Update: I have created another page for custom drive icons in Mac OS X If you're like most people, you have accumulated a large number of removable USB storage devices over the years, from flash-based thumb drives to external hard disks. I have seven of these things sitting on my desk or in by laptop bag right now! But Windows XP and Vista uses the same icon for all of … [Read more...] about Custom Icons Keep Removable Drives Straight
Note: This didn't happen. It was merely a rumor. The stock market was alive with rumors that Seagate might be bought by an unnamed Chinese company, as reported in the New York Times, among others. This comes after a week of insider whispers about a possible tieup between Seagate and memory-makers, Micron or SanDisk, itself a Seagate spin-off. It seems that the hot disk drive … [Read more...] about Seagate Going to China?
Anyone paying attention knows I'm not particular sanguine about the near-term prospects for solid-state disks (SSDs) and hybrid hard disk drives (H-HDDs) in the enterprise storage space, but I'm not foolish enough to discount them entirely. With that in mind, it's worthwhile noting the debut of the first commercially-available retail(ish) SATA SSD from SanDisk. Read more … [Read more...] about Commercial SSDs Are Here?
It seems that water-cooled storage isn't just for IBM spinoffs anymore! NEC and Hitachi have unveiled a new water-cooled hard drive module for PCs (in Japan) to keep their drives nice and cool (and quiet, too!) Don't expect to see this tech widely used, though. It's way too complex for mainstream application. Once again, in the words of Mystery Science Theater 3000, … [Read more...] about Water-Cooled Hard Drives
Continuing my overview of the specialized hard drive market, we move on to the world of enterprise hard disk drives. These are performance monsters, with nearly all falling above the 10,000 RPM line that defines "exotic" in the desktop space. They also have a wide variety of interfaces, including parallel and serial SCSI, Fibre Channel, and even SATA. Lots of innovation … [Read more...] about Specialized Server/Enterprise Hard Drives