High volume SD cards and ReadyBoost

Subject: Storage | June 26, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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MadShrimps decided to explore the performance of ReadyBoost, using the USB interface available for SD cards.  In this particular set of tests first they benchmarked the system with 512MB, 1GB and 2 GB, or RAM and then adding the cards.  They also tried using the SD cards to replace RAM, keeping 512MB in the system, and then benchmarking with various USB/SD cards and storage space.

"Prices for mainstream Digital Cameras over 7 mega pixels are going down and they are becom

Source: Madshrimps

Hitachi joins the war of tera

Subject: Storage | June 21, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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The brand new Deskstar 7K1000 offers more than just a lot of space on multiple platters.  Hitachi has incorporated perpendicular storage, which allows all of that storage space to fit on 4 disks.   The 32MB memory buffer pushes the performance up to the level of a Raptor for some tests, but not when it comes to some transfers.  Tech Spot is more than happy to tell you all about it here.

Source: Tech Spot

High density caviar

Subject: Storage | June 18, 2007 - 02:37 PM |
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With half again the storage of it's predecessor, the 750GB Caviar SE16 has switched to perpendicular storage which also increases the speed of it's internal transfer rates while leaving the SATA interface unchanged at 300MB/s.  This increase places it in a league that used to be the exclusive domain of the 10,000 RPM Raptors, which have less than 1/2 the storage capacity.  The Tech Report has more, give th

Get back on the rack

Subject: Storage | June 13, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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Vizo has updated the old hot swappable HDD rack with their Ares Internal SATA Mobile Rack.  Support for SATA II makes this a very easy way to hot swap HDDs, or just to be able to carry it with you for use in multiple systems.  It also has a small fan in the enclosure to keep your HDD comfortable during the summer.  Drop by Pro-Clockers for a closer look at this handy little device.

I'm a Survivor!

Subject: Storage | June 6, 2007 - 11:43 AM |
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The Tech Report has been having fun with Corsair's Survivor GT USB drive.  Packaged in an aluminium tube with rubberized ends, it looks like a piece of camping equipment, but inside that shell is an 8GB thumb drive.  They dunked it in water, strapped it to the bottom of a mountain bike, and in a last desperate move to inflict some sort of damage, they ran over it with a car.  The Survivor now has a couple of small s

WD SHIPS 750 GB DESKTOP HARD DRIVES INCORPORATING NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Subject: Storage | June 5, 2007 - 08:22 AM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. - June 4, 2007 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today
announced it is shipping in volume high-capacity 750 GB Serial ATA (SATA) WD
CaviarR SE16 desktop-class hard drives. Ideal for data-intensive
applications, high-performance computing and multimedia systems, the WD
Caviar SE16 750 GB drives deliver high performance with 3 Gb/s transfer
rate, 16 MB cache and Native Command Queuing (NCQ).

"WD knows that there is nothing more important than our customers'
data," said Don Bennett, WD vice president and general manager of desktop
storage.

Don't need no steenking backups, eh?

Subject: Storage | June 4, 2007 - 10:45 AM |
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So, you didn't bother to keep a good backup regimen, and when you boot up your PC in the morning you are greeted by a blue screen of death.  Gripped by panic, you start sweating as you think of all the work you have just lost.  Well, all hope is not gone.  Drop by Icrontic for a look at several data recovery techniques for just such an occasion.  Once you're back up and running, do yourself a favour and start backing up the important stuff.

"Even with the latest hard drive technol

Source: Icrontic

How much is extra mobility worth

Subject: Storage | May 30, 2007 - 11:21 AM |
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The LOTIS PMO 12GB Pocket D is very small, at 1.5" x 2.3" x 0.4", and the 12Gb of storage does offer you enough space for DVD images, programs, or just about anything else you want to bring with you.  On the other hand, for about the same price you could get an external 60-100Gb 2.5" drive.  If you are more interested in the mobility, check out the full review at the Hardware Zone.

Linux is burning

Subject: Storage | May 25, 2007 - 11:02 AM |
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TECHGAGE has posted a review of NeroLinux 3, the long awaited update to the popular burning software for Linux.  It adds support for Bluray and HD DVD, but also faces a lot of competition from existing Linux burning tools like k3b, especially as it took 2 years for Nero to update it.  If you are into Linux, but are missing the GUI of Nero, you might want to consider it.

Source: TECHGAGE

A cautionary tale

Subject: Storage | May 22, 2007 - 01:00 PM |
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TweakTown has managed to repeat a rather scary incident involving QuickTime, Vista and a RAID on an ICH8R chipset.  They haven't seen this behaviour occur on other platforms, but you may want to be careful just the same, especially if you are using RAID 0.

