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Western Digital Reveals MAMR Technology That Could Allow 40TB Hard Drives

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The capacity of solid state drives (SSDs) has been advancing steadily on traditional spinning hard drives over the last few years, and drive manufacturers haven’t been certain how much longer spinning drives could remain in the lead. Western Digital just surprised the storage industry by announcing its upcoming Microwave Assisted Magnetic Recording (MAMR) technology, which could keep the price per gigabyte of spinning drives lower than SSDs for at least the next decade. The odds ...

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Post-Equifax Breach, It’s Time for a Digital Universal ID

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. In the wake of the massive Equifax data breach, once again a spotlight has been shone on the overuse of the not-so-secret number that passes for a national ID in the United States–the Social Security Number (SSN). Perhaps we have become numb to these hacks and data breaches. What, my credit card number was compromised? The credit card company will cancel it and issue another one. My address information? My cell number? Well that’s already ...

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Western Digital Launches World’s First 14TB Hard Drive

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. You might recall a time not that long ago that a 1TB hard drive was considered gigantic. How far we’ve come. Western Digital has started shipping its newest and largest hard drive, the HGST Ultrastar Hs14. As the name suggests, this drive has a whopping 14TB of space. Not only that, it’s faster and more efficient than the 12TB drives Western Digital started shipping last year. Like many super-high-capacity spinning drives, this device is filled ...

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Western Digital Launches World’s First 14TB Hard Drive

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. You might recall a time not that long ago that a 1TB hard drive was considered gigantic. How far we’ve come. Western Digital has started shipping its newest and largest hard drive, the HGST Ultrastar Hs14. As the name suggests, this drive has a whopping 14TB of space. Not only that, it’s faster and more efficient than the 12TB drives Western Digital started shipping last year. Like many super-high-capacity spinning drives, this device is filled ...

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D&D Beyond Combines Tabletop Gaming with Digital Features

The first edition of Dungeons & Dragons came out in 1974, but the venerable tabletop game is still rolling along. Now in its 5th Edition, the various incarnations of the game have relied more on dice and statistics than some other competing RPGs that place a greater emphasis on DM/GM (Dungeon Master/Game Master) discretion and roleplaying and less on random outcomes. Now, Wizards of the Coast is prepping a major release of three digital tools meant to improve game speed and streamline the experience. If you’ve ever actually played D&D or ...

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D&D Beyond Combines Tabletop Gaming with Digital Features

The first edition of Dungeons & Dragons came out in 1974, but the venerable tabletop game is still rolling along. Now in its 5th Edition, the various incarnations of the game have relied more on dice and statistics than some other competing RPGs that place a greater emphasis on DM/GM (Dungeon Master/Game Master) discretion and roleplaying and less on random outcomes. Now, Wizards of the Coast is prepping a major release of three digital tools meant to improve game speed and streamline the experience. If you’ve ever actually played D&D or ...

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Western Digital Unveils 96-layer NAND, 4-bit QLC breakthrough

Western Digital is typically thought of as a traditional HDD manufacturer more than an SSD firm, but the company’s joint NAND flash venture with Toshiba is designed to change that. Today, that work appears to have paid off in a significant way with two separate announcements. First, WD claims that it will begin sampling 96-layer NAND flash by the end of this year, with early commercial volumes ramping up in 2018. That’s a significant achievement, given that Intel just announced commercial shipments of 64-layer NAND earlier this week, but the ...

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Nier: Automata Shipments And Digital Sales Reach New Milestone

Nier: Automata, the new Square Enix RPG developed by Bayonetta studio PlatinumGames, has passed a new sales milestone. It was announced this week that the PlayStation 4 and PC game has hit 1.5 million combined units shipped and digital copies sold. This is up from 1 million combined physical units shipped and digital copies sold in April. No information was provided about how the game’s sales break down by platform. But whatever the case, 1.5 million units is a big number, and it’s notable that the figure rose by 500,000 ...

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Western Digital Adds Helium-Filled 10TB Drives to Consumer, Business Lines

Over the last few years, we’ve seen helium-filled hard drives go from an out-there idea to a shipping solution. Until now, however, these drives were effectively confined to the enterprise market, where high capacities and reliability are paramount. The high storage capacity of helium drives has helped differentiate them from SSDs, since hard drives still have vastly lower prices per GB than any solid state storage on the market, but consumer access has been slower to roll out. Western Digital did ship 8TB drives in its Red and Purple product ...

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Wetern Digital Ships 12TB Helium-Filled Hard Drive

Every time you buy a hard drive, you probably think it’s plenty of space. Why would you ever need more? Inevitably, you end up in the red again a year or two later. Files just keep getting bigger with all these 4K videos and cameras with a zillion megapixels. Western Digital has come through on its promise late last year to release a 12TB hard drive. It’s headed to retailers now, but better prepare yourself for sticker shock. The new drive is being released under Western Digital’s HGST brand, which ...

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