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Subject: Storage | March 19, 2009 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Platter based storage may be on the way out, but that doesn't mean you should be avoiding them as they have never been bigger nor less expensive. To show off the latest 1TB drives, X-bit Labs has assembled fourteen drives from four different companies. Some of the drives may seem familiar, but you might be surprised at what an increase in the revision number can do for the performance of a drive you thought you knew. At the end, there was a clear winner in speed, read on to see w
Subject: Storage | March 16, 2009 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA is not out of the business of providing computational power to shoebox sized tech, even with the competition from Intel and nVIDIA. One of their newest products is a network attached storage device that includes a 1.5GHz VIA C7-D CPU to extend the functionality of the ARTiGO A2000 beyond what you might expect from an NAS. Consider the audio ports on the back, something you wouldn't really expect to see in a NAS, but well within the power of the ARTiGO. Drop by Think Computers to see how
Subject: Storage | March 14, 2009 - 07:46 AM | Allyn Malventano
By splicing two ioDrives together on a single card, Fusion-io has shown the scaleability of their uber-fast flash technology by simultaneously doubling the throughput and capacity of their ioDrive line. As if 3/4 GB/sec was not enough, the new boards (dubbed ioDrive Duo) promise to deliver upwards of 1.5GB/sec speeds. Capacity is also increased from the prior 80/160/320GB to 160/320/640GB, with the possibi
Subject: Storage | March 12, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You have two important jobs to do today, if you have not already done so. The first is to listen to the brand new episode of the PC Perspective Podcast and share it with a dozen friends. The second is to read through Allyn's review of the Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green drive. If you have done either of those jobs, you already know that this drive may spin at 5400RPM and
Subject: Storage | March 9, 2009 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MADSHRIMPS caught some pictures of the new OCZ Z-Drive, made of four 250GB SSD drives in RAID-0 with onboard RAM for cache. What is special is that you can see some benchmark figures from the display. In HDTune you can see the benefits of the PCIe interface as read and right speeds increase in tandem with file size. In Sandra, you can see it matched with the Gigabyte iRAM drive and while the response time is the same, the throughput is very different. Check out their pretty pictures right here<
Subject: Storage | March 7, 2009 - 03:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
03/06/2009 – Already considered as two of the most convenient network devices at homes and office, the latest 3 bay and 4 bay NAS from Thecus, N3200PRO and N4100PRO, are receiving enormous welcome around the globe. Not only providing huge storage capacity, but also reliable data protection with RAID mechanism and tons of application features, Thecus N3200PRO and N4100PRO are both designed to operate at minimal electricity.
Subject: Storage | March 4, 2009 - 06:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is hard not to like the Cavalry Pelican 32GB SSD. Not only is it's MSRP sitting at about $100, it has both a SATA connector and a USB plug, making it perfect as an external drive as well as feeling right at home ensconced in a 3.5" bay. Maximum CPU's reviewer also found that it performed above spec on his machine, and did so as you would expect a SATA drive to; absolutel
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