You got serial all over my SCSI

Subject: Storage | September 25, 2008 - 05:18 PM |
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The HighPoint Technologies RocketRAID 2640x4 is a ~$150 PCI-e RAID controller card that will let you operate SAS drives in your PC.  There are a few differences between SATA and SAS storage, some are more arcane like the difference between SAS's Tagged Command Queuing and SATA's Native Command Queuing, other qualities like the 15,000 RPM speed of SAS drives are easier to understand.

Source: Beyond3D

Ryan's favourite storage company

Subject: Storage | September 22, 2008 - 02:37 PM |
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Even before Western Digital managed to recover the data from a dead hard drive, Ryan passed out the Editor's Choice Award for their VelociRaptor 300GB SATA drive.  The form factor is a little odd, a 2.5" HDA with a 15mm height drive in a 3.5" heatsink, perhaps the extra cooling is why the warranty has been extended to 5 years.  One of the highlights of the full article is watching a pair of these VelociRaptors in RAID 0 take on OCZ's SSDs, and win.

Fast and flexible removable storage

Subject: Storage | September 16, 2008 - 05:58 PM |
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The Thermaltake Vi-on will attract a lot of fans thanks to it's ability to transfer via USB and e-SATA, especially when you see the benchmarked speeds.  It can handle any drive up to 1TB, and has an exhaust fan to keep your drive cool.  Overclockers Club has the full rundown on this handy place to keep your backed up data.

Super Talent Launches Dangerously Fast New SATA-II SSDs

Subject: Storage | September 16, 2008 - 02:49 PM |
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San Jose, California - September 16, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today added two new series of SSD products in their MasterDrive family that deliver substantially faster performance than existing SSDs.

These new SSDs are based on a sophisticated new multi-channel SATA-II (3.0 Gbits per sec) controller. The MasterDrive OX uses MLC NAND Flash to transfer data at speeds up to 150 MB/sec (sequential read) and 100 MB/sec (sequential write).

Install once, run anywhere

Subject: Storage | September 10, 2008 - 02:37 PM |
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Slightly smaller than a stack of 3 DVDs, the Seagate FreeAgent Go 120GB Portable Hard Drive will hold a lot more of your data while you are travelling.  It connects via USB, which also supplies it's power, so this drive really won't add much weight or bulk to your laptop bag.  Perhaps Think Computers' favourite feature of this drive i

It might be justified; but they were still bragging

Subject: Storage | September 8, 2008 - 12:10 PM |
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As it turns out, Intel's newly developed SSD speed superiority complex was based on solid facts; they've pulled off a C2D like coup in the storage market with their new X25-M 80GB SSD.  Looking at Ryan's testing, you can see that this drive pulls off a win in almost every test except the sustained write tests, which have always been the Achillies heel of SSD drives.  With the 0.1ms random access time, that problem is forgivable, and as the main storage of a web server it would be in a class all it's own.  Too ba

Intel Introduces Solid-State Drives for Notebook and Desktop Computers

Subject: Storage | September 8, 2008 - 11:39 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 8, 2008 - Intel Corporation announced today it has begun shipping Intel X18-M and X25-M Mainstream SATA Solid-State Drives (SSDs) based on multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash technology for laptop and desktop computers.

Speed and space

Subject: Storage | September 5, 2008 - 04:48 PM |
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As you might expect, the Western Digital VelociRapter 300 GB HDD is focused on speed, though you might not expect it to out pace the 150GB model.  That is exactly what happened in Techware Lab's testing however, with this being pretty much the fastest platter drive you can get your hands on.  Sure, it will set you back at it's current pricing of a dollar per gigabyte, but

Backing up your back up

Subject: Storage | September 2, 2008 - 06:03 PM |
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There is a growing business in providing external hard drives as a back up medium.  Many of the solutions by companies you have never heard of offer a terabyte or more of storage, no features and will run you over $1000 dollars.  On the other side are many of the names that enthusiasts love and trust, offering plenty of features and over a terabyte of storage for well under $1000. 

Source: TweakTown

Size and speed come together with WD's newest Caviar

Subject: Storage | August 28, 2008 - 01:20 PM |
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If you are looking for storage in an extra large size, checking out Western Digital's Caviar Black 1TB makes a lot of sense.  For reliability, it uses NoTouch drive head technology, meaning that the head is lifted from the platter while the drive idles, reducing the chance of a head crash and increasing the longevity.  To others, the most important feature is it's full 7200 RPM speed, a first from WD in terabyte drives.  Not onl

Long term storage

Subject: Storage | August 21, 2008 - 06:52 PM |
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Silicon Power's new 32 GB Solid State Disk comes with a 2 year warranty, but is likely to last 20 years or more before you can expect to see some drives die.  Guru 3D's review was of the SLC version, a faster, more reliable and more expensive type of flash, there is also an MLC version that is cheaper, but you will sacrifice both speed and reliability.  Read on to see how well SSDs have been improving.

