Consumer hard drive reviews include 2.5" HDDs with 5mm, 7mm or 9.5mm z-heights and 3.5" form factor hard drives. The consumer hard drive review category also includes solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) reviews which focus on hard drives united with flash storage for caching and better overall performance.
by Lyle Smith

Toshiba MQ04 1TB Thin Client HDD Announced

Toshiba has announced the new MQ04 Series 1TB HDD, a thin client drive designed for notebook PCs, gaming systems, all-in-one slim-line desktop systems, set-top box appliances, and other use cases that require high-capacity and durable storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

DriveSavers Offers Hurricane Harvey Victims Free Data Recovery Of Wet Phones & Hard Drives

The data recovery, eDiscovery, and digital forensic solutions company, DriveSavers, is offering free data recovery services to victims of Hurricane Harvey. As most readers know by now, Hurricane Harvey is a category 4 hurricane causing catastrophic damage in the Houston, Austin, Corpus Christi, and surrounding areas. DriveSavers will be donating time, resources, and expertise to helping victims recovery data lost due to water-damage.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Red 10TB Review

WD continues to expand the capacities of its popular Red brand of HDDs with the latest being 10TB. With this new bump up in capacity an 8-bay NAS can have a whopping 80TB of capacity without adding any expansion units. The HDDs come in 3.5” form factor making them a simple drop in replacement for lower capacity HDDs that users are looking to upgrade. As with the 8TB Red, WD is using its HelioSeal helium-technology and NASware 3.0.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba N300 NAS HDD Review (8TB)

Toshiba continues to lend more of its focus to the NAS drive market with the release of its N300 line, 3.5-inch hard drives designed for consumer and business/office users looking for a 24x7 high-performing, high-capacity storage solution. Like all drives of this kind, the N300 is optimized for reliability and endurance (a maximum of 180TB/year workload factor), and supports multi-RAID configurations inside NAS devices with up to 8 bays. The N300 family features a 6Gbps SATA interface, comes in capacities of 4TB, 6TB and 8TB, spin at 7,200rpm, and features 1 million hours mean time between failures.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Launches 8TB NAS HDDs

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. launched its latest consumer NAS 3.5” hard drive, the N300 Series. The drives come in capacities as high as 8TB. And the drives have been optimized to work in a NAS environment, which we go to some length about why this is important in our Pick The Right Drive For The Job article.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces Its New MN HDD Series

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. has announced the first drives in its new MN HDD Series. The drives are designed to be a bridge between high-end enterprise HDDs and entry-level desktop HDDs. The new series comes in capacities of 4TB, 6TB, and 8TB and deliver 7,200RPM rotational latency performance.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Announces BarraCuda And FireCuda Mobile Hard Drives

Seagate has announced the immediate availability of the 5TB mobile BarraCuda and the 2TB FireCuda, two new mobile consumer drives based on Seagate’s 2.5 inch 1TB platters. The BarraCuda drive is offered in both internal (a 7mm thin mobile or laptop upgrade design) and external (laptop upgrade design and a 15mm) models, while the FireCuda is the company’s thinnest and lightest 2TB hard drive, offering impressive performance and capacity at a competitive price. Both BarraCuda mobile and FireCuda are part of the recently launched Guardian Series.

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by Guest Author

SSHD Uncensored:Should You Get Behind The Wheel Of A Hybrid Drive? [Sponsored]

If you have a cursory understanding of storage technologies, odds are you know that hard disk drives and solid state drives are not the same. While we can spend hours scrutinizing and debating the distinctions between a pair of SSDs, nearly everyone knows the differences between HDDs and SSDs in broad strokes. Hard drives are still the best source of cheap gigabytes, but they’re undeniably slower than solid-state drives. Those fast SSDs continue picking up speed, but it can be hard to justify the cost, especially when compared to an HDD.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB HDD Review

Part of Seagate’s new “Guardian Series,” the BarraCuda Pro is the world’s highest capacity desktop hard disk drive (HDD) topping out at a whopping 10TB. The 3.5” HDD builds off of Seagate’s past innovation to being this ultra-high capacity HDD to market. The capacity isn’t the only selling point for this drive, with 7200 RPM Seagate is claiming high performance, up to 220MB/s max sustained transfer rate. The drive has decent endurance as well for a desktop HDD at 300TB per year or 820GB per day workload rate with 24x7 usage.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Seagate Mobile HDD Review

Seagate’s new Mobile HDD provides 2TB of storage in a 7mm form factor. During a time when SSD innovation leads the market for this form factor, this drive holds unique appeal for users who want to upgrade their laptop storage without switching over. Although SSDs indisputably outperform HDDs, the Mobile HDD allows users to load up to 2TB of storage into their laptop at a fraction of the cost of an SSD.

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