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Subject: Storage | September 10, 2009 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have seen many ways of securing data, from software based cryptography tools to biometrics like face and fingerprint recognition. Vantec has chosen a rather physical way to secure any data kept on a HDD housed within its NexStar Vault. Along with some rather impressive transfer speeds, the integral keypad ensures that the secure partition stays secure. Without the proper 6-digit key you cannot get at the data, removing the drive from the Vault does not disable the encryption. Take
Subject: Storage | September 8, 2009 - 06:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On last weeks Podcast Allyn spoke briefly about a new technology for platter based drives from Western Digital that allowed the reading head to have vastly increased seek times along with anti-disks to optimize the airflow that the reading head needs. We finally get to see it in action in the Western Digital 7200RPM 2TB Caviar Black and RE4 Green Power drives. Check out the cutting edge speeds in his full review, plus a warning
Subject: Storage | September 3, 2009 - 12:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You would not commonly associate ExpressCards and SSDs, but that is exactly what Wintec decided to do with their FileMate SolidGO 24GB ExpressCard Ultra SSD. If you have an ExpressCard slot on your PC or laptop, this device will provide you with read speeds of 115MB/s and write speeds of 65MB/s. Bizarrely, that is exactly what the manufacturer claims, as well as what the testing at ModSynergy found, showing W
Subject: Storage | September 3, 2009 - 02:03 AM | Ryan Shrout
I try not to get up in arms about pricing of particular components at different online retailers, but I really felt the need to bitch about this one. Newegg, whom I usually recommend whole heartedly, simply decided to screw over the consumer this week on the nifty new Intel X25-M G2 SSDs that Allyn reviewed last month.
Subject: Storage | September 1, 2009 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Storage | September 1, 2009 - 09:00 AM | Allyn Malventano
Today Western Digital announced two new models to their product lines. Both are 7200 RPM 2TB models. First is the 2TB Caviar Black, and second is the 2TB RE4. We previously reviewed the 2TB RE4-GP, a 5400 RPM model. The RE4 will be the server class version of the consumer-grade Caviar Black, and will incorporate the same enterp
Subject: Storage | August 28, 2009 - 03:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have yet to enjoy the experience of a 500GB+ drive suddenly reducing its self to 32MB and refusing to be read, you are missing out. It is caused by a random corruption of the LBA48, HPA and DCO records
which reside in that part of the HDD you can not get at, that part of the drive which many people get very upset about. It was the cause of an attempted class action suit from users who decided not having access to the full capacity of the drive was some sort of false advertising and was also the reason that gibblebytes and other bizarre names were bandied around for a while
Subject: Storage | August 26, 2009 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In Win's new Ammo external HDD cage has a unique trick that the security conscious will be interested in. Encrypting and decrypting large files can be a time consuming process as you wait patiently by your top of the line PC with 8 threads and gobs of memory bandwidth for it to finish. In Win feels that might be a little inconvenient and includes 128-bit AES encryption handled by a dedicated ASIC chip built right into the enclosure.&nbs
Subject: Storage | August 25, 2009 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 24, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced a new, high-capacity 256GB addition to its high-performance Extreme Series SSD family.
Built using the renowned Indilinx Barefoot controller and Samsung MLC NAND flash memory, the new Corsair Extreme Series X256 SSD combines high-performance with a massive 256GB of storage space, for enthusiasts who don't want to compromise on speed or capacity.
Subject: Storage | August 21, 2009 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Allyn took his tall stack of SSDs on a series of benchmarks to see what effect the size of the drive has on performance. With various sizes of this new storage available, it is worth finding out if size can change the performance you see from your shiny new drive. Of course, that is not all that he tested. There are different controllers, flash memory types and a new feature we will see from Windows 7 called TRIM, which is to help repair the damage done to drives through heavy usage. Some SSD makers were content to use TRIM, others went and designed their own repair met
Subject: Storage | August 18, 2009 - 07:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Apart from the form factor and the use of a much faster transfer bus, flash drives are becoming the defacto standard for data storage. The 120GB+ tend to prefer a SATA or eSATA interface, while the smaller drives tend to use USB for transfer and lack sophisticated controllers. The A-DATA 32GB XPG
is one of the smaller drives, both in storage capacity and in physical size and it is up for review at Legit Reviews. Can it live up to its Xupreme name? Follow the link to find out.
