Addonics has announced a new hard drive kit that allows any 2.5-inch SATA hard drive or SSD to be used as a removable drive cartridge or an external eSATA storage device. The Ruby Cipher drive kit features a rugged anodized aluminum housing, shock and vibration protection for the hard drive and native 256-bit AES hardware encryption.

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Addonics Technologies today announced a hard drive kit with built-in eSATA and SATA connectors that allows any 2.5-inch SATA hard drive or SSD to be used as a removable drive cartridge or an external eSATA storage device with the highest level 256-bit AES hardware encryption.

The Ruby Cipher Drive Kit comes with all the important features required in a portable hard drive: rugged anodized aluminum housing for rough handling and efficient heat dissipation; shock proof and vibration protection for the hard drive; and light weight and compact size. The kit is also 100 percent operating system transparent for easy integration into any computing environment.

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Western Digital announced this week that its family of My Passport portable drives are now available in 400 GB and 500 GB capacities. Like previous versions, WD's new My Passport Elite and Essential drives are USB-bus powered, weigh less than 7 ounces and are small enough to fit in a pocket or backpack.

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Catering to consumers on-the-go with the world's most popular portable storage offerings, WD® (NYSE: WDC) today introduced its new 500 GB capacity My Passport™ Portable USB Drives which are designed to make it easy to store a half a terabyte of music, videos or photos and carry them in the palm of your hand. Available now at WD's online store (, the new 500 GB capacity is offered on the My Passport Elite™ and My Passport Essential™ portable drive models.

A recent consumer study conducted by WD of 1,559 external hard drive users revealed that 54 percent of survey respondents wished that there was an automatic way to back up their computer without having to think about it. My Passport Elite portable drives are equipped with software to automatically back up consumers' ever-growing collection of personal media and digital files.

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Western Digital announced today that it has begun to ship its 400GB and 500GB WD Scorpio Blue 2.5-inch notebook hard drives. The two drives feature a 3 Gb/s SATA interface, 5400 RPM rotation speed, 12 ms access time and support for WD's WhisperDrive, ShockGuard and IntelliSeek technologies.

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WD® (NYSE: WDC) today announced that it has commenced volume shipments and OEM qualifications of its WD Scorpio Blue 2.5-inch notebook hard drives with capacities up to 500 GB. Utilizing industry-leading 250 GB-per-platter technology, the new WD Scorpio(R) Blue(TM) 500 GB and 400 GB SATA hard drives are designed for notebook computers and portable storage devices.

WD Scorpio Blue delivers high-performance with a 3 Gb/s transfer rate, while including proprietary features that make the drive extraordinarily quiet, while running at cool operating temperatures. The WD Scorpio Blue 500 GB is the highest capacity 2.5-inch, standard form-factor (9.5mm) hard drive shipping-to-date, and is developed for use in OEM notebook platforms that offer the highest storage capacities to the market.

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Seagate sent out a press release this morning, announcing the Fall 2008 lineup of its FreeAgent external hard drives. Along with its new 3.5-inch FreeAgent Desk and Xtreme drives, the company has introduced an updated version of the Go that fits in a docking station. Seagate will also be offering special versions of the Desk and Go that are formatted for use with Mac OS X and are Time Machine ready.

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Seagate, the world leader in storage solutions, today announced the Fall 2008 lineup of the company’s award-winning FreeAgent™ external hard drives. This new generation of the Seagate® FreeAgent™ family includes attractive desktop and mobile options, for both Mac® and Windows® operated PCs that make it a breeze to back up, share and protect valuable digital content like photos, videos and music.

Seagate’s flagship offering, the FreeAgent Go portable storage solution, is the slimmest external drive available today. At a height of only 12.5mm, the new FreeAgent Go easily fits in a pocket while still including all the advanced shock and vibration protection people have come to expect from Seagate. Another industry first, the new FreeAgent Go is the first external hard drive to offer a docking option, providing a practical way to move from the desk to the road, while leaving the hassle of fumbling with cables and locating USB ports to the history books. With up to 500GB of capacity, the FreeAgent Go bridges the gap between standard portable solutions and desktop solutions with enough storage to carry entire libraries of movies, pictures and music. No longer does one need to sacrifice capacity for portability, Seagate FreeAgent Go provides the benefits and convenience of both in a truly seamless on-the-go package.

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Toshiba recently announced its new 240GB 1.8-inch hard disk drive, the MK2431GAH. Developed for consumer electronics and PC devices, this dual-platter drive has an areal density of 344 gigabits per square inch, the highest in the industry. The MK2431GAH also spins at 4,200 RPM and features a 100MB/s parallel ATA interface.

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Toshiba Corporation, the pioneer in small form factor hard disk drives (HDDs), today announced the world's first dual-platter 240GB1) HDD (MK2431GAH). The new drive delivers the highest capacity1) and areal density in the 1.8-inch drive category for integration into portable media players, camcorders and mobile PCs. Toshiba also announced new 120GB (MK1231GAL)  and 80GB  (MK8031GAL)  capacity offerings, rounding out the most complete line of high-capacity 4,200 RPM 1.8-inch HDDs for consumer electronics (CE) and mobile PC system manufacturers.

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