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

Super Talent MasterDrive SSD Gets a Performance Boost

Subject: Storage | July 21, 2008 - 06:03 PM |
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San Jose, California - July 22, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced that the company has dramatically improved the write speeds of its MasterDrive DX, MasterDrive KX and MasterDrive MX solid state drives (SSDs).

These three series of SSDs already boast exceptionally fast read speeds of up to 120 MB/sec. But, fast write speeds are important in applications such as video editing and encoding, image processing, compressing and extracting files, installing applications and copying files to the drive.

Cool down; you'll live longer.

Subject: Storage | July 21, 2008 - 01:18 PM |
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Hard disks are not terribly fond of heat; especially the new Raptor which is a 2.5" HDD surrounded by a 3.5" heatsink.  While most users will never experience the wonderful smell of well cooked HDD, it is more common for the heat to accelerate the general failure of HDDs.  Drop by Madshrimps for a look at several passive HDD coolers that may extend the life of your drives, two that will bump your HDD up to a 5.25" slot and one that will let you keep the HDD in the 3.5" slots.

Source: Madshrimps

Heavyweight storage round up

Subject: Storage | July 11, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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Source: X-Bit Labs

Swing and a miss

Subject: Storage | July 8, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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Silicon Power is a company that hopes to make it's name in the storage market, but they are off on the wrong foot with their Silicon Power 64GB SATA SSD.  While the price of the disk is below $1000, the performance that Benchmark Reviews saw in their testing placed it firmly in the middle of the previous generation of SSDs.  It does have a nice metal shell that looks a little more impressive than the plastic covers seen on other SSD

N5200PRO, the Energy Saving Device at Home or Office

Subject: Storage | July 2, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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Thecus N5200PRO is extremely well-received by users and IT media worldwide. It is regard as the best of its category. Huge storage capacity under high level of data protection, outstanding performance and numerous functions are the reasons why it is recognized as one of the most desirable digital storage solution for offices and homes to store valuable data.

Since N5200PRO usually operates at long period of time, power consumption is a major concern for users. With its energy saving design, N5200PRO requires limited power to execute tasks.

Source: Thecus

I'm just mad about SATA

Subject: Storage | June 30, 2008 - 05:11 PM |
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Hardware Secrets can tell you all you want to know about Serial ATA, it's different flavours and speeds.  It's more that just a quick picture of a SATA cable and a PATA cable, they delve into NCQ, port multipliers and even pinout diagrams.  Drop by for a look into the newest way to cut cable clutter and speed up your data transfers.

KISS

Subject: Storage | June 25, 2008 - 02:50 PM |
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Lite-On's EZ DUB offers an incredibly easy way to burn disks.  It's an external 16x burner that can handle just about any format but Blu-ray and HD-DVD.  There are two buttons on the device; pressing Dub will make a copy of whatever disk you have in the drive, file will pop a window up and prompt you to drag whatever files you want copied and then makes your disk. 

Scared by the memory card racks?

Subject: Storage | June 17, 2008 - 03:56 PM |
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As with just about any storage medium, once flash based memory cards became accepted, there are suddenly a whole buch of different flavours available.  If you don't want to end up picking up a card that is perfect, excepting the fact that it won't fit into the device you bought it for, let InsideHW help you out.

Source: InsideHW