Solid State Storage Sales Soon

Subject: Storage | November 30, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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As Solid State storage becomes more common, and less volatile when the power goes off, 3.5" & 2.5" hard drives may disappear.  This could mean notebook computers becom even more light and skinny, and storage will be even denser.  The big question is of course the price, and The Inquirer is reporting that the costs will be much more attractive over the coming year.


The market research company predicted that NAND memory average selling price will fall by 43% CAGR

between 2004 and 2009, but other factors t

Source: The Inquirer

Lexar's new jumpdrive has a built-in shredder

Subject: Storage | November 23, 2005 - 01:58 PM |
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Losing a Jumpdrive can be really annoying, especially if it happens to have info on it that you'd rather not share. While the JumpDrive Secure II can't help with your memory, it can ensure that any files deleted off of that jumpdrive stay deleted.  EverythingUSB is the place to go to read more about it.

"In today's world of corporate espionage, identity theft and general paranoia, it's vital that any

portable documents are secured in case the flash drive they're stored on is lost or stolen.

Add 5GB to your pants!

Subject: Storage | November 22, 2005 - 04:07 PM |
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The Seagate 5GB pocket drive is disk shaped, being about 3 inches across, 1 inch thick, and weighs in at 62 grams.  It's USB cord retracts into the main body when not in use, so it is exceptionally portable.  Adrian's Rojak Pot has the whole story, and lots of pictures to give you an idea of the size.


"Are you looking for a compact USB storage solution with a large capacity of 5GB?
Source: Tech ARP

250Gb of high speed storage

Subject: Storage | November 18, 2005 - 06:33 PM |
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The WD Caviar SE16 SATA drive that COD tests could solve a lot of your storage needs.  Just set up an older PC with a SATA controller and 4 of these puppies and you should be able to back up almost everything you've ever typed or clicked.

"Those of us who are always looking for the bigger, better and faster storage solutions have the

end in sight. Lately, more and more SATA enhanced 3.0Gb/s drives are hitting the market.

RAIDing throughput to the Max(tor)

Subject: Storage | November 16, 2005 - 05:24 PM |
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HotHardware has done a lot of testing on the DiamondMax 10.  Not only do they try 3 different RAID types, but they also try different stripe sizes to see what effect that will have on the drive's throughput.  If you are looking for a new hard drive, or just wonder what the different RAIDs do, and how well they do it, spare them a few minutes of your time.

"We're writing to let you know that we've just posted a new article at HotHardware.Com entitled,

Maxtor DiamondMax 10: Exploring NCQ &

Source: HotHardware

Blu-ray versus HD

Subject: Storage | November 14, 2005 - 07:13 PM |
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In the original Star Wars, you could always tell the good guys because they shot blue lasers.  It may not be as clear cut with CD ROMs, as you may find the The Tech Zone's article, but still ... laser beams are cool.

"We've been challenged numerous times to give an "educated" guess as to how the blue laser war

will end, and when. It has come to a point where it is no longer about the technology nor the

consumer.

Source: 3DCenter

Swapable SATA storage

Subject: Storage | November 8, 2005 - 11:43 AM |
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The Vantec SATA EZ-Swap MRK-200ST-BK takes advantage of one of the SATA-II specs, that the drives must be hot-swapable, much like a USB or SCSI device.   It also incorporates some cooling into the casing, which makes the enclosure bigger than a CD-ROM drive, so don't just blindly shove it into a system the first time you use it, double check there's enough space.  Head to PC Stats to get a better idea of it's full capabilities.

"The Vantec EZ-Swap MRK200-ST-BK only comes in black, and it supports the

Source: PCStats

Bigger than a flash stick, faster than a speeding CD-ROM

Subject: Storage | November 4, 2005 - 05:23 PM |
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Even with the bigger 1Gb memory sticks, and double sided DVD's, you still run into the occasional file that is too big to easily transport.  Portable HDD enclosures are the easiest answer, and in the case of the ULTRA Mini Portable Disk, it may even keep your HDD living longer than installing it in a case.  Head to Bjorn3D to read up on this great little device.

"Sure flash drives are very handy for moving files around when a floppy disk is too small and a

CD-R is overkill, but what about those files or groups of fi

Source: Bjorn3D

Network attached ... USB?

Subject: Storage | November 2, 2005 - 06:11 PM |
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http://www.everythingusb.com/usb@nywhere.html.  You install the server software on one PC, and the client on another, and you can now use the USB devices over a WAN or LAN, on the cheap.

"Hi, we found a nifty software called USB@nywhere that lets you share USB devices on the Internet.

You basically only need to install 'Device workstation' on the PC with the USB devices you want

to share, and 'Remote workstation' on the PCs where you want to access the remote USB hardware.

Double the Cache, Double your fun

Subject: Storage | November 1, 2005 - 11:58 AM |
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The Tech Zone reviews Western Digital's new Caviar SE16 400 GB HDD.  Unlike many of the 400GB HDD's coming out, WD's Caviar sports a 16MB cache, giving you some impressive performance.  As well, it is a quiet drive, as you would expect from WD's higher end drives.