Source: TweakTown

Intel, STMicroelectronics And Francisco Partners Establish A New Leader In Flash Memory

Subject: Storage | May 22, 2007 - 12:14 PM |
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GENEVA and SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 22, 2007 STMicroelectronics, Intel and Francisco Partners today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to create a new independent semiconductor company from the key assets of businesses which last year generated approximately $3.6 billion in combined annual revenue.

Western Digital Announces 250GB Scorpio 2.5" HDD

Subject: Storage | May 21, 2007 - 07:05 AM |
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Today Western Digital is taking the covers off a brande new 2.5" hard drive: the Scorpio 250GB.  The drive features a 5400 RPM spin rate, 8MB of cache and a 12ms seek time making it one of the fastest mobile hard drives on the market.  It also uses WD "WhisperDrive" technology to allow the disk to run quieter than competing products, a benefit to notebook users everywhere.


The Scorpio 250GB does use perpendicular recording technolgy and is now about to fit 125GB on each platter of the

SATA heads off on the road

Subject: Storage | May 17, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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Now that SATA has started saturating the market, both for hard drives and optical drives, a way to take them on the road is becoming important.  R&B Mods has a review of a device that lets you do exactly that, the Eksitdata EasyCombo USB 2.0 to IDE and SATA converter.  It will handle 2.5" and 3.5" IDE as well as SATA, making it a very versatile device and it won't take up too much space in your laptop bag.

Surgical data repair

Subject: Storage | May 14, 2007 - 02:16 PM |
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Although not quite that drastic, disassembling a HDD to get the platters out and transferring them to a different casing is a bit of a chore.  To make it easier on you, or to let you know it can be done, AOA Forums have posted a how to on moving your platters.  If you really need the data, and can't pay the professional recovery fees, this article may save your mind.

Source: AOA Forums

NAS made easy

Subject: Storage | May 8, 2007 - 11:23 AM |
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The Vantec NexStar LX is a simple NAS device, that thanks to it's USB2 connector can also be used the same as a basic external HDD.  Currently only IDE drives can be used, but SATA compatibility is being developed currently.  With a large heatsink and fan, there are no worries about the drive overheating if you just stick it under your desk right by your router, and you can control the fan's speed if it gets too loud. 

Source: Bjorn3D

Wrangling up USB drives

Subject: Storage | May 3, 2007 - 03:15 PM |
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HotHardware rounds up 4 of the newer flash drives available on the market.  Ranging from a modest 1GB up to a 16GB from OCZ, they test the transfer speeds to see what they are made of.  Transfer speeds are a big influence if you plan to use these sticks to enable Vista's ReadyBoost, so it can make a big difference now.  If you want size, sometimes you have to sacrifice speed, but as this article shows; that is not always the case.

Source: HotHardware

Solid storage for laptops

Subject: Storage | April 30, 2007 - 02:33 PM |
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TweakTown managed to get their hands on a pre-production solid state drive from Team.  At 16GB and a 2.5" profile, this is designed to be a rugged hard drive for a laptop.  With no moving parts, the noise and heat that most HDD create are completely absent.  Unfortunately, the large speed benefits that SSDs were hoped to have is also absent, but don't sneer at a cool, quiet and nearly indestructible (under normal usage) HDD.

Source: TweakTown

CORSAIR INTRODUCES FLASH SURVIVOR WORLD'S MOST RUGGED USB 2.0 FLASH DRIVE

Subject: Storage | April 30, 2007 - 08:10 AM |
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Fremont, CA (April 30, 2007) — Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today unveiled the new Flash Survivor™ family of USB drives. Designed and engineered to be the industry's toughest USB drive, the Flash Survivor is a water-resistant, aluminum encased, shock-proof way to store user's information and files. Offering unique features and the highest price/performance solution in the market - the Flash Survivor is immediately available in two variations:

    * Flash Survivor GT 8GB — MSRP $129.99 USD

The often overlooked hard drive

Subject: Storage | April 24, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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The Tech

"While often overlooked, the hard drive plays an important role in the system's overall capacity and performance which can

be vital in ensuring a smooth-running, glitch-free experience. If data bogs down at the hard drive, you won't have a chance

in Zanzibar to experience the full power of your system, no matter how much processing power you're packing.

Hard drives can differ in capacity and performance.

Source: Tech Spot

A Terrabyte in RAID 0

Subject: Storage | April 19, 2007 - 11:49 AM |
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AnandTech re-reviews the Hitachi DeskStar 7K1000, this time with a pair set up in RAID 0.  They find very little difference between the real application performance of this drive in single or RAID 0, nor can it keep up with the Raptors.  However, if you are looking for nice looking benchmark scores, you definitely want the RAID.

Source: AnandTech