Seagate recently unveiled the world's first 1.5-terabyte desktop and half-terabyte notebook hard drives. The 3.5-inch Barracuda 7200.11 packs 1.5TB onto four platters and delivers a sustained data rate of up to 120MB/second. The 2.5-inch Momentus 5400.6 and Momentus 7200.4 are available in capacities up to 500GB and are tough enough to withstand up to 1,000 Gs of shock. The Momentus 7200.4 also offers a 7200-rpm spin speed and a 16MB cache.
The debut of the Barracuda® 7200.11 1.5TB hard drive, the eleventh generation of Seagate’s flagship drive for desktop PCs, marks the single largest capacity hard drive jump in the more than half-century history of hard drives - a half-terabyte increase from the previous highest capacity of 1TB, thanks to the capacity-boosting power of perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology.

The Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive combines proven PMR technology, components and expert manufacturing to provide 1.5TB of reliable storage for mainstream desktop computers, workstations, desktop RAID, gaming and high-end PCs, and USB/FireWire/eSATA external storage.

Seagate’s new 2.5-inch half-terabyte 5400- and 7200-rpm drives - Momentus® 5400.6 and Momentus 7200.4 - deliver the best combination of capacity, mobility and durability for mainstream and high-performance notebook computers, external storage solutions, PCs and industrial applications requiring small form factor.
The Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB will ship to retailers in August 2008. The Momentus 5400.6 and 7200.4 hard drives are scheduled to ship some time during the fourth quarter of 2008. If you'd like to read more, Seagate's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Addonics has announced a new hard drive enclosure that provides native 256-bit AES hardware encryption on the fly with no detectable performance degradation. The Diamond Cipher enclosure can be connected to a computer via its built-in eSATA and USB 2.0 connectors or mounted into a 5 ¼” drive bay using Addonics cradle system.

Addonics Technologies today announced a hard drive kit with built-in eSATA and USB 2.0 connectors that allows users to easily connect an external SATA hard drive to a system or use any SATA hard drive as a removable cartridge drive with the highest level 256-bit AES hardware encryption.

The 256-bit AES hardware encryption incorporated inside the Diamond Cipher enclosure is the most secure storage solution available today. AES is secure enough to protect classified information up to the “TOP SECRET” level, which is the highest security level and defined as information which would cause "exceptionally grave damage" to national security if disclosed to the public.

Diamond Cipher enclosure is also the first enclosure solution to provide native SATA encryption on the fly with no detectable performance degradation to the hard drive though a simple encryption key.
The Diamond Drive Cartridge system is available now and lists for $139. The system comes withDiamond Cipher drive enclosure, a Diamond drive cradle and a pair of 256-bit AES cipher keys. Full details can be found here. Add a comment
SentrySafe has announced the launch of its second-generation FIRE-SAFE/Waterproof Hard Drive. Based on the Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini, this 250GB drive is encased in a SentrySafe FIRE-SAFE/Waterproof enclosure which protects your data from both fire and water.

Sentry®Safe, the world leader in residential and small office security-storage containers, today announced its next generation 250GB FIRE-SAFE/Waterproof Hard Drive to protect data from fire and water disasters and computer crashes. SentrySafe has again partnered with Maxtor® Storage Solutions to develop the innovative, award-winning hard drive that enables back-up of critical data.

"SentrySafe is always looking to introduce new products to meet the needs of consumers. With the new 250GB fire-resistant and waterproof hard drive, SentrySafe is putting the 'hard' in hard drive," said Sondra McFarlane, director of customer development for SentrySafe.
The SentrySafe FIRE-SAFE/Waterproof 250GB Hard Drive is available now for a suggested retail price of $399.99. Full details can be found here. Add a comment
Hitachi sent out a press release today, announcing its second-generation one terabyte hard drive, the Deskstar 7K1000.B. This 7,200 RPM drive features a SATA 3Gb/s interface as well as a new three-disk design that improves idle power consumption up to 43% over its predecessor.
With today’s announcement of its second-generation one terabyte hard drive, the Deskstar 7K1000.B, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi) is forecasting the dawn of a new age in technology that it has dubbed the “Tera Era.” As the amount of digital information created, captured and duplicated around the world continues to grow at an uninterrupted, unrelenting pace, Hitachi’s vision is that three elements - rich media content, culture, and increasing capacity - are uniting to create an entirely new landscape for enterprise and consumer data storage. It is against this exciting backdrop that Hitachi is announcing the Deskstar 7K1000.B, the world’s most energy-efficient 7,200 RPM one terabyte (1TB) hard drive.

The Deskstar 7K1000.B provides an exceptional blend of power efficiency and performance, making it an ideal solution for power-friendly consumer and commercial PCs. The new three-disk design improves idle power consumption up to 43 percent over its 1TB predecessor, which was already among the industry’s most energy efficient hard drives. Increased protection against data loss and piracy is provided via Bulk Data Encryption (BDE) which is available as an optional feature to users. Hitachi is also shipping the Deskstar E7K1000, designed to provide high-capacity storage for low-duty-cycle, 24x7 applications.
The Deskstar 7K1000.B and Deskstar E7K1000 will ship to customers worldwide in July. More information is available on Hitachi's website. Add a comment
CDRLabs has put together a brief review of Western Digital's new dual-disk storage system, the My Book Mirror Edition. Like the name suggests, the My Book Mirror Edition automatically "mirrors" your data between the two disks so that if one should fail, your data will remain safe. The My Book Mirror Edition also features a built in capacity gauge and with its fan-less design and GreenPower hard drives, it uses a third less power than other dual-drive systems.

In this review we'll take a look at some of the features found on the My Book Mirror Edition and see how it performs. Is it a good choice for those looking to backup their data and keep it safe? You'll have to read the review to find out.

Western Digital 2TB My Book Mirror Edition
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