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

Toshiba Adds New Capacities To N300 NAS & X300 HDD Series

Toshiba has unveiled new 12TB and 14TB models to both its N300 NAS and X300 HDD series. These drives sport a 3.5-inch mechanical form factor using laser welding technology, while their helium-sealed case is designed to keep the helium securely inside the enclosure. Both models also operate at 7,200rpm, feature an ultra-high 256MB data buffer, and use Toshiba’s advanced Stable Platter Technology to minimize vibrations. The latter technology stabilizes the motor shaft at both ends for improved tracking accuracy and maximum performance during read and write operations. 

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB NAS HDD Review

Data requirements continue to explode and there's no sign of it slowing down, and as such, companies that need always on, always accessible 24×7 performance continue to look for cost-effective and scalable solutions in hard disk drives, particularly smaller businesses. Seagate looks to address these issues with the most recent model of their SMB/SME enterprise line of HDDs, the IronWolf Pro 14TB, designed as a scalable solution for any NAS environment. This massive capacity gives organizations a viable option to better manage their storage server budgets. We've also reviewed the IronWolf 14TB non-Pro version.

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by Michael Rink

Seagate Releases 14TB Drives

Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX) released a wide range of new 14TB hard drives, enhancing the company’s enterprise and specialty drive portfolio. Releasing no less than five new drive designs at the same time, Seagate has given us a lot to talk about. The new designs are IronWolf and IronWolf Pro for network attached storage (NAS) applications; the BarraCuda Pro desktop drive; surveillance-targeted SkyHawk; and Exos X14 for data centers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces New Surveillance & Video HDDs

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announced that it would be expanding its consumer HDD line up with new surveillance and video streaming drives, the S300 and V300. The S300 comes in capacities up to 10TB and offers support for up to 64 HD camera streams, making it an ideal choice for surveillance. For home streaming, the V300 comes with capacities up to 3TB and is also well suited for video recording.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate IronWolf Pro NAS HDD 12TB Review

Seagate has expanded its Guardian Series of HDDs with even higher capacity version. On the NAS front, Seagate has taken both its IronWolf and IronWolf Pro and expanded the capacity up to 12TB per drive. The IronWolf Pro is designed specifically for use in NAS devices and is aimed toward creative professionals, SOHO, and SME markets. While both drives share many of the same features, the Pro version supports up to 16 drive bays, has a higher mean time between failures (1.2 million hours), has rotational vibration sensors on all capacities, and is better optimized for multi-users (300TB/year).

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate IronWolf Review (12TB)

As data requirements continue to rapidly grow, so does the cost of managing storage through devices such as NAS solutions. This puts organizations in a tight spot, as their budgets don’t necessarily correlate with this massive growth, which is why new high-capacity releases like Seagate IronWolf 12TB is so attractive: it helps to lower the total cost of ownership and gives organizations the ability to and stay within and better manage their budgets. The company has also released a Pro version of the drive, reviewed here.

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by Brian Beeler

Seagate BarraCuda Pro 12TB Review

Seagate has launched the latest update to their high-performance desktop 3.5" HDD line in the BarraCuda Pro family. Now available in capacities up to 12TB, the BarraCuda Pro is designed to meet the needs of professionals who want the high capacity that 3.5" hard drives offer, with as much performance as possible. To that end, the BarraCuda Pro features a 7,200 RPM spindle speed with 256MB cache, offering up to 250MB/s in sustained sequential transfer rates. Incidentally, 250MB/s is 30MB/s faster than the prior top capacity 10TB Pro drive. Seagate is also making sure they take care of their BarraCuda Pro owners with a five-year warranty and two years of Seagate Rescue data recovery included. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Adds New 12TB Guardian Series HDDs

Today Seagate Technology expanded its popular Guardian Series of HDDs with new 12TB drives, IronWolf, IronWolf  Pro, and BarraCuda Pro. These new drives will have the highest capacity of currently shipping NAS and Desktop drives, along with Seagate’s proven reliability and performance. With the addition in capacity size, Seagate’s Guardian Series expands its capabilities to handle the growing data needs seen by SMBs, SOHOs, and prosumers.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba MQ04 1TB Thin Client HDD Announced

Toshiba has announced the new MQ04 Series 1TB HDD, a thin client drive designed for notebook PCs, gaming systems, all-in-one slim-line desktop systems, set-top box appliances, and other use cases that require high-capacity and durable storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

DriveSavers Offers Hurricane Harvey Victims Free Data Recovery Of Wet Phones & Hard Drives

The data recovery, eDiscovery, and digital forensic solutions company, DriveSavers, is offering free data recovery services to victims of Hurricane Harvey. As most readers know by now, Hurricane Harvey is a category 4 hurricane causing catastrophic damage in the Houston, Austin, Corpus Christi, and surrounding areas. DriveSavers will be donating time, resources, and expertise to helping victims recovery data lost due to water-damage.

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