Western Digital sent out a press release this morning, announcing its newly redesigned My Book World Edition network hard drives. Available in 1TB and 2TB capacities, the My Book World Edition is designed to automatically back up files from all the PCs and Macs on a home network. The drive also features integrated UPnP media server and iTunes Music server software, allowing you to stream content directly to an Xbox 360, Playstation 3 or computer using iTunes software.

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WD® (NYSE: WDC), the world's leader in external storage solutions, today introduced its newly redesigned My Book® World Edition™ network storage drive, simplifying the critical but tedious task of backing up an entire household's precious files. Designed for consumers who have multiple computers on a home network, the new drive will be available in 1 terabyte and 2 terabyte capacities, and is compatible with PC and Mac® computers.

Consumers are amassing increasing amounts of digital media on their computers, including irreplaceable photos, movies and documents. While 70 percent of users in a recent WD study of 1,500 U.S. consumers claimed to be "backing up," most use sporadic, tedious processes such as copying to CDs/DVDs or USB thumb drives. Having several computers multiplies the work. My Book World Edition network drives are designed to automate and simplify the backup chore for the 36 million networked homes in the U.S. according to research firm Parks Associates. Just plug the My Book World Edition drive into a network router, click a few buttons and the My Book World Edition storage device backs up the files from all the PCs and Macs on the network. Any changes to the files on these computers are automatically and continuously backed up to the drive.

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Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) and Fujitsu Limited (TOKYO: 6702) today announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the transfer of Fujitsu's hard disk drive (HDD) business to Toshiba. The companies plan to conclude a transfer contract at an early date, and aim to complete the transaction in the first quarter of fiscal 2009.

Fujitsu will facilitate the transfer by bringing its HDD-related businesses and functions together in a new company. Toshiba will acquire about an 80 percent stake in this company and make it a Toshiba Group subsidiary. In order to promote a smooth transfer, Fujitsu will continue to hold a stake of under 20 percent in the new company for a certain period of time, after which it will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba.

The consolidation of the two companies' HDD businesses will enable Toshiba to reinforce its already strong position as a leading vendor of small form factor HDDs (2.5-inch and smaller HDDs), widely used in notebook PCs, mobile devices, automotive and consumer electronics. It will also give Toshiba entry into the enterprise HDD market for server and data storage system applications, where Fujitsu is currently a leader. Toshiba aims to build its position in the enterprise market to meet expected growth in demand for data storage systems.

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Seagate today introduced its Constellation(TM) family of new enterprise storage solutions for Tier 2 nearline storage applications. The two new drive models, the 2.5-inch Constellation and the 3.5-inch Constellation ES hard drives, include a combination of features that enable high capacities, increased power efficiency, enterprise-class reliability, and data security. Both drives also include PowerChoice(TM) from Seagate, which decreases power consumption by up to 54% for record power savings in enterprise environments.

"The need for greater storage capacity will continue to expand in multiple directions and dimensions, but there will be an increasing scrutiny of all storage system purchases, with an eye to decreasing power consumption, footprint, and cost per GB in unprecedented ways," said John Monroe, a research vice president at Gartner. "Performance will not be ignored, but a flexible balance of capacity, cost per GB, power and speed will become more crucial in fulfilling end-user storage demands at varied price points."

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Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative computer products including hard disk drives, peripherals and biometric security solutions, today announced the development of new security technology to make its 2.5-inch encrypted hard disk drives (HDDs) support the Opal Security Subsystem Class (Opal SSC). Opal SSC is a new storage security standard announced on January 27, 2009 by the Trusted Computing Group (TCG)¹, an international organization involved in setting security standards for computing environments.

The TCG’s Opal SSC specification has been adopted as an international standard with the aim of creating more secure IT environments. When used in combination with supporting application software, HDDs that support Opal SSC enable sophisticated security solutions for a wide range of computing platforms, including notebook PCs.

The TCG recently standardized the Opal SSC specification for advanced security solutions in computing environments. As an active member of the TCG, Fujitsu led the formulation of the standard, and has subsequently developed technology for Opal based 2.5-inch HDDs with encryption features.

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Western Digital sent out a press release this morning, announcing the launch of its new WD Caviar Green 2 TB hard drive. Based on WD's 500 GB/platter technology, this new drive feature a 32MB cache as well as a number of advanced technologies such as StableTrac, IntelliPower and IntelliSeek.

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WD (NYSE: WDC) today announced the first 2 terabyte (TB) hard drive - the world's highest capacity drive and the latest addition to WD's popular, environmentally friendly, cool and quiet, WD® Caviar® Green™ hard drive family. This new 3.5-inch platform is based on WD's industry-leading 500 GB/platter technology (with 400 Gb/in2 areal density) with 32 MB cache, producing drives with capacities of up to 2 TB.

"While some in the industry wondered if the end consumer would buy a 1 TB drive, already some 10 percent of 3.5-inch hard drive sales are at the 1 TB level or higher, serving demand from video applications and expanding consumer media libraries," said Mark Geenen, President of Trend Focus. "The 2 TB hard drives will continue to satisfy end user's insatiable desire to store more data on ever larger hard drives."

