Seagate Unveils World's Thinnest 2.5-Inch Hard Drive For Slim Laptop Computers

Subject: Storage | December 15, 2009 - 12:50 PM |
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Seagate originally intended to announce their new 7mm 2.5" laptop hard drives at CES, but opted to jump the gun on the announcement.  The official release is below, but the gist of it is that Seagate are now producing thinner 2.5" laptop drives.  This will enable netbook manufacturers to incorporate a thinner 2.5" drive into their form factors, potentially bringing costs down.  The thought of having a decent capacity spinning disc in a netbook may be appealing, but performance will be considerably lower as compared to an (admittedly smaller) SSD solution.

Western Digital introduces 'Advanced Format'

Subject: Storage | December 11, 2009 - 05:04 AM |
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I was recently briefed by the fine staff over at Western Digital about their new 'Advanced Format' partitioning scheme.  This is a new format method they will be incorporating into their various drive lines.  Advanced Format represents a new way for their drives to handle data internally.  Instead of each individual sector having its own Sync/header and ECC, the new format will move to larger physical sectors, in this case 4k.  This results in an overall net gain in storage efficiency, so much so that Western Digital was able to save on wasted space even after shifting to a

A little more information would be nice, Seagate

Subject: Storage | December 10, 2009 - 02:28 PM |
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Seagate announced their entrance to the SSD market with their new Pulsar drive.  The details are very spotty, we do not know what controller they will be using nor what type of flash memory.  We do know what size drives they use and AnandTech has a good guess as to how many channels the controller will have and that the useful lifetime of the drive should be 5 years.  You can find the details, at least those that are known, here in the full article.

Source: AnandTech

The joy and despair of early adoption, SuperSpeed edition

Subject: Storage | December 7, 2009 - 12:29 PM |
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After 9 years of ruling the removable roost, USB 2.0 is on its way out and 3.0 is arriving to select hardware near you.  The Tech Report tried it out, utilizing the same ASUS U3S6 USB 3.0 add-in card that Ryan did, as well as the same HDD enclosure and Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB drive.  With the similar setup we see similar results, the Barracuda may be one of the fastest platter based drives on the market but it cannot hit the maximum speed that USB 3.0 offers. 

Intel X25-M G2 TRIM firmware is out, really, we mean it this time, honest!

Subject: Storage | December 1, 2009 - 09:07 PM |
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Intel was pushing for a late November release of the final (bugfixed) version of their TRIM frimware for the X25-M G2.  It may be December 1st, but they came through.  The firmware can be downloaded HERE.

Double the pleasure, double the fun

Subject: Storage | December 1, 2009 - 02:04 PM |
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Over a year ago we saw the introduction of the Thermaltake BlacX SATA Hard Drive USB Docking Station, a stylish and incredibly versatile and easy to use external HDD dock.  Now Thermaltake has made the BlacX twice as good with the release of the Thermaltake BlacX Duet.  It can now hold a pair of SATA drives with a maximum capacity of 2TB per slot.  That dual setup also applies to the connections, with two drives requiring either a pair of USB connections or a pair of eSATA connections. 

Need to order some extra large platters?

Subject: Storage | November 25, 2009 - 03:20 PM |
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Seagate's new 2TB Barracuda XT hard drive is not quite as fast as the drive they demoed with AMD a while ago but sustained transfer rates of 138MB/s
at the outer edge of the platter is nothing to sneeze at.  This still doesn't come close to saturating the theoretical bandwidth that SATA 2.0 can offer; but is very respectable for a platter based drive.  The high amount of storage on this drive does make it a bit expensive compared to 1TB mod

Drobo 'Model S' and 'Elite' models hit the streets

Subject: Storage | November 23, 2009 - 12:30 PM |
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Today Data Robotics, Inc. added two products to their already excellent line of storage solutions:


OCZ Plans USB 3.0 based SSD for CES 2010

Subject: Storage | November 19, 2009 - 07:30 PM |
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I am a big proponent of USB 3.0 technology - I had an early test and experience with USB 3.0 hardware last month.  In that article I evaluated the performance of the ASUS P7P55D-E Premium motherboard that used the NEC 720200 USB 3.0 controller paired with a USB 3.0 HDD dock.  The results were pretty impressive:


OCZ Colossus officially released

Subject: Storage | November 19, 2009 - 02:31 AM |
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It's been a bumpy road for the OCZ Colossus.  We caught our first glimpse of it back in June, and posted up some exclusive early testing data and pricing back in July.  We've spent the past few months evaluating firmware performance, and have spent the past week torturing the prospective shipping firmware.  I'm finishing up my long-term performance evaluation and will have a full review up shortly for your viewing pleasure.

