A little more information would be nice, Seagate

Subject: Storage | December 10, 2009 - 02:28 PM |

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.

Source: AnandTech

The joy and despair of early adoption, SuperSpeed edition

Subject: Storage | December 7, 2009 - 12:29 PM |

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. 

Intel X25-M G2 TRIM firmware is out, really, we mean it this time, honest!

Subject: Storage | December 1, 2009 - 09:07 PM |

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.

Double the pleasure, double the fun

Subject: Storage | December 1, 2009 - 02:04 PM |

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. 

Need to order some extra large platters?

Subject: Storage | November 25, 2009 - 03:20 PM |

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

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Data Robotics


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!

Drobo 'Model S' and 'Elite' models hit the streets

Subject: Storage | November 23, 2009 - 12:30 PM |

Today Data Robotics, Inc. added two products to their already excellent line of storage solutions:

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: OCZ Technology

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!).

OCZ Plans USB 3.0 based SSD for CES 2010

Subject: Storage | November 19, 2009 - 07:30 PM |

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:

OCZ Colossus officially released

Subject: Storage | November 19, 2009 - 02:31 AM |

It's been a bumpy road for the OCZ Colossus.  We caught our first glimpse of it back in June, and posted up some exclusive early testing data and pricing back in July.  We've spent the past few months evaluating firmware performance, and have spent the past week torturing the prospective shipping firmware.  I'm finishing up my long-term performance evaluation and will have a full review up shortly for your viewing pleasure.