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Toshiba MBF 2.5" 600GB SAS Enterprise Hard Drives Announced

Toshiba has announced the MBF series of enterprise hard drives. The 2.5" drives come in a top capacity of 600GB. The drives are also the first to incorporate Toshiba's enterprise-class self encrypting drive (SED) offering, which encrypts data within the storage device.

Ultimate Notebook Hard Drive Performance: Western Digital Scorpio Black vs. Hitachi Travelstar 7K500

While SSDs are taking the spotlight when it comes to ultimate performance, many people still prefer the much lower cost per gigabyte of traditional hard drives. For whomever wants to pick up 320GB (or more) of storage for $100, SSDs simply aren’t an option. So if one wants to buy a traditional hard drive for a notebook, what hard drive delivers the best performance?

Active Media Products Launches USB 3.0 Enclosure

Active Media Products today launched its new Aviator-2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 external 2.5-inch enclosure. It is available as an enclosure only or with an optional 64GB or 128GB Predator X7 SSD installed.

Kingston Class 10 MicroSDHC Now Shipping

Kingston today announced it has started shipping its newest 16GB Class 10 microSDHC cards. Class 10 cards have a minimum data transfer rate of 10MB/s.

Super Talent Announces USB 3.0 Thumb Drive

Super Talent has announced the latest addition to its flash memory storage lineup, the USB 3.0 Express Drive. The device is available in 16GB and 32GB capacities and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.

LaCie Announces Rugged eSATA Portable Hard Drive

LaCie today announced the latest addition to its external hard drive lineup, the Rugged eSATA. The device can be bus powered when connected to a USB/eSATA combo port, one of the only products in its class offering such a feature.

Securing Your Data With Software

Recently I put together a brief article on data security and encryption for removable flash drives. Companies like SanDisk had a major loophole in their security software exposed, bringing up the question of just how reliable software-based encryption is for securing your data as opposed to using more costly hardware-based alternatives like IronKey's flash drives.

That said, there's that word again: costly. Unless you're in enterprise where money is going to be less of an issue, you're likely going to find yourself barking up software-based encryption's tree.

Postage Stamp Sized 1TB SSDs by 2012?

SSDs are great, but they're expensive in large capacities and apparently they're too large as well. A group of scientists from Keio University claim to have found a way to reduce the size of SSDs by at least 90% which makes them cheaper and increases energy efficiency by 70%.

Walton Chaintech Apogee SSD Convertor Turns CF Cards Into a 2.5" SSD

Walton Chaintech has launched an interesting product in the SSD space. The Apogee SSD Convertor takes up to two CompactFlash cards, in RAID 0 or RAID1 no less, and mounts them in a standard 2.5" form factor with SATA II connector. The end result is a pseudo SSD that offers "blazingly fast" transfer speeds.  

Kingston Second Generation SSDNow V-Series Released

Kingston has announced the second generation of their SSDNow V-Series. The latest generation adds TRIM support and a modest performance gain, and comes in 30GB, 64GB and 128GB sizes. The good news is that the drive MSRPs remain the same as the current V-series drives and the V-Series 2 will be available starting February 15th.