Hitachi outs a pair of 4TB HDDs for your storing pleasure

We here at Engadget believe that, while keeping data in the cloud is certainly convenient, one can never have too much local storage space. Hitachi shares our enthusiasm for commodious HDDs, and has rolled out a pair of 4TB drives to keep all your movies, music, and photos close to home. For those wanting to up the ante in their desktop machine, the Deskstar 5K4000 should do the trick with a SATA 6Gb/s connection and 32MB buffer. Its stablemate, the Touro Desk External Drive, brings the same HDD in an onyx enclosure and connects to your computer via USB 3.0 — plus you get 3GB of cloud storage free from Hitachi. (Who says you can’t eat your cake and have it too?) The 5K4000 is available now for a penny under $400, while the Touro will cost $420 once it hits the market in January.

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Hitachi outs a pair of 4TB HDDs for your storing pleasure originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Dec 2011 02:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget Primed: SSDs and you

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If you’re a storage aficionado — and who here isn’t? — you’ve probably heard a lot about SSDs, those friendly solid-state disks promising dramatically improved performance over their magnetically inclined brethren. No doubt you’ve heard about the advantages, thanks to NAND storage that makes them silent, shock resistant, energy efficient and lightning quick. Yet you’ve also heard the horror stories: drive slowdowns, controller failures and manufacturer recalls. And adding to all those anxiety-producing headlines, there’s the price premium. While most magnetic drives average around a nickel or dime per gigabyte, even consumer-grade SSDs still run $1-2 per gigabyte, often for drastically smaller-capacity drives.

Three years ago, Intel launched its X25-M and X18-M: the “M” stood for “mainstream,” and the pair of drives were designed to reintroduce solid-state storage to a cost-conscious consumer market. (Perhaps more importantly, they were also meant to solidify Intel’s standing in the nascent SSD realm, up to that point a chaotic, Wild West-style domain. But we’ll get to that.) For most users magnetic drives still remain king, with solid states appealing primarily to a niche of enterprise IT professionals and modding enthusiasts. How did that happen — and should it be different? After the break we’ll look at how and why SSDs haven’t (yet) conquered the storage world, and examine whether they’re poised to do just that.

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How to do Incremental Gmail Backups

This article was written on March 03, 2011 by CyberNet.

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I rely on my Gmail account for just about all of my email communication, and I’d be pretty sad if I lost some of my emails. After all I have emails dating back to the middle of 2004 in my Gmail account, and so it has almost 7-years worth of my email history. Over the years I’ve put a lot of trust into Gmail, but so much of the service is out of my control that I still feel like I need to make backups just in case my Gmail account mysteriously disappears one day.

A free program called IMAPSize is nice because it lets you view a breakdown of all your labels and the space used by each one, but it is also capable of doing incremental backups for specific labels or the entire account. By doing incremental backups only new emails that haven’t already been backed up will be retrieved, and so it should only be the initial run that takes awhile. Each email is downloaded as an individual EML file, which is a standard format used by many email clients. The EML files will keep all the header information intact so that you can still see the original dates and whatnot.

IMAPSize will work with any email service that provides an IMAP interface, but I’m going to focus on Gmail here. After you download IMAPSize you’ll be prompted to add an account, and these are the things you’ll need to enter in the fields:

  • Account: A descriptive name that only IMAPSize will use.
  • Username: <your_email>
  • Password: <your_password>
  • Server:
  • Port: 993
  • Use Secure Connection (SSL): Yes (checked)

After that’s done you can proceed with the various configuration options. You’ll find most of the options you’ll need in the Account menu, which includes calculating sizes and performing backups.

Curious what all IMAPSize is capable of? Here’s a rundown of features provided by the developer:

  • Display of all mailboxes in an account with visual alerts for the most space consuming mailboxes
  • Convenient storage quota display
  • Powerful search capabilities on single or multiple mailboxes
  • Delete attachments (all or individual) without downloading them
  • Save attachments locally from multiple messages (BETA)
  • Mailbox management (expunge, create, delete, rename)
  • Message management (change flags, copy, move, delete, etc)
  • Manage folder subscriptions
  • Modify message headers
  • Copy messages from one IMAP account to another
  • Perform incremental backups of multiple folders in your IMAP account
  • Perform incremental backups of the whole account
  • Replicate IMAP folder hierarchy to your local drive
  • Download/upload messages to/from mbox and eml files
  • eml2mbox conversion
  • mbox2eml conversion. This can be extremely useful in the process of moving messages from Thunderbird to Outlook.
  • Spam handles which provide a basis for visual alerts on spam messages
  • SSL connections
  • Minimizes bandwidth consumption wherever possible
  • Keyboard friendly – you can perform almost all operations without using the mouse

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Lego Brick Sifter Sorts Bricks by Size

Trick your kids into tidying up with this OCD-friendly Lego brick sorter

Like every human child, I loved Lego. And like every human being ever, I hate tidying up. So the Box4Blox would have been just about the second best gift I could have received when I was small. Box4Blox is a simple sifter that sorts your lego blocks by size.

It works by grading the bricks. Of the four layers, three have holes in the bottom which only let through a certain size of brick. As you go lower, the holes get smaller, so you end up with similar-sized bricks stored together.

The best part is that you can trick your kid into tidying up. We all know children like to make noise and shake things. The Box4Blox lets them do both at the same time.

The Box4Blox holds up to 1,700 pieces, and goes for $40. A small price to pay for a tidy living room.

