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 Adam Armstrong

WD Blue SSHD 1TB Review

The WD Blue SSHD is a new hybrid drive in a 2.5” form factor. Being a hybrid drive it strives for the best of both worlds. The HDD aspect gives it the high capacity of 1TB, with the performance that falls closer in line to an SSD, with claims of speeds to and from the host of 100MB/s it doesn’t quite reach SSD performance. The WD Blue SSHD has a SATA interface and is compatible with both PC and Mac.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Demonstrates Thunderbolt NAS, Qsirch, Virtualization Solutions, QTS 4.2, and More

QNAP Systems has demonstrated various new technologies and devices at Computex 2015, including the world's first Thunderbolt NAS, the unique search tool "Qsirch", a hybrid approach to virtualization with Virtualization Station and Container Station, the new QTS 4.2 operating system, multi-zone multimedia system, and various new and feature-rich Turbo NAS models for home and businesses. In addition, QNAP cooperated with HGST, Seagate, Toshiba and WD to showcase joint solutions of QNAP NAS using a variety of their HDDs and SSDs.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Announces 6TB Capacities for Internal and External Drives

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division has announced a 6TB capacity model for both the Toshiba Canvio Desk 3.5” External USB 3.0 Hard Drive and Toshiba Desk 3.5” Internal Serial ATA 3.0 Hard Drive lines. The Canvio Desk is a compact desktop external storage solution designed for home and office users looking to expand their storage and protect their digital assets. Currently, the Canvio Desk (internal and external) storage solution has a maximum capacity of 5TB.

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by Brian Beeler

Toshiba Claims Highest Areal Density in a 2.5" HDD

Toshiba has made a technology advancement in the areal density of their platters used in 2.5" client hard drives. Toshiba has managed to hit one terabit per square inch (1Tbit/in2) which translates to 750GB per drive platter. In a four-platter 15mm platform, that's 3TB per drive, which is a 40% boost over Toshiba's highest capacity drive in that class. 

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Announces 3TB 2.5-Inch HDD

Toshiba has announced a new 3TB 2.5-inch hard disk drive (MQ03ABB300) and the industry’s largest capacity for that specific form factor. The drive leverages perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology and is the first 2.5-inch HDD to achieve 750GB per platter, using a total of 4 platters to achieve storage of 3TB. The MQ03ABB300 is designed for external personal storage devices and space-constrained use cases that require high storage capacity.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Unveils New Logo at CES

Seagate Technology will be unveiling a rebranding of the company at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which focuses on the company’s attention on rapidly expanding solutions portfolio to help consumers, businesses and partners create, preserve and share their most important data.

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by Lyle Smith

WD to Demonstrate 4TB Hybrid Hard Drive

WD has announced that it will demonstrate the "world's fastest" 4TB hybrid drive at the SATA-IO booth (#205) during Storage Visions 2015 on January 4 to 5. WD's prototype drive features the SATA Express PCI-e interface, a 4TB 3.5-inch hybrid hard drive form factor, and up to 128 GB SSD, and is designed with a heavy focus on performance and GB-per-dollar solutions for desktop and gaming applications.  

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by Tucker Mindrum

WD Red Review (6TB, NASware 3.0)

WD was first to market with a duty-specific NAS drive when they launched the Red family over two years ago. They're now onto the third iteration of the 3.5" drive (we previously review the WD Red Pro), which includes an updated firmware, NASware 3.0, and new larger 5TB and 6TB capacities. The top end 6TB drive of course offers a 50% bump over the previous largest Red and is now the largest NAS HDD on the market as of this review. As part of this release, WD is also supporting 8-bay NAS units with the Reds, up from a recommended 5-bays in the prior generation, creating a grand total of up to 48TB raw within a single NAS unit. That's a massive amount of data and thus good news for small offices or those with ever-expanding media collections that need to be able to keep up with their data growth. 

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by Lyle Smith

WD Demonstrates First PCIe Hard Drives

WD is demonstrating the first PCI Express hard drives at Computex Taipei, which takes place on June 3rd through the 4th. WD’s prototype introduces the new SATA Express interface, a form of PCI Express technology, which is available on the recently launched Intel series-9 chipset motherboards. The SATA Express interface offers a path to improved speeds, lower power consumption, and increased flexibility for future OEM designs. 

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by Josh Linden

HGST 4TB Deskstar NAS HDD Review

The HGST Deskstar NAS is built on HGST’s 3.5-inch 7,200RPM Deskstar consumer drive platform and is intended for consumer and small business NAS appliances which are typically sold diskless. While the NAS designation implies a priority on reliability and capacity over performance, HGST has used a 7,200RPM platform rather than the typical 5,400RPM for drives in this class and reports seek times of less than 12ms in manufacturer benchmarks. The 7,200 RPM spindle speed is primarily employed in order to reduce the amount of time the drive must remain active in order to complete I/O operations, potentially giving small NAS users a higher-performance alternative to the standard 5K NAS drives or much more expensive enterprise-class HDDs.

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