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Toshiba MQ01ABD 1TB 9.5mm Notebook Hard Drive Released

Toshiba is getting into the mainstream 1TB notebook hard drive game with the MQ01ABD which features two 500GB platters with 744GB/in areal density in a standard 9.5mm drive height. 

OWC Upgrades Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD to Toggle NAND

OWC has quietly rolled out a significant improvement to their Mercury Extreme Pro 6G family of SSDs. Previously OWC was using 25nm IMFT synchronous NAND in these drives. Now the entire line has migrated to 32nm Toshiba toggle NAND, the same high quality and high performance NAND found in the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS and the Patriot Wildfire.

Samsung Releases SE-208AB USB-Powered Optical Drive

Once considered a necessity, the internal optical disk drive is becoming a thing of the past as manufacturers jettison the component to make notebook computers thinner, lighter and less power-hungry. Samsung has joined this trend with its latest notebooks, but today announced a thin external DVD Writer for those who find themselves needing to burn DVDs or CDs. The drive is thin and takes its styling cues from the Series 9 notebooks, but it should look fine sitting next to a Macbook Air or even a netbook.

SanDisk Launches New Ultra SSD Line

SanDisk announced their new Ultra SSD line, offering SATA II drives aimed at customers looking to bring new life to old systems. Offered in three capacities ranging from 60 to 240GB, these SSDs have speeds topping at 280MB/s read and 270MB/s write. With prices starting as low as $129.99, these drivers are aimed with budget shoppers in mind.

Intel Prepares Firmware Update for Affected SSD 320 Models

Over the weekend, Intel announced on their discussion forums they were in the process of validating a firmware update to patch the SSD 320 from the "Bad Context 13x Error" which had plagued certain users. This issue mostly surrounded power cycling the drive, where under certain conditions the drive would report as having a capacity of 8MB.

Apple Issues Hard Drive Recall

Apple is recalling Seagate 1TB hard drives sold within iMac systems because the drives "may fail under certain conditions." Affected iMac systems include 21.5" and 27" models that were sold between May and July of this year.

OCZ Unveils Indilinx Everest SSD Platform

OEMs are now able to get their hands on the Everest SSD controller OCZ displayed at Computex. The SSD platform is the company's first major release since OCZ acquired Indilinx last spring, a move that give them an in-house alternative to SandForce.

Do-It-Yourself: Backblaze Offers 135TB of Storage for Under $8k

Building on the company's successful 67TB storage pod, the company introduced the second generation version: a 135TB 4U server for $7,348, which doubles the storage and still costs less than the original. While the Storage Pod 2.0 uses mostly off-the-shelf parts, the one item that's not is the custom red case; it features six fans and nine backplanes.

LaCie Announces Rugged Mini Hard Drives

LaCie has announced the latest addition to its portable hard drive lineup, the Rugged Mini. Rain-resistant and 40 percent smaller than the standard Rugged drive, it features a scratch-resistant aluminum case and a USB 3.0 connection.

Western Digital Releases 9.5mm 1TB Notebook Hard Drive

Western Digital has announced it's shipping a thinner Scorpio Blue 1TB mobile hard drive. Designed to fit most laptops, the 2.5-inch SATA unit squeezes two 500GB platters into the standard 9.5mm notebook form factor. As part of the Blue line, this drive will feature a 5400RPM spindle speed; offering cool and quiet operation as well as lower power consumption.