"400GB hard drives seem to be somewhat of a median at the moment, they are not overly expensive

for the amount of storage you receive.

Got the "File Not Found" blues?

Subject: Storage | October 28, 2005 - 01:04 PM |
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Has your flash memory let you down?  Your USB data stick is more stick than data?  PC Stats has put together a guide on recovering your data when it goes missing, and to prevent it from happening again.

"Stuck with lost data on a USB memory key or Flash card and don't know what to do? Recovering data

from flash memory devices is possible, and not to complex, so follow along and we'll help you get

those pictures back!

Source: PCStats

500GB, and there's still never enough storage

Subject: Storage | October 24, 2005 - 01:52 PM |
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The 500GB Seagate 7200.9 SATA HDD that CoolTechZone reviews may not solve all your storage problems, but it should keep you from having to clean out your hard drive for a few weeks.

"Man's need for storage is insatiable. We initially thought that we could make do in a few

kilobytes; however, we then moved up to megabytes, gigabytes and now hundreds of gigabytes.

Source: CoolTechZone

Dual layer DVD's, in stores now

Subject: Storage | October 20, 2005 - 05:52 PM |
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X-Bit Labs reviews 2 DVD±RW Dual Layer burners, the Pioneer DVR-110D and Toshiba's SD-R5472.  While Blu-Ray and HD DVD are still a while away, dual layer DVD's will let you store more data than a run of the mill DVD.

"As new DVD media types emerge, the DVD burners become more and more affordable in price. Today we

are looking at the solutions from two well-known optical drives makers: Toshiba and Pioneer.

Source: X-Bit Labs

May the Blu-Ray of happiness show up before you know

Subject: Storage | October 17, 2005 - 01:35 PM |
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Microsoft and others may have decided to go with HD DVD, but you certainly can't find a drive that will read them on the market.  Blu-Ray the other hand, is soon to be available.  According to this article from Ars Technica, A-Open will start selling drives in November.  They certainly won't be cheap.

If you're itching to cast an early vote on which next-generation optical disc format will ultimately triumph, you'll have your chance next month.

Source: Ars Technica

Smarter than your average bearer of data

Subject: Storage | October 14, 2005 - 05:49 PM |
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Kingston's 1GB U3 DataTraveler gives you a password protected way to bring your info with you.  It offers far more than most would expect from a thumbdrive, read what all you get at the Tech Zone.

"With the launch of the U3 DataTraveler, Kingston has open up a whole new world of smart drive computing whereby any PC user moving between various locations and Windows 2000 SP4 or XP-based syste

Bigger drives with bigger cache

Subject: Storage | October 11, 2005 - 03:49 PM |
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Seagate's newest drive line, the 7200.9 is fully SATA 2.5 compliant, and comes in many flavours.  They run from 40GB up to 500GB, with caches from 2MB up to 16MB!  They are significantly hardier when it comes to bumps and bruises and also run quieter.  Read the full story at Anandtech.

"Today, Seagate officially announces the joining of the 7200.7 and 7200.8 drives with its 7200.9 line of hard disk drives.

Source: AnandTech

4 Gigs of Lightning Fast Storage

Subject: Storage | October 5, 2005 - 06:26 PM |
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The Gigabyte i-RAM, as reviewed by Hardware Zone, is a card that holds up to 4 gigs of RAM, and has a battery onboard, so data stored on the RAM will stay, even if it is moved from one computer to another, for about 16 hours.  It utilizes SATA to transfer data, and it does it at an almost unbeleivable speed.  See how it compares to one of the fastest SATA drives around.

"The new Gigabyte i-RAM is a device that uses DDR memory for storage while emulating itself as a SATA

A backup solution for now, and probably the next few years

Subject: Storage | October 3, 2005 - 02:00 PM |
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Techware Labs reviews the Anthology Solutions' Yellow Machine P400T Terabyte Storage Appliance.  Not only is it big and yellow, it supports RAID 0,1,1+0 & 5.  It has a built in 8 port LAN switch and NAT router, SPI firewall, auto backup, and many more features.  The 8Mb cache is pretty impressive too!

"This review will be taking a look at Anthology Solutions' Yellow Machine P400T Terabyte Storage Appliance. That's right, a terabyte storage appliance.

Gigabyte Launches i-RAM Solid State Storage

Subject: Storage | September 28, 2005 - 02:04 PM |
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Well the technology that we first saw at Computex this past June looks like it is finally going to make it to the market.

Taipei, Taiwan September 28th, 2005 — GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, VGA cards and other computing hardware solutions, has launched GIGABYTE i-RAM, the world's fastest storage device available to digital graphics designers and PC enthusiasts.

Size Matters - Quick explanation of compression

Subject: Storage | September 28, 2005 - 11:43 AM |
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The guys at HardwareHell talk about file compresssion, and what exactly happens when you use it.  If you're curious about what you use Huffman coding for, give it a read.

"Modern compression is the technology used today by computers in order to pass data from place to place using less data then it would take to simply transfer these data as they are. Compression is quite common these days and is used transparently in many computer systems.

Source: HardwareHell