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Deal Of The Day: 56% Off On Monster Digital 128GB Solid-State Portable Hard Drive


Carrying large amounts of data around used to be expensive, and transfer rates were often slow. But SSDs have changed the game somewhat. Now that they’re everywhere, prices of course start coming down. The Monster Digital 128GB Solid-State Portable Hard Drive is quick, spacious, and above all, inexpensive.

Storing your hard drive safely in your closet does you little good when you’re on-the-go—but sticking to the Cloud can end in a hacker catastrophe. There’s no better solution for this classic tech dilemma than the spacious Monster Overdrive, storing 128 GB of data—that’s up to 1280 hours of video or 49,000 photos. Plus, even if a thief swipes your device hoping for your credit card numbers and identity details, joke’s on them. Monster Encrypt™ software encrypts your data so it’s completely unreadable by anyone but yourself.

– Get higher reliability than w/ rotating hard drives
– Transfer data quicker than ever before (an HD movie transfers in just 30 seconds)
– Protect your data w/ 256-bit AES Security
– Simply plug in to your Mac or PC to use
– Store photos, videos, files & more
– View transfer status w/ LED indicatory
– Easily take it on travel thanks to the compact & light design
– Detach the USB 3.0 cable when needed elsewhere
– Utilize the pre-installed Monster Encrypt™ file security

Normally you’d be asked to pay $80 for this, but after today’s deal, it’s $34.99!

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This Exists: Samsung’s 16TB SSD


1TB and 2TB hard drives are pretty common these days. What isn’t, is a 16TB SSD. That is pretty insane, and it’s exactly what Samsung recently announced. The PM1633a features 500 256 gigabit (32 gigabyte) NAND flash chips crammed inside a 2.5 inch enclosure, albeit one with twice the thickness as a standard 2.5 inch hard drive found in laptops. This gives it a total capacity of 15.36TB, which Samsung feels comfortable calling “about 16TB”. It’s really impressive, and we expect the price to be equally as impressive; considering the drive was demonstrated in a server packed with 48 of them (totally a jaw dropping 768TB, operating at “2,000,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second). By comparison, the consumer-grade SSD that you have in your PC is probably capable of around 10,000-90,000 IOPS, depending on the workload.”), it’s clear the drive is targeted at enterprise customers who will have less trouble justifying its rumoured $5,000 price tag. Exact pricing and availability haven’t been announced yet, however.

[ Ars Technica ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

HDD Watches Look Cool, Just Tell Time


We’re used to seeing smart watches in the news, but the HDDWatch is nothing of the sort. It just shows time, and pretty much nothing else. But it does so with the innards of a 1 inch hard drive. Considering memory cards have pretty much taken over, old disc-based drives have dramatically dropped in price, so you’ll be able to get a HDDWatch for €150, or about $184. It’s actually €100 ($123) as an Early Bird if you don’t mind wearing it on the right wrist, because all the left wrist Early Bird watches have sold. It’s a project from Frenchman Jean Jérôme, and the Indiegogo is fully funded.


[ Project Page ] VIA [ GeekyGadgets ]

This Hard Drive Self-Destructs With A Text


There are many reasons why you’d want to have ultra-secure hard drives, and most of these are legal. The Autothysis128t SSD drive from company SecureDrives features top of the line “256-bit AES CBC hardware level encryption and computer independent 2 factor authentication via a separate Token. The encryption engine is FIPS 140-2 level 3 certified.” We understood some of those words, at least enough to understand they’re quite well encrypted. But there’s more! The drive is GSM enabled, and should your stuff ever be compromised and end up in the hands of anyone hell-bent on getting to its contents, you can simply send an auto-destruct text to your drive. This will cause the data to physically fragment in an unrecoverable manner. Yes, it’s quite literally a self-destruct feature, which is also activated if the drive senses someone trying to tamper with the GSM module, or entering the security code too many times.

