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Tuesday tech deals: 3TB Western Digital Green hard drive for $130

B&H Photo-Video offers the Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB for $129 with free shipping. That's $0.04/GB and the lowest total price we could find by $19. This drive is purportedly cooler, quieter, and consumes up to 40% less energy than standard mechanical drives...

Wednesday tech deals: 500GB external WD HDD $35, 1TB $55

TigerDirect offers the Western Digital 500GB Elements SE USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive for $64.99. This $30 mail-in rebate drops it to $34.99. With $3.69 for shipping, that's $0.08/GB, $5 under last week's mention, and the lowest total price we could find by $23. Rebate ends February 2...

CMU wins $1.17 billion verdict against Marvell over HDD patents

Nine jurors have ordered Marvell to pay Carnegie Mellon University $1,169,140,271 in damages for infringing two hard drive patents. If the ruling sticks on appeal, it would claim more than a year's worth of profits at Marvell, which earned just over $900 million last year and...

WD Black 4TB Hard Drive Review

It's been a long year of HDD supply shortages and wacky premiums, but things are finally stabilizing and new designs are trickling out of drive makers. Recently WD expanded its flagship Black series with a 4TB model, meant to deliver a balance between speed, capacity and price.

At ~$350, a Black 4TB drive is slightly cheaper than a pair of WD Black 2TB drives and much more affordable than the previously released enterprise WD RE 4TB drive. Given that we've been spoiled by SSDs over the last few years, we don't expect to be blown away by the new drive's blistering speed, but it should be fun comparing its performance with other terabyte-plus hard drives if ample capacity is what you're after...

Toshiba announces 4TB self-encrypting enterprise hard drives

Following up on Western Digital's recent announcement, Toshiba has unveiled its own high-capacity MG series hard drives. To start, the company will offer four drives with a top capacity of 4TB, including two SATA variants, the MG03ACA400 and MG03ACA400Y, as…

Singapore agency unveils 5mm-thick 1TB hybrid storage drive

The Data Storage Institute (DSI) of Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (ASTAR) has announced a new ultra-thin high-density hybrid hard drive that bests a recently unveiled Western Digital product. In what is said to be the smallest and…

Tuesday tech deals: 3TB Barracuda $125, 1.5TB Barracuda $70

Trans Intl. offers the Seagate Barracuda 3TB Serial ATA 6Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, model no. ST3000DM001, for $125 plus $8 for shipping ($0.04/GB). That's $2 under a deal from three weeks ago and the lowest total price we could find by $9. It runs at 7200RPM and features...

Seagate invests in DensBits, plans its first consumer SSDs

Seagate has announced a partnership with DensBits, an Israeli company whose "revolutionary" memory controller design may prove useful for upcoming solid-state drives. Seagate made an undisclosed investment in DensBits, stating its plans to improve both consumer and business-class products with…

Seagate to acquire controlling interest in LaCie

Half a year has passed since Seagate completed its acquisition of Samsung’s hard drive division, in a transaction valued at $1.4 billion. Now the company is ready to open its wallet once again, announcing plans to acquire a 64.5-percent controlling…

NAS at 10GbE Speeds: QNAP TS-879 Pro & Synology DS3612xs Review

Hoping to drive small and medium business sales, NAS-makers have been pushing to deliver enterprise features such as cloud storage, virtualization support, automated backup software and iSCSI support. There's also been an effort to include technologies such as Link Aggregation, which can increase network bandwidth when dealing with multiple users and also provides redundancy in case one of the links fails.

First seen over a decade ago, 10GbE is ten times faster than Gigabit Ethernet, but it's been largely reserved for pricey devices. With that in mind, we're checking out two new high-end SMB NAS devices: the QNAP TS-879 Pro and the Synology DS3612xs.