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$25 board brings satisfyingly retro HDD clicks back to your SSD-equipped computer

Sure SSDs are great, because they’re fast, sturdy, and quiet. But do you ever feel like it’s a little too quiet around your computer? If you find yourself missing the signature ticking sounds that accompany hard drive activity the $25 HDD Clicker is here to help. The HDD Clicker is little bit of retro-inspired fun […]

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More details on the demise of WDLabs (hard drives for Raspberry Pi… among other things)

Western Digital is shutting down its WDLabs division, which is responsible for selling hard drive kits intended for use with the Raspberry Pi line of products, as well as other single-board computers. We first reported on the news last month, but WD has yet to release a public statement on the matter. Now our anonymous […]

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Seagate drops 7200rpm laptop hard drives to focus on SSD/HDD hybrids

One of the world’s largest producers of hard drives is giving up on 7200rpm hard drives for notebooks. Seagate will end production of 2.5 inch drives which spin at 7200 revolutions per minute. The move isn’t surprising — while 7200rpm disks are faster than the 5400rpm drives that you tend to find in cheaper laptops […]

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Western Digital introduces 5mm thick hybrid hard drives for ultrabooks

One way to keep ultrabooks, tablets, and other portable computers thin is to use tiny solid state disks instead of spinning hard drives. But hard drives are generally cheaper and often come with higher storage capacities. So some companies are looking at another solution: thinner hard drives. Earlier this year Intel suggested that we could […]

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Living in the future: The incredible falling prices of computer storage

Hard drives used to be really expensive. Now they’re really cheap. You probably already know that, but Ivan Smith’s web site really hammers the point home by tracking the falling prices of storage from about 1980 through mid-2010. In a nutshell, 30 years ago you would have had to pay about $300,000 for 1 gigabyte […]