Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corp.has announced the new DT02 hard drive in a 3.5-inch form factor.It features Drive-Managed SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording) technology.Image source: ToshibaThe new drive has a capacity of 2TB and spindle speed of 7200rpm.Standard SATA 3.0 interface is used for connection.Drive-Managed SMR technology combines the Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) method and a number of performance optimizations such as hardware write management, cache and more.It claims to deliver up to 210MB/s performance improvements of up to 19% over its predecessor, while its MTBF (mean time between failures) is up to 600,000 hours.The disk is intended to be used in desktop computers, all-in-one PCs and also in external drives.There is no information about approximate price yet.
Western Digital began to compensate owners of WD Red drives for the secret use of SMR recording
Western Digital began to pay monetary compensation to participants in a class action lawsuit related to the tacit use of SMR tiled recording technology in WD Red hard drives, designed for installation in network storage systems.The latter provides higher storage densities but has a much slower rewrite speed.Image source: Western DigitalIt's well-known that in 2020, users suddenly discovered that the WD Red series drives used in network attached storage (NAS) use SMR technology, as opposed to standard CMR technology.However, during certain tasks, drives of this type lose significantly in speed.At first, the company tried to avoid responsibility, but when it finally admitted the problem, it was already too late - numerous class action suits were filed against the manufacturer, accusing Western Digital of unfair advertising.According to the users' opinion the compensation is not high - from $4 to $7 per disc, depending on the capacity of the purchased discs.In 2021 WD created the fund of $2.7 million for paying compensation to the victims who bought discs WD Red.The owners were invited to submit their claims on a special website until November 8, 2021.Compensations have already begun to arrive, the matter concerns the buyers of WD20EFAX (2 TB), WD30EFAX (3 TB) models - they are paid $4 each.Owners of WD40EFAX and WD60EFAX models (4TB and 6TB, respectively) are paid $7 each.
Apacer releases AC533 pocket hard drive with USB 3.2 Gen 1 interface
Apacer has announced the AC533 portable hard drive.It's available in three color choices--Garnet red, Vibrant blue and Jet black.Picture source: ApacerThe drive uses USB 3.2 Gen 1 interface to connect to a computer.Customers can choose from 1, 2, 4 and 5 TB capacity options.The first two versions measure 133.45 × 79.4 × 17.2 mm and weigh 175.25 g, the other two are 133.45 × 79.4 × 25.2 mm and 282 g.It is said to be compatible with Apple macOS, Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems.Removable rubberized pads provide additional protection.The USB connector has been tested for 10,000 cable entries/disconnections and is available with Apacer Data Manager software for data backup and syncing.The warranty is three years.
AMD to unveil Radeon RX 7000 graphics cards tonight
AMD will unveil Radeon RX 7000 graphics cards on the latest RDNA 3 architecture graphics processors tonight. The start of the presentation,...