Take it, it is Your Book now; or else!

Subject: Storage | June 25, 2009 - 09:28 AM |
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Looking nice in shiny white and standing all of 6.7" tall, 3.9" wide, and 6.3" deep, the Western Digital My Book World Edition II
might just help save your sanity.  Since it is easy to use, looks relatively attractive and is small enough to hide if necessary, this NAS might be just the thing to get your friends and family members to actually do a back up of their important stuff.  Just a few minutes

Intel working on 320GB SSDs for Q4

Subject: Storage | June 23, 2009 - 01:33 PM |
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According to a story over at Fudzilla, Intel is working on some upgrades to their line of solid state drives this winter.  Apparently Intel is converting their flash drives to use 34nm NAND and will introduce a 320GB version in addition to the 160GB and 80GB model based on the new memory technology.  While the cost per GB will surely go down with this memory change, the price on the 320GB model could be pretty staggering - well over the 160GB model you can

Source: Fudzilla

Hitting the big time

Subject: Storage | June 22, 2009 - 03:08 PM |
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Picking up a terabyte sized drive is nothing special today, they are rather inexpensive and come in various flavours of energy savings and performance.  Hardware Secrets has rounded up a dozen different 1TB HDDs (sorry none are SSDs), ranging from the speed at any cost to those who see power savings as their main focus.  Drop by and see which one(s) catch your interest.

Serial SSD killer

Subject: Storage | June 18, 2009 - 11:28 AM |
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Allyn has a natural talent when it comes to exposing the weaknesses of the new solid state drives and exposing them to the world.  He has also had great success working with the companies that produce them to bring the drives back from the dead, like he did with Intel.  His current targets are the OCZ Vertex and Super Talent UltraDrive ME, both using the Indilinx
controller.  Check out what happened when he ran them through the gauntlet at the top of the page.

Squashing Some Western Digital SSD Rumors

Subject: Storage | June 17, 2009 - 03:03 PM |
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There have been various rumors flying about Western Digital bringing a SSD to market.  I wanted to take a quick moment to clear the air on this before those rumors get out of hand.


Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: OCZ Technology
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Introduction

We revisit the OCZ Vertex and throw in the recently introduced Super Talent UltraDrive ME into the mix. Both drives are controlled by the ARM-based Indilinx CPU. We put these two against SSD's with Samsung, Intel, and JMicron controllers, and even threw a few high end hard drives for fun. Evaluation of fragmentation slow downs and TRIM tool operation will also be addressed. Come on in and check 'er out!

Leaving some room for improvement

Subject: Storage | June 15, 2009 - 09:54 AM |
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The review of the G.Skill Falcon at Hardware Canucks comes with an interesting fact that may help some SSD's reputations.  It seems very possible that any built using the Indilinx Big Foot Controller will come with jumpers, which means hardware flashing will be possible.  Considering that the Falcon supports the TRIM command right out of the box, this shows a plan for steady improvements to the co

Bigger than you think

Subject: Storage | June 10, 2009 - 03:19 PM |
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If you have never heard the term overburning before, at least in terms of how it applies to CDs and DVDs you are probably safer staying far away from it.  On the other hand, if you have managed to physically damage an optical drive by overburning, this overview from OCMODSHOP will seem like familiar territory.  Overburning takes advantage of the roughly 10% of the disk that remains unused in a normal burn.  The reason that there is unused space is to prevent damage to burners as well as to help with compatibility. 

Source: OCMODSHOP

Computex 2009: Super Talent PCIe SSD and more

Subject: Storage | June 7, 2009 - 09:34 PM |
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Our stop by the Super Talent booth resulted in some interesting new products including a 128GB USB drive:

With some help from double stacked memory modules ST was able cram an IMPRESSIVE amount of storage in a small form factor.

More details on the JMicron 612 SSD controller

Subject: Storage | June 4, 2009 - 10:23 AM |
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Those of you who watched us record our podcast over at TWIT.tv last night got an early peek at this:


Noteworthy items: