Boom! Seagate just responded to Western Digital's acquisitions of Hitachi's Global Storage Technologies subsidiary by acquiring LaCie. The â‚¬49 million transaction solidifies Seagate's presence in the retail space, especially on the Apple side of things. In this way, Seagate will use LaCie to offset Western Digital's G-Tech offerings. To me, this acquisition is all … [Read more...] about Personal Storage Just Got More Interesting: Seagate Acquires LaCie
The idea of a product warranty is fairly simple: a company “warrants” that, should their product fail in a specified period of time and circumstances, they will repair or replace it. But the implication of the product warranty is far more subtle: it tells the consumer what level of reliability they should expect. In short, a warranty is all about confidence. But when does a … [Read more...] about What’s the Point of a Warranty, Anyway?
RAID is becoming more familiar in the SOHO market, but portable devices using 2.5" drives remain a novelty. I recently tested two such units, and came away with mixed impressions. Although the ToughTech Duo from CRU-DataPort/Wiebetech sports attractive design, it didn't perform much better than the homely Akitio Taurus Mini Super-S. And neither is all that portable. A Tale of … [Read more...] about Two Dual-Drive Portable RAIDs Reviewed: Akitio and Wiebetech
Today, Seagate consolidated three sub models of the Barracuda hard disk drive line into one. The new Barracuda is a 7200 rpm drive that the company claims combines the efficiency of their Barracuda Green with the performance of the Barracuda XT. It turns out that I had one of these drives in my hands for a few months, since they have been shipping in the GoFlex Desk external … [Read more...] about No More Green Drives from Seagate
Earlier this week, Hitachi GST (soon to be part of Western Digital) announced they would soon ship a 1 TB single-platter hard disk drive. But archrival Seagate rained on their parade financing immediate shipment of their own 4 TB unit. With the industry consolidating rapidly, it's good to see healthy competition among the two remaining hard disk drive giants. Seagate's 4 TB … [Read more...] about Seagate Jumps Hitachi’s Density Record With 4 TB Hard Disk Announcement