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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Today LaCie announced the LaCinema Classic Hard Disk, suited for all fans of digital movies, music, and photography. Designed by award-winning industrial designer Neil Poulton, this attractive multimedia storage device can pack more than 1,000 movies, or 250,000 songs, or 1 million photographs with up to 1 TB  (terabyte) of capacity. Weighing a mere 33 ounces, LaCinema Classic is extremely compact – a perfect storage device for entertainment in the home. Customers simply load content from their PC or Mac on the Classic drive and connect it to their TV for instant playback. No configuration required. Users will also enjoy HDMI 1080p upscaling of movies and photos.

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“Without realizing it, many consumers have developed their own library of digital content, through a growing collection of movies, music, and personal photos,” said Patrick Salin, Multimedia business unit manager, LaCie. “The LaCinema Classic offers users just what they need to store and play their favorite content wherever desired, connected to their PC or Mac, or directly to their Television, for an affordable price” Designed for multimedia, the LaCinema Classic works with numerous video, music, and photo formats, including MPEG4, MP3 and JPEG as well as HD-JPEG for superior viewing of images over HDMI output. An SPDIF coaxial cable is included to maximize the audio experience.

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Imation Corp. (NYSE: IMN) today announced the availability of two new products in its Apollo(TM) family of external hard drives (EHD). For laptop users, the 2.5-inch Apollo Expert UX is a pocket-sized, portable hard drive sheathed in a protective skin with up to 500GB of capacity, and for desktop users, the Apollo Pro UX is a 3.5-inch hard drive that will offer up to 1.5 TB of capacity. Each stylish drive features an integrated patent-pending stand and unique benefits for backup and storage of data, video, music and photos.

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"We designed the Apollo external hard drives to be functional and sleek, with distinctive features and benefits for both discerning mobile and desktop users," said Subodh Kulkarni, vice president, Global Commercial Business, Imation. "These drives push the envelope with capacities that are among the highest available while still embodying great design. Our Apollo Expert UX drive delivers iconic portability with the pure data storage performance that on-the-go users need, while the Apollo Pro UX drive is a perfect match for heavy data users, as well as digital pack rats and video junkies."

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Seagate (NASDAQ: STX), the world’s leading provider of storage solutions, today unveiled the new Seagate® FreeAgent® Theater™ HD media player, a complete home theater solution designed to enhance the experience of enjoying digital media by providing an easy way to play your favorite videos, movies and photos on your TV. The Seagate FreeAgent Theater media player is a new accessory designed to work with the company’s award-winning FreeAgent® Go™ portable hard drive, enabling people to easily enjoy stored digital media on their TV screens rather than their computer monitors. Just tuck the media player next to your TV, pop in your FreeAgent Go hard drive, point, click, and enjoy as your personal memories and favorite movies come to life before your eyes in HD quality video with surround sound. The announcement was made at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show, taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

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Available in March, the Seagate FreeAgent Theater HD media player can be purchased as a stand-alone unit for use with any USB storage device, or a complete solution with a FreeAgent Go portable drive included, starting at just $129.99.

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seagate showcase dvr.jpgSeagate (NASDAQ:STX), the world leader in storage solutions, continues to provide more gigabytes for the living room, announcing that the Seagate® Showcase™ DVR storage expander is now compatible with DISH Network’s (NASDAQ: DISH) Solo ViP® 612 receiver, as well as the DuoDVRs ViP® 622 and ViP® 722, offering more DVR recording capacity. Also, when paired with the high-definition Solo ViP® 211 and 211k receivers, the Seagate Showcase DVR storage expander converts these set-top boxes into DVRs. This latest certification of the 500GB USB-connected DVR expander for one of the largest digital broadcast providers in the U.S. means that many of DISH Network’s nearly 14 million subscribers can benefit from greater capacity to record more of the television shows they love.

The Seagate Showcase solution is available in 500GB which provides up to 100 hours of additional HD or 500 hours of standard definition content. Featuring a Seagate® Pipeline™ HD hard drive developed specifically to meet the HD video demands of today’s digital recording, the Seagate Showcase DVR storage expander is optimized for home entertainment, with a near silent operation, earth-conscious sustainable power management and the ability to operate in high temperature environments common to home entertainment centers.

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Toshiba announced today that it has expanded its line of portable external hard drives to include a 500GB model. Like previous versions, this postcard sized hard drive is protected by an internal shock sensor and ramp-loading technology and can be powered off a computer's USB bus.

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Toshiba Storage Device Division (SDD), the industry pioneer in small form factor hard disk drives (HDDs), today introduced a half-terabyte model to its personal storage line, providing consumers with a high-capacity warehouse and easy-to-use data backup solution for personal digital files, music libraries, home videos and other digital memories.

The new 500GB Toshiba USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive comes with a glossy black finish and frost white contemporary graphics that will appeal to consumers looking for the latest must-haves in personal electronics for their home office or study -- or to throw in their backpacks and travel cases, thanks to easy portability. An added bonus for home use is the new 500GB model's ultra-quiet operation, with improved acoustics in the hard drive.

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