CES 2010: Lite-On Showcases New LabelTag Technology, External Slim and Blu-Ray Drives

Subject: Storage | January 10, 2010 - 03:06 AM |
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I visited the Lite-On / Plextor booth at the CES Digital Experience on Wednesday.  The booth is run by 'PLDS', the relations company representing both Plextor and Lite-On. 

The PLDS booth at the show floor, sporing all sorts of optical storage goodness.

CES 2010: Plextor Launches SSDs and New 24x External Writer with eSATA Dual Interface

Subject: Storage | January 10, 2010 - 02:36 AM |
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PCPer has gone quite a while without delving into optical storage, and it's high time we start taking a crack at it.  We'll kick it off with Plextor's announcement at CES - SSD's!.  Plextor will be producing drives based on the Marvell chipset.  While we haven't seen production models of this new controller in our lab as of yet, we should have something cooking shortly.  The new Plextor units are expected to start shipping in this quarter (Q1 2010) in capacities of 64 and 128GB.

Crucial's little SSD

Subject: Storage | January 7, 2010 - 03:10 PM |
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The 64GB Crucial M225 Solid-State Driveis up for review at R&B Mods.  At $214 it really won't break the bank compared to some SSDs, especially considering that they are using the Indilinx Barefoot controller.  That should put them up near the top of the performance heap as only the Intel controller tends to beat out the Barefoot.  It is also nice to see that the latest firmware supports TRIM, helping keep the per

Source: NVIDIA

CES 2010: OCZ Techology shows off SSDs in both SATA and PCIe form

Subject: Storage | January 7, 2010 - 12:38 PM |
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CES 2010 is in full swing and we spent some time with OCZ and the company's new SSD product manager.  At the suite they had the new Vertex 2 SSD based on the Sandforce controller (Allyn is already planning the review!) as well as a SO-DIMM based PCI Express SSD called the Z-drive P88
that includes up to 8 SSD controllers and capacities up to 2TB!

Check out our interview with OCZ and an overview of their entire current and future line up of solid state drive!

Super Talent Breaks the USB 3.0 300MB/s Barrier

Subject: Storage | January 6, 2010 - 09:00 PM |
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This isn't much of a surprise if you saw the video posted here on PC Perspective last week, but Super Talent is announcing the availability of the new RAIDDrive in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities - all capable of exceeding 300MB/s on USB 3.0.

VIA Group Announces Industry's Fastest USB 3.0 to SATA Controller

Subject: Storage | January 6, 2010 - 11:24 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, January 6, 2010 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today launched the VIA VL700 USB 3.0-SATA Controller, a highly integrated single chip solution that allows users to connect SATA hard disk drive (HDD), solid state drive (SSD), and optical disc drive (ODD) devices to their PC via new USB 3.0 specification ports.

With data transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, USB 3.0 (also known as SuperSpeed USB) offers t

Crucial Aims for the Fastest SSD Title

Subject: Storage | January 5, 2010 - 08:18 PM |
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Almost a month ago Allyn took a look at the prototype Marvell 6G controller and discovered that even with the early engineering sample, read speeds was just under an amazing 300MB/s. At the time of our article, products were not yet ready to use this new controller - until now!

Source: Daily Tech

Thecus Launches the N4200 NAS Server

Subject: Storage | January 4, 2010 - 11:43 AM |
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Cutting-edge performance, security and convenience for the home user

01/04/2010 – In the digital age, people are creating and accessing digital content like never before. As such, they require a storage device that is powerful enough to store and serve this content, but friendly enough to manage quickly and effortlessly. Today, digital storage leader Thecus® Technology is proud to announce the Thecus® N4200. Fast, secure, and incredibly easy-to-use, the N4200 is the ideal home NAS for the digital lifestyle.

Super Talent USB 3.0 SSD RAIDDrive

Subject: Storage | January 2, 2010 - 03:26 PM |
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Super Talent posted up a YouTube video of their new USB 3.0 SSD.  It hit some fairly high sequential throughput figures, pegging USB 2.0 at 43 MB/sec and breaking 300 MB/sec when used via USB 3.0.

OCZ also released TRIM firmware for Summit SSDs

Subject: Storage | December 22, 2009 - 04:10 PM |
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Following just behind Corsair's announcement, OCZ Technology has announced that it's TRIM-supporting firmware for their own Summit series of SSDs is now available.  Both the Corsair P-series and the OCZ Summit use the same Samsung controller, hence the convenient timing. 


