Western Digital adds digital labels to My Book external drives

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

Western Digital announces new My Book and My Passport 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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Western Digital also shipping 7200rpm, 2TB drive?

Just days after Hitachi announced their 2 TB, 7200 rpm drive started shipping The Register reports hearing rumors about a similar drive from Western Digital. WD has been shipping a 2 TB drive for several months, but this is a 5400 rpm “green” version; the new model is running at a more performance-oriented 7200 rpm: Continue reading Western Digital also shipping 7200rpm, 2TB drive?

First 2.5 inch terabyte-sized drive shipping

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