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

500 Gb of ... storage

Subject: Storage | September 27, 2005 - 11:46 AM |
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16Mb cache and 500 Gb in size, the Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 Hard Drive reviewed by Xtreme Resources is one fast drive, that you'll take a while filling up.

"The capacity of hard disk drives grows daily, along with their speed. I still remember the first hard disk drives in the systems I first saw, drives that their capacity was merely 1/10th of the RS-MMC I hold right now, which is smaller than my fingertip.

Gigabyte i-RAM Review

Subject: Storage | July 26, 2005 - 02:05 PM |
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Anandtech has an article online today that looks at the Gigabyte i-RAM device that I showed you at Computex this past June

The other issue with solid state storage is that DRAM is volatile, meaning that as soon as power is removed from the drive, all of your data would be lost.

Source: AnandTech

Western Digital Releases 16MB Cache Caviar

Subject: Storage | May 23, 2005 - 06:03 PM |
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While at E3 I met up with the folks at Western Digital to discuss their future plans for the enthusiast market.  They were obviously very happy about the success of the Raptor drive in the market and were looking on towards the next step in their high-RPM drives.  Perhaps we'll see some higher capacities soon?


In other news that we can discuss, WD announced a 16MB cache part to compete against Maxtor's drives that have been out for a few months re

Source: General

Blu-Ray DVD's Hit 100 GB

Subject: Storage | May 19, 2005 - 05:24 PM |
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TDK has unveiled a 100 GB Blu-Ray disc at a Tokyo exibition this week. TDK has achieved this higher capacity by making this a four layer disc that can record data at 72Mbps (bits per second), double the 36Mbps rate for current Blu-Ray Discs. More can be read at The Register and at Macworld

The beast holds up to 100GB of data.

Source: The Register

Seagate's Barracuda 7200.8 hard drive

Subject: Storage | March 31, 2005 - 10:26 AM |
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The guys at The Tech Report are reviewing the new Seagate 7200.8 HDD with 400 GB capacity.  Seem a bit much?  They don't think so.  But what about performance?

Our benchmark results were mixed, making it hard to unreservedly recommend the Barracuda 7200.8 over the other drives in the test group.

Samsung TS-H552B 16X DVD-R/RW Review

Subject: Storage | March 23, 2005 - 02:31 AM |
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Check out this review of Samsungs TS-H552B 16X DVD-R/RW over at Verum Media.

 "As you can see from the selection above, Samsung has offered up a solid product package and software suite for the TS-H552B. This drive is quite cheap, ranging in the mid $60 range shipped. Anything offering high speed burning and a software suite at a price like that needs to be given a good look. Now that we've seen what Samsung offers with the TS-H552B, let's take a quick look some data and write times obtained in our tests.

Source: Verum Media

Intel Matrix RAID Tested

Subject: Storage | March 9, 2005 - 03:23 PM |
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The fine folks over at The Tech Report have written an article that shows the benefits to Intel's new Matrix RAID technology, currently available only on the ICH6R south bridge chip.  Is the technology that makes moving to RAID cheap enough for all of us?

Based on the results of our testing, Matrix RAID volumes appear to be every bit as fast as their traditional RAID counterparts.

Corsair Announces 2GB USB Flash Voyager Drive

Subject: Storage | January 27, 2005 - 11:04 PM |
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Fremont, California, January 18, 2005: Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, today announced immediate availability of a new 2GB Hi-Speed USB 2.0 flash drive.

New CE-ATA Storage Interface Building Steam

Subject: Storage | January 9, 2005 - 11:40 AM |
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 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW (CES), Las Vegas, Jan. 5, 2005 - CE-ATA, the storage interface for next-generation handhelds and portable consumer electronics devices, has reached a number of milestones that underscore progress made with the specification and the industry since the initiative was launched at the Intel Developer Forum in September.