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Subject: Storage | December 15, 2005 - 03:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNet has an article that gives you some insight into the minds of Seagate's engineers. Significant amounts of money have been invested in nanotechnology, and it may well be affecting their next generation of hard drives.
"The Londonderry plant will now become a nanotechnology center of excellence in the development of
thin film technology, specializing in next generation and leading-edge photolithography.
Subject: Storage | December 13, 2005 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PureOverclock provides some much needed help with buying flash drives. With literally dozens of makers providing them now, all at different prices, is there really a difference, or are you just paying for the name and the colourful finish on the body of the drive?
'In this round-up I'll be looking at six USB flash drives, some no frills but with a price worthy
of consideration and others with all the bells and whistles some out there may find essential.
Subject: Storage | December 8, 2005 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has done some exhaustive testing on 2 chipsets that support SATA RAID, the nForce4 and the Intel ICH7R. It starts of with a good quick explanation of what the different types of RAID are, an dwhy each is used, so check it out if you are unsure of what exactly RAID 10 is.
"STORAGE SUBSYSTEMS DON'T GET nearly enough attention, though they're arguably the most important
subsystem of a modern PC.
Subject: Storage | December 5, 2005 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HVDs, aka Holographic Video Discs may be available by 2006. With HD and Blu Ray fighting it out right now, what will happen to standards when you can buy a differnet type of disk that holds 100's of gigs of storage? CoolTechZone shares their thoughts on what that could mean, check it out here.
"It wasn't too long ago when Holographic storage was the stuff legends were made off. It discussed how a single DVD sized disc would be able to hold over 1TB of data.
Subject: Storage | December 2, 2005 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It wasn't too long ago that the only mobile strage you could get was expensive, held very little, and was very fragile. Now a lot of people can't leave home without a few hundred megs worth of data in their pockets. OCZ has produced the Rally drive for just that type of person, so head over to Overclocker's Online, and see how fast you can fill up a 2 gig USB2 drive.
"I've now had these two units for about a month, the ability to drop half a DVD's worth of content
on to the drive in a
Subject: Storage | November 30, 2005 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | November 23, 2005 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | November 22, 2005 - 04:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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?
Subject: Storage | November 18, 2005 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | November 16, 2005 - 05:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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 &
Subject: Storage | November 14, 2005 - 07:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | November 8, 2005 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | November 4, 2005 - 05:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | November 2, 2005 - 06:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
http://firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Subject: Storage | November 1, 2005 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | October 28, 2005 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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!
Subject: Storage | October 24, 2005 - 01:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | October 20, 2005 - 05:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-Bit Labs reviews 2 DVDÂ±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.
Subject: Storage | October 17, 2005 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | October 14, 2005 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
"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