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Introduction and Specifications

Western Digital's Raptor line of SATA hard drives has been the darling of the enthusiast storage community for quite some time. Their latest iteration brings twice the storage capacity and faster transfer speeds -- what else do you want?

Balancing a stack of data on a spinning platter

Subject: Storage | March 28, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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BTX Form Factor explores the upcoming hard drive technology, perpendicular storage.  By keeping the magnetic particles used for storage standing vertically instead of lying them on the surface, much greater storage density can be reached.  This requires a new manufacturing process that they briefly touch on as well.

"Hard Disk Drives store all our most valuable data, our contacts, email, family photos and the

like, but increasingly space is getting cramped in drives...

Heavy duty disk storage on the go

Subject: Storage | March 24, 2006 - 02:40 PM |
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TECHGAGE looks at the biggest and fastest 2.5 HDD from Seagate, the Momentus 5400.3 160GB.  Living out of a laptop is becoming more common, and this drive looks to address almost any storage need, without forcing you to carry around external drives in your bag. 

If you demand to be mobile and still have the hard drive space you need, then you should look at

the Seagate Momentus 5400.3.

Source: TECHGAGE

Plextor tries out NAS for size

Subject: Storage | March 16, 2006 - 01:08 PM |
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The Plextor 250GB Network Attached Storage device is based around a 250GB Hitachi RoHS drive which features a 7,200 rpm spindle speed and an 8MB cache, more than enough for the 100BaseT interface (ie. Cat5e).  Read the full review at Ben's Custom Cases to learn about all the tricks the included software can do, from easy backups to running an FTP server.

"Curiosity has been known to kill a cat, and one day it may just get me.

Intel's Robson aims to speed up harddrives

Subject: Storage | March 13, 2006 - 02:51 PM |
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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 - 02:21 PM |
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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 - 11:20 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 - 02:25 PM |
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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 - 01:08 PM |
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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 - 02:03 PM |
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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.