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Western Digital packs helium into new 6 TB hard drive

Western Digital's HGST subsidiary has been hard at work developing a brand new helium-filled hard drive, today announcing that the drive has begun shipping. The 6-terabyte Ultrastar He6 is the first of its kind, which sees the disk platters sealed…

Seagate rethinks tablet storage with 500GB hard drive

Seagate has unveiled a new hard drive designed specifically for tablets that promises to deliver a wealth of storage with the same performance that flash memory delivers. Known as the Ultra Mobile HDD, Seagate’s latest uses software to boost performance…

New particle paves way for 20 times denser hard drives

A groundbreaking new particle has been discovered that could potentially be used in extremely dense hard drives. Known as skyrmions, or microscopic twisted magnetic vortices, the particle could prove extremely useful in the future of storage on magnetic hard drives,…

Seagate reveals the "world's fastest" enterprise hard drive

Seagate is claiming they've created the "world's fastest hard drive" with their new Enterprise Turbo SSHD, the industry's first enterprise-class solid state hybrid drive. The drive combines a high-RPM hard disk with a SSD-like NAND module, increasing the "mission critical"…

WD talks SSHDs: Black hybrid details revealed

Earlier this week, Western Digital debuted the fruit of a partnership with SanDisk: a line of solid state hybrid drives bearing its "Black" branding. In light of the announcement, WD vice president Matt Rutledge recently discussed with The Tech Report…

Tuesday tech deals: 1TB WD USB 3.0 HDD w/ security software $35

TigerDirect offers the Western Digital 1TB Elements SE Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, model no. WDBPCK0010BBK-NESN, bundled with Total Defense Premium Internet Security for $104.99. This $70 mail-in rebate cuts it to $34.99. With around $4 for shipping, that's $0.04/GB...

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...