Hardware, VR World

WD Offers Dedicated Drive for Raspberry Pi

Western Digital

Western Digital surprised Raspberry Pi owners on Monday with the launch of a hard drive developed specifically for the DIY board. Called the WD PiDrive 314GB, the drive is based on the company’s WD Blue slim drive model but features changes that were made specifically for Raspberry Pi. It’s priced at a mere $45.81 although the company is currently dishing out a discount for a limited time only, reducing the price to a cheaper $31.42. According to the company, the new WD PiDrive 314GB features changes to its magnetic recording and electrical system operating set-points so that it aligns with the Raspberry Pi’s USB data

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Breaking, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Hardware, Memory & Storage Space, News, VR World

Mushkin’s $499 4TB SSD: Made in USA Works!

Mushkin Reactor SSD

Bill Gates often recommends reading books by Vaclav Smil, especially the Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing. In this book, Vaclav goes in depth why a shift in manufacturing is irreversible, and goes in depth about the errors USA made while it moved mountains in manufacturing and the unstoppable move to service-based economy. However, every opinion is subject to change, and over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a lot of manufacturing returning to the USA, from high-end components to mainstream products. Furthermore, we’re seeing several Chinese companies moving the production to the North American continent. Faraday Future raised a lot

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Hardware, Reviews, VR World

BitFenix Prodigy M: High Quality In A Small Size

BitFenix Prodigy M-LARGE

The BitFenix Prodigy M is a beautiful small form factor case that fits mATX and mini-ITX motherboards. The case may be small but it is very high quality.

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VR World

Samsung Distributes Far Cry 4 With 840 EVO SSDs

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New game bundle of Samsung’s new SSD and Far Cry Series.

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Business, Hardware, Memory & Storage Space, VR World

HGST Unveils The World's First 10TB 3.5-inch HDD

HGST10TB

HGST has been known to break capacity barriers in the data storage industry. Now, the company is yet again setting a new milestone, with its introduction of the world’s very first enterprise-class 10TB 3.5-inch HDD. Last year HGST made headlines when it finally launched its very first HelioSeal HDDs. HelioSeal technology is the company’s method of sealing HDDs in helium to improve performance. The 6TB helium-filled drives were the first HDDs to showcase a significant boost in storage capacity, about 40% more compared to the competition at the time. The new 10TB HDD, based from its designation, will again feature HelioSeal tech. As with most

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Hardware, Memory & Storage Space, VR World

HGST unveils the world’s first 10TB 3.5-inch HDD

HGST10TB

HGST has been known to break capacity barriers in the data storage industry. Now, the company is yet again setting a new milestone, with its introduction of the world’s very first enterprise-class 10TB 3.5-inch HDD. Last year HGST made headlines when it finally launched its very first HelioSeal HDDs. HelioSeal technology is the company’s method of sealing HDDs in helium to improve performance. The 6TB helium-filled drives were the first HDDs to showcase a significant boost in storage capacity, about 40% more compared to the competition at the time. The new 10TB HDD, based from its designation, will again feature HelioSeal tech. As with most

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Hardware, Memory & Storage Space, Reviews

Review: Western Digital Enterprise WD RE 4 TB Drive

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Today I’m taking another look at Western Digital’s WD RE 4 TB WD4000FYYZ enterprise drives. I reviewed a single WD4000FYYZ in our Western Digital 4 TB roundup, and Western Digital was kind enough to provide us with some more drives to put through their paces. The WD RE 4 TB FYYZ was the highest performing drive in our earlier roundup, and as an enterprise drive, it’s rated for double the load/unload cycles of the consumer drives. As such, these drives are optimized for RAID arrays. The specifications of the drive are below: Interface – SATA 6.0Gb/s Capacity – 4TB RPM – 7200 RPM Cache – 64MB Load/Unload Cycles

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Enterprise, Hardware, VR World

SanDisk Launches World's First 2.5" 4TB SSD

SanDisk Optimus MAX SAS SSD

There is no denying that SSD capacities have been steadily increasing with each generation of NAND improvements and with newer and newer controllers. But the holy grail has always been how much capacity can you fit into a 2.5″ drive since that is the most commonly used form factor for more enterprise drives nowadays. As such, it was astonishing to hear that SanDisk was able to cram 4TB of solid state storage into a single 2.5″ drive, which supposedly isn’t the end of SanDisk’s innovation. The SanDisk Optimus MAX SAS SSDs are specifically designed to replace spinning 10k and 15k RPM 2.5″ HDDs and to do

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Hardware, Reviews

Review: Seagate Backup Plus FAST 4 TB Portable Hard Drive

SONY DSC

Today I’m taking a look at the Seagate Backup Plus FAST 4 TB portable hard drive. However, referring to it as a hard drive is a bit misleading, as the Backup Plus FAST is actually two 2 TB 2.5” drives in a RAID 0 array. This contributes to the speeds the drives can provide, as a striped RAID 0 array improves performance to up to double of what a single drive would be capable of. The drive comes in basic packaging, which includes a quick-start guide, an 18” USB 3.0 cable, and a USB 3.0 Y cable, which has two USB connectors: one for power

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Enterprise, Hardware, VR World

Seagate Launches 6TB Enterprise Drive, Following Western Digital's Last Year

Seagate6TBHDD

Seagate is finally catching up to their competition with the announcement of their 6TB drive that finally brings the company into the realm of drives over 5TB. Their competition, WDC launched the HGST 6TB enterprise drive with Helium all the way back in November. While I’m not sure what took Seagate so long, it may not bode well for the company that they’re so far behind in terms of capacity. There are a lot of reasons that we could suspect why it took Seagate so long, but nevertheless they are here. Yes, this drive is a 3.5″ drive, which comes as no surprise to anyone

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Business, Hardware, Memory & Storage Space

2TB hard disk drive is good and bad at the same time

Western Digital launched 2TB hard drive. Is that good or bad?

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Memory & Storage Space

Free speedup for owners of Seagate SATA drives…

“There is no such thing as free lunch”, as the old saying goes. Thus, there should be no doubt that there is no way that you can achieve substantial performance boost for free. Or is there? One of my friends works in largest Croatian assembly of computers. In our conversation couple of days ago, he said that worst nag in assembly of computers is removing the jumpers from Seagate hard drives in order to enable SATA-II (aka SATA 3.0 Gbps) support. If you don’t remove the jumper, the drive will stay in SATA-I (1.5 Gbps) mode. Intrigued by this one, we’ve called our friends and

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