As a matter of fact, there are a number of optional triggers that can lead to destruction, including low battery levels or trying to remove the drive from its PC. It sure sounds like if you possess some super critical data that cannot, under any circumstances, be accessed by someone else, the Autothysis128t is as good as it gets. It’s also quite expensive, setting you back a cool £1,027.00 ($1,660USD, roughly) for the privilege. And that’s for 128GB of storage.


[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Data Killer Erases Discs At The Press Of A Button

By David Ponce

Getting sensitive data off a hard drive isn’t as simple as deleting the files. The true geeks in the audience already knew that. But in case that’s not you, just know that simply deleting a file only tells the operating system that the area on the disc it once occupied is now free to be overwritten. But it’s not until this done, that your data is really gone. There are programs that will format, and reformat any given area with the aim to do just that, but the Data Killer machine goes the brute force way instead. It passes strong magnetic currents over the discs, realigning the microscopic bits on the surface of the platters without damaging them, and it does this quickly, at the simple press of a button.

Our product line-up can handle everything from a single 3.5-inch hard disk, to 14 of them at once. With our larger models, you can also instantly obliterate the data on a notebook PC.

There’s no word on price or availability.

[ DigInfo ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Elgato Thunderbolt SSD Puts That Connector To Some Use

By David Ponce

We’re a bit peeved at companies that refuse to follow standards. Sony for example, with their refusal to use SD for storage, instead opting for their much more expensive MemorySticks. Or Apple and their refusal to go with USB 3.0, instead decking their hardware with Thunderbolt. Do you know of many Thunderbolt enabled devices? Didn’t think so. But at least now you can add Elgato’s Thunderbolt SSD drives. Coming in 120GB and 240GB capacities, they feature 270MB/s data read speeds. This is fast, especially when compared to USB 2.0’s typical 35MB/s speeds. And it is indeed theoretically about twice as fast as USB 3.0 could be, but it’s also super expensive. The 120GB model retails for $430 while the larger 240GB unit goes for $700. People who work with large files, like HD video or RAW photos would definitely enjoy the extra storage room, especially if they’re working off a MacBook Air, with their limited 128GB/256GB drives. And of course, like any SSD, the drives are whisper quiet. However they feature only one port, which means that they’d have to be at the end of any daisy chain you might have created.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

1TB Hard Drive With $1MM Of Pirated Files Now Passes As Art

By David Ponce

I wish there really was much more to say than what’s in the title… but really there isn’t. This is what passes as art these days. You know what they say: all the talented artists are busy making money for one commercial interest or another (games, ads, etc.). What’s left are people with crappy ideas, too much money and stickers that say “Art”, begging to be put on whatever they think makes a statement. This particular exhibit is a 1TB hard drive that is on display at the Art 404 gallery, on a pedestal, with an accompanying PDF listing everything that’s in it. Books, “124GB of copyrighted music, fonts, Adobe software, various game system ROMs, and more.”

I’m not going to bother to point out that the value of what’s in most people’s hard drives probably exceeds that amount, but… well… you get my point.

[ “Product” page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

Sony To Ship New Bravia TVs With 500GB Hard Drives

By Chris Scott Barr

Here’s an interesting thing. TVs are getting more and more features these days. Enough that they can actually start eliminating the need for other devices to be connected to them. The next device to go? If Sony has anything to say about it, they’re looking to replace your DVR.

Sony is releasing a trio of new Bravia TVs that come equiped with 500GB hard drives. What’s more is that they have support for external drives, just in case you run out of room. The only real difference between the three models is size, which range from 22-inches to 40-inches. The new sets will cost you a pretty penny though, with the smallest size fetching $1,000 when it launches next month in Japan.

[ Sony ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

OhGizmo Review: Iomega iConnect


By Evan Ackerman

Earlier this month, we posted a review of Cloud Engines’ Pogoplug, a piece of hardware that takes USB hard drives and makes them network accessible (among other things). Iomega has come out with another option for centralizing your storage, called the iConnect. Like the Pogoplug, the iConnect lets you plug in standard USB drives, and then puts them on your home network. Plus, it throws a whole bunch of other cool stuff into the mix, like wireless access and printer networking. Read the review, after the jump.Continue Reading