You've probably heard about the flooding in Thailand. You may not have heard about all the hard drive factories that are underwater and non-operational and will probably stay that way for at least the next six weeks. The next three months are looking really, really bad for hard drives — especially for anyone who's buyin'.
Every time it seems like we're starting to run out of hard drive space, some genius comes along and invents a way to cram more data onto those spinning magnetic platters. But as far as we know, this is the first time that it's also involved making said platters even tastier than they already are.
A while back, we posted about how physical media is on the way out, with cloud storage enabling us to access all of our stuff anywhere, anytime. One major concern that about a hundred of you brought up was the issue of security: someone else owns the cloud, with your data in it. Western Digital's My Book Live offers an effective compromise, letting you keep control of all your data while still making it available wherever and whenever you want it.
Apple's newest computers feature a Thunderbolt port, which allows you to transfer data at blazing fast speeds. That's great, except for the fact that almost no Thunderbolt peripherals exist. But now the first Thunderbolt HDD is out, and it looks pretty great.
Hard drives are getting bigger and faster every year, but they're just barely keeping pace with the rate at which our data are expanding. A new service called Bitcasa wants to be the last hard drive you ever need, by offering seamless and infinite (infinite!) cloud-based storage for all of your data.
Chances are, you don't need anywhere near 4TB of hard drive space. But hey, maybe you do. And if you do, Seagate's gonna be the first one to offer it to you.
Backing up your data is always a compromise between resiliency and accessibility. LaCie's new CloudBox manages to seamlessly do both, which would be awesome if only it wasn't so ridiculously expensive.
Personally, I don't have a porn folder. I've never looked at porn. I don't even know what porn is. Some sort of snack food, I imagine. But from what I hear, people seem to keep a lot of pictures and video of it on their computers, and thanks to these new concepts, you'll be able to feel just exactly how heavy and bloated all those files are.
The GoFlex Satellite from Seagate is the first portable hard drive to include an integrated battery pack plus Wi-Fi that lets you stream 500 gigs of whatever you want directly to your iPad or any other mobile device without plugging in any wires at all.
Single molecules made up of two uranium atoms are able to store a magnetic charge. The reason to care about this little physical quirk is that we might be able to use depleted uranium to create hard drives that are hundreds, or even thousands of times more dense than drives we have today.