Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Need Your HDD Sanitized?

Erasing Your Hard Drive

For those of you who really need your hard disk drives cleansed such that not even laboratory attack would put your erased confidential information at risk, we’re sorry to inform you that viable solutions could be rare, if not, non-existent.

However, if you find it a slim chance that your drive should fall prey to a techie who plays with PSA, HPA, and DCO (see bottom*) all day, a Department of Defense (DoD)-compliant overwrite might still do the trick for you.  Just bear in mind that the DoD is no longer responsible for issuing policy or direct guidance on data destruction.


*Inside a Hard Disk Drive...
PSA—Protected Service Areas
HPA—Host Protected Area
DCO—Device Configuration Overlay

Monday, February 27, 2012

U-Reach's 1:1 HDD Duplicator IQ112

Need to Duplicate Your Hard Drive?

Following in the footsteps of the award-winning PRO118 (covered in our Dec 2011 newsletter and in our January blog post), the IQ112 is another winner in U-Reach’s portable HDD duplicator family.   Here’s an excerpt from a five-star review by a satisfied Amazon customer—“Great product, super fast copying, skips bad sectors, great for data recovery, love it. Highly recommended... Copying an unrecoverable drive now, it is digging through the bad sectors, very simple operation.”  Though we’ve never doubted the quality of this duplicator, an acknowledgment from a user who has actually benefited from using it is the most gratifying experience!

Retailed at $129, the IQ122 copies from your source to target HDD with a press of either the "Quick-Copy" or the "Whole" button — the former skips non-occupied storage when the source hard drive is formatted as FAT/NTFS or Ext2/Ext3 file system, while the latter copies the whole drive.  Furthermore, data can be transferred up to 90 MB/sec (a bit more than 3 hours to copy a whole 1TB depending on your HDD speed) via SATA cables shipped with the duplicator.  For IDE drives, you will need an IDE-SATA adapter to use this duplicator.

Overall, the IQ122 is a reliable handy tool for home and office whenever a HDD duplication job needs to be taken care of.


If you would like to see how to transfer data from one hard drive to another watch the YouTube video below.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Your Phone is now your Wallet

Pay with Your Phone at Checkout

Moneto has partnered with MasterCard to make Near Field Communication (NFC) available to consumers, for the first time, without needing to change cellular devices. Now consumers can pay for items by simply using NFC on their phone at checkout. Moneto has developed a NFC microSD card that is compatible with all android and iOS phone.  To turn a phone into a credit card, users need to purchase the microSD card to insert into their device and sign up for an account.

For security purposes, Mometo provides in2pay technology encryptions, and as always, Master Card offers a zero liability on their cards. 

The NFC 1GB microSD card has just been made available this February for $30.  Currently Moneto has a $79.95 package available on their website, moneto.me, that includes the microSD card, icaisse case, moneto app, and a prepaid Master Card already loaded with $10.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

The First Generation of XQD Cards Have Hit the Market

There is a New Flash Card on the Market

Sony announced in January that it would be the sole supplier for the XQD memory card, which, according to the CompactFlash Association, is lined up to replace the established compact flash.  The XQD memory card is now available for purchase this February.

The new XQD memory card supports transfer rates up to 1Gbps/125Mbps read and write speed.  For now, the XQD will be used mostly by photographers, allowing them to shoot up to 100 frames of RAW format in continuous shooting mode.

Nikon 4D is the only camera on the market that supports the XQD card.  Currently the Nikon 4D retails for $6,000 while the 32GB XQD memory card retails for $229.99.  In addition, the card reader, which you will need in order to upload your photos to your PC, will set you back another $45.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

First 1000X CF Card on the Market

New Super Fast 1000X CF Card

This February, Lexar has made available on the market, its new Professional 1000X compact flash (CF) card.  Photographers and videographers alike will recognize the superior performance of this new card, with capture speeds of up to 20MB per second.   Lexar’s new CF Card also offers read speed of 150MB  and a write speed of 145MB per second.   This means that data files can be quickly transferred to the computer and videographers can spend less time transferring files and more time behind the camera.  Videographer Alex Buono, acclaimed for his video production on Saturday Night Live, said, “Lexar has always understood the technologies to make the job faster and more efficient.  The Professional 1000X CF card will help ensure that a memory card is never the bottleneck in the creative process.