Corsair releases firmware with TRIM support for its Performance Series SSDs

Subject: Storage | December 21, 2009 - 12:24 PM |
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In what can only be described as "totally awesome treat for the holiday" if you have a Corsair P-series solid state drive, you can now get a TRIM-supporting firmware for that drive.  If you are running Windows 7, or plan on upgrading to it, then you will definitely enjoy the performance advantages that this update will provide.  Though we haven't tested TRIM on the Samsung-based drives yet, you can see how TRIM affected the Intel X25-M drives in our review here.

LaCie First with USB 3.0-ready external storage drive utilizing RAID

Subject: Storage | December 17, 2009 - 03:40 PM |
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The USB 3.0 accessories keep getting announced and we couldn't be happier about it!  We were the first to show you real-world performance benchmarks of USB 3.0 controllers on current motherboards using a prototype external USB 3.0 docking station but this new unit from LaCie will improve performance quite a bit by utilizing a RAID configuration.

Seagate Unveils World's Thinnest 2.5-Inch Hard Drive For Slim Laptop Computers

Subject: Storage | December 15, 2009 - 12:50 PM |
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Seagate originally intended to announce their new 7mm 2.5" laptop hard drives at CES, but opted to jump the gun on the announcement.  The official release is below, but the gist of it is that Seagate are now producing thinner 2.5" laptop drives.  This will enable netbook manufacturers to incorporate a thinner 2.5" drive into their form factors, potentially bringing costs down.  The thought of having a decent capacity spinning disc in a netbook may be appealing, but performance will be considerably lower as compared to an (admittedly smaller) SSD solution.

Western Digital introduces 'Advanced Format'

Subject: Storage | December 11, 2009 - 05:04 AM |
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I was recently briefed by the fine staff over at Western Digital about their new 'Advanced Format' partitioning scheme.  This is a new format method they will be incorporating into their various drive lines.  Advanced Format represents a new way for their drives to handle data internally.  Instead of each individual sector having its own Sync/header and ECC, the new format will move to larger physical sectors, in this case 4k.  This results in an overall net gain in storage efficiency, so much so that Western Digital was able to save on wasted space even after shifting to a

A little more information would be nice, Seagate

Subject: Storage | December 10, 2009 - 02:28 PM |
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Seagate announced their entrance to the SSD market with their new Pulsar drive.  The details are very spotty, we do not know what controller they will be using nor what type of flash memory.  We do know what size drives they use and AnandTech has a good guess as to how many channels the controller will have and that the useful lifetime of the drive should be 5 years.  You can find the details, at least those that are known, here in the full article.

Source: AnandTech

The joy and despair of early adoption, SuperSpeed edition

Subject: Storage | December 7, 2009 - 12:29 PM |
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After 9 years of ruling the removable roost, USB 2.0 is on its way out and 3.0 is arriving to select hardware near you.  The Tech Report tried it out, utilizing the same ASUS U3S6 USB 3.0 add-in card that Ryan did, as well as the same HDD enclosure and Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB drive.  With the similar setup we see similar results, the Barracuda may be one of the fastest platter based drives on the market but it cannot hit the maximum speed that USB 3.0 offers. 

Intel X25-M G2 TRIM firmware is out, really, we mean it this time, honest!

Subject: Storage | December 1, 2009 - 09:07 PM |
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Intel was pushing for a late November release of the final (bugfixed) version of their TRIM frimware for the X25-M G2.  It may be December 1st, but they came through.  The firmware can be downloaded HERE.

Double the pleasure, double the fun

Subject: Storage | December 1, 2009 - 02:04 PM |
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Over a year ago we saw the introduction of the Thermaltake BlacX SATA Hard Drive USB Docking Station, a stylish and incredibly versatile and easy to use external HDD dock.  Now Thermaltake has made the BlacX twice as good with the release of the Thermaltake BlacX Duet.  It can now hold a pair of SATA drives with a maximum capacity of 2TB per slot.  That dual setup also applies to the connections, with two drives requiring either a pair of USB connections or a pair of eSATA connections. 

Need to order some extra large platters?

Subject: Storage | November 25, 2009 - 03:20 PM |
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Seagate's new 2TB Barracuda XT hard drive is not quite as fast as the drive they demoed with AMD a while ago but sustained transfer rates of 138MB/s
at the outer edge of the platter is nothing to sneeze at.  This still doesn't come close to saturating the theoretical bandwidth that SATA 2.0 can offer; but is very respectable for a platter based drive.  The high amount of storage on this drive does make it a bit expensive compared to 1TB mod

Drobo 'Model S' and 'Elite' models hit the streets

Subject: Storage | November 23, 2009 - 12:30 PM |
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Today Data Robotics, Inc. added two products to their already excellent line of storage solutions: