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Subject: Storage | July 6, 2006 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Western Digital Caviar RAID Edition is up for review at TweakTown. It comes in various sizes between 100-500 Gb, has a 8.7ms seek time, and is designed to be run in RAID 0. Find out if it gets a benefit, and if running it as a single drive might not be a good idea.
Subject: Storage | June 29, 2006 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Extremetech for a look at the Hammer Z-box, a 1 Terrabyte storage solution. Along the way they will explain NAS and SAN and what unique features each has.
Subject: Storage | June 26, 2006 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer found a bullet-proof USB drive! I can only imagine the fun the product testers had while determining if a keychain sized USB drive could be made to be bullet-proof. Go out and buy one to test for yourself.
Subject: Storage | June 22, 2006 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech managed to find a real, live Blu-ray DVD burner, the Pioneer BDR-101A. Drop by and find out just how long it takes to burn 25GBs onto a DVD, and if you feel like paying the ~$1,000 to get one for yourself.
Subject: Storage | June 19, 2006 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by PC Mechanic to get an overview of the Serial ATA interface. Everything from how it differs from it's predecessor, PATA, and why case modders are so in love with it.
Subject: Storage | June 15, 2006 - 02:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Raptor WD1500 ADFD drive still is not cheap, at ~$250 for a 150Gig drive. As The Tech Report discovered though, with the new firmware on these newer models, they can actually out-perform the earlier windowed models.
Subject: Storage | June 9, 2006 - 03:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bjorn3D reviews the Eksitdata Easy ATA and Easy SATA USB adaptors. Plug in a SATA drive on the fly for backup, or reboot to attach a PATA drive, with no external enclosure. Cheap and easy to use, though will notice a speed decrease when transferring over USB to SATA.
Subject: Storage | May 17, 2006 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Think Computers introduces a handy little box from IOGear, the BOSS 120GB home/office network srever appliance. For around $300, you can get one, and set up your own file server in about 10 minutes.
Subject: Storage | May 5, 2006 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750 GB is an impressive beast, and Big Bruin has it on the test bench. At about $500, it costs less than a dollar a gigabyte, and it is significantly faster than it's predecessor.
"Seagate really does have the Steve Austin of hard drives on their hands with the Barracuda 7200.10, as it really is better, stronger, faster. One thing the 6 Million Dollar Man didn't have going for him was being "bigger", which is obviously something the 7200.10 does have.
Subject: Storage | April 19, 2006 - 07:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Maybe 400 or 500GB hard drives sound big now, but it wasn't too long ago that a 4GB harddrive was huge. Drop by Tech Spot to see the newest storage drives from Seagate and Western Digital.
Subject: Storage | April 13, 2006 - 03:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's tiny, about the size and thickness of a quarter, fast from it's USB2.0 and dual channel transfers, and holds 512MB, 1GB or 2GB. Check out OCZ's Mini-Kart series at Laptop Lifestyle.
Subject: Storage | April 6, 2006 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Techware Labs tries out the newest drive from Lite-On, the EZ-DUB. Essentially it is postioned to be the easiest way to copy a CD or DVD, simply put a disk in the external drive, press a button ... wait ... remove disk and replace with blank disk ... wait again, and you are done.
Subject: Storage | April 3, 2006 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Futurelooks reviews an 8 gigabyte compact flash compatible photo storage micro hard drive from Seagate Technologies. This card would seem to be the current record holder for biggest commercially available flash card, and there is no way you could fill it in just one sitting. If you know someone with 4 or 5 small flash cards for their camera, then you may know what to get them the next time they deserve a present.
"Sitting in a beautiful brand new plastic blister package was an 8 gigabyte compact flash
Subject: Storage | March 30, 2006 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Seagate NL35 comes in 3 sizes, 250, 400 and 500GBs. XYZ Computing grabbed the 400GB SATA version and took it for a spin. As the drive was designed for enterprise applications, it makes perfect sense as a storage drive, the MTBF is 1 million hours and an error recovery control.
If you are more interested in speed than size, then check out Ryan's review of the WD Raptor X 150GB SATA drive.
Subject: Storage | March 28, 2006 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BTX Form Factor explores the upcoming hard drive technology, perpendicular storage. By keeping the magnetic particles used for storage standing vertically instead of lying them on the surface, much greater storage density can be reached. This requires a new manufacturing process that they briefly touch on as well.
"Hard Disk Drives store all our most valuable data, our contacts, email, family photos and the
like, but increasingly space is getting cramped in drives...
Subject: Storage | March 24, 2006 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TECHGAGE looks at the biggest and fastest 2.5 HDD from Seagate, the Momentus 5400.3 160GB. Living out of a laptop is becoming more common, and this drive looks to address almost any storage need, without forcing you to carry around external drives in your bag.
If you demand to be mobile and still have the hard drive space you need, then you should look at
the Seagate Momentus 5400.3.
Subject: Storage | March 16, 2006 - 01:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Plextor 250GB Network Attached Storage device is based around a 250GB Hitachi RoHS drive which features a 7,200 rpm spindle speed and an 8MB cache, more than enough for the 100BaseT interface (ie. Cat5e). Read the full review at Ben's Custom Cases to learn about all the tricks the included software can do, from easy backups to running an FTP server.
"Curiosity has been known to kill a cat, and one day it may just get me.
Subject: Storage | March 13, 2006 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Extremetech is sharing some info they have gathered about Intel's upcoming chipset add-on, Robson. It will be a flash based "intelligent" prefetcher, and will attempt to store some of the required data between the HDD and the CPU, in an attempt to reduce latency.
"Intel proposes that the flash memory cache should be located on the motherboard. It's unclear
whether it should be permanently installed or could be another type of memory socket.
Subject: Storage | March 8, 2006 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have never set up a RAID, for whatever reason, Bjorn3D has posted the first article (of 3) for you. No longer do you have to spend $1000's on HDDs, or find a RAID controller card to set one up. Once you have mastered the basics, you may be amazed how easy it is.
"The use of RAID, a Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks, up until a few years ago was pretty much
limited to servers and high end workstations; this was primarily due to the cost of the controller
and the accompanying hard drives.