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A brief history of the hard drive

Hard disk drives sure have come a long way, baby. In the 1950s, storage hardware was measured in feet—and in tons. Today, we have flash drives, microdrives, and onboard solid-state drives that weigh almost nothing, hold gigabytes of data and cost (compared to the 1950s) very little.

Hitachi unveils 500GB, razor-thin laptop hard drive

Hitachi has announced its highest capacity 2.5-in laptop drive, which comes with up to 500GB of capacity and exceeds competitor's products in areal density by...

Toshiba announces enterprise-class SSD line

Toshiba announced its first 2.5-inch SAS SSDs for the enterprise, which sport fast sustained read rates of up to 510MBps.

Seagate releases first 1TB 2.5-in enterprise hard drive

Seagate today announced the second generation of its Constellation drive, the industry's first 2.5-in enterprise-class drive with 1TB of capacity.

Samsung unveils '3D' memory modules with 50 percent greater density

Samsung announced today that it is ready to release a new set of 8GB DIMMs that takes advantage of stacking memory chips vertically to achieve 30% fewer...

Micron unveils NAND flash storage with onboard error management

Micron will produce drives next year that combine error management techniques in the same NAND flash package, removing the overhead from host processors that...

Intel invests $32M in Israeli SSD startup

Intel today announced it has invested $32 million in an Israeli start-up that is about to release an SSD product based on consumer NAND flash but that is...

SugarSync ups free backup, file-sharing capacity to 5GB

SugarSync today announced it has more than doubled its free service offering, unveiling a new 5GB plan.

NAND flash sales up, prices down

The sale of new tablet PCs and smartphones with solid state storage technology is compensating for weak demand for memory cards and USB flash drives.

Super Talent intros $14 8GB USB 3.0 flash drive

Memory maker Super Talent Technology introduced its lowest-priced USB 3.0 flash drive, the Express Duo, which sells for $14 for 8GB of capacity and $29 for a 16GB drive.

Intel, Toshiba, Samsung team to shrink chip circuitry

Three big NAND flash competitors have formed an unlikely alliance to develop the smallest semiconductors in history.

MacBook Air could foretell death of laptop hard drives

Analysts say Apple's backing and declining prices of SSDs could convince consumers and CIOs that hard drives aren't always needed.

Western Digital ships highest capacity SATA hard drive

Western Digital announced Tuesday it's been shipping the industry's first serial ATA (SATA) 3TB internal hard drive for about a week. The new drive passes the previous 2.19TB ceiling due to 4-kilobyte sector sizes.

Samsung starts production of densest NAND flash memory

Samsung is now mass producing the industry's first 3-bit-per cell, 64Gbit NAND flash chip, which uses circuitry that's about 14 percent smaller than before.

Hitachi's new internal hard drives feature increased storage density

Hitachi's Global Storage Technologies division announced its new 375GB per platter, 5400-rpm and 7200-rpm, 2.5-inch hard drives: the Travelstar 5K750 and Travelstar 7K750.