Subject: Storage | December 21, 2009 - 05:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
In what can only be described as "totally awesome treat for the holiday" if you have a Corsair P-series solid state drive, you can now get a TRIM-supporting firmware for that drive. If you are running Windows 7, or plan on upgrading to it, then you will definitely enjoy the performance advantages that this update will provide. Though we haven't tested TRIM on the Samsung-based drives yet, you can see how TRIM affected the Intel X25-M drives in our review here.
Subject: Storage | December 17, 2009 - 08:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
The USB 3.0 accessories keep getting announced and we couldn't be happier about it! We were the first to show you real-world performance benchmarks of USB 3.0 controllers on current motherboards using a prototype external USB 3.0 docking station but this new unit from LaCie will improve performance quite a bit by utilizing a RAID configuration.
Subject: Storage | December 15, 2009 - 05:50 PM | Allyn Malventano
Seagate originally intended to announce their new 7mm 2.5" laptop hard drives at CES, but opted to jump the gun on the announcement. The official release is below, but the gist of it is that Seagate are now producing thinner 2.5" laptop drives. This will enable netbook manufacturers to incorporate a thinner 2.5" drive into their form factors, potentially bringing costs down. The thought of having a decent capacity spinning disc in a netbook may be appealing, but performance will be considerably lower as compared to an (admittedly smaller) SSD solution.
The very first taste of the future of storage
We have the world's first SATA 6G (6.0 Gb/s) SSD in house in prototype form for benchmarking! Though our testing options were somewhat limited due to the prototype being a read-only piece of hardware, it has proven to us that SSDs are going to be separating themselves from standard hard drives even further in 2010.
Subject: Storage | December 11, 2009 - 10:04 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 - 07:28 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 - 05:29 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 2, 2009 - 02:07 AM | 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 - 07:04 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 - 08:20 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