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Sans Digital, a leading provider of high performance storage subsystems, has updated its 5-bay external TowerRAID TR5M1 RAID storage solution to the newly designed TR5M-B and TR5M. Based on the same features as the previous models, these new towers adapted a more sophisticated outer shell in both black and silver, completing the unified appearance of the TowerRAID series.

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Since its initial release, the Sans Digital TowerRAID series has generated some heated discussions on computer enthusiast sites, especially sites dedicated to Windows Home Servers and Home Theater PC (HTPC). The TowerRAID solutions are proven to be good choices for direct external storage expansion where additional capacity is needed. The TowerRAID series is now fully compatible with the newest 1.5TB hard drives. With up to 7.5TB of storage capacity, the 5-bay storage enclosures are perfect for high capacity storage needs. The TR5M-B and TR5M units utilize a cable-less backplane design and built-in ventilating protective screen front panel for a simplified contemporary design. Hard drives are installed on easily accessible hard drive trays for easy insertion and removal. Hard drive cooling is performed by a large 4.7” built-in cooling fan located inside the back panel of the units. Like other models of the TowerRAID series, the TR5M-B and TR5M utilize the latest SATA II port multiplier technology to access five SATA hard drives using only one eSATA cable.

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Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend®), a global leader in the digital storage industry, proudly announces its new 2.5” portable hard drive, the elegant and sleek StoreJet™ 25F. Measuring only 113.8mm long by 80.9mm wide and just 15.9mm thick, the StoreJet 25F is designed for business travelers and people who prefer an elegant way to carry their data.

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Combining its huge storage capacity with designer gloss diamond pattern and lustrous metallic finish, the StoreJet 25F is truly a marriage of technology and style. Moreover, its useful anti-slip rubber feet provide a stable base for resting on a table or computer case. Despite its compact size, the StoreJet 25F has up to 500GB of storage space so users can easily transfer, store, and share important files and data.

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While Fujitsu's talks with with Western Digital may have fallen through, Toshiba has stepped up to the plate with its own offer to buy the company's money-losing hard drive business. According to MarketWatch, Toshiba is  is in the final stages of talks and is expected to pay 30 to 40 billion yen ($333 to $444 million).

Japan's Toshiba Corp. is in the final stages of talks to buy Fujitsu's hard-disk drive business for 30 to 40 billion yen ($333 to $444 million), according to a media report Wednesday.

A deal would make Toshiba the world's biggest supplier of small hard drives ,the Nikkei newspaper reported.

Top executives at Toshiba and Fujitsu were expected to meet within a week, and if they reach an agreement, a deal could be announced by the end of this month.

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ioSafe has announced the availability of its new disaster-proof external hard drive, the ioSafe Solo. Available in capacities up to 1.5TB, the Solo can withstand fire at temperatures up to 1,550 degrees Fahrenheit and remain submerged in water at depths up to 10 feet for 3 days.

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ioSafe Inc., the technology solution vendor in disaster-proof hardware technologies and devices, introduced the ioSafe Solo, the world's first 1.5TB external hard drive with integrated ioSafe disaster protection technologies. Optimized to be a low cost external hard drive backup solution and improve the risks associated with data loss, the ioSafe Solo was introduced last week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The fireproof and waterproof device capabilities were tested and compared versus unprotected hard drives and gathered extensive glowing reviews from attendees. During the demonstration, the pros and cons of disaster proof external hard drives versus non-disaster protected hard drives such as the Seagate FreeAgent or Western Digital My Book were compared.

 

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Seagate sent out a press release this morning, announcing two new additions to its Cheetah enterprise-class hard drive family. Built for 3.5-inch Tier 1 storage applications, the Cheetah 15K.7 and Cheetah NS.2 offer 600GB of storage and support for Seagate's PowerTrim technology, which dynamically optimizes power consumption at all levels of activity.

Seagate today announced two new members of its award-winning Cheetah® enterprise-class hard drive family: the Cheetah 15K.7 hard drive and the Cheetah NS.2 hard drive. Current economic challenges have put even more focus on reducing spending to ensure long-term business sustainability. For businesses that have an existing investment based on a standard 3.5-inch enterprise infrastructure, the new Cheetah drives bolster sustainability through easy drive/system integration, and provide improved levels of system performance, capacity, reliability, and lower power consumption.

In support of sustaining the environment, where reduce, reuse and recycle are keys to this best practice, Cheetah drives reduce power consumption, drive replacement costs, and costs per GB. Built for 3.5-inch Tier 1 storage applications, the Cheetah 15K.7 drive and the Cheetah NS.2 drive are the largest capacity mission-critical drives offered at 600GB, and have the highest reliability in the industry. The Cheetah 15K.7 drive delivers the highest performance of any 3.5-inch drive, while the Cheetah NS.2 drive takes power-savings to the furthest extreme by featuring the lowest power requirement of any 3.5-inch Tier 1 drive.

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