Avoiding the embarrassment of discovery

Subject: Storage | August 26, 2009 - 03:23 PM |
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In Win's new Ammo external HDD cage has a unique trick that the security conscious will be interested in.  Encrypting and decrypting large files can be a time consuming process as you wait patiently by your top of the line PC with 8 threads and gobs of memory bandwidth for it to finish.  In Win feels that might be a little inconvenient and includes 128-bit AES encryption handled by a dedicated ASIC chip built right into the enclosure.&nbs

Corsair Launches 256GB Extreme Series SSD

Subject: Storage | August 25, 2009 - 11:15 AM |
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FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 24, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced a new, high-capacity 256GB addition to its high-performance Extreme Series SSD family.

Built using the renowned Indilinx Barefoot controller and Samsung MLC NAND flash memory, the new Corsair Extreme Series X256 SSD combines high-performance with a massive 256GB of storage space, for enthusiasts who don't want to compromise on speed or capacity.

Would you like that sequentially or in parallel?

Subject: Storage | August 21, 2009 - 12:13 PM |
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Allyn took his tall stack of SSDs on a series of benchmarks to see what effect the size of the drive has on performance.  With various sizes of this new storage available, it is worth finding out if size can change the performance you see from your shiny new drive.  Of course, that is not all that he tested.  There are different controllers, flash memory types and a new feature we will see from Windows 7 called TRIM, which is to help repair the damage done to drives through heavy usage.  Some SSD makers were content to use TRIM, others went and designed their own repair met

Opa! Time to toss out the platters.

Subject: Storage | August 18, 2009 - 07:07 PM |
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Apart from the form factor and the use of a much faster transfer bus, flash drives are becoming the defacto standard for data storage.  The 120GB+ tend to prefer a SATA or eSATA interface, while the smaller drives tend to use USB for transfer and lack sophisticated controllers.  The A-DATA 32GB XPG
is one of the smaller drives, both in storage capacity and in physical size and it is up for review at Legit Reviews.  Can it live up to its Xupreme name? Follow the link to find out.

The most popular kid at the Prom

Subject: Storage | August 14, 2009 - 12:13 PM |
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Indilinx has gone from a company that only the most hardened of storage geeks used on a daily basis to one of the more common names dropped in tech discussions.  This is all thanks to the rise of the Solid State Drive and Indilinx's Barefoot controller.  A quick peek at Allyn's SSD Decoder Ring shows you just how popular a controller it is.  This implementation is paired with Elpida RAM and Samsung NAND in the

Source: BCCHardware

Corsair Launches World’s Fastest High Capacity USB Flash Drive

Subject: Storage | August 13, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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Fremont, CA. August 13th, 2009 - Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced the 128GB Flash Voyager GT, the world’s fastest 128GB USB flash drive.

The newest Flash Voyager GT is based upon a revolutionary design that employs a unique dual-controller architecture to achieve SLC-levels of performance using MLC NAND flash memory.

3 Bits are Better Than 2

Subject: Storage | August 11, 2009 - 01:47 PM |
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The Flash Memory Summit has just begun, and to kick things off, Intel and Micron have announced something unexpected:  3 bit per cell flash memory.  This is significant on many levels (pun intended).  SLC (single level cell) flash is 1 bpc.  The vast majority of MLC (multi level cell) flash is 2 bpc, netting a 100% capacity gain over SLC.  This new flash is 3 bpc, pushing bit density to 200% over SLC and 50% over previous generation MLC flash.

New Kingston SSDNow V+ series drives

Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 07:52 PM |
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Kingston has informed us of a new addition to their SSDNow V series line.  The new "V+" series incorporate Samsung RBB controllers and will be available in the usual Samsung sizes (64 / 128 / 256 GB).  They will also sport a 3 year warranty.  This will add Kingston to another section of our SSD Decoder during its next update.

Intel X25-M G2 updated firmware is now available

Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 07:39 PM |
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For those who managed to sneak an early purchase of an Intel X25-M G2 series SSD, there is now a firmware update available for your downloading pleasure.  Please ensure you update prior to updating or removing any BIOS HDD password you might have set since your purchase.  Once updated, you are free to do whatever you wish with said password (except forget it, of course).  This u

That's waste management to the other PC types

Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 02:38 PM |
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Allyn has been hard at work on the new OZC Vertex custom Indilinx firmware
which enables garbage collection, perhaps one of the most interesting features an SSD can have.  Think of it as a way for SSDs to heal themselves from the damage of file transfers and deletions that defragmenting took care of on platter based drives.  Allyn subjects the poor drive to his custom made SSD killing test and watched in amazement as the drive healed its self over time without his needing to repair it.

A bargain SSD?!?

Subject: Storage | August 6, 2009 - 04:37 PM |
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You can thank Intel for the sudden drop in SSD prices as their second generation X25 series has forced the competition to drop prices or suffer.  A perfect example is the OCZ Agility SSD 120GB, which will run you $300.  On paper it reads up to 230 MB/s
writes at 135 MB/s
and sustained writes of 80 MB/s.  The Guru of 3D tests those claims in their new review, so

Source: Guru of 3D

Fusion-io ioXtreme Maya testing

Subject: Storage | August 4, 2009 - 12:36 PM |
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Fusion-io passed along a press release with some of their internal testing results of the ioXtreme.  In the below release, they claim a 6x performance gain under Maya as compared to a high end 4-drive RAID.  Details are scarce at present and we have yet to see hard benchmark figures from the ioXtreme, but here is the tease they provided on the published spec sheet:


Source: Fusion-io

They grow up so quickly

Subject: Storage | August 3, 2009 - 02:21 PM |
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You may think of SSDs as a very new technology for mainstream users; something that is only true compared to platter technology.  Intel has already hit their second generation and one of the biggest improvements was the price; not to take anything away from its performance numbers.  Now it is OCZ's turn, with the third generation of their Vertex series.  The newest is a 120GB Vertex Turbo drive which

It's a photo finish!

Subject: Storage | July 30, 2009 - 03:32 PM |
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PhotoFast may not sound like a big name in storage, but believe it or not, their G-Monster V5 256GB is one of the fastest SSDs on the planet, though also one of the most expensive, at $1000.  Tweaktown tested it out on an 8 core Opteron system and found that the system its self was a bottleneck for the drives performance.  Even so, the G-Monster V5 has hitting almost 250 MB/s read speeds and 210MB/s write speeds.

Source: TweakTown

Success on the second try

Subject: Storage | July 28, 2009 - 12:32 PM |
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As Allyn has proved, the new technology used in the second generation has almost completely removed the fragmentation over time problem.  You can see that confirmed by The Tech Report's review of the drive, where they tested the response times of drives before and after heavy testing.  They still anxiously await Win7 and the TRIM commands that will help Indilinx and Samsung controlled drives performance; the question is can it help them cl

Fusion-io + Dell = mean database server

Subject: Storage | July 27, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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Much of the below press release is industry jargon, but what you can take home from this is Fusion-io paired an ioDrive with a Dell PowerEdge and MS SQL Server to produce a solid, high performing product that puts out some impressive stats.  This should make companies want to adopt the tech, which leads to volume sales and ultimately drives down the cost of consumer-grade products (in this case PCI-e SSDs).  The potential end result?  Cheaper ioXtreme SSDs for the rest of us.

Source: Fusion-io

*DO NOT* set a BIOS HDD password on your X25-M G2

Subject: Storage | July 24, 2009 - 06:36 PM |
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***Public Service Announcement***



Intel has informed me of a bug in the X25-M G2 shipping firmware (02G2).  This
bug is specific to setting a hard drive password in your BIOS.  If you
have set a BIOS HDD password, then subsequently change or disable that
password, the SSD may become inoperable.  Intel is correcting the issue
in firmware and will be posting a fix shortly.  In summary:

Win win with Intel's new SSD

Subject: Storage | July 23, 2009 - 01:14 PM |
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If you watched the live Podcast last night you got a sneak preview of the results of Allyn's testing of the 2nd generation Intel X25-M.  Today the hard numbers have arrived in his full review.  Write speeds remain the drives Achilles Heel, the Indilinx controlled drives still end up on top though this new drive from Intel now has less than a 0.1ms Random Access time.  It is better than its predecessor across the board, and cheaper to boot!

OCZ Colossus early testing data, now with ETA and pricing

Subject: Storage | July 22, 2009 - 09:15 PM |
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You may remember us talking about the upcoming OCZ Colossus SSD - the first standard 3.5-in form factor solid state drive first shown at Computex 2009.  As it happens, some preliminary performance results happened to swing by our email this morning. 

 
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Intel G2 X25-M: In The Lab (with earlly testing data!)

Subject: Storage | July 22, 2009 - 04:11 PM |
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Our Intel X25-M G2 sample just arrived.  I promptly threw it on the storage testbed and got some initial data.  I'll let the pics do the talking:

X25-M G2 in the lab.