Posts Tagged ‘hard disk’

New arrivals: Sony HD-S1A world slimmest 1TB portable HDD

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The new 1TB Slim HDD HD-S1A, in both black and silver colours, will be available at all Sony Stores and Sony Centre from July 2014 at an RRP of S$159.

New Sony HD-S1A 1TB portable HDD. S$159.

New Sony HD-S1A 1TB portable HDD. S$159.

Sony boasts that the new HD-S1A is the world’s slimmest 1TB Portable HDD currently available in the market.

The device provides storage device on-the-go and fits in the pocket or laptop sleeve, weighing 155g and only 8.7mm thin.

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New arrivals: Seagate Backup Plus Slim and Backup Plus Fast

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Seagate has launched in Singapore the Backup Plus Slim (500GB, 1TB, 2TB) and Backup Plus Fast (4TB). Available now at Challenger stores. Both are USB-powered and do not require its own power supply.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast (left) comes in black with 4TB while the Backup Plus Slim (right) ships in red, blue, black and silver with 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast (left) comes in black with 4TB while the Backup Plus Slim (right) ships in red, blue, black and silver with 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities.

Both enable backup from mobile devices via the local Wi-Fi network or via the Internet.

Seagate Backup Plus portable 2.5-inch HDD
Slim 500GB S$89
Slim 1TB S$119
Slim 2TB S$239
Fast 4TB S$449
Seagate Backup Plus desktop 3.5-inch HDD
2TB S$169
3TB S$229
4TB S$289

The Seagate Dashboard software enables the drives to easily backup photos and videos from Facebook and Flickr albums, and facilitate uploading to cloud services such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

The Backup Plus Slim is suitable as a mobile storage solution for the consolidating photos, videos and other files that are spread across multiple devices, social networks and personal computers.

It comes with USB 3.0 interface and Seagate boasts that the 2TB version is the world’s highest capacity drive fitting into a 12.1mm form factor.

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WD ships world’s first 5mm 2.5-inch hard drive to OEMs

Monday, April 29th, 2013

WD today announced it is now shipping to OEMs the world’s first ultra-slim 2.5-inch, 5 mm hard drives and solid state hybrid drives (SSHD), which are designed for integration into the slimmest devices and space-constrained computing environments.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP): S$119.

WD Blue ultra-slim 2.5-inch, 5 mm hard drive. MSRP: s$119.

WD Blue ultra-slim 2.5-inch, 5 mm hard drive. MSRP: s$119.

With 500 GB of storage capacity and models with high performance-enabling solid state hybrid drive technology, this slim product line strikes a fine balance between capacity, physical size and performance.

WD Blue UltraSlim

WD Blue UltraSlim

WD designed the new WD Blue and WD Black 5 mm drives to enable new levels of device portability.

The new drives are aimed to increase internal storage capacity while enabling it to fit into smaller device slots

In addition, the slimmer and more portable the device, the more vulnerable the hard drive is to user-induced stress.

To battle this, WD has designed key enablers to the 5 mm form factor:

  • Ultra-slim Form Factor – 5 mm height with compact connector offers system designers a greater degree of chassis design freedom. This ultra-slim form factor reduces weight by up to 36 percent compared with a standard 9.5 mm drive.
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Contest: WD My Passport portable hard disk drives to be won

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Here’s your chance to win a My Passport 2TB, a My Passport Studio 2TB, or a My Passport Edge 500GB portable hard drive, worth a total of S$637. Giveaway ends 31 March 2013.

Update (3 April, 2013):

We have the final winner for the WD My Passport Studio 2TB (S$299). It is Rex Heng. Congratulations!

I will be contacting all the winners by email to arrange the mailing/delivery of the WD My Passport hard drives.

To all the others who took the time and effort to submit your entries, THANK YOU!

Update (2 April, 2013):

We have the winner for the WD My Passport 2TB (S$229). It is Denise Ting. Congratulations!

Update (1 April, 2013):

We have a winner for the WD My Passport Edge 500GB (S$109). It is Lam SK. Congratulations!

Stand a chance to win a WD My Passport 2TB (S$229), My Passport Studio 2TB (S$299), and My Passport Edge 500GB (S$109).

Stand a chance to win a WD My Passport 2TB (S$229), My Passport Studio 2TB (S$299), and My Passport Edge 500GB (S$109).

We consume so much music, photos and videos in our digital life, there’s just not enough storage to bring them around or back them up.

From now till 31 March 2013, simply share – in less than 50 words – how you plan to use any one of the three WD My Passport portable hard drives should you win it.

Post your responses as comments at the end of this post.

Check out the rules of the Giveaway below.

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Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB mobile device storage in Singapore

Monday, March 18th, 2013

The wireless mobile device storage wirelessly streams content for up to eight smartphones or tablets. With 10 hours of battery life, the Seagate Wireless Plus first debuted in Singapore at the IT Show 2013 earlier this month and  is currently available at S$299.

Seagate Wireless Plus wireless mobile storage is available in Singapore now with 1TB at S$299.

Seagate Wireless Plus wireless mobile storage is available in Singapore now with 1TB at S$299.

With 1TB, the portable wireless hard drive can hold up to 500 high-definition movies.

Seagate Wireless Plus mobile device storage is accessed through the mobile Seagate Media app for Apple iOS, Android and Kindle Fire HD devices.

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IT Show 2013 promotions: Seagate storage solutions

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Seagate will be at IT Show 2013 at Marina Bay Sands at Booth 1201.

Click to view or download Seagate promotions during IT Show 2013.

Click to view or download Seagate promotions during IT Show 2013.

Seagate’s range of portable and desktop expansion hard disk drives will also be available with other resellers during IT Show 2013.

