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

WD Red Pro 6TB Review

The 6TB Red Pro builds on WD's portfolio of purpose-built hard drives for NAS, offering a 50% capacity boost over the previous highest capacity model (4TB WD Red Pro). The Red Pro family is designed to address the needs of those using storage systems up to 16 bays, ideal for SMBs and remote/branch offices that rely on NAS storage. Red Pro drives differentiate form the Red line with faster 7K spindle speed, extended thermal burn-in testing, hardware-based vibration compensation and a longer warranty. Read more

by Adam Armstrong

Seagate To Integrate Samsung HDDs Without Restriction

In yet another integration story this month, Seagate announced today that it would now completely and without restriction integrate the Samsung hard drive into Seagate. Similar to the decision to allow WD to fully integrate HGST, China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced its decision to allow Samsung HDD business to be integrated into Seagate restriction free.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Black 6TB HDD Review

WD Black has launched a 6TB version (as well as a 5TB model) of the performance-driven family of consumer-grade hard disk drives, which is a 2TB increase in storage compared to the previous 4TB model that we reviewed a few years back. Like its predecessors, the WD Black 6TB is designed to give an overall boost for heavier computing tasks, while offering a good cost per TB. It is an ideal internal storage solution for power consumers looking for the highest possible performance from the market’s current hard disk drive technology as well as those looking for an alternative to the more expensive hybrid drives.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Announces New High-Performance HDDs

Toshiba has announced four new additions to their portfolio of performance HDDs, the X300, P300, E300, and L200 series. The new hard disk drives are built to meet consumers’ most intense storage needs, which include three desktop models and one mobile option. The new 3.5-inch desktop internal HDDs include the Toshiba X300 Series, built for extreme gaming and graphics; the Toshiba P300 Series, designed for high-performance mainstream users; and the Toshiba E300 Series, designed for consumers looking for reliable performance and low power management. The mobile Toshiba L200 Series is a 2.5-inch drive designed for superior mobile computing.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Announces World's Highest Density Mobile Hard Drive Technology

Seagate Technology has announced that they have made a major advancement in areal density with a new hard disk that offers upwards of 2TB in capacity inside a slim 7mm package. Seagate indicates that the final product form will allow OEMs to design a new generation of extremely thin “elegant mobile products” with stylish, light-weight, fast, power-efficient and cost-effective builds.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Announces 5TB and 6TB Capacities For WD Red Pro and Black Lines

WD has announced the addition of 5TB and 6TB capacities to its WD Red Pro line of hard drives, which are designed for NAS systems equipped up to 16 drive bays and businesses with more expansive storage requirements than the standard WD Red drives. We previously reviewed the WD Red Pro 4TB model.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Laptop SSHD 1TB Review

Seagate has updated their 2.5 inch laptop SSHD line with potential for improved performance as well as a slight increase in capacity from 750GB to 1TB. The Seagate 2.5" SSHD is equipped with a SATA interface and a 5400-RPM spindle speed, is compatible with PC, Mac, and even certain gaming consoles. Like its predecessor, the HDD part of the hybrid drive allows for the extra storage all the while offering performance close to that of an SSD due their use of NAND flash, though Seagate doesn’t offer any quoted performance numbers. 

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by Brian Beeler

Pick The Right Drive For The Job — 24/7 NAS HDDs vs. Desktop HDDs

Starting in 2012 hard drive vendors got serious about producing duty-specific hard drives. With the growth of the NAS, surveillance, and cloud-based categories aligning well with massive data explosion, the pains around storing lots of data in a cost effective manner became real for everyone from individuals through large enterprises. It's unsurprising then that hard drive vendors tapped into this trend when releasing NAS-specific hard drives. What is a NAS hard drive though and what makes it special? We take a deeper technical dive here to demystify the technology underscoring the benefits of NAS drives and the risks of using traditional desktop hard drives in a NAS environment. 

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Desktop SSHD 4TB Review

Designed for desktop PCs, workstations, and high-performance DAS devices, the Seagate Desktop SSHD is the company’s latest foray into the hybrid solid-state drive market. Its SSD-like qualities, coupled with the capacity benefits of hard disk drives, allows the Seagate Desktop SSHD to offer consumers unique features and capabilities over traditional HDDs, including the ability to achieve faster transfer speeds as well as quicker system boot ups. Though proper solid-state drives are continuing to lower their prices and increase in maximum capacity, hybrid drives still have a role to play in the storage market due to their cost effectiveness. The Seagate Desktop is certainly no exception in this regard.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Blue SSHD 4TB Review

The WD Blue SSHD drives are the company’s newest hybrid offering that is designed for power-consumers such as gamers and content creators looking to increase the overall performance of their higher-end workstation. WD quotes the Blue SSHDs to boast sustained speeds of 150MB/s for the 4TB model and 100MB/s for the 1TB, which falls more in the range of HDD technology performance. Because of its size, the 4TB model was built with the 3.5inch form factor, limiting its use cases to desktop computers only. The 1TB model, on the other hand, uses a 2.5 inch form factor, allowing it to be used for use cases where size is an issue.

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