Intel's Robson aims to speed up harddrives

Subject: Storage | March 13, 2006 - 11:51 AM |
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Extremetech is sharing some info they have gathered about Intel's upcoming chipset add-on, Robson.  It will be a flash based "intelligent" prefetcher, and will attempt to store some of the required data between the HDD and the CPU, in an attempt to reduce latency.

"Intel proposes that the flash memory cache should be located on the motherboard. It's unclear

whether it should be permanently installed or could be another type of memory socket.

Source: Extremetech

Going on a RAID

Subject: Storage | March 8, 2006 - 11:21 AM |
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If you have never set up a RAID, for whatever reason, Bjorn3D has posted the first article (of 3) for you.  No longer do you have to spend $1000's on HDDs, or find a RAID controller card to set one up.  Once you have mastered the basics, you may be amazed how easy it is.

"The use of RAID, a Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks, up until a few years ago was pretty much

limited to servers and high end workstations; this was primarily due to the cost of the controller

and the accompanying hard drives.

Source: Bjorn3D

Intel Brings More Affordable Data Protection to Small Businesses and Homes

Subject: Storage | March 8, 2006 - 08:20 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — From email and word processing to file retention and disaster recovery planning, a growing mountain of digital information has small businesses and consumers seeking an affordable means to protect their data from loss. Addressing this demand, computer resellers today began offering a new storage platform from Intel Corporation designed with the unique needs of small businesses and consumers in mind.

Safety and Speed, SATA-II RAID5

Subject: Storage | February 28, 2006 - 11:25 AM |
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The HighPoint RocketRAID 2320 controller provides all the modern advantages.  Support for the lastest SATA drives, both types of command queuing, and PCIe.  Read the full review at X-bit Labs and you won't be stuck with your Raptors in RAID 0 or 1.

"Today we are going to introduce to you a hardware RAID 5 controller from HighPoint that supports

SATA-II and SATA150 hard disk drive, advanced PCI-Express interface, both command queuing

technologies, such as TCQ and NCQ.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Teaching a HDD enclosure new tricks

Subject: Storage | February 24, 2006 - 10:08 AM |
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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 - 11:03 AM |
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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 - 03:12 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 - 02:21 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 - 10:33 AM |
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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 - 02:58 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.