Seagate starts shipping world's first 8 TB hard drives

by JamesNYCAugust 27. 2014 07:38

For many, solid-state drives are the way to go because of the speed advantages they offer over traditional platter-based hard drives. However, HDDs still hold the advantage when it comes to cost per GB. It's with that in mind that Seagate has started shipping the world's first 3.5-in HDD with a whopping capacity of 8 TB.

Seagate is, at least for the time being, targeting its new drive at enterprise users, such as cloud-based data centers, and back-up disaster recovery storage. This makes sense, as for such users it's all about making the most of space and cramming 8 TB into a single drive increases the storage density such facilities can accommodate.

Seagate also claims the the new drive boasts the best Watts/GB for enterprise bulk data storage in the industry, resulting in lower power costs for users. It also incorporates a SATA 6Gb/s interface, making it easy to integrate into existing data centers.

Seagate is shipping the drives to "select customers" right now, and it's planning to offer the drives to the masses sometime next quarter (October – December 2014). Pricing details are yet to be announced.

Source: Seagate

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LaCie’s Blade Runner - An external drive from another world.

by JamesNYCFebruary 13. 2013 06:47

For those looking to step away from the now generic and ubiquitous aluminum cases that dominate our desktops LaCie offers a new external drive that could very easily find itself aboard the Prometheus or on Deckers desk. If you're interested in having four very unusual terabytes sitting on your desktop, check out the new LaCie Blade Runner drive, designed by Philippe Starck.

The custom-biult 4 TB USB 3.0 drives are being produced in a limited edition of 9,999. The design resembles nothing so much as a metal blob suspended inside a heat sink — which the designer says is, more or less, the point.

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Imagined by Philippe Starck

The LaCie Blade Runner is more than just a beautifully designed hard drive – it's a creation by world famous designer Philippe Starck that represents the combination of human and machine. The LaCie Blade Runner's sharp, cage-like enclosure surrounds an almost anthropomorphic, liquid metal interior. Inspired by the mysterious, incredible power of information technology, the LaCie Blade Runner combines an anthropomorphic metal interior with an angular cage-like shell. It begs the question; can we truly confine technology to a cage?

"The warm interior electronics are encased in a mystifying shell, and the blades are the radiator that cools it down," Starck said in a prepared statement. "The suspension gives space for air to circulate around the hard drive, and the metal material increases the temperature conduction."

LaCie tells us the limited edition units are still available, albeit with a wait-list that means it'll be a couple of weeks before you get the drive in hand. For more information, visit the LaCie website.

SPECIFICATIONS

Item Number : 
9000119
Capacity : 
4TB
   
Interface :  USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)
   
Interface Transfer Rate :  USB 3.0 : up to 5Gb/s*
USB 2.0 : up to 480Mb/s
   
Backup :  USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)
   
Software :  LaCie Private/Public: password protection
Wuala 10GB 1 Year Secure Cloud Storage**
LaCie Backup Assistant
Eco Mode***
   
Dimensions :  141 x 193 x 74 mm / 5.6 x 7.6 x 2.9 in.
   
Weight :  2 kg / 4.4 lbs.
   
System Requirements :  Computer with a USB port (optimized if USB 3.0)
Latest version of Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Windows 8 / Mac® OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 (Mac Intel® only for LaCie Private-Public software) Minimum free disk space : 600MB recommended
High-speed Internet for online storage
   
Box Content :  LaCie Blade Runner
USB 3.0 cable (USB 2.0 compatible)
External power supply
Quick Install Guide
   
Comments :  * For optimal performance, the drive must be connected to a USB 3.0 host port. Calculations are based on average write time. Transfer rates vary slightly from one drive to another.
**Cannot be combined with any other Wuala offer. Full terms and conditions available at www.wuala.com/lacie.
***Up to 75% energy savings with automatic standby. May vary from one drive to another.

1TB (Terabyte) = 1000GB. 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5–10% less).

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