Subject: Storage | August 14, 2009 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Indilinx has gone from a company that only the most hardened of storage geeks used on a daily basis to one of the more common names dropped in tech discussions. This is all thanks to the rise of the Solid State Drive and Indilinx's Barefoot controller. A quick peek at Allyn's SSD Decoder Ring shows you just how popular a controller it is. This implementation is paired with Elpida RAM and Samsung NAND in the
Subject: Storage | August 13, 2009 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA. August 13th, 2009 - Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced the 128GB Flash Voyager GT, the world’s fastest 128GB USB flash drive.
The newest Flash Voyager GT is based upon a revolutionary design that employs a unique dual-controller architecture to achieve SLC-levels of performance using MLC NAND flash memory.
Subject: Storage | August 11, 2009 - 01:47 PM | Allyn Malventano
The Flash Memory Summit has just begun, and to kick things off, Intel and Micron have announced something unexpected: 3 bit per cell flash memory. This is significant on many levels (pun intended). SLC (single level cell) flash is 1 bpc. The vast majority of MLC (multi level cell) flash is 2 bpc, netting a 100% capacity gain over SLC. This new flash is 3 bpc, pushing bit density to 200% over SLC and 50% over previous generation MLC flash.
Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 07:52 PM | Allyn Malventano
Kingston has informed us of a new addition to their SSDNow V series line. The new "V+" series incorporate Samsung RBB controllers and will be available in the usual Samsung sizes (64 / 128 / 256 GB). They will also sport a 3 year warranty. This will add Kingston to another section of our SSD Decoder during its next update.
Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 07:39 PM | Allyn Malventano
For those who managed to sneak an early purchase of an Intel X25-M G2 series SSD, there is now a firmware update available for your downloading pleasure. Please ensure you update prior to updating or removing any BIOS HDD password you might have set since your purchase. Once updated, you are free to do whatever you wish with said password (except forget it, of course). This u
Subject: Storage | August 10, 2009 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Allyn has been hard at work on the new OZC Vertex custom Indilinx firmware
which enables garbage collection, perhaps one of the most interesting features an SSD can have. Think of it as a way for SSDs to heal themselves from the damage of file transfers and deletions that defragmenting took care of on platter based drives. Allyn subjects the poor drive to his custom made SSD killing test and watched in amazement as the drive healed its self over time without his needing to repair it.
Subject: Storage | August 6, 2009 - 04:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can thank Intel for the sudden drop in SSD prices as their second generation X25 series has forced the competition to drop prices or suffer. A perfect example is the OCZ Agility SSD 120GB, which will run you $300. On paper it reads up to 230 MB/s
writes at 135 MB/s
and sustained writes of 80 MB/s. The Guru of 3D tests those claims in their new review, so
Subject: Storage | August 4, 2009 - 12:36 PM | Allyn Malventano
Fusion-io passed along a press release with some of their internal testing results of the ioXtreme. In the below release, they claim a 6x performance gain under Maya as compared to a high end 4-drive RAID. Details are scarce at present and we have yet to see hard benchmark figures from the ioXtreme, but here is the tease they provided on the published spec sheet:
Subject: Storage | August 3, 2009 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may think of SSDs as a very new technology for mainstream users; something that is only true compared to platter technology. Intel has already hit their second generation and one of the biggest improvements was the price; not to take anything away from its performance numbers. Now it is OCZ's turn, with the third generation of their Vertex series. The newest is a 120GB Vertex Turbo drive which