Teaching a HDD enclosure new tricks

Subject: Storage | February 24, 2006 - 01:08 PM |
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Pro-Clockers has spotted an external HDD enclosure that can do a little more than you might expect.  The Vizo Opera Media Enclosure can output DVD's to a TV and stereo, or pictures, or just music using it's various possible connections, VGA, audio, A/V and USB 2.0.

"For a long time now hard drive enclosures served one purpose and that was to store data from

various reasons. Not only can the Vizo Opera store data but it can also play that data back on

your television, just as long as it is video or audio data.

All is not lost

Subject: Storage | February 15, 2006 - 02:03 PM |
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The TechZone walks you through steps that can rescue a failing hard drive in an article posted today.  They also go over the ways that a hard drive can go bad, maybe even helping you to prevent the problem in the first place.

"Hard drives are extremely fragile and can suffer failures in many different ways, leading to a

loss of data. The five most common types of drive failures are: logical errors, mechanical

failure, electronic failure, firmware corruption, and bad sectors, or any combination these.

The DVD PVR with more

Subject: Storage | February 7, 2006 - 06:12 PM |
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Futurelooks has a review of the Samsung DVD-HR720 DVD Recorder with built-in 120GB HDD.  More than just a simple PVR, it will allow chapter creation, copying of JPGs and MP3s from DVD to HDD and back, plus simple video editing tools, it may be enough to let you procrastinate for a bit longer, instead of learning Linux and building an HD HTPC.

"HDD/DVD recorders are becoming more and more common in the marketplace. Samsung breaks the mould

by introducig a unit that does MORE than just record and play back video!

Source: futurelooks

TeraStation's NAS Safe

Subject: Storage | February 2, 2006 - 05:21 PM |
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Extremetech has grabbed one of Buffalo's TeraStation home servers, a NAS solution that bears a remarkable resemblance to a safe.  It is home to 4 Western Digital Caviar 7200rpm 250GB EIDE hard drives, defaulted to give you a 700Gb RAID 5 setup, though there are other options. 

"Shopping for a terabyte NAS box can be conflicting. You wonder: "Should I build my own? Hard

drives are so cheap these days, and I am so gifted with technology!

Source: Extremetech

Seagate has big plans for the future

Subject: Storage | January 31, 2006 - 01:33 PM |
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Hardware Zone sits down with Seagate to get the scoop on their plans for 2006.  They are planning everything from smaller, more dense storage to shock resistant, incredibly robust hard drives made to work in cars.

"Hardware Zone had the golden opportunity to chat with James M. Chirico, Jr., the Senior VP of

Global Operations at Seagate.

2GB of RAM with good OC'ing overhead

Subject: Storage | January 30, 2006 - 05:58 PM |
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Virtual Hideout likes Corsairs' 2GB XMS 4000PT RAM kit.  Not only does it offer enough size to deal with RAM hungry modern games, you don't sacrifice speed for the size.  Even better you can put it into a 200Mhz mobo, and overclock it to wahtever your processor or mobo can handle.

"Compared to the Value ram, Corsairs XMS 4000PT is definitely a lot faster.

Speedy little USB pen drive

Subject: Storage | January 24, 2006 - 03:16 PM |
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The GeIL DAViD 100 Series Dual Channel USB Pen Drive that Techniz has up for review provides a very quick way to get your data onto something portable.  It takes full advantage of USB2, but is compatible with USB 1 & 1.1, if you are still stuck on that version.  Just don't complain about the "This device could perform faster" popup message that Microsoft tends to give you in that situation.

"The GeIL DAViD 100 Series Dual Channel USB Pen Drive is a newer technology of flash d

The Raptor gets an upgrade

Subject: Storage | January 20, 2006 - 03:10 PM |
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The 3rd generation of Raptors has appeared, and HotHardware has managed to trap one, and test it.  These new drives are bigger, and also faster than the older 74Gig Raptor that held the SATA speed record, until now.

There's no denying WD's WD740 Raptor series of performance desktop and enterprise drives have

earned a solid reputation in the enthusiast community as some of the fastest SATA drives on the

market.

Source: HotHardware

Another format war come and gone?

Subject: Storage | January 19, 2006 - 12:14 PM |
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The battle between BluRay and HD DVD seems to be drawing to a close, with a whimper and a draw.  There is no clear resolution in sight, so the 2 sides have agreed to try to combine the formats into something that combines both.  No word on what that will really do to expected production times, but CoolTechZone can give you a lot of other info.

"With many Blu-Ray and HD DVD supporters agreeing to support both formats as o

Source: CoolTechZone

Seagate gets into storage on the side

Subject: Storage | January 16, 2006 - 04:15 PM |
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Seagate has implemeted some new technology into their new series of laptop harddrives.  By using Perpendicular storage, as opposed to the Longitudinal storage that all current harddrives use, they vastly increase storage denisty, as well as improving shock tolerance.  Read the full review at Big Bruin and clear up the confusion you likely feel right now.

"The future of perpendicular recording hard drives looks to be very interesting, and Seagate is

ready to show off their first entry

Source: Big Bruin