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.

CES 2011: New OCZ products make their debut

Subject: Storage | January 8, 2011 - 12:00 AM |
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We got to meet up with OCZ for a first hand look at some of their new products:


First up is the Z-Drive R3. This drive contains the enterprise SandForce variant, complete with supercap.

CES 2011: Storage tidbits from CES: Unveiled event

Subject: Storage | January 5, 2011 - 03:06 AM |
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I did a quick run around the CES Unveiled event tonight. Here's some storage tidbits:
LaCie:
A WiFi b/g/n enabled NAS, available in 1 or 2 TB. Gigabit link is included for those wanting faster speeds.

Intel releases m-SATA form factor line of SSD's

Subject: Storage | December 29, 2010 - 11:00 AM |
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Intel has released the 310 series of SSD's. Available in both 40GB and 80GB form factors, these new units are the smallest SATA form factor SSD we've seen to date:

Here the 310 series sits next to a 2.5" laptop HDD (yes, 2.5" not 3.5")

Data Robotics rolls out 3TB support for Drobo S

Subject: Storage | December 28, 2010 - 11:02 PM |
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Data Robotics has released Firmware 2.1.0 for Drobo S models. The highlight of the release notes? 3TB support!

Vantec's new USB 3.0 dual HDD dock looks a bit like a toaster

Subject: Storage | December 15, 2010 - 04:40 PM |
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The newest NexStar dual bay HDD dock offers an incredibly handy and quick way to access your data.  It can handle 2.5" and 3.5" SATA drives so you will have no serious compatibility problems to deal with and with the USB 3.0 interface you aren't going to have to wait very long watching the blue bar slowly fill as your transfer slowly goes.  Tweaknews liked the look as well as the performance but do warn you to turn off the dock when it is not in use as your drives will get quite warm.

"Vantec has been on a roll lately with their NexStar line of storage products, and their USB 3.0 dual bay HDD dock is no exception. What stands out with this unit is the ability to access two hard drives simultaneously – something that is handy for all types of buyers ranging from the casual home PC user to network admins who need a quick way to access data on a hard drive."

Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:

  Storage

Source: Tweaknews

Samsung's new 470 Series SSD toggles its reads and writes

Subject: Storage | December 13, 2010 - 11:50 AM |
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Behind the covering of that SSD will be one of two types of flash memory, though both offer double data rate speeds by being able to read or write on the rise and fall of a clock cycle.  While most makers use the Open NAND Flash Interface, Samsung and Toshiba have chosen a different route called toggle flash which utilizes a data strobe instead of the usual clock when transferring data.  Both technologies are JEDEC approved, so it will be interesting to see which survives.  That is not the only trick this drive has, it is also the first to sport two DIMMs for cache, 128MB DRAM c

Making sure you get all of that 3TB drive

Subject: Storage | December 3, 2010 - 02:19 PM |
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Seagate and WD have started releasing HDDs with 2.5TB and 3TB capacities, which sounds great on the face of it but causes problems for many users as motherboards and OSes can have issues when drives grow that large.  Those still using XP are essentially out of luck, even with the intervention of a 3rd party PCIe RAID card, Win7 users will be up and running easily, though there is an update from Microsoft that is strongly recommended to prevent data corruption.  The real meat of the article covers the steps to

Source: Tech ARP

SuperTalent Introduces USB 3.0 Virtual PC

Subject: Storage | December 1, 2010 - 03:15 PM |
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San Jose, California - December 01, 2010 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced that they will begin offering Ceedo Personal with their USB 3.0 Express RAM CACHE flash drives.

With the introduction of USB 3.0, external storage devices can now function at unprecedented speeds; up to 10x.

Extreme external storage from the Kingston HyperX USB 3 drive

Subject: Storage | November 29, 2010 - 03:14 PM |
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The Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 128GB USB 3 SSD combines the two fastest ways to transfer data externally, inside lies an SSD based on a Toshiba controller which takes advantage of the bandwidth that USB 3.0 offers.  This adds up to transfer rates that never dip below 180 MB/s in HDTach tests.  Allyn was suitably impressed with the performance and when it hits shelves in the next week or two it should be priced about $2.19/GB.

Examining Samsung's SSD controller

Subject: Storage | November 22, 2010 - 05:03 PM |
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The Samsung 470 Series has been eclipsed by the Indilinx and Sandforce based SSDs, but TechSpot felt that the 256GB SSD deserved a full review.  As it is the largest of the series, it should also represent the best that the S3C29RBB01-YK40 controller can do.  As it turns out, there is quite a bit of power hid

Source: Tech Spot

Kingston announces HyperX Max 3.0 USB 3 SSD

Subject: Storage | November 22, 2010 - 11:08 AM |
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Today Kingston announced their new HyperX Max 3.0 series of USB 3.0 SSD's.


This new line features the same Toshiba HG2 SSD present in their line of SSDNow V+ Gen2 SSD's, but mounted in a very solid feeling external enclosure. Interface duties are performed by a Genesys Logic SATA to USB 3.0 bridge. We have one in the lab and will be posting our review later on, but for now I leave you with a shot of its internals:

The new Indilinx Barefoot controller is shaken, not stirred

Subject: Storage | November 16, 2010 - 04:55 PM |
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The next generation Indilinx controller is not going to be here for a little while yet, so in the meantime they've released a new version of the already on the market Barefoot controller, though AnandTech is quick to point out you need to buy a new drive to see it in action you cannot simply do a hardware flash to upgrade existing SSDs.  The review shows performance improvements, especially when dealing with incompressible formats
as those types of files hamstring th

Source: AnandTech