Hitting the big time

Subject: Storage | June 22, 2009 - 06:08 PM |
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Picking up a terabyte sized drive is nothing special today, they are rather inexpensive and come in various flavours of energy savings and performance.  Hardware Secrets has rounded up a dozen different 1TB HDDs (sorry none are SSDs), ranging from the speed at any cost to those who see power savings as their main focus.  Drop by and see which one(s) catch your interest.

Serial SSD killer

Subject: Storage | June 18, 2009 - 02:28 PM |
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Allyn has a natural talent when it comes to exposing the weaknesses of the new solid state drives and exposing them to the world.  He has also had great success working with the companies that produce them to bring the drives back from the dead, like he did with Intel.  His current targets are the OCZ Vertex and Super Talent UltraDrive ME, both using the Indilinx
controller.  Check out what happened when he ran them through the gauntlet at the top of the page.

Squashing Some Western Digital SSD Rumors

Subject: Storage | June 17, 2009 - 06:03 PM |
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There have been various rumors flying about Western Digital bringing a SSD to market.  I wanted to take a quick moment to clear the air on this before those rumors get out of hand.


Leaving some room for improvement

Subject: Storage | June 15, 2009 - 12:54 PM |
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The review of the G.Skill Falcon at Hardware Canucks comes with an interesting fact that may help some SSD's reputations.  It seems very possible that any built using the Indilinx Big Foot Controller will come with jumpers, which means hardware flashing will be possible.  Considering that the Falcon supports the TRIM command right out of the box, this shows a plan for steady improvements to the co

Bigger than you think

Subject: Storage | June 10, 2009 - 06:19 PM |
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If you have never heard the term overburning before, at least in terms of how it applies to CDs and DVDs you are probably safer staying far away from it.  On the other hand, if you have managed to physically damage an optical drive by overburning, this overview from OCMODSHOP will seem like familiar territory.  Overburning takes advantage of the roughly 10% of the disk that remains unused in a normal burn.  The reason that there is unused space is to prevent damage to burners as well as to help with compatibility. 

Source: OCMODSHOP

Computex 2009: Super Talent PCIe SSD and more

Subject: Storage | June 8, 2009 - 12:34 AM |
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Our stop by the Super Talent booth resulted in some interesting new products including a 128GB USB drive:

With some help from double stacked memory modules ST was able cram an IMPRESSIVE amount of storage in a small form factor.

More details on the JMicron 612 SSD controller

Subject: Storage | June 4, 2009 - 01:23 PM |
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Those of you who watched us record our podcast over at TWIT.tv last night got an early peek at this:


Noteworthy items:

It's a RAID race

Subject: Storage | June 4, 2009 - 01:18 PM |
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X-bit Labs has had RAIDs on the brain as well as a lot of 500GB drives lying around, so testing these drives in RAID just makes sense.  With 4 Seagate models, single Hitachi and Samsung models a pair of Western Digital drives and an Areca ARC1220 to handle the RAID arrays.  They chose to test RAID 0, 5 and 10 and since the only part changing is the drive it is easy to see what effect the different drives have on system performance.  Check out the full review.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Computex 2009: NVIDIA ION-based netbook and nettop from OCZ shown

Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 11:34 AM |
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Though the OCZ Neutrino has already been getting a lot of positive feedback recently, OCZ decided to upgrade the platform by removing the Intel integrated graphics and replacing it with the NVIDIA ION chipset and graphics solution.


Computex 2009: OCZ Introduces Colossus 3.5-in SSD in 500GB and 1TB capacities

Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 11:16 AM |
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The news is coming swiftly already at Computex with a stop by the OCZ booth a bit before the show starts.  We found a lot of goodies hidden inside, not the least of which is a brand-spanking-new solid state drive called the "Colossus" for some obvious reasons. 

First, it's size: the drive fits into the standard 3.5-in hard drive form factor we have been used to for years.  Secondly, it's capacity: the drive will be available in 500GB and 1TB capacities in about 8 weeks.

