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

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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.

WD unleashes nested actuator and anti-disk tech with two new 7200RPM 2TB models

Subject: Storage | September 1, 2009 - 09:00 AM |
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Today Western Digital announced two new models to their product lines.  Both are 7200 RPM 2TB models.  First is the 2TB Caviar Black, and second is the 2TB RE4.  We previously reviewed the 2TB RE4-GP, a 5400 RPM model.  The RE4 will be the server class version of the consumer-grade Caviar Black, and will incorporate the same enterp

32MB is enough storage, right?

Subject: Storage | August 28, 2009 - 03:30 PM |
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If you have yet to enjoy the experience of a 500GB+ drive suddenly reducing its self to 32MB and refusing to be read, you are missing out.  It is caused by a random corruption of the LBA48, HPA and DCO records
which reside in that part of the HDD you can not get at, that part of the drive which many people get very upset about.  It was the cause of an attempted class action suit from users who decided not having access to the full capacity of the drive was some sort of false advertising and was also the reason that gibblebytes and other bizarre names were bandied around for a while

Source: PCStats

Avoiding the embarrassment of discovery

Subject: Storage | August 26, 2009 - 03:23 PM |
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In Win's new Ammo external HDD cage has a unique trick that the security conscious will be interested in.  Encrypting and decrypting large files can be a time consuming process as you wait patiently by your top of the line PC with 8 threads and gobs of memory bandwidth for it to finish.  In Win feels that might be a little inconvenient and includes 128-bit AES encryption handled by a dedicated ASIC chip built right into the enclosure.&nbs

Corsair Launches 256GB Extreme Series SSD

Subject: Storage | August 25, 2009 - 11:15 AM |
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FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 24, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced a new, high-capacity 256GB addition to its high-performance Extreme Series SSD family.

Built using the renowned Indilinx Barefoot controller and Samsung MLC NAND flash memory, the new Corsair Extreme Series X256 SSD combines high-performance with a massive 256GB of storage space, for enthusiasts who don't want to compromise on speed or capacity.

Would you like that sequentially or in parallel?

Subject: Storage | August 21, 2009 - 12:13 PM |
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Allyn took his tall stack of SSDs on a series of benchmarks to see what effect the size of the drive has on performance.  With various sizes of this new storage available, it is worth finding out if size can change the performance you see from your shiny new drive.  Of course, that is not all that he tested.  There are different controllers, flash memory types and a new feature we will see from Windows 7 called TRIM, which is to help repair the damage done to drives through heavy usage.  Some SSD makers were content to use TRIM, others went and designed their own repair met