SATA heads off on the road

Subject: Storage | May 17, 2007 - 02:31 PM |
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Now that SATA has started saturating the market, both for hard drives and optical drives, a way to take them on the road is becoming important.  R&B Mods has a review of a device that lets you do exactly that, the Eksitdata EasyCombo USB 2.0 to IDE and SATA converter.  It will handle 2.5" and 3.5" IDE as well as SATA, making it a very versatile device and it won't take up too much space in your laptop bag.

Surgical data repair

Subject: Storage | May 14, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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Although not quite that drastic, disassembling a HDD to get the platters out and transferring them to a different casing is a bit of a chore.  To make it easier on you, or to let you know it can be done, AOA Forums have posted a how to on moving your platters.  If you really need the data, and can't pay the professional recovery fees, this article may save your mind.

Source: AOA Forums

NAS made easy

Subject: Storage | May 8, 2007 - 02:23 PM |
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The Vantec NexStar LX is a simple NAS device, that thanks to it's USB2 connector can also be used the same as a basic external HDD.  Currently only IDE drives can be used, but SATA compatibility is being developed currently.  With a large heatsink and fan, there are no worries about the drive overheating if you just stick it under your desk right by your router, and you can control the fan's speed if it gets too loud. 

Source: Bjorn3D

Wrangling up USB drives

Subject: Storage | May 3, 2007 - 06:15 PM |
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HotHardware rounds up 4 of the newer flash drives available on the market.  Ranging from a modest 1GB up to a 16GB from OCZ, they test the transfer speeds to see what they are made of.  Transfer speeds are a big influence if you plan to use these sticks to enable Vista's ReadyBoost, so it can make a big difference now.  If you want size, sometimes you have to sacrifice speed, but as this article shows; that is not always the case.

Source: HotHardware

Solid storage for laptops

Subject: Storage | April 30, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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TweakTown managed to get their hands on a pre-production solid state drive from Team.  At 16GB and a 2.5" profile, this is designed to be a rugged hard drive for a laptop.  With no moving parts, the noise and heat that most HDD create are completely absent.  Unfortunately, the large speed benefits that SSDs were hoped to have is also absent, but don't sneer at a cool, quiet and nearly indestructible (under normal usage) HDD.

Source: TweakTown

CORSAIR INTRODUCES FLASH SURVIVOR WORLD'S MOST RUGGED USB 2.0 FLASH DRIVE

Subject: Storage | April 30, 2007 - 11:10 AM |
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Fremont, CA (April 30, 2007) — Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today unveiled the new Flash Survivor™ family of USB drives. Designed and engineered to be the industry's toughest USB drive, the Flash Survivor is a water-resistant, aluminum encased, shock-proof way to store user's information and files. Offering unique features and the highest price/performance solution in the market - the Flash Survivor is immediately available in two variations:

    * Flash Survivor GT 8GB — MSRP $129.99 USD

The often overlooked hard drive

Subject: Storage | April 24, 2007 - 03:12 PM |
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The Tech

"While often overlooked, the hard drive plays an important role in the system's overall capacity and performance which can

be vital in ensuring a smooth-running, glitch-free experience. If data bogs down at the hard drive, you won't have a chance

in Zanzibar to experience the full power of your system, no matter how much processing power you're packing.

Hard drives can differ in capacity and performance.

Source: Tech Spot

A Terrabyte in RAID 0

Subject: Storage | April 19, 2007 - 02:49 PM |
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AnandTech re-reviews the Hitachi DeskStar 7K1000, this time with a pair set up in RAID 0.  They find very little difference between the real application performance of this drive in single or RAID 0, nor can it keep up with the Raptors.  However, if you are looking for nice looking benchmark scores, you definitely want the RAID.

Source: AnandTech

Intel Unveils Quad-Core Storage Server

Subject: Storage | April 16, 2007 - 05:18 PM |
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STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, San Diego, April 16, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced the industry's first 2U, 12 drive, integrated quad-core storage server: the Intel Storage Server SSR212MC2. This hardware platform enables a new price/performance class for the small- and medium-sized business (SMB) market.

OCZs' 3-in-1 SD

Subject: Storage | April 12, 2007 - 03:15 PM |
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Phoronix has posted a review of the new 3 in 1 SD memory card, the Trifecta.  Not only does it work as a normal SD card as well as a microSD card, it will also plug into a USB port, so you don't even need a card reader.  Find out how well they implemented the USB compatibility in the full review.

Source: Phoronix