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Seagate kills 5900 rpm desktop drives, all Barracudas now 7200 rpm

Seagate announced that it's bumping the platter rotation speed in all of its Barracuda hard drives from 5900 rpm to 7200 rpm.

Dropbox adds new file-sharing service for work groups

Dropbox for Teams starts at $795 annually for five users and offers 1TB of storage.

Intel: Thunderbolt not in competition with USB 3.0

Intel will tell you its new high-speed interconnect technology, Thunderbolt, is not in competition with Universal Serial Bus (USB), the ubiquitous standard for connecting computers with other devices.

Mozy ships hard drives to cloud backup customers

Mozy has begun shipping hard drives to users of its MozyPro online backup service in order to speed up the initial full copy of data to be stored off site...

Seagate to offer 4TB external drive for $250

Seagate is preparing to ship the industry's first 4TB external drive.

Hitachi announces 1TB-per platter drives

Hitachi today announced that is has achieved yet another milestone by squeezing 1TB capacity onto a single disk.

GE pushes ahead with 500GB holographic disc storage

GE is about to begin distribution of holographic optical disc technology and plans to license it to manufacturing partners in the next few months.

Could NAND flash kill DRAM in PCs?

NAND flash memory in PCs is posing a significant threat to the future market for DRAM, according to a new report that states solid state storage yields better...

Mac OS X update supports SSD optimization

Mac OS X 10.6.8 supports an SSD optimization algorithm called TRIM, which improves a drive's ability to remove old data and consolidate and organize remaining data.

LaCie offers hybrid cloud storage service

LaCie announced a hybrid storage product that combines a network-attached storage box with an online backup service.

Carbonite launches flat-rate online backup for small biz

Carbonite's small business solutions charges a flat rate of $229 per year for 250GB of storage.

i-FlashDrive transfers files between iOS and Mac or PC

PhotoFast has come up with the first two-way file transfer accessory for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch and any Mac or PC.

Apple now No. 1 in flash memory consumption

Apple has surpassed HP and all other equipment manufacturers to become the world's largest consumer of semiconductor technology, thanks in large part to its mobile devices.

Enterprise SSD testing spec released

The SNIA has developed a specification that allows users to test solid-state drives from any vendor for their performance.

University's new SSDs boost video production speeds by 16X

When Brigham Young University-Hawaii's digital media lab needed to turbo-charge its high-def video processing system, it plopped a solid state drive into its MacBook Pro laptop. It chose the latter and its drive performance immediately improved by 16 times, which allows the lab to process the 4K video resolution being recorded by its cutting-edge, $25,000 Red One video camera.