B&H has the G-Technology 5TB G-Drive G1 USB 3.0 external hard drive for $159 (reg. $209). This drive is formatted for Mac out of the box but can be reformatted for Windows. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
Western Digital has released a new 3.5″ format 10TB hard drive in the HGST Ultrastar He10. The new 10TB adds to the HelioSeal line of drives that are helium-filled for more efficient operation (56% more efficient that traditional air-filled drives).
The Ultrastar He10 is preceded by 6TB and 8TB versions and is the third-generation in the enterprise line. HGST’s spec sheet rates the data transfer speeds at an impressive 249MB/s for the new 10TB model (up from 225MB/s in the 8TB model). With an annual failure rate of 0.35%, it includes a 5-year reliability warranty.
No word yet on pricing but the 8TB model currently runs $599, so expect it to come in north of that mark when it hits shelves soon.
Online backup service Backblaze continues to post an enormous amount of data concerning its experience with over 40,000 hard drives from all the major manufacturers. This data is unique in that it demonstrates the real world failure rates from hard drives that are being pushed on a daily basis. That’s something I can’t do in a review of a single hard drive. [Read more…]
Promise Technology recently unveiled the new Pegasus2 R2+ Thunderbolt 2 RAID Drive. It features 6TB of storage inside and is configurable as RAID 0, RAID 1 or JBOD (“just a bunch of disks”) setups.
The R2+ comes with a media bay with optional pods, including a small form factor 1TB HDD pod, SSD reader and SD/CF card reader pods. Each pod also has USB 3.0 connections for independent use outside of the Pegasus2 R2+ box. [Read more…]