Along with its incredible read and write speed, the Professional 1000X CF also includes image rescue software to recover pictures from deleted or corrupted files.  The Professional 1000X CF card is now available in 16GB ($142), 32GB ($263), 64GB ($440) and 128GB ($742).
If you do not want to pay the hefty price tag, Ridata offers a fast, 600X, 16GB CF card for $56.  The CF Lightning MLC offers a write speed of 65MB/s.   Moreover, U-Reach’s new Intelligent 9, fastest ever, CF duplicator supports copy speeds of up to 66MB/s.


How to Duplicate Your CF Cards

We Have the Winners


TeraMotions hosted a contest, this February, to win a Sony 8GB USB.  To enter, contestants had to go to our Facebook page, answer a quiz question, and enter their email address so that we could contact the winner.  We got an overwhelming amount of entries and on Tuesday, February 21st we chose three winners, at random, using random.org.  

Congratulations to the three winners

David Gillette
Jessica Pinkstaff
Elizabeth Lonsberry

Since TeraMotions received such a positive response from this contest, TeraMotions plans to do more contests and giveaways in the future.  Thank you to all of you who participated and stay tuned for more great contests.

Monday, February 6, 2012

February Contest WIN Sony USB (CLOSED)

8GB Sony USB
This month TeraMotions will be giving away three, 8GB Sony USB to three lucky winners.
To enter, click on the link below to go to our facebook page, answer the quiz, and enter.
Click HERE to go to our FACEBOOK page.

The contest will end February 20th at Midnight Pacific Time.  After we have contacted all the winners, they will be announced on our facebook page.


  • Must be 18 to enter or have parents permission
  • Contest open to US and Canada
  • There will be 3 winners chosen at random
  • Contest Duration is February 6, 2012 to February 20, 2012
  • Winners will be announced February 22th

Friday, February 3, 2012

Blu-Ray Sales Reached 115 Million Last Year

Blu-Ray Sales
Sales of Blu-ray Disc movies in the last four months of 2011 skyrocketed, eclipsing what had been a sluggish year for the high-deļ¬nition packaged media format, an analyst said.  According to HomeMediaMagazine.com, Blu-ray Disc sales in the United States reached 115 million units in 2011, compared with 85 million units in 2010.  Consumers pay up to 50% more in price compared with DVD on the top 10 releases in the United States.  As more and more Blu-ray Discs players moving into households after this holiday sales, that premium might not be that much of a resistance to Blu-ray Disc adoption; it will be interesting to see how soon Blu-ray Discs will move past DVD discs.  And for those of us who build disc duplicators, we will certainly be watching these market development.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Technical Support: uDisc

The uDisc Didn't Work?
Speaking of uDisc, we once got a call from a retail store that claimed uDisc could not successfully copy videos to DVD discs.  After watching a demo in the field, we quickly identified the culprit and thus kept uDisc’s reputation intact.  What the store showed us was a jittered video playback off the DVD drive from a laptop running Windows 7.  It was all too easy to reach the conclusion that it was a flawed backup of the video by uDisc.  We took a look at the video file in File Explorer, copied it from the DVD disc to the hard drive, then played again—thank goodness, it was as smooth as it had been watched on the camera from the SD card!   Afterwards, we spent some time explaining the optical drive on that laptop was not fast enough to deliver HD videos for playback, and it would help to upgrade the laptop for demonstration purposes.


uDisc Part 2: Copy Photos from your Camera straight to a Disc