Rightsizing your portable storage and backup

Subject: Storage | December 7, 2007 - 11:54 AM |
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Secure flash drives are nothing new, but with the on going miniaturization of chips in general and flash memory in particular the storage sizes we are seeing available are growing quickly.  The Lexar 8 GB Jump Drive Secure II Plus sits at a threshold between handy storage for a couple of files, and a proper backup medium.  Overclockers Club loved it

Solid State Drives, good as gold

Subject: Storage | December 4, 2007 - 10:40 AM |
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The bad news is that the MTRON SSD Pro will run about $2000 when it becomes available, and only hold about 64Gb.  The good news is that it blows the Raptor out of the water when it comes to read speed and there is no burst speed, it heads to 110MB/s and stays there.  See just how impressive it is at AnandTech.

Source: AnandTech

Better than your average HDD?

Subject: Storage | November 30, 2007 - 11:08 AM |
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You may have seen drives labeled "RAID edition" or "enterprise" that seem to be much more expensive than drives that don't sport those labels.  Two recent releases; the Barracuda ES.2 and Caviar RE2-GP aren't that much more expensive than their brethren, and claim a much longer MTBF thanks to better quality firmware.  Drop by ExtremeTech to see if the higher quality guts also translate into better speeds.

The word on tera

Subject: Storage | November 27, 2007 - 10:39 AM |
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Seagate and Western Digital have both been taking enhancement products, and now they each sport a hard drive with 1000 GB of storage.  Seagate's 1TB Barracuda 7200.11 ES.2 is aimed at the desktop crowd, and sports a possibly performance enhancing 32MB cache and 4 250GB platters and will run you about 27 cents per gig.  The Western Digital takes a more responsible approach with their Green Power 1TB Caviar, the usual 16MB cache and a spin rate that varies betwe

Source: AnandTech

The data is perfectly safe until you misplace your finger

Subject: Storage | November 21, 2007 - 10:59 AM |
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Biometric security, especially fingerprint readers are becoming very commonplace on electronics.  It was only a matter of time before USB drives started sporting them, and that brings us to CPU3D's review of the 1GB Adata FP1 Fingerprint Flash DriveThey were impressed overall, finding the size unaffected by the inclusion of the swipe type fingerprint reader and the low cost as well.

Source: CPU3D

Right sized drives

Subject: Storage | November 16, 2007 - 10:48 AM |
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As X-bit labs points out in their introduction, 250GB HDD offer you a good price per GB, and enough storage that you won't feel cramped.  Since there are so many to choose from, they have gathered 30 different makes and models to test out in a huge review.  In the end, it turns out that many of the drives will excel in certain applications, while falling behind in others, as well as some interesting findings about Native Command Queuing. 

Source: X-Bit Labs

Gigabyte's split personality

Subject: Storage | November 14, 2007 - 12:33 PM |
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The GA-P31-DS3L is a sub $100 motherboard based on the Intel P31 chipset, and is able to support 45nm processors.  As you may guess from the price, it is aimed at those more interested in price than performance.  OCC got a surprise when they tried for performance though, this board was quite capable of reaching a 465MHz FSB when they tried overclocking a E6750!

Green Power goes professional

Subject: Storage | November 14, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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With the successful launch of the GP Caviar last month, Western Digital has extended their GreenPower lineup with the RE2-GP HDD.  It is a one terabyte drive, built for enterprise level storage, so you won't see high burst speeds as this drive is designed to provide reliable constant speeds.  It does retain it's lowered power requirements, as you wold expect, and you can see what else WD put in this drive over at The Tech Report.

Supersized portable storage

Subject: Storage | November 9, 2007 - 10:45 AM |
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If 4 and 8GB flash drives just don't cut it for you because of the size and amount of data you carry around, Hardware Logic has a review that will make your day.  How would you like a 160GB in a small 6oz package that should be tough enough to live in the bottom of a bag?  Head over and read all about the SimpleTech SimpleDrivePS.

The thumb drive that needs a finger

Subject: Storage | November 6, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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If you have decided that using a thumb drive is a bad idea when it comes to transporting data you would prefer to keep private based on how easy they are to lose, then A-Data may have the perfect solution for you.  The FP1 drive offers both password protection as well as fingerprint scanning and can keep the data fairly secure even if you lose it.  The Tech Report tried it out, and while it isn't cheap or fast, it does give you some peace of mind.