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Yesterday, Western Digital unveiled its first My Cloud storage solution for Australian consumers. The WD My Cloud is a personal cloud drive that allows users to remotely access and backup content across all of their devices. It’s essentially a cross between a traditional NAS and a cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive with nearly unlimited storage potential. All data is stored on your own private device with no monthly fees to worry about.
Just a few months ago we were impressed with Western Digital for cramming an entire terabyte of storage into a mobile hard drive that was just 7mm thick. But now Seagate’s come along to steal WD’s thunder with the ultra-slim 2.5-inch Spinpoint M9T that manages to double that capacity to 2TB inside a drive that’s just 9.5mm thick.
SSDs are wonderful things that take up next to no space and are incredibly fast to boot. But while most people understand the basics data security on HDDs, the same isn’t necessarily true of solid state storage.
My computer takes too long to boot up. Around a minute and 18 seconds, to be precise. Which is why I want a solid state drive. But I don’t want to pay ~$US400 for 256GB of storage. Enter Seagate’s Momentus X Hybrid drives, which promise near-SSD speeds, but with giant HDD storage — and not-so-giant prices.
Given Samsung’s penchant for shouting “First!” with home entertainment products, it’s surprising that it’s taken them so long to stick a hard drive and a HDTV tuner inside one of their Blu-ray players to make a one-box shop for your home theatre. Especially considering Panasonic has been doing it for years. But now they have, and it’s coming to Australia.