Seagate and Paramount Team to Offer Pre-Loaded Movies on Portable HHDs

For the first time, shoppers for additional disk-based storage will have a choice of buying portable drives already loaded with feature-length, DVD-quality movies. Seagate, the world’s largest hard disk drive maker, and Viacom’s Paramount Pictures announced April 12 that they have come together to offer a total of 21 movies preloaded on 500GB Seagate FreeAgent Go portable hard drives. The movies all will be made available through the use of a key. One movie, “Star Trek” (2009) comes unlocked on the drive and is free with the purchase. The other 20 movies, which range from popular comedies to dramas to movies for children, will be made available for a cost comparable to buying a DVD off the shelf — or $9.99 to $14.99 per film. For example, other titles on the drive will include “The Hunt for Red October,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and “GI Joe.” This arrangement, … Continue reading

Samsung launches 2TB EcoGreen hard drive

There’s now a good selection of 2TB hard drives on the market – with the likes of Seagate, Western Digital and Hitachi already offering various models – but there’s always room for more. Joining the party today is Samsung with its first 2TB EcoGreen hard drive, the F3EG Arriving on the scene as the successor to the 1.5TB F2EG, Samsung’s latest features four 500GB platters, providing enough storage capacity for around 500,000 songs in the MP3 format. As for the energy-efficient angle, Samsung’s drive gets the EcoGreen tag thanks to its use of “EcoTriangle Technology” – meaning the use of eco-friendly components, and low-power, low-noise operation technologies such as SilentSeek and NoiseGuard. The company’s press release doesn’t mention a rotational speed, but similar products from Seagate (Barracuda LP) and Western Digital (Caviar Green) reduce spindle speeds from 7200RPM to 5900RPM and 5400RPM to conserve energy. This jibes with Samsung’s claim … Continue reading