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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. 

Seagate Ships 600GB 2.5" Savvio 10K.4 (ST9600204SS)

Seagate has announced their latest 2.5" enterprise hard drive, the 600GB Savvio 10K.4 (model #ST9600204SS). Aside from offering the highest capacity in the 2.5" form factor, Seagate is also claiming the most reliable crown too, with 2 million hour MTBF.  

TDK Developing 2.5TB 3.5" HDDs, 640GB Per Platter

TDK is reportedly developing 3.5-inch hard drive platters with a capacity of 640GB each; current platters of the same size top off at 500GB. With 640GB platters, a four-platter 2.5TB hard drive is possible. The 640GB platters could come out as early as next month.

SilverStone Announces HDDBoost Hybrid SSD-HDD Device

SilverStone today announced HDDBoost, a device that pairs a hard drive and a Solid State Disk (SSD) to provide users the best of both worlds.

Corsair Intros New SSD Lines, 512GB Version

Corsair has announced two new SSD series along with a 512GB SSD. The drives have a 2.5-inch form factor, SATA II interface, and should be shipping soon.

QNAP Launches TS-239 Pro II and TS-439 Pro II SMB NAS Servers

QNAP Systems has added to its Turbo NAS line with two new NAS servers targeted to SMB and corporate users. The TS-239 Pro II (2 drive model) and TS-439 Pro II (4 drive model) feature the Intel Atom D410 CPU and support for up to 8TB of storage.