If you’re looking for an external hard drive to go along with your spankin’-new Mac Pro’s cylindrical look, LaCie just made official a new external hard drive that’s essentially a chrome ball that sits on your desk, making it one of the more attractive external hard drives we’ve ever seen.
It’s called the Sphere, and it was designed by French designer Christofle in partnership with LaCie. The USB 3.0 drive has a very reflective surface, making it the inevitable fingerprint magnet for those that like to get handsy with their external hard drives.
This might be something that you’ll want sitting on your desk, but [...]
Western Digital is now starting to ship its hard drives with helium inside in order to make more room for more storage in a single hard drive. HGST, a subsidiary of Western Digital, has announced that it is now shipping a 6TB hard drive known as the Ultrastar He6.
The new drive uses 23% less power and is 38% lighter than traditional 4TB drives. Sadly, these are only meant for enterprise use at the moment, meaning that you won’t be able to log on to Newegg and order yourself a 6TB hard drive that easily. Instead, these will be used for server use mainly.
So why does helium magically allow Western Digital to create higher-capacity hard drives? It’s because [...]
DriveSavers might not be a household name, but it’s the most important tech company to my family right now. The company performed a minor miracle by recovering a cherished video of my grandparents from a dead iMac drive.
About a decade ago I sat down with my grandparents at their dinner table with a video camera as they told me how they brought my dad home for the first time, when he reached various milestones and what made him unique compared to his five siblings. My grandfather also managed to squeeze in a bit of advice. I edited the video down to about 35 minutes using iMovie and my mom’s green G3 iMac.
Ten years ago mobile phones didn’t shoot [...]
LaCie unveiled the 5big, a RAID storage solution that features Thunderbolt transfer speeds and up to 20TB of storage capacity. The solution is fast to meet the needs of video producers and others working with large files.
The 10TB model costs $1,199, while the 20TB model costs $2,199. Most people will never actually want to spend that kind of money on a storage solution, but it’s within many creative professionals’ budgets. Puny internal notebook hard drives and SSDs just won’t do when they’re importing dozens of photos at a time and trimming down terabytes of video into feature-length documentaries.
I walked by our local computer repair shop on the way to lunch yesterday and ran across a couple of kids taking customer privacy seriously. Instead of perusing personal data, like some repair shop employees do, these guys shatter hard drives that are left behind when customers upgrade their hard drives.
I told these guys about the fancy drive shredding machines I’ve seen at trade shows, but they seemed content in bashing up the drives. Shattering platters is the most time effective way to destroy GB or TB of data.
If you have old drives or media laying around that has sensitive data you might want to use the same method before it falls into the wrong hands.