Western Digital

Western Digital this week said that its energy-assisted magnetic recording (ePMR) and OptiNAND technologies coupled with increased number of platters per hard drive would enable it to build HDDs with an up to 30 TB capacity. To keep advancing capacities from there, the company will need to use heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), it revealed. Meanwhile, noticeably absent was any mention of microwave-assisted magnetic recording (MAMR), the technology that was expected to precede HAMR. Building a 22TB HDD for 2022 Last month Western Digital's began shipping its top-of-the-range Ultrastar DC HC560 20TB and WD Gold 20TB hard drives that rely on nine 2.2 TB ePMR platters and feature the company's OptiNAND technology that uses an embedded flash drive (EFD) to increase performance, reliability, and usable capacity...

Western Digital To Acquire SanDisk

Western Digital announced today that they have entered in to an agreement to acquire SanDisk for approximately $19 billion. Western Digital is one of the few remaining hard drive...

35 by Billy Tallis on 10/21/2015

Western Digital My Cloud Mirror Gen 2 Review

Western Digital is well known to the average consumer as a hard drive manufacturer. By extension, it also opens up the network-attached storage (NAS) market to them. In 2014...

20 by Ganesh T S on 10/9/2015

WD Red Pro 6 TB Review - High Performance NAS HDD Gets a Capacity Bump

Despite the increasing affordability of SSDs, hard drives continue to remain the storage medium of choice for applications where capacity and cost factors outweigh performance requirements. Specialty drives have...

62 by Ganesh T S on 9/7/2015

Western Digital Updates My Cloud Mirror NAS, Releases My Cloud OS 3

Western Digital markets their NAS lineup under the 'Personal Cloud' category. This is further sub-divided into three markets, the 'Consumer Series' (the MyCloud units), 'Expert Series' (the EX units...

6 by Ganesh T S on 9/1/2015

Western Digital Updates WD Red Pro and WD Black with 5 & 6TB Models

It is that time of the year when Western Digital updates their Red lineup. Launched in 2012, the WD Red drives target network attached storage units with an optimized...

51 by Ganesh T S on 8/18/2015

Western Digital My Cloud DL4100 Business NAS Review

Western Digital is a comparatively recent entrant to the fast-growing NAS market. Despite having had a Windows Storage Server-based product for business users for some time now, a custom...

27 by Ganesh T S on 3/4/2015

Western Digital My Cloud NAS Updates Target Prosumers and Small Businesses

Western Digital is no stranger to the NAS market. Their Sentinel series units (based on Windows Storage Server) have targeted business users for quite some time now. The My...

1 by Ganesh T S on 2/26/2015

Western Digital Shows Off a 128GB SSD + 4TB HDD 3.5" SATA Express Dual-Drive

Storage Visions kicked off today and on the show floor Western Digital was showcasing a prototype of its new 3.5" dual-drive. The drive consists of a 128GB SSD along...

18 by Kristian Vättö on 1/4/2015

Western Digital to Acquire Skyera

Western Digital, or its enterprise arm HGST to be exact, has today announced that it will be acquiring all-flash array provider Skyera. The terms of the transaction have not...

6 by Kristian Vättö on 12/15/2014

WD Red Pro Review: 4 TB Drives for NAS Systems Benchmarked

A couple of weeks back, Western Digital updated their NAS-specific drive lineup with 5 and 6 TB Red drives. In addition, 7200 RPM Red Pro models with 2 -...

62 by Ganesh T S on 8/8/2014

6 TB NAS Drives: WD Red, Seagate Enterprise Capacity and HGST Ultrastar He6 Face-Off

Western Digital launched the first NAS-specific 6 TB drive today. In expanding their Red portfolio, they have brought 6 TB drives suitable for 24x7 operation into the hands of...

84 by Ganesh T S on 7/21/2014

Western Digital Updates Red NAS Drive Lineup with 6 TB and Pro Versions

Back in July 2012, Western Digital began the trend of hard drive manufacturers bringing out dedicated units for the burgeoning NAS market with the 3.5" Red hard drive lineup...

37 by Ganesh T S on 7/21/2014

Western Digital My Book Duo DAS Review

Earlier this week, we took a look at LaCie's high end 2-bay RAID DAS, the 2big Thunderbolt 2. It integrated both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2 as connectivity options...

27 by Ganesh T S on 7/12/2014

Western Digital Launches My Book Duo 2-bay USB 3.0 DAS

Even as the consumer NAS market continues to experience rapid growth, it is impossible for consumers to have really fast access to data when the storage is bottlenecked by...

11 by Ganesh T S on 6/24/2014

Western Digital My Cloud EX2 2-bay NAS Review

The market for 2-bay and 4-bay NAS units has been growing at a much faster rate compared to other configurations. This trend is only expected to accelerate over the...

20 by Ganesh T S on 3/4/2014

Western Digital My Cloud EX4 and LenovoEMC ix4-300d Home NAS Units Review

The consumer Network Attached Storage (NAS) market has seen tremendous growth over the past few years. As the amount of digital media generated by the average household increases, the...

38 by Ganesh T S on 2/26/2014

The WD Black2 Review: World's First 2.5" Dual-Drive

If you had asked me a few years ago, I would've said that hybrid drives will be the next big thing in the storage industry. A hybrid drive made...

100 by Kristian Vättö on 1/30/2014

Western Digital Releases Black^2: 120GB SSD + 1TB HD Dual-Drive in 2.5" Form Factor

To date all the hybrid storage solutions we have seen have been rather limited. Seagate got the idea right with the Momentus XT but having only 8GB of NAND...

66 by Kristian Vättö on 11/25/2013

Western Digital Updates My Cloud Lineup with 4-bay EX4

We had covered the launch of the Western Digital My Cloud platform last month. The unit available at launch was a single-bay version similar to the popular My Book...

8 by Ganesh T S on 11/12/2013

Western Digital Sentinel Lineup Updated with Xeon-Based Ultra-Compact Servers

Western Digital's SMB / enterprise network storage lineup (the Sentinel series) has been based on the Microsoft Windows Storage Server platform. The most recent update to the Sentinel lineup...

10 by Ganesh T S on 10/10/2013

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