Hot swapping made easy

Subject: Storage | September 27, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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SATA 2 makes your devices hot swappable, but seeing as how it is more likely that your SATA 2 drive is an internal HDD or optical storage drive, it isn't really very easy to open the case up to swap the drives around, even if your case offers tool-less mounting.  Vantec has been quick to take advantage of this, with their EZ Swap EX.  It is essentially a 5.25" adapter that fits into an empty bay in your case and a 3.5" cover into which your drive goes.  Easy as pie to hot swap your SATA drives now, although Driver Heave

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A second helping of caviar

Subject: Storage | September 25, 2007 - 05:28 PM |
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The new revision of Western Digital's Caviar 750GB HDD, the RE2 sports tweaked firmware and RAID optimizations.  As it is an enterprise class HDD they also did more reliability testing, and extended the warranty, which the home user can also benefit from.  The big news is the drop from on Write seek time; from 10.9ms to 9.6ms.  From their testing The Tech Report found that while it is faster than the first revis

Super small, super speedy

Subject: Storage | September 18, 2007 - 06:05 PM |
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The PQI Intelligent Flash Drive i810 is an example of small thinking at it's best.  512MB-2GB of storage in a 2 gram, 1.18 x 0.6 x 0.2 inch package, with a normal sized loop to feed a clip or string through and a retractable USB port.  ExtremeMhz was already impressed with the compactness of this tiny storage solution, and were blown away by the performance.

Source: ExtremeMhz

Revisiting Solid State Drives

Subject: Storage | September 13, 2007 - 01:58 PM |
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Super Talent's new SSD drive offers 128GB of storage, a significant increase in size from the first SSDs to hit the market, as well as cost.  They estimate ~$4600, though I guess that is cheaper than 128GB of RAM.  When The Tech Report did their testing, they proved that the drives technology has come a long way from the first batch, and it's random access times are awe inspiring.  Unfortunately, the drive cannot perform that well for all of the tests.

RAID: not just for bugs

Subject: Storage | September 10, 2007 - 01:39 PM |
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The first time you encounter them, RAIDs can seem a bit overwhelming, from having to buy two or more HDDs to figuring out the types 1 or 5 or 0+1, and then people start asking about stripe sizing.   AnandTech can give you some help figuring it all out, and get you started on building your own array, be it for safety, speed, or a bit of both.

Source: AnandTech

Hybrid Hard Drives Could Feature 1GB DDR Memory

Subject: Storage | September 5, 2007 - 11:01 AM |
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Hybrid hard disks have been a hot topic over the last year or so, and a company called DTS plans to release a drive that could have up to 1GB of DDR memory on-board.  It is a 2.5" drive, so current capacities are limited to 160GB.

Source: The Inquirer

Shrinking the HDD, and the performance

Subject: Storage | September 4, 2007 - 05:25 PM |
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X-bit Labs tested the Corsair Flash Voyager 8GB against the 8GB Seagate USB Pocket Hard Drive, to see which portable solution offers the best way to get your data while on the go.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Pushing the quiet button

Subject: Storage | August 30, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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The Tech Report reviewed Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000 terabyte HDD earlier this month, and liked the performance, but not the noise when the drive was seeking.  It turns out that they had disabled Hitachi's Automatic Acoustic Management, which is supposed to limit the noise produced.  Head over to find out how well it works, and what performance costs you can expect to see from enabling it.

Intel to Respond to Request for Additional Information in Creation of New Flash Memory Company

Subject: Storage | August 30, 2007 - 11:16 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 30, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced it has received a request for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in connection with the agency's regulatory review of the proposed transaction with STMicroelectronics and certain affiliates of Francisco Partners to form a private, independent semiconductor company that will design, develop and manufacture non-volatile memory products.

Storage on the go

Subject: Storage | August 28, 2007 - 02:59 PM |
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The Cirago Smart Mobile Storage System sports a Compact Flash, XD and SD card readers, as well as USB, and contains a standard 2.5" drive, making it very handy.  OCC did notice 2 troubling problems with this otherwise perfect mobile storage device ... it only supports FAT 16/32, and the LCD is very hard to read.

