Subject: Storage | January 15, 2009 - 10:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new SD1A firmware for the 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda is intended to fix the intermittent freezing that is plaguing those who bought one of these large drives. The fix it's self works fine, but The Tech Report wanted to test for any unforeseen consequences the fix may have caused. They checked the speed through a large array of testing, even testing for changes in noise and power requirements. Long story short, the fix had no appreciable effect on anything but the problem it was intended to solve.
Subject: Storage | January 7, 2009 - 06:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hitachi's Deskstar E7K1000 is a terabyte drive with a full 32MB cache and three 334GB platters. The large size of the platters should, in theory, offer quieter running as well as drawing less power, especially when partnered with the "Hitachi Voltage Efficiency Regulator Technology". The Tech Report ran this HDD through their testing suites and proved that not only does this new Deskstar offer both of benefits mentioned, it also offers greater speed. This update was certainly worth the wait.
Subject: Storage | January 4, 2009 - 06:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
I have always been a fan of options, especially when it comes to computers and computing in general. We were big fans of the X58 chipset because it now allows us to CHOOSE between SLI and CrossFire on the same motherboard. I really liked some OCZ SSD hard drives as they had both SATA connections and USB connections allowing you to use them internally or as external drives. This new Verbatim hard drive takes it another step further by offering FOUR connectio
Subject: Storage | January 4, 2009 - 06:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you are anything like me, you've very often wanted to yell at, kick and smash your computer when it starts to act up on you. Maybe it won't POST, maybe it has some nasty spyware or maybe it is just locking and freezing - either way we now have PROOF that yelling at your PC won't do any good. And in fact, we have PROOF that yelling at it actually slows it down.
Subject: Storage | January 2, 2009 - 05:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
What's that? You are tired of just having ONE of the Intel X25-M solid state drives in your system and just need to spend that $500 you got for the holidays from grammy? Good news for you then: engadget is showing off news of an upcoming A-Data product that will allow you to use a pair of SSDs (or any 2.5" HDDs) in a RAID configuration an
Subject: Storage | December 23, 2008 - 07:48 AM | Ryan Shrout
If you thought the idea of shelling out nearly $600 for one of the impressive-looking Intel X25-M 80GB solid state drives was a holiday wish that wouldn't be met, wait until you hear the latest news: Intel has started shipping the 160GB version as well. No official word on pricing yet, and its not actually for sale anywhere I could find, but expect to write that check for $1000+.
Subject: Storage | December 12, 2008 - 08:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Blu-ray hasn't quiet surpassed the DVD as the premiere choice for watching movies in your home but it is making a lot of headway, especially for HD aficionados.
The market is opening up a bit and you can find an affordable drive without haveing to pick up a PS3. This also means there is a choice in which manufacturer you will buy your Blu-ray player from, and choosing the right one can make your experience a lot more satisfying. Digital Trends offers some advice on that exact topic<
Subject: Storage | December 1, 2008 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you can't afford Intel's fancy new SLC X25-M SSD, Patriot's 128G Warp MLC SSD may be a nice substitution. The use of multi level cells does mean your write speed will suffer compared to an SLC drive, but from Beyond3D's testing, this Patriot drive tends to beat out G.Skill's SSD as well as the WD Raptor. Maybe this is the gift for you?
Subject: Storage | November 25, 2008 - 10:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's new CPUs may give the Core i7 a run for their money in certain applications, but Intel has a new undisputed top rank when it comes to storage. We have heard a lot of good things about their new SLC SSD HDD, the X25-E Extreme and it would seem that if anything, the speed has been underestimated. While it may only hold 32GB, it uses almost no power and is a class of it's own when it comes to speed for reading or for writing. Head to The Tech Report and prepare to be amazed.
Subject: Storage | November 20, 2008 - 05:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Chaintech has been very quiet for quite a while, they've yet to start on DDR3 or newer generations of nVIDIA cards and it has been forever sinve they put out a motherboard; instead they've focused on storage. Any company that has dealt with memory seems to be putting out an SSD drive, and Chintech is no different. Head to TweakTown to meet the 64GB Apogee 2.5" SSD, an MLC drive with a lot of speed uder the hood. The 64GB limit may make you feel a little