8 years is more than a lifetime in the PC world

Subject: Storage | September 25, 2009 - 03:28 PM |
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We have been using USB 2.0 for about 8 years now and until recently the 480Mbit/s has been fine; with the advent of multi gigabyte USB flash drives it is no longer quick enough for most users.  The USB 3.0 standard is finally appearing and it is Freecom that has managed to hit the streets first with an external USB 3.0 drive, while Seagate will release the first internal drive.  The new interface should increase the speed 10 fold, transferring a 5GB file in under 1 minute. 

Source: Slashdot

Speaking of 6 Gigabits per second ...

Subject: Storage | September 21, 2009 - 02:51 PM |
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The aforementioned SATA 3.0 Seagate Barracuda XT (aka ST32000641AS) sports 4 platters each with 368 Gb/in2 aerial density has appeared at Benchmark Reviews.   It has a 64MB cache and claims 132MBs of sustained read, a 4.16ms latency an MSRP of $299 and an availability of
October-ish.  Take a look at their preview.

Super Talent's Two TeraByte PCIe RAIDDrive SSD to Begin Shipping Early October

Subject: Storage | September 16, 2009 - 11:19 AM |
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San Jose, California - September 16, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, will start shipping the first PCI Express RAIDDrive SSDs in early October.

RAIDDrive is designed to break the throughput bottleneck in the storage subsystem by removing the bandwidth limitation of the SATA bus. The PCIe Gen.

Three cheers for the inanimate carbon fibre rod

Subject: Storage | September 15, 2009 - 06:56 PM |
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Tweaktown tore themselves away from gazing at cars to put together a quick review of the Active Media Products Executive I 2-in-1 Carbon Fiber Pen.  Not only does it represent the latest in technology for the manual transference of ink onto paper it is also a 4GB flash drive.  Now you can be papered and paperless simultaneously. 
Interested in one of the geekiest pen you can get for under $20

Source: TweakTown

Fast and secure USB HDD storage

Subject: Storage | September 10, 2009 - 05:47 PM |
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We have seen many ways of securing data, from software based cryptography tools to biometrics like face and fingerprint recognition.  Vantec has chosen a rather physical way to secure any data kept on a HDD housed within its NexStar Vault.   Along with some rather impressive transfer speeds, the integral keypad ensures that the secure partition stays secure.  Without the proper 6-digit key you cannot get at the data, removing the drive from the Vault does not disable the encryption.  Take

Source: techPowerUp!

Hot dual activator action

Subject: Storage | September 8, 2009 - 06:49 PM |
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On last weeks Podcast Allyn spoke briefly about a new technology for platter based drives from Western Digital that allowed the reading head to have vastly increased seek times along with anti-disks to optimize the airflow that the reading head needs.  We finally get to see it in action in the Western Digital 7200RPM 2TB Caviar Black and RE4 Green Power drives.  Check out the cutting edge speeds in his full review, plus a warning

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Western Digital
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Introduction

Western Digital brings 7200RPM to two of their product lines in the form of 2TB models. These drives come backed with some exciting new technology that promises to increase performance beyond that of a simple spindle speed increase. In this review we will explore these new features and see their impact on real world performance.

Not your normal SSD

Subject: Storage | September 3, 2009 - 12:48 PM |
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You would not commonly associate ExpressCards and SSDs, but that is exactly what Wintec decided to do with their FileMate SolidGO 24GB ExpressCard Ultra SSD.  If you have an ExpressCard slot on your PC or laptop, this device will provide you with read speeds of 115MB/s and write speeds of 65MB/s.  Bizarrely, that is exactly what the manufacturer claims, as well as what the testing at ModSynergy found, showing W

Source: ModSynergy

Newegg decides they like to take advantage of our readers

Subject: Storage | September 3, 2009 - 02:03 AM |
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I try not to get up in arms about pricing of particular components at different online retailers, but I really felt the need to bitch about this one.  Newegg, whom I usually recommend whole heartedly, simply decided to screw over the consumer this week on the nifty new Intel X25-M G2 SSDs that Allyn reviewed last month.