Quick temporary fix for a broken IDE pin

Subject: Storage | November 13, 2006 - 05:35 PM |
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MAKE:Blog linked to a quick fix that ought to get a HDD with a broken pin running long enough to get the data off of it.  Read down into the comments section for additional tips and tricks, and some stories about playing with older HDDs.

"Here's a low-tech way of fixing a broken pin on a hard drive using some tin foil and a sewing pin."

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Source: MAKE: Blog

HDD enclosure that even supports serial attached SCSI

Subject: Storage | November 7, 2006 - 04:58 PM |
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The SSI SI-1168SAS HDD-ROM is a mouthful, but a very handy one.  Easily installable in a 5.25" bay and with a good locking system, it isn't likely to walk away on you, and it will also extend the life of the drive with it's 40mm fan.  Top that off with rubber feet to keep the noise down and it's easy to see why Hi-tech reviews likes this device.

It's big, fast, reliable and here for the long haul

Subject: Storage | November 1, 2006 - 02:15 PM |
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The Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB SATA HDD runs at a full 3GB/sec transfer, and is based on the new perpendicular recording technology.  HotHardware finds that the 7200.10 is still slightly faster than this drive, but also point out that until this new Barracuda Enterprise drives were built to last, not built for speed.  This new Seagate HDD is built for both.

Source: HotHardware

So much for 50 cents a gigabyte

Subject: Storage | October 24, 2006 - 01:22 PM |
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The Kanguru 32GB Flash Max Drive is USB 2.0, 17 grams, and not that much larger than a normal thumbdrive.  Other than that it's resemblance ends, it holds 32Gbs, but I do find myself siding with CoolTechZone, who is going to pay that much for a flash drive?

Source: CoolTechZone

We've come a long way, baby

Subject: Storage | October 18, 2006 - 02:06 PM |
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The Tech Zone takes a look at the past 50 years of hard drives.  From the gigantic beasts of old, to flash drives and the biometric protection you see on newer systems, it's all there.

Corsair Expands Flash Memory Line with New 2GB microSD Removable Card

Subject: Storage | October 16, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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 Fremont, CA (October 16, 2006) —Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, today launched a new line of microSD™ removable flash memory cards to further expand the company's award-winning line of flash products.

Isn't that convenient

Subject: Storage | October 10, 2006 - 02:16 PM |
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The Mercury Elite Pro External is perfect for those who can't make up thier minds.  Working perfectly on Linux, Mac and Windows, with and USB 2.0, FireWire, and eSATA connectors, you will be hard pressed to find a PC that can't talk to this drive enclosure.  Head to ExtremeTech to see the full review, and the drives one Achilles heel.

Source: Extremetech

These new drives can store as much as you can dish out

Subject: Storage | October 3, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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It really wasn't that long ago that a 500Mb drive was a pretty impressive thing to have, but now you would be hard pressed to fit just an OS on that disk.  Now 500Gb drives are becoming common, and today The Tech Lounge is comparing 3 of the top brands.

OCZ Technology Unveils the 8-Gigabyte Ultra-Slim Mega-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Card

Subject: Storage | October 3, 2006 - 11:17 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-October 22, 2006-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
announced the Mega-Kart, a ultra-high capacity USB flash drive. With 8GBs of
memory, the OCZ Mega-Kart series is the ultimate data storage solution for
today's computer enthusiasts and business professionals on the go.

Intel Makes Storage More Reliable, Manageable With Set Of New, Flexible Storage Processors

Subject: Storage | September 27, 2006 - 09:43 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco,
Sept. 27, 2006
- Intel Corporation today introduced a family of storage
processors that serve market segments ranging from small- to
medium-sized businesses.

Maxtor's 11 Gen drives make themselves available

Subject: Storage | September 26, 2006 - 01:48 PM |
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The Tech Report reviews the DiamondMax 11, a very different drive from the 10.  Where the 10 shone in WinBench and file transfer, the 11 does not perform nearly as well.  The achilles heel of the 10 was single user multitasking, while the 11 beats out 10K Raptors on iPEAK multitasking tests. 

Blu-ray, HDDVD and plain old DVD, all on one disk

Subject: Storage | September 21, 2006 - 02:05 PM |
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Buying blank DVDs may be a lot less confusing if these 3 inventors are allowed to continue developing this disk technology.  As CNET reports, because different formats burn to different depths on the CD, by having 3 layers on one disk you can choose which format to burn.

Make external HDD connections a snap

Subject: Storage | September 18, 2006 - 02:53 PM |
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Sick and tired of having to reboot to connect a back-up harddrive, and don't want to buy a $100 USB2.0 harddrive case?  OCMODSHOP reviews Vantec's $15 IDE to USB adaptor.  It handles 2.5 and 3.5 HDDs with ease, go check it out.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Intel Announces Serial Flash Memory Availability

Subject: Storage | September 14, 2006 - 03:09 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 14,
2006 - Intel Corporation
today announced that Intel® Serial Flash
Memory (S33) products are shipping to meet the memory requirements of a
range of applications, including digital TVs, DVDs, PCs, modems and
printers. Intel's serial flash is based on an industry-standard
package, pin-out and command set to simplify board design and save
board space.

Samsungs SpinPoint hard drives

Subject: Storage | September 13, 2006 - 02:10 PM |
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The Tech Report reviews Samsung's SpinPoint T, a 400GB SATA drive with a 16MB cache and only 3 platters.   It does an impressive job of keeping up with the competition, even spinning at only 7200RPM, and it does it quietly and fairly cheaply too.

Lacie gives you lego storage

Subject: Storage | September 7, 2006 - 01:44 PM |
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Hardware Zone presents a review of the Lacie Brick Desktop Harddrive.  Available in 3 colours, white that holds 160GB or 500GB, red is 250GB and blue at 300GB.  Take a look for yourself, they're dead ringers for Lego bricks.

"The Brick is truly a jaw-dropping desktop hard drive, as it can store massive amount of data and combines functionality and design all in

one beautiful package."

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Burn your own Blu-ray disks

Subject: Storage | September 1, 2006 - 03:26 PM |
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25Gb gives a lot of space to back things up.  HardwareZone has tested LG's Blu-ray burner, which can burn onto just about any CD or DVD format on the market.  Drop by and take a look at this drive, which is a big improvement on previous Blu-ray burners.

You'd better not need this just for your "picture" collection

Subject: Storage | August 30, 2006 - 03:20 PM |
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Using VIA mini-ITX boards, Capricorn is now selling racks with an incredibly high amount of storage.  At 3TB per 1U node, 120TB per 19 inch rack, you will not run out of storage sapce anytime soon, and it will probably make a really good space heater as well.  Find out more from The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

The future of hard drives is volitile

Subject: Storage | August 25, 2006 - 02:38 PM |
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CNET looks at the future of harddrives, and how data density can continue to increase.  As the article points out, the current method of storing data, after a certain density, could become volitile at room temperature, to say nothing of the temperatures seen in some overclocked systems.  The next few years should be interesting for the R&D departments of major storage manufacturers.

"To increase the areal density, which is the amount of data a single platte

Forgot to back up you files, here's 3 tools to help

Subject: Storage | August 22, 2006 - 01:28 PM |
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Nothing gets your heart racing like a hard drive dying, when the latest backup you did was ... you didn't do a back up?!?
ExtremeTech reviews 3 programs designed to help you get your files back, if the horrible happens.

Source: Extremetech