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Subject: Storage | October 27, 2009 - 06:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
Yesterday some news began filtering in to me that there were some potential issues with the newly released Intel X25-M firmware that updates the G2 drives to support the TRIM command as well as boosting write speeds. (You can read all about the new features and performance of the new firmware in our article here.) That news was basically confirmed today when Intel sent along a note saying they had pulled the new firmware until they could figure out the issue:
Subject: Storage | October 26, 2009 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thanks to Intel's new firmware and SSD Toolbox application along with Windows 7's TRIM ability, those with the second generation (G2) 160GB Intel SSD can get some rather noticeable speed improvements. The bad news is that this update will not have an effect on 80GB models, nor on the 50nm generation. Those with the G2 160GB drive will have a pleasant surprise; you can see how nice a surprise in Allyn's review.
Subject: Storage | October 26, 2009 - 11:00 AM | Allyn Malventano
Back when the original Intel X25-M SSD came out, Intel hinted at the
future release of software that would let you monitor your SSD under
Windows. It took them a while, but they have now released such a tool. The press release is below, and my evaluation of the new firmware and the SSD Toolbox software can be found here, in the Storage section.
Subject: Storage | October 13, 2009 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 13, 2009 — Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced a revamped Flash Voyager GT product lineup.
Subject: Storage | October 8, 2009 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
An SSD that only costs $230, on the market, as opposed to $300-ish if you can find it for sale, is a rather attractive buy, even if it is only 60GB. OCZ has used different NAND chips to bring down the price of this drive which raised the quest
Subject: Storage | October 6, 2009 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Verbatim's PRO QUAD-INT 1TB DT HDD, aka the Quad-Interface eHDD is particularly versatile, with eSATA ll, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 connections. This is perfect for a back up solution, transferring 100GB of data over a USB 2.0 interface is a long painful experience and can easy convince you to skip backing up your data. OCModShop reviews this external HDD that claims up to 3000Mb/s maximum speed ov
Subject: Storage | September 30, 2009 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Patriot's Torqx 128GB MLC SSD uses the familiar Indilinx Bigfoot controller and comes in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB flavours. The 128GB model is what is up for review at Legit Reviews, compared to all the other SSDs they have had a chance to test. We know that this drive will support TRIM in Windows 7 but they did not have a chance to test that particular feature. You can be guaranteed that all the other features are covered in their full review.
Subject: Storage | September 25, 2009 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have been using USB 2.0 for about 8 years now and until recently the 480Mbit/s has been fine; with the advent of multi gigabyte USB flash drives it is no longer quick enough for most users. The USB 3.0 standard is finally appearing and it is Freecom that has managed to hit the streets first with an external USB 3.0 drive, while Seagate will release the first internal drive. The new interface should increase the speed 10 fold, transferring a 5GB file in under 1 minute.
Subject: Storage | September 21, 2009 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The aforementioned SATA 3.0 Seagate Barracuda XT (aka ST32000641AS) sports 4 platters each with 368 Gb/in2 aerial density has appeared at Benchmark Reviews. It has a 64MB cache and claims 132MBs of sustained read, a 4.16ms latency an MSRP of $299 and an availability of
October-ish. Take a look at their preview.
Subject: Storage | September 16, 2009 - 11:19 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California - September 16, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, will start shipping the first PCI Express RAIDDrive SSDs in early October.
RAIDDrive is designed to break the throughput bottleneck in the storage subsystem by removing the bandwidth limitation of the SATA bus. The PCIe Gen.
Subject: Storage | September 15, 2009 - 06:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaktown tore themselves away from gazing at cars to put together a quick review of the Active Media Products Executive I 2-in-1 Carbon Fiber Pen. Not only does it represent the latest in technology for the manual transference of ink onto paper it is also a 4GB flash drive. Now you can be papered and paperless simultaneously.
Interested in one of the geekiest pen you can get for under $20
Subject: Storage | September 10, 2009 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have seen many ways of securing data, from software based cryptography tools to biometrics like face and fingerprint recognition. Vantec has chosen a rather physical way to secure any data kept on a HDD housed within its NexStar Vault. Along with some rather impressive transfer speeds, the integral keypad ensures that the secure partition stays secure. Without the proper 6-digit key you cannot get at the data, removing the drive from the Vault does not disable the encryption. Take
Subject: Storage | September 8, 2009 - 06:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On last weeks Podcast Allyn spoke briefly about a new technology for platter based drives from Western Digital that allowed the reading head to have vastly increased seek times along with anti-disks to optimize the airflow that the reading head needs. We finally get to see it in action in the Western Digital 7200RPM 2TB Caviar Black and RE4 Green Power drives. Check out the cutting edge speeds in his full review, plus a warning
Subject: Storage | September 3, 2009 - 12:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You would not commonly associate ExpressCards and SSDs, but that is exactly what Wintec decided to do with their FileMate SolidGO 24GB ExpressCard Ultra SSD. If you have an ExpressCard slot on your PC or laptop, this device will provide you with read speeds of 115MB/s and write speeds of 65MB/s. Bizarrely, that is exactly what the manufacturer claims, as well as what the testing at ModSynergy found, showing W
Subject: Storage | September 3, 2009 - 02:03 AM | Ryan Shrout
I try not to get up in arms about pricing of particular components at different online retailers, but I really felt the need to bitch about this one. Newegg, whom I usually recommend whole heartedly, simply decided to screw over the consumer this week on the nifty new Intel X25-M G2 SSDs that Allyn reviewed last month.
Subject: Storage | September 1, 2009 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Storage | September 1, 2009 - 09:00 AM | Allyn Malventano
Today Western Digital announced two new models to their product lines. Both are 7200 RPM 2TB models. First is the 2TB Caviar Black, and second is the 2TB RE4. We previously reviewed the 2TB RE4-GP, a 5400 RPM model. The RE4 will be the server class version of the consumer-grade Caviar Black, and will incorporate the same enterp
Subject: Storage | August 28, 2009 - 03:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have yet to enjoy the experience of a 500GB+ drive suddenly reducing its self to 32MB and refusing to be read, you are missing out. It is caused by a random corruption of the LBA48, HPA and DCO records
which reside in that part of the HDD you can not get at, that part of the drive which many people get very upset about. It was the cause of an attempted class action suit from users who decided not having access to the full capacity of the drive was some sort of false advertising and was also the reason that gibblebytes and other bizarre names were bandied around for a while
Subject: Storage | August 26, 2009 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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