Stories by Lucas Mearian

Restored DVD key to conviction in rape case

The recovery of data from a damaged DVD helped convict a US man of multiple rapes earlier this year.

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Which operating system is best for SSDs?

Solid-state disk (SSD) drive architecture can play a big role in how fast a computer boots up and performs. But how big a role the SSDs play -- and how much faster an operating system is -- depends as much on the operating system as on the drive. Although none of the mainstream operating systems now in use have been optimized to work better with SSDs, some do natively work more efficiently than others, according to storage experts.

HP ships 300GB, 2.5-in. SAS drives

Hewlett-Packard Co. said it began shipping its 300GB small-form factor drives to worldwide resellers this week, doubling the capacity of its previous 2.5-innch serial-attached SCSI (SAS) hard disk drives. HP said the new drives, which it produced with Seagate, use 75 per cent less power and 70 per cent less space than its high-end 3.5-inch, 15,000-rpm drives.

Transmitting data from the middle of nowhere

To migrate data from one location to another, Seth Georgion has had to devise some creative ways to transmit data from remote locations, including ships in the Pacific Ocean and taverns in the Australian outback, using T1 lines and satellites. Georgion, manager of IT for marine survey firm Fugro USA, also had to reduce the amount of information he was transmitting by culling duplicate data that accounted for as much as half of what he was sending.

Micron to launch hyper-fast SSD, touts 1GB/sec throughput

Within the next year, Micron technology expects to bring to market a high-end solid-state disk (SSD) drive that could achieve 1GB/sec throughput, according to a Micron executive. The transfer speed is four times that offered by Intel's newest SSD, the X25-E.

Kanguru releases thumb drive with eSATA/USB connectivity

Kanguru Solutions on Friday announced the first USB flash drive that also External Serial ATA (eSATA) connectivity. By using eSATA's 3Gbit/sec throughput, Kanguru's eFlash drive potentially offers five times the throughput of USB 2.0, which is 480Mbit/sec.

Dell ships laptops with self-encrypting drives

Dell announced Monday that it is offering Seagate's self-encrypting hard drives in its Latitude laptops, Precision Mobile Workstations and OptiPlex desktops as a security precaution to those machines being lost or stolen. Seagate also announced today that it has begun shipping its 320GB and 500GB self-encrypting disk drives to laptop manufacturers worldwide.

Q&A: Praveen Asthana, Dell's director of enterprise storage

Dell has continued to move its storage product line and services upstream, adding more sophisticated software into its arrays, which have traditionally been targeted at small to midsize businesses. At the same time, the company says it will increase its offerings around cloud-based computing, both in on-site and off-site backup and disaster recovery.

Kingston announces 32GB USB flash drive

Kingston Technology has announced a new high-capacity 32GB USB drive, the DataTraveler 150.

Mobile hardware outpaces software, user capabilities

Mobile hardware is outpacing software capabilities and the mobile user experience, according to a group of mobile phone technologists speaking at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Among those speaking was Rich Miner, group manager of mobile platforms at Google, who said open operating systems -- like the one launched on Google's the long-awaited G1 Android phone -- will drive future innovation, but much of it may be lost on the user in the short term.

First 6X Blu-ray blank media now available

Imation Wednesday announced the first 6x Blu-ray recordable (BD-R) and Blu-ray recordable double layer (BD-R DL) media for the US retail market.

Solid state disk lackluster for laptops, PCs

Most observers agree that solid-state disk (SSD) will eventually overtake magnetic disk drives as the storage medium of choice. SSD is lighter than traditional hard disk drives, is faster, is more durable and consumes less power. Still, SSD doesn't measure up to the hype, particularly when using it in a desktop or laptop PC.

EMC releases new multi-protocol NAS array aimed at SMBs

EMC Tuesday announced a further move down market with the latest iteration of its Celerra network-attacked storage (NAS) server. The Celerra NX4 Unified Storage System, which is based on EMC's entry-level Clariion AX4 storage array, is aimed at the small and midsize business market, EMC said.

Seagate unveils world's first 1.5TB desktop HDD

Seagate Technology Thursday announced the industry's first 1.5TB desktop hard drive, as well as half-terabyte notebook hard drives based on PMR (perpendicular magnetic recording) technology.

Q&A: Fujitsu Exec says solid-state disk doesn't measure up

While most major disk-drive manufacturers have developed or are already selling solid-state disk drives or hybrid drives, which use a combination of flash memory and spinning disk, Fujitsu has chosen not to develop a product for market. Joel Hagberg, Fujitsu's vice president of business development, said his company does not plan to launch any solid-state disk-drive products over the next two years because the value proposition of the technology is not compelling enough and won't be until technology breakthroughs change solid-state disk's performance and reliability.