hard drives

Google Has Been Indexing Network-Connected Backup Drives

Connecting a hard drive to your home network is a smart idea: it can let you access your files no matter where you are. But now it seems that, in some cases, Google has been indexing the private files held on such devices.


Seagate Seven Portable Hard Drive: Australian Review

If you buy a portable hard drive, you want it to be portable, right? And that means thinner and lighter is always better. To that end, the Seagate Seven is the world’s thinnest external hard drive — and yep, it’s barely 7mm thick.


Why 'C' Is The Default Hard Drive Letter In So Many Computers

For nearly as long as hard disk drives have been placed in personal computers running certain popular operating systems (notably MS-DOS/Windows), the primary hard disk has been designated with the letter “C”. But why?


Sadly, This 10TB Hard Drive Is Designed For Servers, Not Your Laptop

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies — aka HGST, aka a subsidiary of Western Digital — was recently showing off its gigantic new 10TB hard drive at the Linux Foundation Vault trade show in Boston. But unfortunately you won’t be packing 10,000 gigabytes into your laptop anytime soon because the drive is designed for use in servers, and mostly because it requires special software to work.


LaCie's Rugged RAID Offers Extra Data Protection With Two Drives Inside

With their now-iconic rubber orange armour, LaCie’s rugged external drives have become the go-to choice for professionals in the field looking for a reliable place to store and transport photos and footage. And while LaCie’s new Rugged RAID might be a little larger than its predecessors, it provides even more protection with a pair of hard drives inside that ensure your data is perpetually backed up.


Which Consumer SSDs Survived Two Petabytes Of Writes Over A Year?

The last time we read anything about SSD longevity, it was courtesy of the Tech Report’s ambitious project to punish a variety of SSDs over the course of many months. That was at 500TB of constant writes, where all the drives were still in the race. At two petabytes however… some losers have appeared.


A Tiny Old Hard Drive Makes A Sweet Nerdy Watch

As the world becomes increasingly (and justifiably) dominated by flash storage, old fashioned hard disk drives are becoming increasingly (and justifiably) useless. But slap a set of hands and a quartz movement on one, and boom! You’ve got yourself a pretty awesome-looking watch.


WD MyPassport Wireless Review: A Hard Drive After Photographers' Hearts

In the age of the smartphone, it’s becoming less important to be near a Mac or PC to get work done. But if you’re a serious photographer or videographer, you still need a hard drive to back up your copious amounts of data. Western Digital’s My Passport Wireless gives you that drive without requiring a computer. Not only does it ditch the cords, it’s got a built-in SD card slot that can automatically offload your work.


Samsung Releases Speed 'Restoration' Tool For EVO 840 SSDs

In September, Samsung acknowledged widespread user reports of performance issues with its 840 EVO range of solid state drives and that it was working on a fix. Now it’s come good on its word, releasing a utility to address the problem, but only for specific setups.


WD's 6TB Red Hard Drives Make A Perfect NAS Upgrade

Storage is one of those things that you always need more of. Especially if you have a network storage drive at home or at work, you’ve probably run into a situation where you’re faced with either deleting old files to make space or finding a more drastic solution. Up until a few days ago, I was juggling files around and deleting old backups just to make everything fit, and was in desperate need of salvation. So, I took a direct route, and ditched the old hard drives entirely for two massive improvements.


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