More on JMicron's new SSD controller

Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 01:36 AM |
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If you listen to our Wednesday fun on Leo Laporte's TWIT network or to our weekly podcast, you might have caught some initial tidbits about a new SSD controller in the works over at JMicron.  I did a bit more digging to bring you a scoop worthy of sufficient detail.


What do you mean my drive has gone senile!

Subject: Storage | May 28, 2009 - 02:55 PM |
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If you haven't heard or seen this weeks podcast yet, we offer a bit of background to take into our discussion of the state of SATA drives.  The Tech Report fired up some heavily used SSDs from Corsair, OCZ and Intel to see just how the performance has degraded, if at all.  It is also a study of the controllers, from Indilinx, Samsung and Intel as the controller is one of the major influences on the change of speed of an SSD over time.  Head on over to get a firm gr

See hot storage action

Subject: Storage | May 22, 2009 - 12:02 PM |
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If TWiCH and the video version of the PC Perspective Podcast on TWiT haven't scared you off, Ryan has a video enhanced version of the Thecus N200B NAS device.  This little box can hold up to five 500GB drives, cooled by a loud 100mm fan that was Ryan's least favourite part.  The remainder of the construction of the NAS was top notch and the software and setup reasonably simple and represents the t

OCZ Technology Introduces Summit Series SSDs

Subject: Storage | May 19, 2009 - 04:58 PM |
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San Jose, Calif. - May 19, 2009 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today released the highly anticipated Summit Series 2.5" Solid State Drives, tailored to meet the stringent demands of business professionals, enthusiasts, and entry-level enterprise applications.

SSDs can come in six packs

Subject: Storage | May 19, 2009 - 02:01 PM |
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It's a huge SSD roundup at The Tech Report, all sizes and prices are welcome in this mega review.  See how the

Handy little storage device

Subject: Storage | May 13, 2009 - 02:32 PM |
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Don't let the name discourage you from looking at Cyber Snipa's Dog Tags.  It is in fact a USB drive of up to 4GB, that has been designed to be fairly resistant to abuse.  In addition to the drive is an LED light, star and flathead screwdrivers a bottle opener, pliers and a nail file. 
If having a multi-use USB drive of limited size appeals to you, dr

Corsair Announces New 256GB High-Performance Solid-State Drive

Subject: Storage | May 11, 2009 - 04:06 PM |
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Fremont, CA, May 11th, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the launch of the Corsair Storage Solutions P256 high-performance 256GB solid-state drive (SSD).

The Corsair Storage Solutions P256 has been designed using cutting-edge technology to deliver the highest performance and compatibility, in a capacity that is big enough to replace conventional storage solutions in a high-performance PC.

Pair up and get ready to rumble

Subject: Storage | May 7, 2009 - 01:40 PM |
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TweakTown has a matched pair of SSDs to test out, so they decided to play with their

Source: TweakTown

More than just networked storage

Subject: Storage | May 1, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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Network Attached Storage devices (NAS) are really starting to catch on in a big way.  As the name implies they offer storage that is easily communicated with over a network, much like Storage Attached Networks (SAN) that are common in enterprise level networks.  A NAS is much easier to use and set up, being a stand alone box with wizard driven menus for setup.  The Synology DS109j is a single bay, making it smaller and more economical co

Run for your lives, Mega-NAS is coming!!!

Subject: Storage | April 27, 2009 - 05:45 PM |
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How much trouble could assembling two quad-core Xeon processors, sixteen gigabytes of RAM, a Velociraptor 300GB system drive, an Adaptec's SAS/SATA RAID controller and twenty 1.5TB Seagate hard drives be?  Join the trials and tribulations of setting up a 20TB NAS at Tweaknews.  By the end you should be able to set up a server with a huge amount of storage and that can transcode and stream content to your PS3.

Source: Tweaknews