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Imation Adds New Features to Defender Collection Software [Storage Visions 2011]

Imation has announced new functionality for their Defender Collection software suite. New tools allow for central management, PC-based removable storage management, storage device management and encryption.

Hitachi CinemaStar 5K2000 and C5K750 Hard Drives Released [CES 2011]

Hitachi has released two new drive families to address the DVR, IPTV STB, video surveillance and emerging hard drive-embedded TV markets. The 3.5" CinemaStar 5K2000 comes in 2TB and 1.5TB capacities, and the 2.5" CinemaStar C5K750 family with 750GB, 640GB and 500GB capacities. Both families boast low power consumption, quiet operation and special tuning for their use in audio/video equipment.

128GB Lexar Professional 133x SDXC Announced [CES 2011]

Lexar is getting the jump on CES and Storage Visions 2011 with the announcement of their 64GB and 128GB professional Class 10 SDXC cards. Beside the tremendous capacity, Lexar is touting the performance of these cards, a minimum transfer speed rating of 133x (20MB/s) provides quick transfer of the high-res images and HD video today's DSLR cameras are capable of. 

Intel 310 mSATA SSD Released

Intel has announced the latest extension to their SSD lineup, the Intel SSD 310. The 310 delivers X25-M performance in a tiny mSATA package designed for highly mobile applications like tablet and ultraportable notebooks. Intel is using 34nm MLC NAND and offering the 310 in both 40GB and 80GB capacities. 

Intel Breaking Up IMFT NAND/SSD Joint Venture?

While Intel and Micron have produced NAND flash memory through their IM Flash Technologies LLC joint venture, Intel has not yet invested in the venture's new Singapore plant. Could Intel be backing out of the manufacturing and development aspect of its SSD business?

OWC Portable RAID Solution; Transcend Low-Profile SSDs; HighPoint PCI-e x16 SATA Port Multiplier

This news bits roundup covers several exciting product announcements: OWC announced its Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual mini portable RAID solution supporting 2.5" drives; Transcend announced low-profile and half-slim SSDs for small form factor applications; lastly, HighPoint announced its RocketRAID 2700 now supports SATA port multipliers.

Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 Announced - Single Platter 7mm 500GB Notebook Hard Drive

Hitachi has just announced the industry's first single-platter 500GB hard drive with a 2.5-inch form factor, the Travelstar Z5K500. The drive features a slim 7mm thin design compared to most 2.5-inch notebook hard drives, which are 9.5mm.

How to Stop Excessive Load Cycles on the Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green (WD20EARS) with WDIDLE3

Power consumption is one of the hot topics currently being discussed in today’s hard drive market. Manufacturers are looking at many ways to cut down on power draw; either by decreasing spindle speed or in some cases having aggressive parking. On drives that support these newer power modes, excessive head parking can occur under the right circumstances, causing alarm as users watch some drives close in on the manufacturers rated load cycle count in short order. In this article we will look at one way to disable this power profile on Western Digital hard drives like the popular 2TB Caviar Green WD20EARS.

Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000, Deskstar 5K3000 and XL External Hard Drives Released

Hitachi went all in today on their commitment to 3TB hard drives after posting the Deskstar 7K3000 to their website last month. In addition to the 7K3000, Hitachi also announced the Deskstar 5K3000 and the Hitachi XL, a 3TB external hard drive. 

Seagate Ships Barracuda Green Desktop Hard Drive

Seagate today announced its Barracuda Green hard drive, which they claim is the industry's highest performance eco-friendly hard disk with a 3.5 inch form factor. The Barracuda Green was formerly called the Barracuda LP.