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WD Introduces Redesigned My Passport Ultra And My Passport For Mac Portable Hard Drives

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WD, a Western Digital company, and world leader in storage solutions, today introduced the new, redesigned My Passport Ultra portable hard drives and My Passport for Mac drives. With the My Passport line now in its 7th generation, the My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac portable hard drives are now available in capacities up to 3 TB and in four stylish colors - Classic Black, Brilliant White, Wild Berry and Noble Blue. WD is also introducing a new optional accessory – WD Grip Pack – a soft band, available in a variety of colors, which encircles the drive, offering consumers an easy way to personalize their My Passport drives.

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“With more photos being taken than ever before, it’s critical to have a high capacity, reliable external storage solution that you can carry everywhere,” said Tony Tate, general manager and vice president of Content Storage Solutions at WD. “The latest generation My Passport drives deliver an easier automatic back-up experience, hardware-based encryption for security and higher capacities than ever before. Consumers can keep all their content in their pockets, while expressing their personal styles with the colors and WD Grip Pack.”

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Apacer Releases AC330 USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

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apacer ac330 portable hddThe need for media storage and transmission is increasing significantly, as multimedia data becomes more and more popular and large-capacity portable hard drives have now must-have products. Apacer always placed consumer needs as our main concern for product development, and has made another breakthrough after the release of the AC233 USB 3.0 portable hard drive by increasing the storage capacity and transmission speed of the portable hard drive, and released the all new ultra-high speed AC330 USB 3.0 portable hard drive that can store large amounts of multimedia data.

Read/write speed can reach as high as 110MB per second and is targeted towards businessmen who have heavy multimedia file usage needs. It has a tailored simple black metal case where the black does not lose individuality, and meets the file storage needs of urban users who pursue fashion and sophisticated high-level managers. It can effectively complete file transfer using a transfer speed three times faster than USB 2.0, saving time. Apacer’s ultra-high speed 2.5 inch USB 3.0 portable hard drive comes in 500GB and 1TB capacity selections that allow you to easily backup large amounts of data and safely manage your files.

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Buffalo Announces Ruggedized MiniStation Extreme NFC Portable Hard Drive

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buffalo ministation extreme nfcBuffalo Americas, a leading provider of external storage, network attached storage (NAS) and networking solutions, today announced availability of its new MiniStation Extreme NFC portable hard drive. Buffalo’s ruggedized drive features advanced hardware encryption and near field communication (NFC) technology to block unauthorized access. It also adheres to U.S. Military Standard shock protection and is safeguarded against water and dust damage.

“When examining the rugged portable drive market, many of our competitors focus on being the best at a single metric of device protection while sacrificing other data security capabilities,” said Matt Dargis, COO, Buffalo Americas, Inc. “We designed the MiniStation Extreme NFC to be the most complete rugged portable drive on the market, including features that not only protect against the elements, but also support the latest hardware encryption technology and NFC secure access functionality. We packaged all of this functionality into a sleek, compact design that sets it apart from the competition.”

Built-in NFC technology allows users to easily unlock files using the included smart card without having to remember a password. This capability also protects valuable data from being accessed by an unauthorized user. Users can securely ship information by sending the hard drive and smart card separately, ensuring the data is protected even if the hard drive is lost or stolen.

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Western Digital Introduces Surveillance-Class WD Purple NV Hard Drives

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wd purple nv hddWD, a Western Digital company and storage industry leader, today introduced WD Purple NV, a purpose-built line of 3.5-inch, high-capacity 4 TB and 6 TB hard drives for the greater demands of scalable network video recorder (NVR) surveillance systems.

Compared with standard WD Purple drives, the new member of the WD’s surveillance video recording family of drives, WD Purple NV, is designed for larger-scale network surveillance systems utilizing higher hard drive bay counts and greater numbers of attached cameras, which demand increased storage capacity and durability. The new drives’ high capacities also enable long video retention periods for analysis and reference. WD Purple NV is also designed to withstand the demands of always-on digital NVR recording environments. It offers low power consumption and many advanced performance features typically reserved for higher end surveillance storage.

“The global video surveillance market is expanding with the increased accessibility to easy-to-use systems for small businesses and municipalities,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of HDD marketing at WD. “WD optimized the WD Purple NV line of hard drives for NVR digital surveillance systems to improve high-definition video playback for high-camera-count applications. NVR surveillance systems can produce incredible amounts of data which makes the WD Purple NV hard drives a perfect solution for NVR systems needing high quality recording and playback and high capacity storage.” 

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Sony Unveils Pro Hard Disk Drives With Thunderbolt And USB 3.0 Dual Interface

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Sony’s new HDD models offer dual Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces for compatibility with a range of widely used computers and devices. These newest entries in Sony’s expanding portable storage line-up include PSZ-HB1T, a 1TB model and PSZ-HB2T, a 2TB model. Each delivers high performance and durability to professionals who need large capacity, fast, reliable data storage for transport, back-up and transfer of content in the field and on-the-go.

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“Professionals need options when making storage purchase decisions, which is why Sony is now offering two high capacity, high-speed, rugged shuttle drives, with flexible interfaces,” said Bill Cubellis, Director, Professional and Storage Media Sales & Marketing, Sony Electronics.  “Compatibility is also critical, and based on user feedback we included a Thunderbolt port in our HDD.  Now users can safely, affordably and easily transport large volumes of content, and deliver it in a timely fashion from the field, from nearly any device.”  The PSZ-HB2T offers transfer speeds of up to 122MB/s, while the PSZ-HB1T can read and write at up to 120MB/s.

