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Subject: Storage | March 2, 2009 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The big news in the 12th iteration of Seagate's Barracuda 7200RPM drives is the platters, each weighing in at 500GB. With the larger drives, you also get 32MB of cache which should help you use up a bit more of the bandwidth on the eSATA connection. The Tech Report found that the extra cache was most helpful in reading, this drive was looking more like a VelociRaptor than a Barracuda in those tests. When writing or coping, the drive was not nearly as impressive and fell more into the middle of the pack.
Subject: Storage | February 26, 2009 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not everyone uses a single OS, some collect them like trading cards and switch between them constantly. Usually this entails a certain install order and the use of something like LILO or a changed config file. ExtremeTech has an interesting and simply little project that will allow you to use a physical switch to choose the SATA HDD you boot off of. It is not an on the fly solution, the PC does need to be turned off to switch between the drives, but it can certainly simplify the boot proce
Subject: Storage | February 23, 2009 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a digital packrat with several gigabytes worth of data that you absolutely have to drag around with you and currently use more than one flash drive to do it, or even worse, carry around a full size HDD, then check out the Patriot Xporter Magnum. At 64Gb you will probably only need one to hold your dearest data; if you need more than that you may want to consider slimming down a bit. With an average read speed of 33MB/s
Subject: Storage | February 17, 2009 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our new reviewer and podcast star, Allyn Malventano, has finished some exhaustive testing of solid state drives in a high workload scenario. He and Ryan have been seeing plummeting performance from some of the SSDs they have used, and the Intel X-25M in particular. It turns out that while the data on an SSD can be considered to be fragmented, the absolute worst thing to do is run a defragmenting program on your drive, it will make the problem worse. Read the full reivew not only to see what causes the performance degradation
Subject: Storage | February 12, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The latest hard drive from Western Digital is the 2TB GreenPower Caviar, sporting four 500GB platters a 32MB cache and a reported sustained data rate of 100MB/s. The Tech Report tested out that stat and it seems that the high density platters help put this drive right in the middle of the pack as far as performance goes. While it will not beat out a
Subject: Storage | February 5, 2009 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a way to hot swap SATA drives and provide both a cooling fan and a security lock, you could consider the Icy Dock MB671SK Internal SATA HDD Enclosure. For under $50 you can pick up this internal enclosure that will handle terabyte drives and
keep them nice and cool, with absolutely no read or write speed penalties. If you are a swapper, or you would just like to be you should
Subject: Storage | January 30, 2009 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ Apex SSD is an odd beast, build on Jmicron MLC flash technology one might expect it to have the slower performance typical of MLC drives, but OCZ is positioning it to take on the mighty Intel X25-M 80GB SSD which uses faster SLC flash for storage. The key is the use of a pair of flash memory controllers and an onboard RAID chip, to help bring the bandwidth up. If you want to see how well OCZ managed, read Ryan's full review.
Subject: Storage | January 27, 2009 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Jan. 27, 2009 - WD (NYSE: WDC) today announced the first 2 terabyte (TB) hard drive - the world's highest capacity drive and the latest addition to WD's popular, environmentally friendly, cool and quiet, WD Caviar Green hard drive family.
Subject: Storage | January 20, 2009 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The USB flash drive has a competitor with the release of OCZ's Throttle 32GB eSATA drive. It may look like your every day thumb drive, but this one plugs into a powered eSATA port. If you wonder how that might affect your day, consider that Legit Reviews tested the drive by copying 29.3GB worth of files onto the Throttle and an OCZ ATV usb drive and then copied them back.
Subject: Storage | January 15, 2009 - 05:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new SD1A firmware for the 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda is intended to fix the intermittent freezing that is plaguing those who bought one of these large drives. The fix it's self works fine, but The Tech Report wanted to test for any unforeseen consequences the fix may have caused. They checked the speed through a large array of testing, even testing for changes in noise and power requirements. Long story short, the fix had no appreciable effect on anything but the problem it was intended to solve.
Subject: Storage | January 7, 2009 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hitachi's Deskstar E7K1000 is a terabyte drive with a full 32MB cache and three 334GB platters. The large size of the platters should, in theory, offer quieter running as well as drawing less power, especially when partnered with the "Hitachi Voltage Efficiency Regulator Technology". The Tech Report ran this HDD through their testing suites and proved that not only does this new Deskstar offer both of benefits mentioned, it also offers greater speed. This update was certainly worth the wait.
Subject: Storage | January 4, 2009 - 01:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
I have always been a fan of options, especially when it comes to computers and computing in general. We were big fans of the X58 chipset because it now allows us to CHOOSE between SLI and CrossFire on the same motherboard. I really liked some OCZ SSD hard drives as they had both SATA connections and USB connections allowing you to use them internally or as external drives. This new Verbatim hard drive takes it another step further by offering FOUR connectio
Subject: Storage | January 4, 2009 - 01:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you are anything like me, you've very often wanted to yell at, kick and smash your computer when it starts to act up on you. Maybe it won't POST, maybe it has some nasty spyware or maybe it is just locking and freezing - either way we now have PROOF that yelling at your PC won't do any good. And in fact, we have PROOF that yelling at it actually slows it down.
Subject: Storage | January 2, 2009 - 12:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
What's that? You are tired of just having ONE of the Intel X25-M solid state drives in your system and just need to spend that $500 you got for the holidays from grammy? Good news for you then: engadget is showing off news of an upcoming A-Data product that will allow you to use a pair of SSDs (or any 2.5" HDDs) in a RAID configuration an
Subject: Storage | December 23, 2008 - 02:48 AM | Ryan Shrout
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+.
Subject: Storage | December 12, 2008 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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<
Subject: Storage | December 1, 2008 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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?
Subject: Storage | November 25, 2008 - 05:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | November 20, 2008 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | November 6, 2008 - 01:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.