It's always hard to say goodbye, but with solid-state storage (SSD) becoming cheaper and more prevalent, at least one major hard drive manufacturer is looking to ditch its fastest laptop hard drives later this year.
It’ll be interesting to see where LaCie takes its product line now that Seagate has acquired the company. Our advice? Don’t mess with the Rugged series of hard drives and flash drives. The LaCie Rugged Hard Disk is still the go-to product for extremists, but now the RuggedKey lets you take your data anywhere and keep it secure without the bulk of a hard drive enclosure.
We usually have some killer deals on Macs or we have a bevy of cases for your inspection, but this week our hottest deal is on an iPad. Now, if you're in the market for a Mac, we've got a couple that might suit and there will never be and end to cases or case sales, so we've got that covered too. But if you've been holding out on buying an iPad, perhaps a look below at this price will entice you.
Krikey, what a day for the tech world! On top of the jury siding with Google over the Oracle lawsuit, we’ve got Seagate buying up LaCie, HP slashing eight percent of its workforce over the next two years and Apple CEO Tim Cook failing to cut a deal with Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung over their long-standing patent dispute. Oh, and DigiTimes says they’ll work harder to make Apple rumors more accurate. Yes, seriously. Read on to check out all the news for Wednesday, May 23, 2012!
When Apple showed off Thunderbolt, we all got giddy with nerdy excitement. 10Gbps dual throughput? Yes, I would like that. Then nothing was released. Thunderbolt ports on the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air sat empty and unused as we waited for the peripherals to arrive. So far we’ve gotten high-end RAIDs that are a bit out of the reach of the average Mac user. Finally Thunderbolt gets some consumer love--some pricey, pricey consumer love.
All this talk lately about how apps optimized for the iPad's Retina Display are taking up all the precious storage real estate reminded me to tell you there's actually a solution to all of this. While it might sound inconvenient to store your media on a separate device, it might be time to consider it so that you don't have to forfeit downloading new apps to make room for media. Many manufacturers now offer Wi-Fi-enabled hard drives that stream to your iOS device, and it's worth the additional cost if you use your iPad primarily as an entertainment portal.
Fact: There’s no such thing as too much storage. The more memory that a device has, the happier its owner will be. There is however, such a thing as paying too much for extra storage, and that’s why we’ve yet to see an iPad or an iPhone with a higher capacity than 64GB.
If you’re building a mobile device like a smartphone, tablet or even a laptop, flash storage, also known as a solid-state drive (SSD) is the way to go. As they contain no moving parts, they’re less likely to break down over time due to repetitive motion, and if the device they’re baked into gets dropped, there’s no risk of the kind of data loss that we associate with old school hard drives. Since there are no drive platters, there are no drive platters to damage. They’re also wicked fast compared to traditional hard drives.
Seagate announced this morning that it will be releasing a GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter for its existing GoFlex portable and desktop hard drives. The adpater will work on the GoFlex Desk External drives, as well as the GoFlex Pro Ultra-portable drives. If you own either of these, you can purchase the adapter to access the drives via the Thunderbolt port built in to your Mac.
Honestly, we're just happy to hear that someone's finally making hard drives at the consumer level. 8TB Raids are nice, but unless you're a professional video or music producer, they're not too practical.
Whether it’s cars, dog breeds, or plant species, it seems like there are hybrid versions of just about everything these days. It’s not a bad idea—why not mix two generally wonderful things to create something even better? That’s what Seagate hopes to accomplish with its next generation of hybrid drives. The Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive packs the storage of a standard hard drive with the speed of an SSD. It’s totally worth it if you can’t afford a high-priced, low-capacity SSD, and are sick of the slow read and write speeds of the standard platter-based drive.
I have a confession to make: I’m a document pack rat. In all other areas of my life I’m meticulously organized, but when it comes to files and folders, my stuff is all over the place. Digital spring-cleaning is not my forte, which is why I’ve got a bunch of portable hard drives strewn about with various data. Thankfully, Seagate’s 4TB FreeAgent GoFlex Desk will let me consolidate onto one single hard drive with enough space to back up my Mac and iOS devices and store my media files.