1TB of USB 3.0 powered storage in a deck of cards with WD's My Passport

Subject: Storage | March 10, 2011 - 03:18 PM |
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At just $100, the Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0offers you serious portable storage in a package roughly the size of a deck of cards.  Thanks to the transfer speeds of USB 3.0, reads and writes between 60 - 70 MB/s according to Think Computers' testing, you won't be waiting hours to transfer your data. 

"Portable storage has always been very popular, it is nice having a hard drive that you can easily take with you anywhere on the go. Western Digital is no stranger to portable storage solutions, they have been marking portable solutions for a while now. With technology advancing and USB 3.0 becoming very popular Western Digital has released versions of its My Passport drives that support USB 3.0. Today we will be looking at the 1TB USB 3.0 My Passport Essential SE drive."

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Intel's new 510 series is not quite as hot as their first shot

Subject: Storage | March 3, 2011 - 05:26 PM |
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Not to imply that Intel's new 510 series of SSDs, which use a Marvel controller, do not improve upon the previous generation at all; instead it is more that they did not reach the lofty goals we had hoped for.  Moving the SATA 6G is a great step but considering the incredible performance we saw from their initial (well Rev. 2) drives when compared to the competitors, the bar was set pretty high.  Al takes the drive through its paces in his latest article, found here.

 

"While we were glad to see Intel step up and release this 6Gb/sec part, I can't help but feel this was a bit of a rush job. While the drive performed decently and reliably, I certainly didn't get that same feeling of performance awesomeness present with each of their previous releases. I believe this 510 was pushed out as a stop gap measure, with speedier offerings coming down the road. Sure you could argue this is meant to be a consumer drive only and should be 'good enough' for most people, but the competition is upgrading the definition of 'consumer grade' on a daily basis."

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Intel Releases 6Gb/sec 510 Series Solid State Drives

Subject: Storage | February 28, 2011 - 12:20 PM |
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Today Intel announced their SSD 510 Series of solid state drives. This is the first SATA 6Gb/sec offering to come from Intel, and has been eagerly awaited by the industry. These units come in the standard 2.5" x 9.5mm form factor, in capacities of 120 and 250GB.

OCZ and the Vertex 3

Subject: Storage | February 24, 2011 - 02:13 PM |
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Those of you who caught the live podcast last night had a preview of the performance of the brand new Sandforce controller and the OCZ Vertex 3 240GB drive.  For the full story you need to read Al's review, where he puts the new drive to every test he could think of.  Go on and click through!


Corsair to Preview Force Series GT SSDs at CeBIT

Subject: Storage | February 24, 2011 - 11:51 AM |
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Fremont, California — February 24th, 2011 — Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced it will preview its new Force Series™ GT line of solid-state drives at its booth at CeBIT.

The new Force GT SSDs will use the new SandForce SF-2000 SSD Processor with native support for SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3) to deliver incredible perf

OCZ Technology Unveils the Vertex 3 and Vertex 3 Pro SATA 6Gbps SSDs

Subject: Storage | February 24, 2011 - 11:47 AM |
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SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OCZ Technology
Group
, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance
solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today
unveiled its next generation Vertex 3 SATA III SSD product family, a
lineup that caters to both client and enterprise applications.
Harnessing the 6Gbps speed of the SATA III interface, the new series
delivers double the performance of the previous generation.

SuperTalent Introduces Fastest & Smallest Gen 2 SSD

Subject: Storage | February 21, 2011 - 02:42 PM |
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San Jose, California - February 21th, 2011 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced their CoreStore TMline of SSD solutions designed to bring a new level of performance to the SSD market.

By combining the very latest Marvel controller (88NV9143), new DDR ONFi 2 flash and plugging directly to the PCIe bus, Super Talent is now able to create two solutions t

Corsair address the 25nm transition for SSDs, shows performance delta

Subject: Storage | February 18, 2011 - 04:45 PM |
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Corsair sent out an email and posted some information on their website some of the implied criticism that is surrounding the transition from 34nm flash memory to 25nm flash memory on SandForce based SSDs.  Now, you might at first think that moving from 34nm flash to 25nm flash should be straight forward and any price benefits we get would be passed to the consumer with lower prices.  All good right?  Well, there is a catch:

Write 7GB a day and your 25nm SSD will be dead in a millennium

Subject: Storage | February 18, 2011 - 04:23 PM |
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AnandTech went straight after the rumour mongers with a bit of math, showing that even though the number of times you can program/erase one flash block is cut almost in half compared to previous generations you are not going to see the drive die because of flash exhaustion.  You may see controllers fail or even see the flash memory's charge drain but the read/write error won't be the likely cause.  Check out his review of the OCZ Vertex 3 Pro with the new SandForce 2582 controll

Source: AnandTech

Intel 510 series of SATA 6G SSD coming March 1st?

