When you’re selecting which hard drive to buy, you have a plethora of products to choose from. Here is a selection of companies that produce hard drives, some of the choices they offer and links to their websites.
ioSafe: This company broke new ground when they were founded in 2004 by creating the industry’s first fire and flood protected external hard drive. They incorporated in the state of California in 2005 and won Design Magazine’s Golden Mousetrap award in 2006. In 2007 ioSafe received patents for their fireproof and waterproof technology. IoSafe continues to make many varieties of disaster-proof hard drives. Like the ioSafe Rugged Portable; this product lives up to its name with Crush protection up to 5,000 lbs. and virtually any situation is covered. It has Shock/Chemical/Immersion/Altitude/Extreme Environment protection. As with all ioSafe products, the drive comes with a no-hassle warranty and the Data Recovery Service. Another well-regarded ioSafe product is the ioSafe SoloPRO. This drive is available in 1TB, 1.5TB, 2TB and 3TB capacities and has quiet forced air cooling. It can protect your data from 1550 degrees of heat for 30 minutes and has USB 3.0 SuperSpeed which allows it to plug and play up to 5Gb/s. The SoloPRO comes with several optional DRS plans, three year warranty and the forensic recovery service.
Toshiba: This company is a world leader in high technology and has roots going back to 1875. It is the world’s fifth largest personal computer vendor and is among the top 20 world leaders in semiconductor sales. In 2009 they acquired Fujitsu’s HDD product line. They produce several varieties of hard drives for personal consumers. Among them the Enterprise HDD, this family of solid state drives is designed for higher performance and lower energy consumption and has SAN/NAS storage applications. Toshiba also offers 2.5-type Hard Disk Drives which offer fast data transfer rates, large storage capacity and efficient energy consumption. They are ideal for personal computers as well as other electronic devices such as TVs and digital recorders.
Samsung: They are the 19th most popular brand in world for consumer electronics and the company has continued to grow for the last 70 years. They are the world’s second largest chipmaker and second largest shipbuilders. The Samsung Group accounts for a fifth of South Korea’s total exports and it were a country; it would have the 35th largest economy in the world. They produce many different solid state and external hard drives. One such product is the 64GB 470 Series Solid State Drive; built for multitasking and gaming, this drive can access data very quickly and can boot up a computer in as little as 15 seconds. In the external sector, they have such products the G3 1 Terabyte Desktop Hard Disk Drive. This product has a 1 terabyte storage capacity, USB 2.0 connectivity and features a 480 Mbps data transfer rate.
Seagate: Incorporated in 1978, this company is one of the largest manufacturers of hard disk drives in the world. Their first hard drive was the 5-megabyte ST-506 which was released in 1980. In 2008, Seagate was the first company to ship over a billion hard drives. One of their most popular products is the Barracuda XT 3.5 Internal Kitted Drive; it has a 64MB cache for improved burst performance, native command queuing for organizing incoming command in the most efficient order and combines a SATA 6Gb/s interface with a 7200 RPM spindle speed for optimum performance. For external storage; their FreeAgent line offers many good choices such as the FreeAgent Desk. This product is available in 500GB, 640GB, 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB capacities. It has a USB 2.0 interface, preloaded software, smart utilities and a five-year limited warranty and is compatible with Windows 7.
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies: This company is scheduled to be acquired by Western Digital this year for 4.3 billion dollars. HGST’s parent company is Hitachi, Ltd.; which is one of the world’s largest technology companies. They produce a variety of drives and support systems. Their drive are high-quality, like the Deskstar 7K3000. This design can store up to three TB of data, has a halogen-free design and is very eco-friendly. It has 7200 RPM performance in a 3.5 inch form factor and it is the first Hitachi hard drive with a 6Gb/s SATA interface. They have made great strides with external drives as well; the LifeStudio Desk Plus is an inventive product. It is a USB 2.0 drive available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB storage capacity. It has an auto-sync USB key and automatically finds and organizes your files and data.
Western Digital: Founded in 1970, Western Digital has a long history as a maker of semiconductors and integrated circuits. They made the jump into the hard drive market in the early 1980s and today are one of the largest hard disk drive manufacturers in the world. Among their many innovations was the 1990 introduction of the Caviar Drive. They have also launched a line of products using green technology and they make the fastest SATA drive in the world. Western Digital’s Caviar Blue drive is an award-winning product with a SATA and PATA interface and it is available in 80GB to 1TB capacity. Their My Book Essential external hard drive has WD SmartWare backup software, universal compatibility with the option of upgrading to a USB 3.0 connection and has password and encryption options.
WiebeTech: A relative newcomer to the hard drive market, WiebeTech was founded in 2000 by James Wiebe, a 25 year veteran of the computer industry. Their goal is to put more and more storage into smaller and smaller packages. In 2008, the company was acquired by CRU-DataPort which continues to operate it as a unique brand. One of their more popular products is the ToughTech FS Mini; slightly larger than a deck of playing cards, this drive features passive cooling, accepts SATA drives and stores up to 750GB. WiebeTech’s SilverSTATA series is another well-regarded product line. They accept the largest and most high-capacity 3.5” SATA drives and it is fully interchangeable for transferring data.
CRU-DataPort: Since 1986 this company has been at the forefront of the data security and data devices field. Its products are available throughout the world and are used in many technological fields. Their DataPort 10 is one of the latest designs in removable drives. It has vibration resistant features, features applications in; hard data swapping, physical data protection, disk-to-disk backup, media archiving, PC sharing and drive cooling/protection. It also combines 30,000+ insertion-rated connectors with a five year warranty plan. Another popular product is the Data Express DX115; which has dependable steel construction; supports 3.5” serial attached SCSI or serial ATA and has applications in security, backup, testing, audio/video editing and drive swapping/testing.
Dell: This well-known company has been setting trends in the computer industry for years. Founded in 1984, they were a pioneer in the “made to order” approach to manufacturing. They are one of the largest technological companies in the world and are number 41 on the Fortune 500 list. One their most highly rated products are the DELL 500 GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA Internal Hard Drive. A spindle speed of 7200 rpm and a 16MB cache ensure fast data access while a SoftSonic motor ensures a quiet operation and perpendicular recording enhances data density and Clean Sweep calibrates your drive every time you start up. Dell also puts out the DELL 160 GB Serial ATA Hard Drive. It is marketed toward laptops, workstations and small form factor PCs. It provides data transfer rates up to 300Mbps and includes the 3D defense system.
Buffalo Technology: A subsidiary of Melco Holdings Inc. Since 1975 this company has been about building strong international alliances with corporations like Intel and Microsoft. They are committed to environmental standards in all of their technology. Buffalo’s DriveStation USB 3.0 HD-HXU3 is their next generation in high speed external storage. It offers maximum interface speed of up to 5 Gbps and it will work with all future 3.0 models. It has an eco-manager which monitors power consumption and backup software. In portable storage they offer such products like the MiniStation Plus HD-PNTU3. The MiniStation has a compact and lightweight shock-proof chassis with hardware disk encryption. It also is Time Machine compatible and USB powered.
Iomega: Since the late 1980s this company has sold over 410 million digital storage drives and disks. They were acquired by the EMC Corporation in 2008. They produce many different types of desktop hard drives like the Iomega Professional External Hard Drive. It has one the fastest speeds available with its eSTATA interface. This drive has secure MozyHome and Iomega Never Down software and one free year’s subscription to Trend Micro Internet Security. In the portable drive sector Iomega has such products as the Iomega Prestige Super-Speed USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive. It is 2.0 USB compatible with 256-bit hardware encryption and Protection Suite software. It is durable with Drop Shock technology incorporated into its design and it has a three year limited warranty.
Lexar: This California-based manufacturer has been in business since 1996 and they were acquired by Micron Technology in 2006 and in 2007 Lexar began marketing Kodak brand flash memory products. They are one of the largest DRAM and NAND manufacturers in the world. An example of their backup drive technology is the Echo ZX Backup Drive. It has interface speeds of up to 28MB/s read, 15MB/s write and it securely encrypts files. It is compatible with both PCs and Macs and has a two year limited warranty. Another great product is the JumpDrive V10 USB Flash Drive. This product can be purchased with 4GB, 8GB or 16GB storage capacities. This hi-speed USB drive is also available in several different colors and is compatible with over 800 digital devices.
Apricorn, Inc: Established in 1983, this company produces computer storage products and has branches in the United States and Canada. They have a line of hardware encrypted drives, an example being the Apricorn Padlock – USB 2.0; this product has an encrypted drive with PIN access, up to 10 PIN keys can be added and it comes with real-time 128-bite or 256-bit military grade AES hardware encryption. It also comes with Brute Force Self Destruct, a software free design and a integrated USB cable. It is also protected by VTC technology. They also produce external drive products like the Aegis Max 1TB. It is a 2.5” ultra-high capacity portable hard drive. There is no need for an AC adapter because it is Bus powered and it has a 16-point Omni-directional shock mounting system.
