Editor's comments:- This page used to
contain a list of companies which had been mentioned in our
news pages as having
removable storage drives.
As hard drives got intrinsically more rugged
(in recent storage
history) more oems marketed removable drives. So the list got too long to
be usable - and the list didn't differentiate between removable
instead I suggest you use the site search box below or click
here - which prepopulates the site search with the word removable -
which you can refine with your own terms.
of Removable Storage Media|
| In the early
Bond films of the 1960s, viewers were introduced to an array of implausible
(at the time) portable high tech spy gadgets. Nowadays we know from our own
everyday experience that something the size of a cigarette lighter can actually
be a video camera with its own wireless internet access. |
proliferation of miniature high capacity storage devices creates a serious
problem for commercial and national security.
This article - written
by Pointsec - provides
an up to date picture of the intrinsic dangers posed by removable storage
5TB version of SANbric SSD JBOD|
Editor:- June 19, 2012 - today
Controls Defense Solutions announced a new version of its
FC compatible SSDs the
which supports just under 5TB and weighs about 5 lbs and is designed for
deployment in high speed rugged
data streaming apps such as on-board wide body aircraft, and helicopter
a new way to kill flash SSD data
Editor:- March 15,
2011 - Pangaea
Media has recently entered the
SSD backup market with a
removable 2.5" SSD
which integrates backup,
encryption and a
completely new (to me) patented
Seagate paper suggests HDD market is unassailable by SSDs
January 24, 2011 - Seagate
has published a
view document (pdf) which is designed to show that the position of the hard
disk market is unassailable in the notebook market - no matter what happens in
the next few years with SSDs.
I discuss the flaws in this on the
home page of StorageSearch.com.
USB3 faster than eSATA 2 for SMB disk backup
November 8, 2010 - Idealstor
announced today the release of a
removable HDD based
backup product called the Bantam.
At time of launch capacity options are 320GB ($199), 500GB, 750GB and 1TB.
Bantam cartridges are made from a rugged aluminum design and come with shock
proofing which the company says will survive more than a 3 foot drop to a
tile over concrete floor. They ship with with Idealstor's Windows compatible
iBac Lite software - which
Editor's comments:- I asked marketing manager Ben
Ginster about performance - and where the name of the product came from.
performance:- he said - "Speed depends on lots of factors and anyone
that gives you a "real world" speed is blowing smoke. I've seen speeds
up to 2.5GB/minute on some backups and less than 1GB on others. When we
originally were testing the unit we were planning on having eSATA and USB3 on
this drive but we found that USB3 speeds were faster than eSATA so we
decided to just go with USB3. We have controllers for (customers with) systems
that don't have USB3."
Re the Bantam (which for me having kept chickens - I had latched
onto as a opportunity to add yet another inmate to my
metaphors zoo / article) - I was wrong. Ben Ginster told me " We came
up with name after the
Weight in boxing/wrestling. Small but
powerful. If you pull up Wikipedia the Bantam weight in boxing was named after
a small chicken called the
Bantam so I guess
you could say we're named after an animal indirectly of course."
WD's new 3 TB USB 3 HDD
Editor:- October 5, 2010 -
today introduced the -My
Book Essential (approx $250) - an external 3TB
USB 3 (consumer)
hard drive, with up
to 150MB/s throughput.
Recovering Data from Drowned / Flooded Hard Drives
September 3, 2010 - the names may change but the damage which can be done by
seasonal hurricanes like
remains a hovering background menace for those in the affected regions.
things that can happen to mess up your life are bad enough - but what about the
clean up afterwards?
Knowing how to handle a soggy
hard drive can make the
difference between a successful
data recovery and
loss. You can unwittingly make things worse.
The guidelines in
the classic article -
Data from Drowned / Flooded Hard Drives by Simon
Steggles, Director of
Disklabs are just as
relevant today as when they were published.
read it now
while your computer is still working so you understand what to do if this ever
happens to you or someone you know.)
LaCie launches rugged USB flash stick
13, 2010 - LaCie
flash drive - the
XtremKey - with upto 64GB capacity inside a 2mm metal pipe casing.
with wear-resistant screw threads and a rubber O-ring, it is watertight up to
100meters. The LaCie XtremKey is also resistant to 5-meter drops, fierce heat
and bitter cold. Non operating temperature is claimed to be (+200°C / -50°).
R/W speeds are upto 40MB/s and 30MB/s respectively. ...watch the flash key abuse
Editor's comments:- The XtremKey is not
an SSD. If
you're not sure about the critical difference between a flash drive and a flash
SSD - it's wear leveling.
rugged HDD and SSD drives see
military storage. If
you liked the LaCie video - check out
ioSafe's video linked in
our SSD video page
- which inspired it
a reader asked me a good question about SSD encryption
June 29, 2010 - a reader asked me a good question... Does
Yes, and No. But not necessarily in that order. And it depends on the SSD.
...read the article
will free terabyte disks extend the life of the hard disk
Editor:- June 9, 2010 -
Could terabyte hard drives be given
away free? - is the subject of a new blog published this week on StorageSearch.com
In it I
suggest that the biggest future market for high capacity consumer HDDs isn't
backup and that a new market model may be a better business. ...read the article
Themis launches 1U rugged RAID box for its military servers
May 4, 2010 - Themis
the RES-XStore -
a 1U (17" deep) storage system for mission-critical applications in harsh
The RES-XStore includes 4 hot pluggable canisters,
each containing 3x 2.5" drives. The RES-XStore communicates with the host
server, via an add-in HBA and PCIe x8. The RES-XStore includes a
RAID controller that
supports RAID levels from
0 to 60. Each canister is hot pluggable. As with all products in the
Rugged Enterprise Servers
family - the new storage enclosure is designed to operate in the most
"Themis is re-defining 'rugged computing solutions' to mean
rugged servers and rugged storage from the same vendor. Our rugged server and
storage systems provide enhanced RAS, as well as industry leading SWAP",
stated William Kehret, president of Themis Computer.