Box4Blox product page [Box4Blox via Chris Scott Barr]

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OCZ Announces 1TB Notebook SSDs

OCZ’s Octane SSDs offer up to 1TB of screaming-fast storage

SSDs: Crazy fast, low-powered, indestructible and… Tiny. Swapping your slow, spinning hard drive for a speedy solid state model is a great idea, unless you actually want to store something on your computer. Enter the new Octane range from OCZ, which comes in sizes of up to one terabyte.

Currently OCZ’s 2.5-inch SSDs max out at 480GB, so 1TB is quite a leap. The Octane will come in two flavors. A SATA 2.0 version will transfer data at up to 275MB/s (read), and the SATA 3.0 model reaches 560MB/s.

The launch will be in November, but prices have yet to be disclosed. Anandtech says that OCZ expects prices to come in at around $1.10 – $1.30 per GB, which would make the biggest Octane around $1,300.

Octane press release [OCZ via Anandtech]

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Pogoplug Mobile: Your Own Personal Cloud

Pogoplug Mobile stream content to and from your phone or tablet, wherever you are

Pogoplug Mobile is like iCloud without the cloud, and it works with pretty much any iOS or Android device. The little box sits on your home network and streams content to and from your phone — wherever you are — over the Internet.

The box works with content stored on SD cards or a USB hard drive. Plug them in and any photos, videos or music can be accessed via the Pogoplug app on your phone or tablet. It works the other way, too: any photos and videos you take with your phone are sent back automatically to your home.

If you have unlimited mobile bandwidth, or you use your mobile device predominantly in Wi-Fi zones, then this sounds ideal. The price is good, too: Just $80, with no subscription fees, ever.

Pogoplug Mobile [Pogoplug via Mac Stories]

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OCZ pushes access-time boundaries with Octane and Octane-S2 SSDs

OCZ Technology’s pushing SSDs on step further this morning, with the introduction of the Octane SATA 6Gbps and Octane-S2 SATA 3Gbps SSDs. These guys promise “record-breaking access times” and up to 1TB of capacity, with Indilinx Everest internals playing things out on the inside. Oddly enough, the company claims that this is the world’s first SSD to hit 1TB, but in fact, we saw the first one from pureSilicon way back in early 2009. At any rate, the company claims that these guys can deliver up to 560MB/sec of bandwidth and 45,000 IOPS, and they rely on a proprietary page mapping algorithms allow for steady mixed-workload performance. The Octane series also includes a number of features unique to Indilinx — including latency reduction technology — enabling both read and write access times as low as 0.06ms and 0.09ms, respectively. Aside from that 1TB flagship, there will also be 128GB, 256GB and 1TB models, and while no pricing details are being outed just yet, we’re told to expect around $1.10 to $1.30 per gigabyte. Interested? They’ll start shipping on November 1st.

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Salt enables six times the storage capacity for snail-unfriendly hard drives

Salt: sure, you might use it to cure meats for your latest solar-powered circumnavigation. But hold onto your kippers, Magellan, because Singaporean scientists have found that sodium chloride — ordinary table salt! — can also dramatically increase storage capacity. You see, typical hard drives have randomly-arranged magnetic grains, which allow data density of about 0.5 terabit per square inch. But a high-resolution e-beam lithography process, aided by our good friend NaCl, arranges the grains in a tighter, more orderly fashion, upping the density to 3.3 terabits per square inch. Called nanopatterning, this technique enables a 1TB drive to hold 6TB without additional platters; it also works with current manufacturing technology, meaning no expensive upgrades. If that’s got you dreaming of a higher-capacity future, hit the source link for more glorious technical details. We’ll warn you, though: the pictures of luscious, bee-stung lips stop here.

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Amazon lockers come to NYC, no more getting caught by UPS in your PJs

Amazon Lockers NYC

First Seattle, then London, now the Big Apple — Amazon’s delivery lockers are starting to pop up all over. As we’ve explained before, the lockers are basically giant, automated PO boxes, designated exclusively for Amazon purchases. If you choose to add a locker location to your address book (go check your account settings to see if the option is available to you yet), your package will be crammed into one of these kiosks and you’ll be given a code to unlock a particular slot at the location of your choice. So far there are eight scattered around Manhattan in Rite Aides, D’Agostinos and Gristedes. We haven’t wandered out of our secret lair to get photographic evidence of the drop off locations yet (we prefer to have our Amazon purchases left at the gate under the watchful eye of a turret), but we think the screen shot we took is proof enough that we’re not pulling your leg. Still, if you’re afraid the UPS guy might swing by while you’re still in your jammies this seems like a pretty nice solution.

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Toshiba introduces tiny enterprise hard drives with big speed and big storage

HDDYou’re probably laughing to yourself right now saying, “300GB? That’s not big storage.” But, hear us out. The oh-so memorably titled MK01GRRB and MK01GRRR are not your standard hard drives — these are enterprise-grade disks that spin at 15k RPM and fit in a 2.5-inch bay. Toshiba claims they’re the highest capacity 2.5-inch, 15k drives on the market, and we couldn’t dig up any evidence to the contrary. The 6Gb/s SAS connection makes sure businesses get the most they can out of those platters spinning at break neck speeds and the GRRR models include a self-encrypting feature. The two drives will start shipping in both 147 and 300GB sizes in Q1 of 2012, but pricing has yet to be announced. Check out the PR after the break for a few more details.

Update: Seagate wrote in to let us know that they had a similar drive at the same size, capacity and speed earlier this year. So, take that, Tosh.

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Toshiba introduces tiny enterprise hard drives with big speed and big storage originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 13 Oct 2011 10:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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