I’ve seen a couple of UB 3.0 drive docks announced over the last couple of months, but this new model from ThermalTake stood out in my mailbox. The BlacX 5G supports both 3.5 inch and 2.5 inch SATA drives; instead of traditional external drive enclosures where you have to open a case to insert the disk, this unit allows you to insert a drive without any other steps.
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Western Digital has just started what I believe will be the next trend in USB drives: a small piece of “e-paper” that can be used to label the drive. The main advantage of using the “e-label”, as they call it, is that it’s based on the electronic ink technology developed for e-readers. This means the label can be changed as often as needed just like a “traditional” LCD or LED display, but it will also stay readable when the drive is powered off.
I can see many other uses for this, but the most important one is for tape drives. Can you imagine a tape drive that uses cartridges with e-labels? Instead of using barcodes or writing your own labels, the tape unit can update the label automatically so that your tape cartridges always display the contents and date of the last backup on the cartridge. Here’s my vote for including this as a mandatory item in the next LTO standard! Continue reading Western Digital adds digital labels to My Book external drives
WD has revealed updates for their My Book and My Passport drives. Both products are external USB drives, with added software (WD SmartWare) that allow users to easily make backups of their important data. The updates include new casings and higher capacities.
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Hot on the heals of OWC, Buffalo Technology is now offering a USB-powered Solid State Drive as well. The SHD-PE drive comes in three colors (red, white and black) and three sizes (32, 64 and 128 GB). The 32 and 64 GB versions will be available in Japan by the end of this month; the 128 GB model will be available at a later time. Continue reading Buffalo Tech also debuts USB-powered SSD drive
OWC just announced a new drive option for their Mercury On-The-Go Pro drives: a Solid State Disk. The drives are available in sizes of 64, 128 and 256 GB. All models offer FireWire 400, Firewire 800 and USB 2.0 connections, and are powered via the USB/FireWire bus; that means you’ll only need to carry the drive itself with you, without needing a separate power brick. Continue reading USB/FireWire-powered SSD drives
Western Digital announced today that they are the world’s first manufacturer to ship 2.5 inch SATA disks with a 1 TB capacity. Their Scorpio Blue line of mobile harddisks now has two models that are unmatched in size by any of their competitors; a 1 TB and a 750 GB model. The closest any of their rivals gets is a 640 GB model by Seagate. Just don’t expect this to turn up in your next laptop anytime soon: Continue reading First 2.5 inch terabyte-sized drive shipping