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Subject: Storage | November 18, 2009 - 02:01 AM | Allyn Malventano
I've been tracking the release and subsequent recall of the new TRIM firmware for the Intel X25-M G2 SSD. A recent update came from the Intel NAND solutions group to reflect an estimated release date set to ha
Subject: Storage | November 16, 2009 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At 132 x 88 x 63 mm, or 5.2" x 3.4" x 2.5" for you imperialists the Thecus N0204 is tiny; a paperback book tends to be 110 mm x 178mm or 4.33" x 7.01" or if that doesn't put it into context, then the can of Bud Light at the end
of Legit Reviews article will probably help. It houses a pair of 2.5" drives, perfect for those SSDs, and can transfer data via Ethernet or USB 2.0 and even has a USB port to hook a printer up to. The OXFord 810DSE processor that powers this miniature storage device really can't keep
Subject: Storage | November 11, 2009 - 04:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Crucial is jumping into the SSD market with their 256GB M225 SSD. It uses the Indilinx Barefoot controller and a 64MB cache chip from Elpida along with a fairly unique dual PCB implementation to house the MLC flash chips. The testing that Think Computers performed against a similar drive, the OCZ Agility showed both drives
Subject: Storage | November 10, 2009 - 02:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, Calif., November 10, 2009 — Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced two new Flash Survivor GT USB flash drives. The new drives are available in capacities of 32GB and 64GB, and feature the same ultra-durable metal housing found on all Flash Survivor models, along with the signature red GT highlights.
“The Flash Survivor GT is the ultimate flash drive for users requiring both high speed and extreme ruggedness,” said John Beekley, VP of Technical Marketing at Corsair.
Subject: Storage | November 4, 2009 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California - November 4, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 RAIDDrive, which supports transfer speeds up to ten times faster than USB 2.0 drives.
Subject: Storage | November 3, 2009 - 08:00 AM | Allyn Malventano
Western Digital puts out some great hard drives, as well as the Velociraptor series of 10,000 RPM disks. What has always held them back from full adoption across the enterprise environments has been lack of support for Serial Attached SCSI (SAS). Today WD rectifies this with their first enterprise class SAS unit - the S25. From the specs and physical description it appears to be a reworked 300GB Velociraptor. We'll get you hard performance figures as soon as the huge demand from the OEM's subsides.
Subject: Storage | November 2, 2009 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has put their hands on a piece of storage hardware, the Kanguru's e-Flash eSATA/USB thumb drive. It looks like a normal flash drive, barring a slightly longer overall length, but it hides two heads. One is the usual USB 2.0 connection but the head on the other end is new and unique. It combines the speed of eSATA with USBs ability to deliver power in a hybrid connector. You won't find too many motherboard headers that already have this plug, but that is not a problem thanks to the PCI backplate with power and SATA cables.
Subject: Storage | November 2, 2009 - 01:57 AM | Allyn Malventano
Highpoint recently announced availability of their SATA3 / SATA 6Gb/s host adapters. While their introductory price seems a bit high as compared to other offerings we've recently reviewed, it is still great to see new tech catching on at full speed.
Their official press release appears after the pic.
Subject: Storage | October 28, 2009 - 01:00 PM | Allyn Malventano
I just got off of a conference call with Intel where they announced reaching a development milestone in the area of Phase Change Memory. PCM is exciting tech to me because it has the fast access times of RAM and the non-volatility of Flash memory.
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.