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This Hard Drive Self-Destructs With A Text

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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.

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[ 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

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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

OCZ Onyx SSD Costs Less Than $100

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By Evan Ackerman

Less than $100 probably means $99.99, but that doesn’t change the fact that the 2.5″ Onyx SSD from OCZ is actually in the realm of casually affordable, a first for SSDs. We’re used to seeing SSD drives that offer incredible performance, but at a price point that makes most of us just sigh sadly. The OCZ Onyx, while offering only modest speeds (125 MB/s read and 70 MB/s write) relative to other SSDs, is still fast enough that you’d notice a significant difference in load times if you stick your operating system on it. Unsurprisingly, the drive only has a capacity of 32 gigs, so your operating system may be the only thing you can stick on it, but that’s okay.

Even if the speed and size aren’t that impressive, don’t forget about the other benefits of SSDs: they’re light, shockproof, durable, and use up a heck of a lot less power than conventional drives since they don’t have anything inside them that needs to be kept spinning at several thousand RPM all the time.

$100 is not going to get you some kind of incredibly awesome SSD drive. But it will get you this SSD drive, which, for the cost, is way better than no SSD drive at all.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ HotHardware ]

Japan To Get Ridiculously-Priced 250GB Xbox 360 Hard Drive

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By Chris Scott Barr

When Microsoft entered the console gaming market, it was a great day for gamers here in the US. Now I don’t have anything against Nintendo or Sony, I love their consoles. What I don’t love is all of the exclusive hardware that Japan gets from these companies, since they are located in the region. Well since Microsoft is located here in the US of A, the tables are turned. Take this new 250GB hard drive that has been announced for the 360. Guess where it’s being launched first. Wait, Japan?

What’s even more strange is that despite a confirmed March 11 launch in Japan, there is no plan for a US release. Does Microsoft not think that we download enough? Or maybe they know that we’re in a recession, and aren’t going to pay $170 for a 250GB hard drive. I’ve ranted about this before and it still infuriating, you can buy a 2.5-inch hard drive (which is what’s used for the 360) for 1/3 of the price they are selling it. That’s one heck of a markup. They should take a cue from Sony and let us use our own drives to upgrade.

[ Microsoft ] VIA [ PCWorld ]

LaCie Announces First USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

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By Chris Scott Barr

Do you have need of a lot of external storage and want to make use of that USB 3.0 card that you decided to purchase? After all, what good is having the ports if you don’t also have devices that use them? LaCie has announced their latest external drive, dubbed the 2Big RAID drive which utilizes the latest in USB technology.

Obviously speed is the name of the game with this drive, with throughput speeds of 275MB/s. These speeds are reached by using a dual-disk RAID configuration along with the USB 3.0 technology. LaCie claims that with a drive this fast, you can stream and edit multiple HD files simultaneously. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced, though you can expect to pay a nice premium for the extra speed.

[ LaCie ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]