hard drives that forensic investigators can no longer rely on current preservation techniques when admitting evidence stored on them in court cases, Australian scientists said in a research paper. Data stored on Flash drives is …
Dan Goodin, 1 Mar 2011
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Storage pros: Big or small, you still have to hit the sweet spot

You the expert We talked to four Reg-reading storage gurus on where and when to use 3.5-inch hard disk drives and when to use 2.5-inch ones. They each admit a role for the smaller form factor drives – with one view being that they could take over completely as their capacities increase. But not one of our quartet thinks that 2.5-inch drive use …
Chris Mellor, 5 Jan 2011

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