RAIDing throughput to the Max(tor)

Subject: Storage | November 16, 2005 - 02:24 PM |
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HotHardware has done a lot of testing on the DiamondMax 10.  Not only do they try 3 different RAID types, but they also try different stripe sizes to see what effect that will have on the drive's throughput.  If you are looking for a new hard drive, or just wonder what the different RAIDs do, and how well they do it, spare them a few minutes of your time.

"We're writing to let you know that we've just posted a new article at HotHardware.Com entitled,

Maxtor DiamondMax 10: Exploring NCQ &

Source: HotHardware

Blu-ray versus HD

Subject: Storage | November 14, 2005 - 04:13 PM |
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In the original Star Wars, you could always tell the good guys because they shot blue lasers.  It may not be as clear cut with CD ROMs, as you may find the The Tech Zone's article, but still ... laser beams are cool.

"We've been challenged numerous times to give an "educated" guess as to how the blue laser war

will end, and when. It has come to a point where it is no longer about the technology nor the

consumer.

Source: 3DCenter

Swapable SATA storage

Subject: Storage | November 8, 2005 - 08:43 AM |
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The Vantec SATA EZ-Swap MRK-200ST-BK takes advantage of one of the SATA-II specs, that the drives must be hot-swapable, much like a USB or SCSI device.   It also incorporates some cooling into the casing, which makes the enclosure bigger than a CD-ROM drive, so don't just blindly shove it into a system the first time you use it, double check there's enough space.  Head to PC Stats to get a better idea of it's full capabilities.

"The Vantec EZ-Swap MRK200-ST-BK only comes in black, and it supports the

Source: PCStats

Bigger than a flash stick, faster than a speeding CD-ROM

Subject: Storage | November 4, 2005 - 02:23 PM |
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Even with the bigger 1Gb memory sticks, and double sided DVD's, you still run into the occasional file that is too big to easily transport.  Portable HDD enclosures are the easiest answer, and in the case of the ULTRA Mini Portable Disk, it may even keep your HDD living longer than installing it in a case.  Head to Bjorn3D to read up on this great little device.

"Sure flash drives are very handy for moving files around when a floppy disk is too small and a

CD-R is overkill, but what about those files or groups of fi

Source: Bjorn3D

Network attached ... USB?

Subject: Storage | November 2, 2005 - 03:11 PM |
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http://www.everythingusb.com/usb@nywhere.html.  You install the server software on one PC, and the client on another, and you can now use the USB devices over a WAN or LAN, on the cheap.

"Hi, we found a nifty software called USB@nywhere that lets you share USB devices on the Internet.

You basically only need to install 'Device workstation' on the PC with the USB devices you want

to share, and 'Remote workstation' on the PCs where you want to access the remote USB hardware.

Double the Cache, Double your fun

Subject: Storage | November 1, 2005 - 08:58 AM |
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The Tech Zone reviews Western Digital's new Caviar SE16 400 GB HDD.  Unlike many of the 400GB HDD's coming out, WD's Caviar sports a 16MB cache, giving you some impressive performance.  As well, it is a quiet drive, as you would expect from WD's higher end drives.

"400GB hard drives seem to be somewhat of a median at the moment, they are not overly expensive

for the amount of storage you receive.

Got the "File Not Found" blues?

Subject: Storage | October 28, 2005 - 10:04 AM |
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Has your flash memory let you down?  Your USB data stick is more stick than data?  PC Stats has put together a guide on recovering your data when it goes missing, and to prevent it from happening again.

"Stuck with lost data on a USB memory key or Flash card and don't know what to do? Recovering data

from flash memory devices is possible, and not to complex, so follow along and we'll help you get

those pictures back!

Source: PCStats

500GB, and there's still never enough storage

Subject: Storage | October 24, 2005 - 10:52 AM |
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The 500GB Seagate 7200.9 SATA HDD that CoolTechZone reviews may not solve all your storage problems, but it should keep you from having to clean out your hard drive for a few weeks.

"Man's need for storage is insatiable. We initially thought that we could make do in a few

kilobytes; however, we then moved up to megabytes, gigabytes and now hundreds of gigabytes.

Source: CoolTechZone

Dual layer DVD's, in stores now

Subject: Storage | October 20, 2005 - 02:52 PM |
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X-Bit Labs reviews 2 DVD±RW Dual Layer burners, the Pioneer DVR-110D and Toshiba's SD-R5472.  While Blu-Ray and HD DVD are still a while away, dual layer DVD's will let you store more data than a run of the mill DVD.

"As new DVD media types emerge, the DVD burners become more and more affordable in price. Today we

are looking at the solutions from two well-known optical drives makers: Toshiba and Pioneer.

Source: X-Bit Labs

May the Blu-Ray of happiness show up before you know

Subject: Storage | October 17, 2005 - 10:35 AM |
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Microsoft and others may have decided to go with HD DVD, but you certainly can't find a drive that will read them on the market.  Blu-Ray the other hand, is soon to be available.  According to this article from Ars Technica, A-Open will start selling drives in November.  They certainly won't be cheap.

If you're itching to cast an early vote on which next-generation optical disc format will ultimately triumph, you'll have your chance next month.

Source: Ars Technica