Microwave Tech Could Produce 40 TB Hard Drives in the Near Future

We’re all generating data faster than storage providers can keep up, and that problem is only going to get worse. On Friday, Western Digital announced a potential game changer that promises to expand the limits of traditional HDDs to up to 40TBs using a microwave-based write head, and the company says it will be available to the public in 2019. Read More >>

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Here’s the Best Way to Erase a Hard Drive

The US Government standards are for chumps. With the Molten Copper Overwrite™ even an incomplete destruction of the hard disk will result in an unusable metal puck with no clear way to access the scorched ones and zeros within. Read More >>

Someone Built a Fully Functioning Hard Drive Inside Minecraft

Cody Littley is a computer science PhD student with a little too much time on his hands. Which perhaps explains why he built a working 1 KB hard drive in Minecraft out of virtual building blocks. Read More >>

PS4’s Hard Drive Will be a Whopper (Official Terminology)

Sony used a presentation at the US Game Developers Conference last night to reiterate many of the PS4 features it demonstrated at last month's big announcement event, and although nothing hugely new was shown off, it did confirm we'll see a hard drive in every unit -- and it'll be big. Read More >>

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A Bunch of Bargain-Basement SSDs Are Your Instant-Turbo-Charged-Computer Deal of the Day

Did you know that today is National Hard Drive Day? Well it is, because we just decided that it is, so shut up. Appropriately, here's some top-notch hard drive and SSD bargains that we've found to help celebrate the big day. Read More >>

You Can Build Your Own Apple Fusion Drive For Your Old Mac

Apple's fancy new Fusion Drive promises to couple an SSD with a traditional hard drive for large-scale storage with lightning fast boot up and program launches. But a developer found Mountain Lion already packs support for Fusion Drive, meaning that with an SSD, a hard drive, and a bit of Terminal magic, you can create your own homebrew Fusion Drive right now for your old Mac. Read More >>

The Future of Data Storage Is… Cassette Tape?

While the future of storage on your laptop is undoubtedly solid state, it's more difficult to predict how the huge tranches of data in server farms will be housed in the future. Recent suggestions, though, predict the rebirth of an old technology: the humble cassette tape. Read More >>

This Piece of Glass Can Store Data Forever

Data, like all things, eventually dies. Your music, your movies, your documents, your files, your computer. You don't expect it to live forever but... what if it did? Hitachi claims that they've developed a new quartz glass plate that can store data forever. Read More >>

Helium-Filled Hard Disks: Less Drag, More Storage

Western Digital is planning to launch a range of helium-filled hard drives. Not to make them lighter or higher-pitched, though: with a density one-seventh that of air, the gas reduces internal drag, in turn boosting performance. Read More >>

A 3TB Hard Drive Is Your Back-Up-For-Your-Entire-Life Deal of the Day

We've been amazed at the 1TB hard drive and we've marvelled at the 2TB hard drive. Now, prepare for your eyes to pop out on stalks, so far that you can see them with each other. Maybe even give them a quick polish while they’re there. Read More >>

Egg-On-Face For Apple as It’s Forced to Issue a UK Mac Pro Recall

All is not well with Apple's much loved, but aging Mac Pro line. Apparently a "small number" of the beastly, pricy towers were sold in the UK with dodgy data-erasing hard drives that'd totally ruin your day, forcing Cupertino to issue an embarrassing recall. Read More >>

A Studio Backdrop and Lighting Kit Is Your “I’m a Real Photographer Now” Deal of the Day

Are you an amateur photographer? Would you like people to think that you’re a professional photographer instead? Swear to us that you’re not going to lure innocent young wannabes into your orbit with promises of a glittering career in ‘modelling’? Good. Read More >>

A Sweet-Looking Office Chair Is Your “I Play With the Big Boys Now” Deal of the Day

Do you see yourself as a go-getting, thrusting, hard-nosed business type? A proto-Sugar in the making, with a head full of big ideas and a sack full of business balls? Yeah? You’ll need a better chair then. Read More >>

A 3TB Hard Drive Is Your Space-For-All-Your-“Special”-Videos Deal of the Day

All of us have got more and more data these days and if there’s one thing about data it’s that you need somewhere to keep it all. Luckily, there’s ‘cloud-based’ storage from Dropbox and (as of next week probably) Google, but the trusty hard drive isn’t dead just yet. Read More >>

New Hard Drives Have More Bits Per Square Inch Than the Milky Way Has Stars

Seagate's latest hard drive has hit a milestone: it manages to squeeze in a data density of one terabit per square inch. It uses some extremely complex heat-assisted magnetic recording to do that, and in the process doubles the storage capacity of current hard disks. If that's not enough to get your head round, how about this: the hard disk contains more bits in a single square inch than the Milky Way has stars. [SeagateImage credit: sar_38/Shutterstock] Read More >>