hard drives

The World's Thinnest 4TB External Drive Doesn't Need Extra Power

Chances are if you’ve opted for an ultra-portable laptop, you’ve made a few compromises when it comes to on-board storage. So an external hard drive for archiving your mountains of media is a must, and Samsung’s now squeezed four terabytes of storage inside a housing that matches your computer’s svelte dimensions.


Samsung T1 Portable SSD: Australian Review

Fast, small, cheap — pick two. This is the adage that stands true whenever you’re buying lots of technology products, but it’s especially true in the competitive world of portable hard drives. Samsung’s new portable SSD, the T1, is a hell of a lot faster than even the fastest mechanical hard drive or USB flash drive out there, and it’s smaller than any other portable hard drive you can buy. It’s not exactly cheap, though.


Some SSDs Can Lose Data After Just A Few Days In Storage

Solid-state drives outclass hard drives as a storage medium in almost every way: they’re faster, less fragile, and can store more data per square inch. But according to some experts, SSDs suck at long-term storage of information, thanks to one particular problem: temperature.


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.