Storage sandwich

Subject: Storage | August 23, 2007 - 03:36 PM |
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The Future of Things has had a look at Mempile's TeraDisc technology, a big yellow DVD that may soon obsolete the 2 DVD formats currently fighting for supremacy.  They use their laser to create 200 virtual layers, five microns apart, each containing approximately 5 GB of data.  Their test also show about a 50 year lifespan for data on the disk, but it is a shame about the colour.

Big storage in a small box

Subject: Storage | August 20, 2007 - 02:28 PM |
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Overclockers Club reviewed the Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GB external HDD.  Offering a huge amount of storage, the entire unit is comparable in size to a pair of CD jewel cases, which means you won't be giving up a lot of desk space for electronic storage, leaving you room for piles of papers and USB beverage coolers, etc ...  An included adapter makes sure you can still use this device if you don't have eSata or other less common interfaces.

There is a premium on those last 250GB

Subject: Storage | August 14, 2007 - 12:14 PM |
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The Tech Report is rather impressed by their receiving an actual SATA terabyte drive, Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000.  In terms of size, it is unique, unfortunately it's performance is not.  While it can out perform drives that have been on the market for a year or more, it has difficulty with the new generation of 750 GB drives that the competition offers.  There is also the fact that that extra 250GB costs you about $150, but if you need 1000GB of storage on a single SATA drive, <

Now that's optical storage

Subject: Storage | August 9, 2007 - 06:24 PM |
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How does femtosecond seek times on a hard drive sound?  It may not actually hit those speeds anytime soon, but switching to using polarized light to flip bits on a hard drive is certainly going to increase HDD speeds by a lot.  Read how they did what was previously thought impossible at Physics World.

WD finally expands their storage lineup

Subject: Storage | August 3, 2007 - 04:42 PM |
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Fans of Western Digital finally have a model that can be used for serious storage, the WD7500AAKS 750GB SATA HDDAs shown in HotHardware's review, their first foray into perpendicular storage is a huge success.  They've combined that new technology with their Caviar series to provide a drive that leaves their competitors in the dust.

Source: HotHardware

Compact storage

Subject: Storage | August 1, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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HEXUS just posted a video from Computex 2007 with 2 of the most compact flash drives around.  The first is no bigger that the USB plug, and offers up to 4 GB of storage, although we only get to see the 1 GB version, and a second that is the size of a business card, though about twice as thick.  That business card USB drive comes in a 64GB model, and you can customize the outside!

Source: Hexus

Wireless NAS with extras

Subject: Storage | July 30, 2007 - 01:09 PM |
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OvisLink's AirLive WiFi NAS handles SATA and PATA drives, and lets you use them over it's 802.11g WiFi connection.  It comes bundled with software that can turn it into a perfect BitTorrent server or an FTP downloader, as well as functioning as a normal NAS.  Unfortunately it cannot function as a FTP server.  techPowerUp! decided that this is a great value for Bit Torrent users, as well as anyone wanting a wireless storage solution. 

Source: techPowerUp!

Stealth USB Drive

Subject: Storage | July 23, 2007 - 05:36 PM |
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Mikhailtech has spotted one of the most useful forms I have seen a USB drive take.  Not a humping dog or Star Wars character, although those certainly have their place, but instead it is a neck strap.  If you've worked in an environment with ID tags, key card access, or even just needed multiple keys to access your areas, you have probably seen these neck straps with the detachable end that holds all the keys & cards for easy access.  What if someone stuck a 2GB thumb drive in that snap?

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Source: Mikhailtech

WD'S NEW GREENPOWER HARD DRIVES REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Subject: Storage | July 23, 2007 - 11:19 AM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. - July 23, 2007 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today
announced a new environmentally friendly GreenPower
family of WD
desktop, enterprise,
CE and external hard drive products. The new GreenPower (GP) family will ship in capacities
from 320 gigabytes (GB) to one terabyte (TB), and will save up to 40% in hard drive power
consumption, or as much as $10 per drive per year
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The mysterious world of hard disks

Subject: Storage | July 18, 2007 - 05:08 PM |
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TechARP has compiled a list of the most common hard disk misconceptions and myths into one big article, and paired them with the facts.  If you have someone in your life who believes that to mount a HDD vertically, you have to reformat the HDD vertically to ensure proper spreading of magic dust and to fully repair any bad sectors caused by sudden power failures ... please send them there.

Source: Tech ARP