Ever since it was launched in 2015, Google Photos has offered unlimited free storage for your photos. Well, not for long. From June 2021, you will no longer be able to store countless high-quality images on your account. There will be a 15 GB limit, and you’ll have to pay for Google One if you want to store more than that.
This is interesting for your iOS folks. There’s a new Kickstarter in town for something called the HyperCube. It’s an interesting little device that sits in between your phone’s charger cable and the USB socket and provides a microSD slot as well as a USB slot for plugging in a hard drive, SSD or flash drive.
When it hits retail (which won’t be for a while), it’s going to be $49, although it’s as low as $29 right now through the Kickstarter campaign.
The massive SanDisk 1TB microSD cards announced in February are now available to buy. Priced at $449, the 160MB/sec SanDisk A2 card is listed on the SanDisk Website, B&H and Amazon. The latter two aren’t showing it as being in stock yet, although you can pre-order. The 512GB card comes in at $199.99.
As phones increase in capability, so do their storage requirements. And as one of the world’s largest producers of smartphones and smartphone technology, Samsung has been working on bumping that up. Now they’ve announced that production has begun on the industry’s first 1 terabyte embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) 2.1 chip.
With microSD cards now hitting the 512GB mark, it’s no surprise that internal mobile storage needed to catch up quickly. Now it not only beats the capacity of the largest microSD cards, but Samsung says that it’s also capable of transfer speeds up to 1000MB/sec, significantly faster than any microSD card available today as well as many SSDs.
The single biggest performance boost that most computers can receive is switching out those slow mechanical hard drives for fast solid state drives. But SSDs are still relatively expensive, for the most part. So when we do upgrade the drives in our computers, it’s often just the one with the operating system and software.
With larger capacity and faster SSDs now starting to become more common, though, lower spec SSD prices are dropping. And there appears to be a super budget line of Adata SSDs on Amazon that’s getting some pretty favourable reviews.
When you’ve been into photography for a long time, and especially if you have the so-called “gear acquisition syndrome,” keeping your gear organized can pose quite a challenge. In this 90-second video, Ted Forbes will give you six DIY ideas for storing your precious gear. They all include household items, and some of them you may already have at home.
SSDs have been creeping up in capacity and creeping down in price over the last few years. It, perhaps, isn’t happening at the same pace we saw with mechanical hard drives, but it is happening.
SSDs are the storage medium of choice when you need fast access to files – like when booting up your operating system or loading software. But they’re prohibitively expensive for most. Samsung plans to change that with new 4TB SSDs designed not cloud storage or enterprise level application, but for consumer end users.
When Longsys acquired Lexar from Micron last September, it threw the storage card world into disarray. What was happening to all of Lexar’s products? Were we still going to get support? And what about XQD? Well, it seems when it comes to the last one, Lexar might not have been telling us the whole truth since it went under new management.
B&H switched the status of Lexar XQD cards over to “discontinued” in October. Lexar publicly announced via Twitter back then that they will continue to produce XQD cards and fulfill the B&H inventory “in a few weeks”. Well, it’s now 6 months later, they’re still listed as discontinued. Now, according to Nikon Rumors, Lexar is telling us to wait until the summer. But they may not be back even that soon.
The storage space race never seems to end. With ever-increasing storage demands on both consumers and storage facilities, it’s not surprising. We’re creating more digital content than ever before. Whether it’s text, photos or videos. Now, Nimbus Data have beaten out Seagate’s 60TB proof-of-concept SSD and completely annihilated Samsung’s recent 30TB SSD announcement.
Aimed more at data centres than home users, Nimbus Data has announced the ExaDrive, which holds a ridiculous 100TB of data. Unlike the 2.5″ Samsung, the ExaDrive comes in a 3.5″ SATA form factor to make it fit better with server and rack size standards. The company says that the ExaDrive DC100 is “optimized for capacity and efficiency”.
A couple of sites are calling this the “World’s largest SSD“, because that’s what Samsung are claiming. But, it is a little inaccurate (sort of), seeing as Seagate showed off their 60TB 3.5″ SSD in late summer 2016. But, this is the largest SSD with a 2.5″ form factor. Coming in at 30.72TB total capacity that’s a whole lot of space and a whole lot of speed. And while Seagate’s 60TB drive may be bigger, it seems it was more of a proof of concept that never actually went on sale. This one, Samsung say, absolutely will.