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:


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It's a RAID race

Subject: Storage | June 4, 2009 - 10:18 AM |
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X-bit Labs has had RAIDs on the brain as well as a lot of 500GB drives lying around, so testing these drives in RAID just makes sense.  With 4 Seagate models, single Hitachi and Samsung models a pair of Western Digital drives and an Areca ARC1220 to handle the RAID arrays.  They chose to test RAID 0, 5 and 10 and since the only part changing is the drive it is easy to see what effect the different drives have on system performance.  Check out the full review.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Computex 2009: NVIDIA ION-based netbook and nettop from OCZ shown

Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 08:34 AM |
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Though the OCZ Neutrino has already been getting a lot of positive feedback recently, OCZ decided to upgrade the platform by removing the Intel integrated graphics and replacing it with the NVIDIA ION chipset and graphics solution.


Computex 2009: OCZ Introduces Colossus 3.5-in SSD in 500GB and 1TB capacities

Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 08:16 AM |
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The news is coming swiftly already at Computex with a stop by the OCZ booth a bit before the show starts.  We found a lot of goodies hidden inside, not the least of which is a brand-spanking-new solid state drive called the "Colossus" for some obvious reasons. 

First, it's size: the drive fits into the standard 3.5-in hard drive form factor we have been used to for years.  Secondly, it's capacity: the drive will be available in 500GB and 1TB capacities in about 8 weeks.

More on JMicron's new SSD controller

Subject: Storage | May 31, 2009 - 10:36 PM |
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If you listen to our Wednesday fun on Leo Laporte's TWIT network or to our weekly podcast, you might have caught some initial tidbits about a new SSD controller in the works over at JMicron.  I did a bit more digging to bring you a scoop worthy of sufficient detail.


What do you mean my drive has gone senile!

Subject: Storage | May 28, 2009 - 11:55 AM |
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If you haven't heard or seen this weeks podcast yet, we offer a bit of background to take into our discussion of the state of SATA drives.  The Tech Report fired up some heavily used SSDs from Corsair, OCZ and Intel to see just how the performance has degraded, if at all.  It is also a study of the controllers, from Indilinx, Samsung and Intel as the controller is one of the major influences on the change of speed of an SSD over time.  Head on over to get a firm gr

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Subject: Storage | May 22, 2009 - 09:02 AM |
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If TWiCH and the video version of the PC Perspective Podcast on TWiT haven't scared you off, Ryan has a video enhanced version of the Thecus N200B NAS device.  This little box can hold up to five 500GB drives, cooled by a loud 100mm fan that was Ryan's least favourite part.  The remainder of the construction of the NAS was top notch and the software and setup reasonably simple and represents the t

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Video Review and Specifications

The Thecus N5200B NAS is a high-end network storage device that offers support for RAID 5 and 6, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, eSATA and USB ports and five hot swappable hard drive trays. The price is a bit higher than a lot of other consumer NAS devices but the feature set exceeds them as well. And check out a video review of the device as well!