You've come a long way ...

Subject: Storage | July 13, 2009 - 12:43 PM |
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The Tech Report has put together a massive conglomeration of drives both SSD and platter based, run singly and in RAID to see the recent evolution of storage.  From the fastest SSDs through RAM based storage to old 5400RPM platter drives, there is a lot of numbers to go through.  Take a look at which drives excel at which tasks in addition to technology differences and RAID setups.

A solid upgrade

Subject: Storage | July 6, 2009 - 03:06 PM |
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The Tech Report takes a quick peek at an upgrade kit designed to get you up and running with the Intel X-25M SSD.  The kit includes adaptors for a home system, which you would not need in a mobile system.  They ran some quick tests, avoiding the amount of benchmarking that Allyn has done; much to the dismay of those trying to sell SSD drives.  The mobile performance increase is noticeable at a glance, while we are all familiar with the performance on a desktop.

TRIM those offsets

Subject: Storage | July 2, 2009 - 12:26 PM |
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The Tech Report's previous review of SSDs, in which they found serious problems with the performance of the Indilinx Barefoot controlled Super Talent and OCZ SSD drives generated some feedback from listeners.  Their comments can be summed up as a complaint that if they had used Vista, instead of XP and its default 63-sector partition offset which is a problem for Indilinx controlled SSDs and updated the firmware of the drives, all the problems would go away.  Read on to see how the test results differed from their first

A bit better than a double sided floppy

Subject: Storage | June 29, 2009 - 11:38 AM |
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Now that Blu-Ray burners and re-writers are sitting near the $200 mark, the DVD seems to be on its way to extinction.  It is not just the sheer size of storage on this optical media, the disks themselves are much more resistant to scratching and a rewriteable disk will not become useless after just a few uses.  Even more attractive than the first generation of disks are the new single and dual-layer BluRay discs;

Source: OCMODSHOP

Corsair Launches New 128GB and 64GB Performance Series Solid State Drives

Subject: Storage | June 25, 2009 - 01:24 PM |
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Fremont, CA. June 25th, 2009.

Take it, it is Your Book now; or else!

Subject: Storage | June 25, 2009 - 09:28 AM |
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Looking nice in shiny white and standing all of 6.7" tall, 3.9" wide, and 6.3" deep, the Western Digital My Book World Edition II
might just help save your sanity.  Since it is easy to use, looks relatively attractive and is small enough to hide if necessary, this NAS might be just the thing to get your friends and family members to actually do a back up of their important stuff.  Just a few minutes

Intel working on 320GB SSDs for Q4

Subject: Storage | June 23, 2009 - 01:33 PM |
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According to a story over at Fudzilla, Intel is working on some upgrades to their line of solid state drives this winter.  Apparently Intel is converting their flash drives to use 34nm NAND and will introduce a 320GB version in addition to the 160GB and 80GB model based on the new memory technology.  While the cost per GB will surely go down with this memory change, the price on the 320GB model could be pretty staggering - well over the 160GB model you can

Source: Fudzilla

Hitting the big time

Subject: Storage | June 22, 2009 - 03:08 PM |
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Picking up a terabyte sized drive is nothing special today, they are rather inexpensive and come in various flavours of energy savings and performance.  Hardware Secrets has rounded up a dozen different 1TB HDDs (sorry none are SSDs), ranging from the speed at any cost to those who see power savings as their main focus.  Drop by and see which one(s) catch your interest.

Serial SSD killer

Subject: Storage | June 18, 2009 - 11:28 AM |
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Allyn has a natural talent when it comes to exposing the weaknesses of the new solid state drives and exposing them to the world.  He has also had great success working with the companies that produce them to bring the drives back from the dead, like he did with Intel.  His current targets are the OCZ Vertex and Super Talent UltraDrive ME, both using the Indilinx
controller.  Check out what happened when he ran them through the gauntlet at the top of the page.

Squashing Some Western Digital SSD Rumors

Subject: Storage | June 17, 2009 - 03:03 PM |
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There have been various rumors flying about Western Digital bringing a SSD to market.  I wanted to take a quick moment to clear the air on this before those rumors get out of hand.