Subject: Storage | February 17, 2011 - 07:28 PM |
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If rumors are what you pay attention to, then this one is worth looking at.  Following right on the foot steps of today's OCZ Vertex 3 Pro SSD based on the SATA 6G-ready SandForce SF-2000 series of controller, it looks like Intel is planning a release of the 510-series of SSDs in early March.  According to the story over at VR-Zone, we will see the launch as soon as March 1st - so just a couple of weeks away. 
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Source: VR-Zone

Zalman's multi-talented drive docking station

Subject: Storage | February 15, 2011 - 06:14 PM |
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Zalman's ZM-MH200 Dual HDD Docking Station sports two sockets that can handle 3.5" and 2.5" disk drives as well as having a microSD port for your small storage.  It connects to your PC via USB 2.0 or eSATA, so it is a little slower than competitors models which use USB 3.0.  Steve definitely gave it points for stlye,

Thermaltakes's popular BlacX gets a USB 3.0 update

Subject: Storage | February 9, 2011 - 12:35 PM |
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The Thermaltake BlacX external HDD was very popular when it first arrived and the updated 5G USB 3.0
model
looks to be even more popular.  Resembling a toaster when populated, the device is intended for naked drives making it easy to swap out HDD without disassembling a cage.  The testing that The Tech Report performed confirme

Do online back ups like a boss

Subject: Storage | February 4, 2011 - 11:48 AM |
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Techware Labs has recently tried out CA Technologies' backup service, a small part of their popular software suite.  By installing a relatively small piece of software and running through the initial back up process after choosing the size of your storage space, you can access any of your files from anywhere.  That freedom impressed Techware Labs as they retrieved a file initially backed up from a desktop PC to their laptop with no problems at all.  The suite does seem a little pric

Kingston's USB 3.0 SSD will cost you a bit and impress you a lot

Subject: Storage | February 1, 2011 - 02:39 PM |
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With the plethora of SSDs that have arrived on the market we have learned that flash based storage with a properly implemented controller is incredibly fast.  That is important now that we have a portable connector that can sustain transfer speeds high enough that a fast drive is necessary.  USB 3.0 is pushing portable USB drive makers to implement faster drives, an example of which is the 128GB Kingston HyperX Max USB 3.0 SSD

Big storage in a small package; WD's new Scorpio Black 750GB

Subject: Storage | January 27, 2011 - 03:11 PM |
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Even laptops need big amounts of storage, though you still need a trade off between power consumption and speed when using a platter based drive.  One of the most popular solutions are

Samsung builds its 470 series SSDs from scratch

Subject: Storage | January 18, 2011 - 05:01 PM |
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Samsung has a plan; they make their own flash memory and are hoping that will help them with their SSD lineup, both in cost and performance.  Their only cheat is the controller which is a 32-bit ARM9 processor and not technically a Samsung product.  Inside one particular fact stands out, which is that the PCB is only 3" long and 1.8" wide so we may see sub 2.5" drives from Samsung in the near future.

An updated SSD performance roundup

Subject: Storage | January 11, 2011 - 01:20 PM |
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TechARP has recently updated their seven SSD round up, specifically seeing how Windows 7's built in SSD features work.  They are focused on the raw performance of the drive, as opposed to calculating a performance per dollar metric or the price per gigabyte.  The drives run from 30GB up to 160GB and each and every one shows the performance difference you can expect from upgrading to an SSD.  If you still aren't convinced that these drives will improve your computing experience you should read through the

Source: Tech ARP

CES 2011: Corsair's new P3 series SSD's sports next gen Marvell SATA 6Gb/sec controller

Subject: Storage | January 8, 2011 - 03:00 AM |
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We paid a visit to the Corsair booth on the CES show floor for a peek at their new P3 series SSD line:

These will be available in 64, 128, and 256GB versions.

CES 2011: Storage goodness from the Intel booth

Subject: Storage | January 8, 2011 - 02:00 AM |
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I love Intel's massive booth on the CES show floor. The meeting rooms extend up to a second floor that can be seen just below the row of funky blue lights.

The PCPer gang was briefed by 'top men' from Intel on several items, including Solid State Storage.