Source: Guru of 3D

Intel formally announces plans for solid state drives

Subject: Storage | August 19, 2008 - 02:58 PM |
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We knew Intel was entering into the world of solid state hard drives from our news of it at Computex in June of this year but now we have the official announcement and part number data from IDF 2008.  You can see our live blog from the SSD briefing by click here that details all the notes on the data Intel provided today as well as images from the press event.

Save your data, and the planet

Subject: Storage | August 19, 2008 - 11:49 AM |
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There are two big benefits to the ATP EarthDrive, and one small one.  The small benefit is an increase in speed compared to previous ATP models, though the bump was not big enough for this drive to win any speed awards.  The biggest benefit is the almost indestructibility of this drive.  We have seen other companies offer drives that can be run over with a car and still probably work, but waterproof drives are rare.  As well as bei

It's not always about the size

Subject: Storage | August 14, 2008 - 02:41 PM |
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Hardware Secrets have gathered nine 320GB drives to compare their performance, especially in the effect that 8MB and 16MB cache's have on performance.  All but the VelociRaptor are well under $100; and at four times the price it looks a lot less attractive after the benchmarks have all been tallied.  If you are looking for speed, not capacity; this article serves up all you could desire on one platter.

WD announces VelociRaptor with SATA backplane compatibility

Subject: Storage | August 12, 2008 - 02:33 AM |
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I know at least a couple of you have asked for it, in particular Colleen and TWiTs building their Ultimate Gaming Machine, and now Western Digital officially has SATA backplane compatible VelociRaptors available. 

If you want to see why I love the WD VelociRaptors as much as I do, check out our review of the 300GB speed demon!

Source: 3DCenter

Take even more photos on the run

Subject: Storage | July 30, 2008 - 01:40 PM |
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Sans' Digital MS1U Media Saver is an enclosure, similar to other mobile HDD cases, that knows a few extra tricks.  It has three memory card slots that are compatible with about a dozen different formats, a small LCD to tell you what the device is currently doing and rechargeable batteries so you can use it where there are no plugs.  Take the memory out of your camera, stick in the appropriate slot and the MS1U will copy the pictures onto the hard drive, with a seperate folder for each card, just to make it eaiser. 

Source: Aselabs

Is the head crash going exinct

Subject: Storage | July 28, 2008 - 06:12 PM |
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The OCZ Core SATA 64GB SSD demonstrates what we expected when we first heard of solid state drives.  It's just $259, a drop of almost $1000 in about a year, the performance is almost obnoxiously impressive and the lack of moving parts is still a huge advantage.  The Guru of 3D predicts the pricing of WD Raptor drives will have to start dropping in price to compete with these drives.  In a few years, some techies may not even know what incredible noises a dying platter based H

Source: Guru of 3D

Waterproof sure, but would it survive swallowing?

Subject: Storage | July 25, 2008 - 03:05 PM |
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For all those paranoid travellers out there, Kingston has the perfect USB drive for you.  Their DataTraveler BlackBox 2Gb flash drive costs almost $100, but it does come certified under the US Government's Federal Information Processing Standard as secure, which can be good for anyone carrying sensitive data. 

Old school storage

Subject: Storage | July 23, 2008 - 05:44 PM |
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Before RAID became the main solution for large storage arrays, JBOD ruled the streets.  Just stick in a few drives, doesn't matter what size, and suddenly they are registered as one large disk.  Tagan kept that simplicity, there are no drivers to install, nor is there any fighting between the drives.  Try the Tagan Icy Box IB-3218 a USB connected external JBOD box.  Bjorn3D tried it out and found that while they did love the box it's self, they thought the included PCCLONE EX LITE software needed some im

Source: Bjorn3D

Western Digital Releases 2.5" VelociRaptor 10,000 RPM HDD

Subject: Storage | July 23, 2008 - 09:35 AM |
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Western Digital sent out news this morning about the release of a new member of the VelociRaptor hard drive family.  A desktop ready VelociRaptor hard drive came out in April of this year and quickly took its place as the fastest available hard drive on the market; now Western Digital is releasing a 2.5" version of the VelociRaptor for enterprise applications.

Source: 3DCenter