Live life in the fast line do yuh? Feeling bogged down by the seemingly slow 7,200RPM the higher end/faster 2.5″ drives spin at? Western Digital would like to show you something. Their new WD S25 is a 10k, 2.5″ spinning mobile speedster that will bring even greater agility to those who are always on the go. Blow past previous benchmarks with a sustained read/write times of 128MB/s and a 16MB buffer. Further bolstering this speed demon attitude is the 3.0 GBPS and 6.0 GBPS connectivity options ensuring you don’t hit a bottle neck when it comes down to the finish line. In case you were wondering, WD’s S25 drive happens to be the first 2.5″ drive to claim that coveted 10k SAS nomenclature, ushering in a new era of minutely packaged speed. Naturally, spinning at such speeds sucks down more power than their slower siblings so full on mobile consumers may want to think twice about this drive in particular and instead opt for a speedy SSD. The S25 is currently shipping to several OEM’s and should start appearing for business users in the near future. Don’t forget your helmet and goggles…
Because a series of blinking lights is too vague and such things as capacity and I/O support are now old news, WD has taken it upon themselves to usher in the next “gotta-have-it feature” of external hard drives. Ladies and Gents, e-Ink display equipped externals are now here. From here on out, My Book Elite and My Book Studio WD hard drives will now come adorned with a 12-character e-Ink display on the spine giving you a more easily decipherable message as to how much room is really left in your little box of memories.
Further breaking it down, the labels will be available on the USB only My Book Elite and the Firewire 800/USB My Book Studio hard drives.
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Looking for a new 1TB hard drive and have a thing for lots of words and pretty charts? [Hard Drive Comparo]
Traditional spinning hard drives are now dirt cheap. While just a few short years ago you could easily spend several hundred dollars for just a couple hundred gigs, today you can get a full Terabyte (1,000 Gigabytes) for under $100! My how time flies and technology evolves huh? If you were in the market for a new TB hard drive and wanted to know exactly what your best bang for the buck would be while still keeping speed on the uptick, PC Perspective has nicely put out a thorough review of 12 of the top TB hard drives on the market. While you could read through the entire review, most of you will be more than satisfied with the refined data and pretty colors — I know I am. So, take a gander at the picture for a very quick review, or head on over to PC Perspective for the insanely deep review.
Western Digital is uping the capacity ceiling in the hard drive market by releasing their latest and greatest 2TB Caviar Green hard drive. It’s noted as being the first hard drive in the industry to reach the 2TB milestone. *clap* Don’t worry, the high storage doesn’t come with that high of a price. Priced at $299, it seems like a fairly reasonable amount to pay for such a plethora of storage for all of your little 1’s and 0’s. If you are of the type who live on spec sheets, head on over to HotHardware and see the 2TB Green Caviar hold its own against the Samsung Spinpoint F1 and the SeagateBarracuda 7200.11.
Western digital is warming up to the Mac camp today and releasing two new types of hard drives designed for Mac’s. The first is the popular My Passport series. The Mac Passports are encased in a shock-resistant case and come pre-formatted for Mac use in 320GB and 500GB flavors. Unfortunately, they only support USB, Firewire is no where to be found. The drives are advertised as being Time Machine compatible right out of the box. Second is the My Book for Mac. As of now they only available in 1 TB capacities, however I’m sure 2TB isn’t far behind. Feature wise they are the same as the Passport except for the obvious fact that they are for desktop use only as they will not run solely on USB as they need a power outlet as well. Pricing for the drives is as follows: My Passport’s $130 for the 320GB and $180 for the 500GB. My Book: $180 for 1TB. All in all, not bad prices.