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Paragon Announces 2011 Hard Disk Manager Suite

Paragon Software Group has announced the 2011 version of its Hard Disk Manager Suite. The software includes partitioning, backup and restore, migration, optimization and defragmentation, hard drive disposal, boot management and system recovery functionality.

Western Digital Hybrid Hard Drive in the Works

It's of little surprise to say that Western Digital is considering a hybrid hard drive. Seagate currently owns the market with their Momentus XT and Toshiba told us at CES they're working up a hybrid right now. What's interesting about WD though is they typically don't announce product until it's ready to ship and while this isn't a formal product announcement, it's the first time they've publicly talked about releasing a product in the hybrid hard drive market.

Western Digital Expands Enterprise Hard Drive Line with S25 SAS and RE SAS

Western Digital has announced their second-generation WD S25 SAS drives and the latest WD RE SAS enterprise hard drives. The WD S25 is a 2.5" drive featuring 10,000RPM spin speed, SAS 6Gb/s interface and comes in 450GB (WD4500BKHG) and 600GB (WD6000BKHG) capacities. The WD RE SAS offers a 3.5" form factor with 7,200RPM spin speed, SAS 6Gb/s interface and capacities of 1TB (WD1000FYYG) and 2TB (WD2000FYYG). 

SanDisk Announces SDHC Card With Up to 45MB/s Transfer

SanDisk today announced its Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I card based on the newly-released SD 3.0 specification. The card features a proprietary SanDisk controller and achieves up to 45MB/s read and write performance.

Hands On: OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express for MacBook Air 2010 [CES 2011]

It may be a mouthful, but the OWC Mercury Auro Pro Express is the first and only legitimate SSD upgrade option available for the 2010 Apple MacBook Air line of notebooks. Part of OWC's CES announcements, the MacBook Air upgrade leverages the SandForce SF-1200 processor to deliver up to a 22% speed improvement over the stock SSD, with capacities up to 360GB.

3X Systems Updates 500 and Tera Series Backup Appliances

3X Systems has announced version 3.0 of their 500 and Tera Series remote backup appliances. These “private cloud” storage systems are designed for data backup and disaster recovery for SMBs, especially those with regulatory compliance issues to manage against. 

QNAP TS-419U+ Four-Bay 1U NAS Released

QNAP has added to their Turbo NAS lineup with the rack-mounted TS-419U+. The unit features four hot-swappable SATA hard drive bays in a 1U form factor, a Marvell 1.6GHz CPU and 512MB of DDRIII memory.

Hitachi-LG Data Show Off Second-Gen Hybrid ODD + SSD [Storage Visions 2011]

Hitachi-LG Data Storage showed off its second-generation Hybrid ODD, an improvement over the first-generation model released last year. The Hybrid ODD is an optical drive with a built-in solid state drive (SSD). The second-gen version features SATA 6.0Gb/s and integrates the ODD and SSD circuits into a single PCB and connects via a single SATA port.

Plextor PX-M2 SSDs Announced [CES 2011]

Plextor has announced their second generation SSD at CES. The Plextor PX-M2 series of SSDs features a SATA 6Gb/s interface and uses the Marvell 9174 processor to deliver top line read speeds of 400MB/s and write speeds of 300MB/s in the highest capacity 256GB model (PX-256M2S). 

WD Scorpio Black 750GB (WD7500BPKT) Hard Drive Shipping [CES 2011]

Just a few months after we reviewed and enjoyed the Scorpio Black 500GB notebook hard drive, Western Digital has announced it's shipping the 750GB model for those looking for a blend of capacity and high performance. The 2.5" drive features 7200 RPM spin speed, 16MB cache and leverages Advanced Format technology.