The Green Monster gets bigger (and quieter)!
This week we take a break from the nosebleed speeds of Solid State and check out what spinning disk tech has to offer. We found there is still much life left in these beasts. If you are in the market for an insane amount of near-silent storage, this article is for you.
Subject: Storage | March 9, 2009 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MADSHRIMPS caught some pictures of the new OCZ Z-Drive, made of four 250GB SSD drives in RAID-0 with onboard RAM for cache. What is special is that you can see some benchmark figures from the display. In HDTune you can see the benefits of the PCIe interface as read and right speeds increase in tandem with file size. In Sandra, you can see it matched with the Gigabyte iRAM drive and while the response time is the same, the throughput is very different. Check out their pretty pictures right here<
Subject: Storage | March 7, 2009 - 03:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
03/06/2009 – Already considered as two of the most convenient network devices at homes and office, the latest 3 bay and 4 bay NAS from Thecus, N3200PRO and N4100PRO, are receiving enormous welcome around the globe. Not only providing huge storage capacity, but also reliable data protection with RAID mechanism and tons of application features, Thecus N3200PRO and N4100PRO are both designed to operate at minimal electricity.
Subject: Storage | March 4, 2009 - 06:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is hard not to like the Cavalry Pelican 32GB SSD. Not only is it's MSRP sitting at about $100, it has both a SATA connector and a USB plug, making it perfect as an external drive as well as feeling right at home ensconced in a 3.5" bay. Maximum CPU's reviewer also found that it performed above spec on his machine, and did so as you would expect a SATA drive to; absolutel
Subject: Storage | March 2, 2009 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The big news in the 12th iteration of Seagate's Barracuda 7200RPM drives is the platters, each weighing in at 500GB. With the larger drives, you also get 32MB of cache which should help you use up a bit more of the bandwidth on the eSATA connection. The Tech Report found that the extra cache was most helpful in reading, this drive was looking more like a VelociRaptor than a Barracuda in those tests. When writing or coping, the drive was not nearly as impressive and fell more into the middle of the pack.
Subject: Storage | February 26, 2009 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not everyone uses a single OS, some collect them like trading cards and switch between them constantly. Usually this entails a certain install order and the use of something like LILO or a changed config file. ExtremeTech has an interesting and simply little project that will allow you to use a physical switch to choose the SATA HDD you boot off of. It is not an on the fly solution, the PC does need to be turned off to switch between the drives, but it can certainly simplify the boot proce
Subject: Storage | February 23, 2009 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a digital packrat with several gigabytes worth of data that you absolutely have to drag around with you and currently use more than one flash drive to do it, or even worse, carry around a full size HDD, then check out the Patriot Xporter Magnum. At 64Gb you will probably only need one to hold your dearest data; if you need more than that you may want to consider slimming down a bit. With an average read speed of 33MB/s
Indilinx Barefoot spotted
The OCZ Vertex series of solid state drives might be the most anticipated since the release of the Intel X25-M series. Using a new controller technology from Indilinx, the Vertex drive we are previewing offers incredible performance and a more reasonable price per GB.
Subject: Storage | February 17, 2009 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our new reviewer and podcast star, Allyn Malventano, has finished some exhaustive testing of solid state drives in a high workload scenario. He and Ryan have been seeing plummeting performance from some of the SSDs they have used, and the Intel X-25M in particular. It turns out that while the data on an SSD can be considered to be fragmented, the absolute worst thing to do is run a defragmenting program on your drive, it will make the problem worse. Read the full reivew not only to see what causes the performance degradation