Intel starts shipping 160GB X25-M SSD - your wallet cries

Subject: Storage | December 23, 2008 - 02:48 AM |
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If you thought the idea of shelling out nearly $600 for one of the impressive-looking Intel X25-M 80GB solid state drives was a holiday wish that wouldn't be met, wait until you hear the latest news: Intel has started shipping the 160GB version as well.  No official word on pricing yet, and its not actually for sale anywhere I could find, but expect to write that check for $1000+.

Have a Blu Christmas

Subject: Storage | December 12, 2008 - 03:54 PM |
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Blu-ray hasn't quiet surpassed the DVD as the premiere choice for watching movies in your home but it is making a lot of headway, especially for HD aficionados. 
The market is opening up a bit and you can find an affordable drive without haveing to pick up a PS3.  This also means there is a choice in which manufacturer you will buy your Blu-ray player from, and choosing the right one can make your experience a lot more satisfying.  Digital Trends offers some advice on that exact topic<

We have a runner up

Subject: Storage | December 1, 2008 - 01:22 PM |
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If you can't afford Intel's fancy new SLC X25-M SSD, Patriot's 128G Warp MLC SSD may be a nice substitution.  The use of multi level cells does mean your write speed will suffer compared to an SLC drive, but from Beyond3D's testing, this Patriot drive tends to beat out G.Skill's SSD as well as the WD Raptor.  Maybe this is the gift for you?

Source: Bjorn3D

Intel's new unchallenged speed record

Subject: Storage | November 25, 2008 - 05:46 PM |
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AMD's new CPUs may give the Core i7 a run for their money in certain applications, but Intel has a new undisputed top rank when it comes to storage.  We have heard a lot of good things about their new SLC SSD HDD, the X25-E Extreme and it would seem that if anything, the speed has been underestimated.  While it may only hold 32GB, it uses almost no power and is a class of it's own when it comes to speed for reading or for writing.  Head to The Tech Report and prepare to be amazed.

All the cool kids are doing it

Subject: Storage | November 20, 2008 - 12:26 PM |
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Chaintech has been very quiet for quite a while, they've yet to start on DDR3 or newer generations of nVIDIA cards and it has been forever sinve they put out a motherboard; instead they've focused on storage.  Any company that has dealt with memory seems to be putting out an SSD drive, and Chintech is no different.  Head to TweakTown to meet the 64GB Apogee 2.5" SSD, an MLC drive with a lot of speed uder the hood.  The 64GB limit may make you feel a little

Source: TweakTown

Windows 7 will add performance for solid state drives

Subject: Storage | November 6, 2008 - 01:53 PM |
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At the WinHEC conference going on right now Microsoft is beginning to shed details on the features and improvements coming with Windows 7 sometime in late 2009.  Dailytech is reporting that Microsoft has been putting a new emphasis on the world of hardware for the OS by including a new "Device Stage" section of the OS that will allow users to easily access manuals, features and information about any piece of hardware attached to their system. 

Warp 2.0

Subject: Storage | November 3, 2008 - 03:46 PM |
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The Patriot Warp V2 128GB SSD is the newest version of Patriot's MLC SSDs.  TweakTown didn't have the first version handy, so it was difficult to see how the performance has changed.  They did have a few other SSDs and platter based drives hanging around, and the Warp outpaced them all almost straight across the board<

Source: TweakTown

How to go green, successfully

Subject: Storage | October 28, 2008 - 06:25 PM |
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Western Digital has changed their GreenPower terabyte HDD from using four 250GB platters to three 333GB platters and doubled the cache size.  The Tech Report loved the first version, which not only delivered on the energy savings promised, but also performed as well or better than some 7200rpm HDDs.  Check out what the modifications have done to this drive.

Super Talent Announces 18-Carat Solid Gold USB Drive

Subject: Storage | October 28, 2008 - 01:11 PM |
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San Jose, California - October 28, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a limited edition 18-carat solid gold USB drive that comes with a serialized Certificate of Authenticity.

The Pico-C has become the hallmark of style and quality in USB drives. Prized for its beautiful design and incredibly small size, the Pico-C is also water resistant and fast, supporting up to 200X (30MB/sec) data transfer speeds.

