Subject: Storage | September 1, 2009 - 09:00 AM | Allyn Malventano
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
Subject: Storage | August 28, 2009 - 03:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | August 26, 2009 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | August 25, 2009 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | August 21, 2009 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Today we test new offerings from OCZ, PhotoFast, Corsair and Crucial, pitting them against the Intel X25-M G2. We will explore the performance differences seen when using modern controllers from Indilinx and Samsung, including units with smaller storage capacities. Think of it as an SSD Celebrity Deathmatch - but with more smoke.
Subject: Storage | August 18, 2009 - 07:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Apart from the form factor and the use of a much faster transfer bus, flash drives are becoming the defacto standard for data storage. The 120GB+ tend to prefer a SATA or eSATA interface, while the smaller drives tend to use USB for transfer and lack sophisticated controllers. The A-DATA 32GB XPG
is one of the smaller drives, both in storage capacity and in physical size and it is up for review at Legit Reviews. Can it live up to its Xupreme name? Follow the link to find out.
Subject: Storage | August 14, 2009 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Indilinx has gone from a company that only the most hardened of storage geeks used on a daily basis to one of the more common names dropped in tech discussions. This is all thanks to the rise of the Solid State Drive and Indilinx's Barefoot controller. A quick peek at Allyn's SSD Decoder Ring shows you just how popular a controller it is. This implementation is paired with Elpida RAM and Samsung NAND in the
Subject: Storage | August 13, 2009 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA. August 13th, 2009 - Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced the 128GB Flash Voyager GT, the world’s fastest 128GB USB flash drive.
The newest Flash Voyager GT is based upon a revolutionary design that employs a unique dual-controller architecture to achieve SLC-levels of performance using MLC NAND flash memory.
Subject: Storage | August 11, 2009 - 01:47 PM | Allyn Malventano
The Flash Memory Summit has just begun, and to kick things off, Intel and Micron have announced something unexpected: 3 bit per cell flash memory. This is significant on many levels (pun intended). SLC (single level cell) flash is 1 bpc. The vast majority of MLC (multi level cell) flash is 2 bpc, netting a 100% capacity gain over SLC. This new flash is 3 bpc, pushing bit density to 200% over SLC and 50% over previous generation MLC flash.