Check out their latest Wireless Plus portable hard disk that’s iOS and Android ready, and streams up to 8 devices at the same time.

IT Show 2013 promotions: Western Digital storage solutions

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

WD will be at IT Show 2013 at Marina Bay Sands at Booth B123.

Click to view or download WD promotions during IT Show 2013.

Click to view or download WD promotions during IT Show 2013.

Check out discounts and promotions from WD for their portable and external hard drives.

New Hard Disk Drive: Seagate Video 2.5 HDD for greater reliability and energy efficiency

Monday, December 17th, 2012

The Seagate Video 2.5 HDD is a 2.5-inch drive specifically engineered for use in 24/7 video applications like digital video recorders (DVRs), set-top boxes (STBs), and surveillance applications.

New Seagate Video 2.5 HDD for greater reliability and energy efficiency.

New Seagate Video 2.5 HDD for greater reliability and energy efficiency.

The Video 2.5 HDD targets three key areas of importance to manufacturers – high reliability, acoustics, and energy efficiency.

For reliability, the drive has an annual failure rate of approximately 0.55, based on current configurations, enabling it to keep product in the field longer while reducing the cost of field deployment and maintaining customer retention.

“We pioneered the HDD video market more than a decade ago and as such are leveraging our vast knowledge of this technology to bring consumers the most reliable video drive in the world,” said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of Marketing.

It boasts 24/7 operation capabilities in extended temperature ranges and enhanced acoustics for near silent operation — features crucial for consumer electronics and video applications.

The Video 2.5 HDD provides home entertainment manufacturers one and two disk, cost-optimized solutions for today’s high-definition (HD) video recording applications.

Featuring capacities up to 500 GB, manufacturers can benefit from its lower-power performance and slim form factor without sacrificing the streaming capabilities or reliability of Seagate’s 3.5-inch video drive.

Its low power consumption, 24×7 operation, and support of up to 12 streams of simultaneous HD content also make it ideal for surveillance DVR applications.

“The CE industry has extremely specific criteria and needs when it comes to storage and the Video 2.5 HDD is built to meet and exceed their rigorous demands,” added Horn.

The living-room environment requires superior acoustic management to limit audible distractions during operation of DVRs and STBs and the Video 2.5 HDD enables designers to build the quietest home entertainment systems possible.

Operating below the range of audible sound for the human ear at just 22db, the drive provides optimised acoustics for home entertainment components.

Compared to 3.5-inch HDDs

The drive reduces packaging materials by 53 percent and overall freight by up to 30 percent – over previous 3.5-inch offerings – by efficiently packing and shipping more units with fewer materials than larger drives.

The Seagate Video 2.5 HDD is designed specially for video.

The Seagate Video 2.5 HDD is designed specially for video.

It also contributes to sustainable energy initiatives by achieving a 55 percent improvement in power savings over comparable 3.5-inch offerings, enabling system integrators to meet aggressive new energy requirements.

COMEX 2012 promotions: Seagate

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Seagate will be at COMEX 2012 at Suntec Singapore at Level 6, Hall 602, Booth 6346.

Click to view or download Seagate's promotional flyer for COMEX 2012.

Click to view or download Seagate’s promotional flyer for COMEX 2012.

Seagate will be offering COMEX 2012 discounts for its slew of storage products, from portable drives to the GoFlex Home Media Sharing drive.

Two of its top products are its Satellite mobile wireless storage drive and its Backup Plus portable hard drive.

Seagate achieves 1 Terabit per square inch in hard drive storage

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

That’s one trillion (1,000,000,000,000) bits in one square inch of the disk.

That’s more than double the number of stars in the Milky Way, which astronomers estimate to number between 200 and 400 billion.

Seagate has squeezed 1,000,000,000,000 bits into every square inch.

Seagate has squeezed 1,000,000,000,000 bits into every square inch.

Seagate has become the first hard drive maker to achieve the milestone storage density of 1 terabit per square inch.

“The growth of social media, search engines, cloud computing, rich media and other data-hungry applications continues to stoke demand for ever greater storagecapacity,” said Mark Re, senior vice president of Heads and Media Research and Development at Seagate.The technology demonstration promises to double the storage capacity of today’s hard drives upon its introduction later this decade.

Don’t be surprised to see 3.5-inch hard drives with an extraordinary capacity of up to 60 terabytes over the 10 years that follow.

Seagate reached the landmark data density with heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), the next- generation recording technology.

The current hard drive technology, Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR), is used to record the spectrum of digitized data – from music, photos, and video stored on home desktop and laptop PCs to business information housed in sprawling data centers – on the spinning platters inside every hard drive.

PMR technology was introduced in 2006 to replace longitudinal recording, a method in place since the advent of hard drives for computer storage in 1956, and is expected to reach its capacity limit near 1 terabit per square inch in the next few years.

“Hard disk drive innovations like HAMR will be a key enabler of the development of even more data-intense applications in the future, extending the ways businesses and consumers worldwide use, manage and store digital content,” added Mark.Hard drive manufacturers increase areal density and capacity by shrinking a platter’s data bits to pack more within each square inch of disk space.

They also tighten the data tracks, the concentric circles on the disk’s surface that anchor the bits.

The maximum capacity of today’s 3.5-inch hard drives is 3 terabytes (TB), at about 620 gigabits per square inch, while 2.5-inch drives top out at 750 gigabytes (GB), or roughly 500 gigabits per square inch.

The first generation of HAMR drives, at just over 1 terabit per square inch, will likely more than double these capacities – to 6TB for 3.5-inch drives and 2TB for 2.5-inch models.

The technology offers a scale of capacity growth never before possible, with a theoretical areal density limit ranging from 5 to 10 terabits per square inch – 30TB to 60TB for 3.5-inch drives and 10TB to 20TB for 2.5-inch drives.