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Western Digital’s new 12TB hard drive offers lots of storage and class-leading reliability

Western Digital is upping the internal storage ante with a new WD Gold drive that measures in at a whopping 12TB. The new WD Gold 12TB is a twelve-terabyte 7200RPM 3.5″ SATA 6Gb/s hard drive with the company’s 4th-gen HelioSeal, a technology that seals the drive with Helium to improve efficiency and reliability.

Western Digital is marketing the drive at IT managers, enterprises, and similar, but it is suitable for anyone who have a large amount of data to store… hint hint.

This 12TB model is the latest expansion in Western Digital’s WD Gold drive lineup, which also offers 8TB and 10TB capacities with 256MB cache, and even lesser capacities (down to 1TB) with 128MB cache. The drive stands out among other 3.5″ HDDs, according to Western Digital, because of its 550TB/year workload rating. Other features include enhanced RAFF tech to protect against vibrations, time-limited error recovery, real time fly height adjustment, and compatibility with all major desktop operating systems.

In other words: lots of storage meets class-leading reliability.

The WD Gold 12TB hard drive is available now from Western Digital for $522 USD.

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The Sandisk iXpand Base is an iPhone dock that backs up your phone while it charges

Unlike many Android phones, Apple’s iPhones don’t come with microSD slots or other expandable storage. iPhone users who do not trust the cloud can therefore have a hard time backing up photos, videos, contacts and other types of content from the their devices.

To make local backup easier on iPhone users, Western Digital has introduced a creative solution: The SanDisk iXpand Base. This iPhone dock enables users to automatically back up their files while their phone charges. The device combines a 15W charger with a built-in harddrive and offers up to 250GB capacity.

Simply plug the iPhone in and leave it on the rubberized surface while charging. Data is backed up automatically and can be restored via a dedicated app. This works with previously set up iPhones, but also brand new devices, making it a useful option for data transfer when you’re upgrading to a new iPhone model.

Prices start at $50 and go as high as $200 depending on capacity.

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SanDisk unveils world’s largest microSDXC card with 400GB capacity

As long as your device features a microSD-slot, there are now no excuses for running out of storage. Today, Western Digital introduced what is currently the largest capacity microSD memory card in the world: the SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card with a whopping 400GB of storage space.

Western Digital has managed to double the capacity of its current high-end models by leveraging its proprietary memory technology, design and production processes, allowing the die to store even more data in an unchanged form factor.

The company says users will be able to transfer files with 100 MB/s speed—which equals approximately 1,200 photos per minute—or fill the card with up to 40 hours of video in Full-HD resolution. The SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I comes with a 10-year warranty and is available now in Europe for 250 Euros (approximately $295). No information on US-pricing has been released yet.

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