Leaving some room for improvement

Subject: Storage | June 15, 2009 - 09:54 AM |
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The review of the G.Skill Falcon at Hardware Canucks comes with an interesting fact that may help some SSD's reputations.  It seems very possible that any built using the Indilinx Big Foot Controller will come with jumpers, which means hardware flashing will be possible.  Considering that the Falcon supports the TRIM command right out of the box, this shows a plan for steady improvements to the co

Bigger than you think

Subject: Storage | June 10, 2009 - 03:19 PM |
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If you have never heard the term overburning before, at least in terms of how it applies to CDs and DVDs you are probably safer staying far away from it.  On the other hand, if you have managed to physically damage an optical drive by overburning, this overview from OCMODSHOP will seem like familiar territory.  Overburning takes advantage of the roughly 10% of the disk that remains unused in a normal burn.  The reason that there is unused space is to prevent damage to burners as well as to help with compatibility. 

Source: OCMODSHOP

Computex 2009: Super Talent PCIe SSD and more

Subject: Storage | June 7, 2009 - 09:34 PM |
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Our stop by the Super Talent booth resulted in some interesting new products including a 128GB USB drive:

With some help from double stacked memory modules ST was able cram an IMPRESSIVE amount of storage in a small form factor.

More details on the JMicron 612 SSD controller

Subject: Storage | June 4, 2009 - 10:23 AM |
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Those of you who watched us record our podcast over at TWIT.tv last night got an early peek at this:


Noteworthy items:

It's a RAID race

Subject: Storage | June 4, 2009 - 10:18 AM |
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X-bit Labs has had RAIDs on the brain as well as a lot of 500GB drives lying around, so testing these drives in RAID just makes sense.  With 4 Seagate models, single Hitachi and Samsung models a pair of Western Digital drives and an Areca ARC1220 to handle the RAID arrays.  They chose to test RAID 0, 5 and 10 and since the only part changing is the drive it is easy to see what effect the different drives have on system performance.  Check out the full review.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Computex 2009: NVIDIA ION-based netbook and nettop from OCZ shown

Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 08:34 AM |
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Though the OCZ Neutrino has already been getting a lot of positive feedback recently, OCZ decided to upgrade the platform by removing the Intel integrated graphics and replacing it with the NVIDIA ION chipset and graphics solution.


Computex 2009: OCZ Introduces Colossus 3.5-in SSD in 500GB and 1TB capacities

Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 08:16 AM |
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The news is coming swiftly already at Computex with a stop by the OCZ booth a bit before the show starts.  We found a lot of goodies hidden inside, not the least of which is a brand-spanking-new solid state drive called the "Colossus" for some obvious reasons. 

First, it's size: the drive fits into the standard 3.5-in hard drive form factor we have been used to for years.  Secondly, it's capacity: the drive will be available in 500GB and 1TB capacities in about 8 weeks.

More on JMicron's new SSD controller

Subject: Storage | May 31, 2009 - 10:36 PM |
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If you listen to our Wednesday fun on Leo Laporte's TWIT network or to our weekly podcast, you might have caught some initial tidbits about a new SSD controller in the works over at JMicron.  I did a bit more digging to bring you a scoop worthy of sufficient detail.


What do you mean my drive has gone senile!

Subject: Storage | May 28, 2009 - 11:55 AM |
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If you haven't heard or seen this weeks podcast yet, we offer a bit of background to take into our discussion of the state of SATA drives.  The Tech Report fired up some heavily used SSDs from Corsair, OCZ and Intel to see just how the performance has degraded, if at all.  It is also a study of the controllers, from Indilinx, Samsung and Intel as the controller is one of the major influences on the change of speed of an SSD over time.  Head on over to get a firm gr

See hot storage action

Subject: Storage | May 22, 2009 - 09:02 AM |
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If TWiCH and the video version of the PC Perspective Podcast on TWiT haven't scared you off, Ryan has a video enhanced version of the Thecus N200B NAS device.  This little box can hold up to five 500GB drives, cooled by a loud 100mm fan that was Ryan's least favourite part.  The remainder of the construction of the NAS was top notch and the software and setup reasonably simple and represents the t