Subject: Storage | December 11, 2009 - 05:04 AM | Allyn Malventano
I was recently briefed by the fine staff over at Western Digital about their new 'Advanced Format' partitioning scheme. This is a new format method they will be incorporating into their various drive lines. Advanced Format represents a new way for their drives to handle data internally. Instead of each individual sector having its own Sync/header and ECC, the new format will move to larger physical sectors, in this case 4k. This results in an overall net gain in storage efficiency, so much so that Western Digital was able to save on wasted space even after shifting to a
Subject: Storage | December 10, 2009 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Seagate announced their entrance to the SSD market with their new Pulsar drive. The details are very spotty, we do not know what controller they will be using nor what type of flash memory. We do know what size drives they use and AnandTech has a good guess as to how many channels the controller will have and that the useful lifetime of the drive should be 5 years. You can find the details, at least those that are known, here in the full article.
Subject: Storage | December 7, 2009 - 12:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After 9 years of ruling the removable roost, USB 2.0 is on its way out and 3.0 is arriving to select hardware near you. The Tech Report tried it out, utilizing the same ASUS U3S6 USB 3.0 add-in card that Ryan did, as well as the same HDD enclosure and Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB drive. With the similar setup we see similar results, the Barracuda may be one of the fastest platter based drives on the market but it cannot hit the maximum speed that USB 3.0 offers.
Subject: Storage | December 1, 2009 - 09:07 PM | Allyn Malventano
Intel was pushing for a late November release of the final (bugfixed) version of their TRIM frimware for the X25-M G2. It may be December 1st, but they came through. The firmware can be downloaded HERE.
Subject: Storage | December 1, 2009 - 02:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over a year ago we saw the introduction of the Thermaltake BlacX SATA Hard Drive USB Docking Station, a stylish and incredibly versatile and easy to use external HDD dock. Now Thermaltake has made the BlacX twice as good with the release of the Thermaltake BlacX Duet. It can now hold a pair of SATA drives with a maximum capacity of 2TB per slot. That dual setup also applies to the connections, with two drives requiring either a pair of USB connections or a pair of eSATA connections.
Subject: Storage | November 25, 2009 - 03:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Seagate's new 2TB Barracuda XT hard drive is not quite as fast as the drive they demoed with AMD a while ago but sustained transfer rates of 138MB/s
at the outer edge of the platter is nothing to sneeze at. This still doesn't come close to saturating the theoretical bandwidth that SATA 2.0 can offer; but is very respectable for a platter based drive. The high amount of storage on this drive does make it a bit expensive compared to 1TB mod
Allyn spent the better part of the last three months banging away at a DroboPro, digging into every possible feature and doing his best to try and get it to lose data. Was he able to pull it off? Read on to find out!
Subject: Storage | November 23, 2009 - 12:30 PM | Allyn Malventano
Today Data Robotics, Inc. added two products to their already excellent line of storage solutions:
Introduction and Packaging
Results are in for the OCZ Colossus 3.5" SSD. This new unit promises to overcome the write speed limitations of all other MLC SSD's and it absolutely delivers! We've given one of these beasts a full work out, along with a full tear down (we know all of you want to see the guts!).
Subject: Storage | November 19, 2009 - 07:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
I am a big proponent of USB 3.0 technology - I had an early test and experience with USB 3.0 hardware last month. In that article I evaluated the performance of the ASUS P7P55D-E Premium motherboard that used the NEC 720200 USB 3.0 controller paired with a USB 3.0 HDD dock. The results were pretty impressive: