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Subject: Storage | June 23, 2009 - 04:33 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to a story over at Fudzilla, Intel is working on some upgrades to their line of solid state drives this winter. Apparently Intel is converting their flash drives to use 34nm NAND and will introduce a 320GB version in addition to the 160GB and 80GB model based on the new memory technology. While the cost per GB will surely go down with this memory change, the price on the 320GB model could be pretty staggering - well over the 160GB model you can
Subject: Storage | June 22, 2009 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Picking up a terabyte sized drive is nothing special today, they are rather inexpensive and come in various flavours of energy savings and performance. Hardware Secrets has rounded up a dozen different 1TB HDDs (sorry none are SSDs), ranging from the speed at any cost to those who see power savings as their main focus. Drop by and see which one(s) catch your interest.
Subject: Storage | June 18, 2009 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Allyn has a natural talent when it comes to exposing the weaknesses of the new solid state drives and exposing them to the world. He has also had great success working with the companies that produce them to bring the drives back from the dead, like he did with Intel. His current targets are the OCZ Vertex and Super Talent UltraDrive ME, both using the Indilinx
controller. Check out what happened when he ran them through the gauntlet at the top of the page.
Subject: Storage | June 17, 2009 - 06:03 PM | Allyn Malventano
There have been various rumors flying about Western Digital bringing a SSD to market. I wanted to take a quick moment to clear the air on this before those rumors get out of hand.
Subject: Storage | June 15, 2009 - 12:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The review of the G.Skill Falcon at Hardware Canucks comes with an interesting fact that may help some SSD's reputations. It seems very possible that any built using the Indilinx Big Foot Controller will come with jumpers, which means hardware flashing will be possible. Considering that the Falcon supports the TRIM command right out of the box, this shows a plan for steady improvements to the co
Subject: Storage | June 10, 2009 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have never heard the term overburning before, at least in terms of how it applies to CDs and DVDs you are probably safer staying far away from it. On the other hand, if you have managed to physically damage an optical drive by overburning, this overview from OCMODSHOP will seem like familiar territory. Overburning takes advantage of the roughly 10% of the disk that remains unused in a normal burn. The reason that there is unused space is to prevent damage to burners as well as to help with compatibility.
Subject: Storage | June 8, 2009 - 12:34 AM | Ryan Shrout
Our stop by the Super Talent booth resulted in some interesting new products including a 128GB USB drive:
Subject: Storage | June 4, 2009 - 01:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs has had RAIDs on the brain as well as a lot of 500GB drives lying around, so testing these drives in RAID just makes sense. With 4 Seagate models, single Hitachi and Samsung models a pair of Western Digital drives and an Areca ARC1220 to handle the RAID arrays. They chose to test RAID 0, 5 and 10 and since the only part changing is the drive it is easy to see what effect the different drives have on system performance. Check out the full review.
Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 11:34 AM | Ryan Shrout
Though the OCZ Neutrino has already been getting a lot of positive feedback recently, OCZ decided to upgrade the platform by removing the Intel integrated graphics and replacing it with the NVIDIA ION chipset and graphics solution.
Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 11:16 AM | Ryan Shrout
The news is coming swiftly already at Computex with a stop by the OCZ booth a bit before the show starts. We found a lot of goodies hidden inside, not the least of which is a brand-spanking-new solid state drive called the "Colossus" for some obvious reasons.
First, it's size: the drive fits into the standard 3.5-in hard drive form factor we have been used to for years. Secondly, it's capacity: the drive will be available in 500GB and 1TB capacities in about 8 weeks.
Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 01:36 AM | Allyn Malventano
If you listen to our Wednesday fun on Leo Laporte's TWIT network or to our weekly podcast, you might have caught some initial tidbits about a new SSD controller in the works over at JMicron. I did a bit more digging to bring you a scoop worthy of sufficient detail.
Subject: Storage | May 28, 2009 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't heard or seen this weeks podcast yet, we offer a bit of background to take into our discussion of the state of SATA drives. The Tech Report fired up some heavily used SSDs from Corsair, OCZ and Intel to see just how the performance has degraded, if at all. It is also a study of the controllers, from Indilinx, Samsung and Intel as the controller is one of the major influences on the change of speed of an SSD over time. Head on over to get a firm gr
Subject: Storage | May 22, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If TWiCH and the video version of the PC Perspective Podcast on TWiT haven't scared you off, Ryan has a video enhanced version of the Thecus N200B NAS device. This little box can hold up to five 500GB drives, cooled by a loud 100mm fan that was Ryan's least favourite part. The remainder of the construction of the NAS was top notch and the software and setup reasonably simple and represents the t
Subject: Storage | May 19, 2009 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, Calif. - May 19, 2009 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today released the highly anticipated Summit Series 2.5" Solid State Drives, tailored to meet the stringent demands of business professionals, enthusiasts, and entry-level enterprise applications.
Subject: Storage | May 13, 2009 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't let the name discourage you from looking at Cyber Snipa's Dog Tags. It is in fact a USB drive of up to 4GB, that has been designed to be fairly resistant to abuse. In addition to the drive is an LED light, star and flathead screwdrivers a bottle opener, pliers and a nail file.
If having a multi-use USB drive of limited size appeals to you, dr
Subject: Storage | May 11, 2009 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA, May 11th, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the launch of the Corsair Storage Solutions P256 high-performance 256GB solid-state drive (SSD).
The Corsair Storage Solutions P256 has been designed using cutting-edge technology to deliver the highest performance and compatibility, in a capacity that is big enough to replace conventional storage solutions in a high-performance PC.
Subject: Storage | May 1, 2009 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Network Attached Storage devices (NAS) are really starting to catch on in a big way. As the name implies they offer storage that is easily communicated with over a network, much like Storage Attached Networks (SAN) that are common in enterprise level networks. A NAS is much easier to use and set up, being a stand alone box with wizard driven menus for setup. The Synology DS109j is a single bay, making it smaller and more economical co