Subject: Storage | March 2, 2009 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The big news in the 12th iteration of Seagate's Barracuda 7200RPM drives is the platters, each weighing in at 500GB. With the larger drives, you also get 32MB of cache which should help you use up a bit more of the bandwidth on the eSATA connection. The Tech Report found that the extra cache was most helpful in reading, this drive was looking more like a VelociRaptor than a Barracuda in those tests. When writing or coping, the drive was not nearly as impressive and fell more into the middle of the pack.
Subject: Storage | February 26, 2009 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not everyone uses a single OS, some collect them like trading cards and switch between them constantly. Usually this entails a certain install order and the use of something like LILO or a changed config file. ExtremeTech has an interesting and simply little project that will allow you to use a physical switch to choose the SATA HDD you boot off of. It is not an on the fly solution, the PC does need to be turned off to switch between the drives, but it can certainly simplify the boot proce
Subject: Storage | February 23, 2009 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a digital packrat with several gigabytes worth of data that you absolutely have to drag around with you and currently use more than one flash drive to do it, or even worse, carry around a full size HDD, then check out the Patriot Xporter Magnum. At 64Gb you will probably only need one to hold your dearest data; if you need more than that you may want to consider slimming down a bit. With an average read speed of 33MB/s
Indilinx Barefoot spotted
The OCZ Vertex series of solid state drives might be the most anticipated since the release of the Intel X25-M series. Using a new controller technology from Indilinx, the Vertex drive we are previewing offers incredible performance and a more reasonable price per GB.
Subject: Storage | February 17, 2009 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our new reviewer and podcast star, Allyn Malventano, has finished some exhaustive testing of solid state drives in a high workload scenario. He and Ryan have been seeing plummeting performance from some of the SSDs they have used, and the Intel X-25M in particular. It turns out that while the data on an SSD can be considered to be fragmented, the absolute worst thing to do is run a defragmenting program on your drive, it will make the problem worse. Read the full reivew not only to see what causes the performance degradation
Intel gets some competition
The OCZ Summit line of solid state drives uses a new controller from Samsung as well as 64MB of cache to speed up performance, in particular write speeds. Does this new 250GB SSD have what it takes to compete against the Intel X25-M?
For the past few months, we have been putting three Intel X25-M SSDs through their paces in long-term real world usage scenarios. The results were surprising to say the least. We explore the internals of these drives as to determine the cause and attempt solutions of varying difficulties.
Subject: Storage | February 12, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The latest hard drive from Western Digital is the 2TB GreenPower Caviar, sporting four 500GB platters a 32MB cache and a reported sustained data rate of 100MB/s. The Tech Report tested out that stat and it seems that the high density platters help put this drive right in the middle of the pack as far as performance goes. While it will not beat out a
Subject: Storage | February 5, 2009 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a way to hot swap SATA drives and provide both a cooling fan and a security lock, you could consider the Icy Dock MB671SK Internal SATA HDD Enclosure. For under $50 you can pick up this internal enclosure that will handle terabyte drives and
keep them nice and cool, with absolutely no read or write speed penalties. If you are a swapper, or you would just like to be you should
Subject: Storage | January 30, 2009 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ Apex SSD is an odd beast, build on Jmicron MLC flash technology one might expect it to have the slower performance typical of MLC drives, but OCZ is positioning it to take on the mighty Intel X25-M 80GB SSD which uses faster SLC flash for storage. The key is the use of a pair of flash memory controllers and an onboard RAID chip, to help bring the bandwidth up. If you want to see how well OCZ managed, read Ryan's full review.