OCZ Technology: This company produces a range of hard drive products. They were founded in 2000 and in 2007 it acquired the company, PC Power and Cooling. In January of this year OCZ announced that they would cease their RAM production. They have offices in the United States, Brazil, the Netherlands and Taiwan. OCZ produces such drives as the OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 PCI-EXPRESS SSD. It has been designed with power users and multimedia designers in mind. It has command queuing and queue balancing algorithms and delivers 1.5 GB/s of bandwidth. There is also the OCZ Agility 3 SATA II 2.5” SSD. These machines are built for a balance of performance and value and it has a cutting-edge SATA 6Gbhps interface. It has no moving parts and never requires defragmentation.
Plextor: Founded in 1985 as a division of the Shinano Kenshi corporation, they produce many different drive and flash memory products. Such as the SSD SATA 6Gb/s; it is one of the first drives to support the SATA 6Gb/s interface. It uses the Marvel 88SS9174 controller chip which helps boost read and write performance. It also has a 128MB cache buffer which stabilizes the SSD and results in a quicker transfer rate. There is also the PX-NAS2-2T1; which is a NAS device designed to offer more storage than ever before. It has auto backup software and has encryption algorithms and can come with up to two 1TB hard disks. It also comes with utility software with minimum transfiguration duty.
Intel: This world giant was founded in 1968 and became a household name with its “Intel Inside” ad campaigns in the 1990s. Intel was an early developer of SRAM and DRAM memory chips and in 2010 was ranked 48th in the Millward Brown listing of 100 most powerful brands. The Intel Solid-State Drive 710 Series is a high-endurance SSD designed for data center performance. This series brings out single-cell endurance in a multi-level cell package. They also combine NAND management techniques with NAND silicon enhancements. There is also the award-winning X25-E Extreme SATA Solid State Drive; it comes in 32GB and 64GB capacity and has a life expectancy of two million hours mean time before failure. Its native commands queuing is powerful enough to enable up to 32 concurrent operations.
Rebit: This company is a recent entry into the hard drive field, founded in 2005. They produce SaveMe, a backup and recovery solution and Rebit 5 which preserves automatic backups and system recoveries. They also offer both portable and desktop hard drives. Their portable version has 500GB capacity and their desktops come in both 1 TB and 2 TB varieties. They use a NTFS-formatted, non-RAID system disk drive and have available 1.1, 2.0 or 3.0 USB port. They also offer 90 days of free phone support and a one year limited warranty.
LaCie: This producer of computer hardware is based in France and Oregon that specializes in external hard drives, RAID arrays, optical drives, flash drives and computer monitors. Founded in 1987, they often gear their products toward graphics professionals with an emphasis on color matching. Their hard drives use a number of interfaces like Ethernet, FireWire and eSTATA. One of their desktop models is the LaCie Hard Disk MAX Quadra; this product has a quadruple interface for universal connectivity. A front USB hub feature and a full software bundle for easy formatting and backup. It has a capacity of 2TB and two year limited warranty. The LaCie Rugged Safe is a portable drive that comes in either 500GB or 1TB capacity. It has 128-bite AES software for data encryption and Bus powered and fully compatible with Macs or PCs. It is fully plug and play and comes with a three year limited warranty.
Promise Technology: While it was founded in San Jose, California in 1988, Promise Technology, Inc is a Taiwanese company based in Hsinchun. They are long-time producers of hard disk controllers and they recently introduced a NAS enclosure. Promise also produces RAID host adapter cards. Their SmarStor DAS has four high-speed interfaces; eSTATA, FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and high-speed USB. It is ideal for storage expansion on a PC or Mac and has excellent media streaming performance. The SmartStor ZERO is a true zero configuration NAS and digital media server. It is available with a 1TB or 2TB hard drive; Windows and Mac OS X are fully supported. It has WebPasm II AJAX base for advanced setup. It also has iTunes and Facebook media applications and Gigabit Ethernet.
Verbatim: This North Carolina based company is a subsidiary of the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation of Japan. Verbatim was formed in 1969 and was acquired by Mitsubishi in 1990; it produces such products as USB flash drives, DVD-RAM, SD cards, Compactflash Cards and HD-DVD-Rs. They also produce several lines of hard drives; like the USB 2.0/FW 400/FW 800/eSTATA II Desktop Hard Drive. Along with its combination drive, this product has a 500GB capacity and has data transfer rates of up to 3000Mb/s. It also includes Nero BackItUp Essentials software and is backed by a seven year limited warranty. There is also the Acclaim portable hard drive. It is compact and compatible with all USB connections and has a 320GB storage capacity. It is backed by a seven year limited warranty and 5GB of Norton Online Backup and an eMusic offer of 35 MP3s.
Corsair: This computer peripherals and data storage company is headquartered in Fremont, California and has distribution centers in the United States, Europe and Asia. They also maintain a production facility in Taiwan. Corsair designs and sells speakers, ATX power supplies, high-speed DRAM modules, SSDs, USB flash drives, computer cases and many more products. Their hard drive lines include the Force Series GT 180GB SATA 3 6Gb/s Solid-State Hard Drive. This drive is built for speed; it has up to 85,000 IOPS and read speeds of up to 555MB/s. It is compatible with both STATA 2 and 3 and features support for the Windows 7 TRIM Command. It has no moving parts and S.M.A.R.T. support. Corsair’s Nova Series 2 60GB Solid-State Drive works well as a secondary unit in tandem with a boot drive. It features TRIM support and has an onboard cache of 128MB. It is fully compatible with PCs and Mac OS X.
Clickfree: A subsidiary of the Storage Appliance Corporation, this company was formed in early 2005 and is based in Canada. They specialize in backup systems such as the C2 Portable Backup. It automatically backs up any PC or Mac with no extra software needed. It includes Facebook integration, iPhone music sharing and built-in DVD archiving tool. It comes in storage capacities of 500GB to 2TB. It also has 256-bit encryption and EASY Organizer/Restorer/Archiver. There is also the C2N Automatic Home Backup; this backup drive includes the new BackupLink. It can connect to both Mac and a PC system at the same time and is available in store capacities from 250GB to 2TB. It is password protected and comes with EASY Run/Music/Viewer and allows you to create custom backup schedules.
Hewlett-Packard: This American company operates in nearly every country in the world. HP’s net revenue in 2010 was $126.3 billion and it is number two in the world for IT services. It has roots going back to 1939 and is a leader in the fields of personal computing, printers, data storage, networking hardware, designing software and delivering services. They produce such hard drives as the HP Portable USB 3.0 500GB External Hard Drive; the maximum data transfer rate is 640 MBps. It is supported on the PC platform and uses the USB 3.0 host interface. HP also makes the HP 320GB Pocket Media External Hard Drive; which is meant for photos, videos and music. It is compatible with any USB-enabled PC or Notebook and is backward-compatible with PCs that use USB 1.1. The drive has integrated software and a one year hardware warranty.
IBM: Founded in 1911, this international, US-based conglomerate is the 18th largest firm in the United States and the 31th largest in the world. Famous IBM inventions include the ATM machine, the floppy disk, DRAM, the magnetic stripe card, the relational database and the hard drive itself. IBM has over 425,000 employees in over 200 countries. The company produces such hard drives as the Ultrastar 73.4 GB Internal Hard Drive. This product has 320MBps and 10,000 RPM; as well as large 8 MB multi-segmented buffers. It also combines 4.51GB and 9.10GB capacities with a Wide Ultra SCSI interface. It also has 7.5 ms average read seek time and a one year warranty. There are also the 160 GB, 500GB STATA and 500 GB SAS Hard Drives. These drives have SAS compliance, S.M.A.R.T. technology and rigorous testing has been done on them through ServerProven program. They are compatible with all major operating systems and come with one year warranties.
Crucial Technology: Another consumer brand of Micron Technology, this company produces SDDs, memory and hardware accessories. Their solid state drives include the 64GB Crucial m4 2.5” SATA 6GB/s; which has groundbreaking SATA SDD performance, it reads speeds up to 415MB/s and second generation command queuing with backwards compatible with 3Gb/s. Crucial also produces the 512GB m4 2.5” with Data Transfer Kit. This product has the most advanced NAND process technology in the semiconductor industry. SSDs have many advantages; no moving parts, less heat generation and reduced power consumption. This product comes with a limited three year warranty.
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