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Western Digital Introduces My Passport X Portable Hard Drive For Gamers

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WD, a Western Digital company, and world leader in storage solutions, today introduced the My Passport X portable hard drive for gamers. When connected to Xbox One or a PC, the sleek 2 TB My Passport X drive provides much-needed storage capacity for gamers to store up to 50 extra game titles, eliminating the need to delete previously purchased games from their Xbox One or PC hard drives and removing those “storage full” warning messages while allowing players to get back to their games. In addition to added storage, gamers can use My Passport X to take saved games to use on friends’ systems2 without having to download.

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“Game file sizes are expanding to 36 GB per game and upwards, and are projected to continue growing,” said Tony Tate, vice president and general manager of WD’s Content Solutions unit. “Console gamers are able to store on average only 10 games on the 365 GB out of 500 GB that is available on the onboard hard drive. The My Passport X portable drive delivers a fast and easy way to expand capacity and enables an expanded library of games on the go.”

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ADATA Launches Ultra-Durable HD710A External Hard Drive For Mac

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adata hd710a portable hddADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the HD710A Waterproof / Dustproof / Shock-Resistant USB 3.0 External Hard Drive. ADATA's HD710A is an ultra-durable external hard drive designed especially for Macbook. It comes with large storage capacities of 1TB or 2TB, provides superior data transfer speeds, and also undergoes stringent tests for waterproofing, dustproofing and shock resistance. The HD710A is the ultimate in portable protection for your data!

Military Rugged, Reliable, Better Than Ever

Designed especially for active users of Apple Macintosh platforms, the HD710A provides rugged protection from shock, dust and water. The triple-layer construction of the HD710A incorporates exceptionally elastic silicone material to provide great shock absorption from all angles. By passing the MIL-STD-810G 516.6 military-grade shock-resistant test, the HD710A ensures your data's safety even after unexpectedly suffering a shock. It has also passed the stringent IP68 test, offering excellent water and dust resistant protection. Thanks to the durable design, the HD710A works normally even in a dusty environment or after being submerged in its storage state in 1.5 meter-deep water for up to 60 minutes. When not in use, the USB cable tucks into a wrap-around exterior slot in the drive casing, providing an elegant storage solution that matches the highly practical characteristics of the device.

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Toshiba Introduces 6TB Canvio Desk External And Internal Hard Drives

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toshiba 6tb hddToshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced a 6TB capacity for the Toshiba Canvio Desk 3.5” External USB 3.0 Hard Drive and Toshiba Desk 3.5” Internal Serial ATA 3.0 Hard Drive, devices that provide a convenient and reliable way to increase the storage capacity of your computer either as an upgrade or extension of your computer.

The Canvio Desk external hard drive is preloaded with software to make backup fast and simple. The system recovery software scans your system and recommends the best coverage for your computer. Choose between backing up your files to the cloud or backing up your files and folders to your Canvio Desk hard drive.

“Toshiba has been developing and manufacturing hard drives for more than 20 years,” said Maciek Brzeski, Vice President of Branded Storage Products, Toshiba Digital Products Division. “The time is right to upgrade our offerings not only to meet, but to exceed consumers’ expectations by expanding the offerings of our internal and external 3.5” hard drives.”

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Toshiba Debuts 12.0 Gbit/s SAS Enterprise Performance HDD

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toshiba al13sx sas hddThe Storage Products Business Unit of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., a committed technology leader, announces the addition of 12.0 Gbit/s SAS interface 512 native and Advanced Format models to its 15,000 RPM Enterprise Performance Class HDD model line. These newest additions are specifically designed for mission-critical workloads, delivering the benefits of 12.0 Gbit/s SAS host transfer rate and enhanced power management features for integration with rack-optimized data centers. Customer applications such as OLTP and databases will see improved performance from faster host transfer rates using 12.0 Gbit/s SAS controllers. Also, new AL13SX series models supporting 4K native sector technology may further improve application performance in supported environments.

The AL13SX series is available in capacities up to 600GB in a power-saving, low-latency 2.5-inch form-factor. The 600GB is a 100 percent capacity increase over prior generation 2.5-inch models and provides faster seek performance and a lower power profile compared to legacy 3.5-inch 600GB models. Models supporting 512 native sector length technology provide optimum compatibility with industry-standard applications and operating environments. The 512n models offer industry migration to higher performing, more power and space efficient 2.5-inch form factor (when used with appropriate form-factor conversion hardware). Additional models supporting 4Kn or 512e Advanced Format sector lengths provide effective performance and data integrity for environments that support these sector technologies.

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WD Introduces World's Most Power-Efficient High-Capacity 3.5-inch Hard Drive For Datacenters

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wd re 6tbWD, a Western Digital company and world leader in storage today introduced new datacenter hard drives that deliver to today’s modern datacenter architects the lowest power consumption of any high-capacity 3.5-inch hard drive available today. The WD Re+ hard drive family is the newest component of WD’s full, tiered portfolio of high-capacity datacenter storage devices. Further expanding that portfolio will be 6 terabyte (TB) capacities for WD’s popular WD Re and WD Se datacenter product lines, providing customers a spectrum of capabilities, tiered to their varied demands of application intensity, power optimization and cost efficiency.

In the modern datacenter, the total cost of ownership (TCO) formula is comprised of capacity, price, power consumption and the relationships between these variables. The WD Re+ drive provides the most power efficient and high-intensity high-capacity platform available today.

With power consumption a primary consideration in today’s large web-scale cloud infrastructures, and the WD Re+ drive consuming only 6 watts for 6 TB, customers’ TCOs increase and savings for large deployments could be millions of dollars per year.

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