Thinking big with Seagate

Subject: Storage | October 21, 2008 - 05:33 PM |
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Seagate's Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB runs about $190, or roughly 13 cents per gigabyte.  It has four 375GB platters and a 32MB cache which offers some strange results.  The 7200.11 series have never been the fastest drives, especially writing, and the extra size of the platters has slowed the seek times down.  It is the cheapest way to get a huge amount of storage in a standard drive, which will mean a lot to some who are far more concerned by size than speed

It's sizing up to be a big battle

Subject: Storage | October 17, 2008 - 03:21 PM |
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The Western Digital RE3 and Hitachi's E7K1000 are the best terabyte HDDs that either company has to offer.  Their stats are very similar as far as seek times, number of platters and cache and the differences in performance are just as close.  ExtremeTech has their work cut out for them in picking a winner.

Source: Extremetech

New Drives Break Performance Barriers, Lower Storage Infrastructure, Cooling, Energy Costs

Subject: Storage | October 15, 2008 - 06:26 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 15, 2008 - Intel Corporation has begun shipping
its highest- performing solid-state drive (SSD), the IntelR X-25E Extreme
SATA Solid-State Drive, aimed at server, workstation and storage systems.
Unlike mechanical drives, the SSDs contain no moving parts and instead
feature 50nm single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory technology. Systems
equipped with these drives will not suffer from the performance bottlenecks
associated with conventional drives.

Time to dump the PS3?

Subject: Storage | October 9, 2008 - 03:04 PM |
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Futurelooks tried out the newest Samsung Blu-ray player, the BD-P150 which is slightly cheaper than a new PS3.  Currently the PS3 is one of the best choices for a Blu-ray player, and when you remember it is also a full console, the choice seems obvious.  See if there is anything Samsun

Source: futurelooks

Super Talent Launches SSDs for Asus Eee PCss

Subject: Storage | October 7, 2008 - 04:43 PM |
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San Jose, California - October 7, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a new line of mini PCI-Express SSDs, available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, that were designed explicitly for the Asus Eee PC.

Standard Eee PCs have maximum 20GB of storage. These cost-effective upgrade cards offer up to 64GB of solid state storage.

Maximum storage, minimum cabling

Subject: Storage | October 6, 2008 - 01:41 PM |
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Having an external HDD enclosure can be very handy, especially if it can hot-swap drives.  It does add to the clutter of cables running around your PC, with data and power cables not looking particularly good even if the enclosure does.  ICY DOCK's MB672SKGF-B is an internal HDD enclosure that supports hot-swapping and helps keep your area clean; all the cabling is inside the case.  As an added bonus you also get an LCD screen on

Source: Bjorn3D

Western Digital gobbles up Fujitsu storage division

Subject: Storage | October 2, 2008 - 03:25 PM |
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It looks like we have another player in the storage market bowing out to its competitors - Fujitsu is apparently selling off their HDD and storage division to Western Digital, one of the market's key leaders in technology and performance.  Along with the deal comes the HDD manufacturering plants that Fujitsu owns in Japan, the Philippines and Thailand and an additional 7.1% market share to add to Western Digital's 22.5%. 

 
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Super Talent Shatters SSD Affordability Barriers

Subject: Storage | September 30, 2008 - 11:12 AM |
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San Jose, California - September 30, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched a pair of new high quality SATA-II SSDs that shatter previous price barriers.

Super Talent's MasterDrive SSDs have become legendary for their many advantages over hard drives. MasterDrive SSDs offer five times better resistance to shock and vibration, consume less power, support a wider range of operating temperatures and altitudes, and are completely silent.

Scatterbrained storage

Subject: Storage | September 29, 2008 - 06:16 PM |
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If you have a hard time deciding which drive you want to save your data on, or maybe you like to have a half dozen or so HDDs with different types of files on them, you might really need a four disk hot swappable SATA rack.  You could also use it to start up an incredibly intricate back up regimen.  PC Stats thought it would be perfect for a dual RAID-1 configuration, read through the review and think what you might do with the IcyDock MB454SPF-B.

Source: PCStats

Corsair Introduces 64GB Portable USB Flash Drive

Subject: Storage | September 29, 2008 - 03:44 PM |
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Fremont, CA, September 29, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that it is expanding its best selling Flash Voyager USB family lines with a new 64GB capacity offering.

You got serial all over my SCSI

Subject: Storage | September 25, 2008 - 05:18 PM |
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The HighPoint Technologies RocketRAID 2640x4 is a ~$150 PCI-e RAID controller card that will let you operate SAS drives in your PC.  There are a few differences between SATA and SAS storage, some are more arcane like the difference between SAS's Tagged Command Queuing and SATA's Native Command Queuing, other qualities like the 15,000 RPM speed of SAS drives are easier to understand.

Source: Beyond3D