Sorry for the inconvenience! (Intel X25-M G2 160GB for $414.99!)

Subject: Storage | November 18, 2009 - 02:46 PM |
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Right now at NewEgg you can pick up an Intel X25-M Mainstream 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal SSD(SSDSA2M160G2XXX) at an incredible price

The OEM
price is $639.99 but there is a $50.00 instant rebate that brings the price down to $589.99.

But wait, there's more!

Intel pushing for X25-M G2 firmware re-release by November's end

Subject: Storage | November 18, 2009 - 02:01 AM |
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I've been tracking the release and subsequent recall of the new TRIM firmware for the Intel X25-M G2 SSD.  A recent update came from the Intel NAND solutions group to reflect an estimated release date set to ha

Harness the power of the RAID in the palm of your hand

Subject: Storage | November 16, 2009 - 05:49 PM |
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At 132 x 88 x 63 mm, or 5.2" x 3.4" x 2.5" for you imperialists the Thecus N0204 is tiny; a paperback book tends to be 110 mm x 178mm or 4.33" x 7.01" or if that doesn't put it into context, then the can of Bud Light at the end
of Legit Reviews article
will probably help.  It houses a pair of 2.5" drives, perfect for those SSDs, and can transfer data via Ethernet or USB 2.0 and even has a USB port to hook a printer up to.  The OXFord 810DSE processor that powers this miniature storage device really can't keep

A crucial move for solid state storage

Subject: Storage | November 11, 2009 - 04:28 PM |
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Crucial is jumping into the SSD market with their 256GB M225 SSD.  It uses the Indilinx Barefoot controller and a 64MB cache chip from Elpida along with a fairly unique dual PCB implementation to house the MLC flash chips.  The testing that Think Computers performed against a similar drive, the OCZ Agility showed both drives

Corsair Announces New Flash Survivor GT Family of USB Flash Drives

Subject: Storage | November 10, 2009 - 02:23 PM |
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FREMONT, Calif., November 10, 2009 — Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced two new Flash Survivor GT USB flash drives. The new drives are available in capacities of 32GB and 64GB, and feature the same ultra-durable metal housing found on all Flash Survivor models, along with the signature red GT highlights.

“The Flash Survivor GT is the ultimate flash drive for users requiring both high speed and extreme ruggedness,” said John Beekley, VP of Technical Marketing at Corsair.

Super Talent Announces World's First USB 3.0 RAIDDrive

Subject: Storage | November 4, 2009 - 11:16 AM |
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San Jose, California - November 4, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 RAIDDrive, which supports transfer speeds up to ten times faster than USB 2.0 drives.

Western Digital rolls out SAS to the Enterprise

Subject: Storage | November 3, 2009 - 08:00 AM |
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Western Digital puts out some great hard drives, as well as the Velociraptor series of 10,000 RPM disks.  What has always held them back from full adoption across the enterprise environments has been lack of support for Serial Attached SCSI (SAS).  Today WD rectifies this with their first enterprise class SAS unit - the S25.  From the specs and physical description it appears to be a reworked 300GB Velociraptor.  We'll get you hard performance figures as soon as the huge demand from the OEM's subsides.

But whatever should we call the illegitimate offspring of eSATA and USB

Subject: Storage | November 2, 2009 - 05:59 PM |
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The Tech Report has put their hands on a piece of storage hardware, the Kanguru's e-Flash eSATA/USB thumb drive.  It looks like a normal flash drive, barring a slightly longer overall length, but it hides two heads.  One is the usual USB 2.0 connection but the head on the other end is new and unique.  It combines the speed of eSATA with USBs ability to deliver power in a hybrid connector.  You won't find too many motherboard headers that already have this plug, but that is not a problem thanks to the PCI backplate with power and SATA cables. 

Highpoint announces SATA 6Gb/sec add-on host controllers

Subject: Storage | November 2, 2009 - 01:57 AM |
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Highpoint recently announced availability of their SATA3 / SATA 6Gb/s host adapters.  While their introductory price seems a bit high as compared to other offerings we've recently reviewed, it is still great to see new tech catching on at full speed.

Their official press release appears after the pic.

Intel and Numonyx announce vertical Phase Change Memory

Subject: Storage | October 28, 2009 - 01:00 PM |
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I just got off of a conference call with Intel where they announced reaching a development milestone in the area of Phase Change Memory.  PCM is exciting tech to me because it has the fast access times of RAM and the non-volatility of Flash memory.