Revisiting Solid State Drives

Subject: Storage | September 13, 2007 - 10:58 AM |
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Super Talent's new SSD drive offers 128GB of storage, a significant increase in size from the first SSDs to hit the market, as well as cost.  They estimate ~$4600, though I guess that is cheaper than 128GB of RAM.  When The Tech Report did their testing, they proved that the drives technology has come a long way from the first batch, and it's random access times are awe inspiring.  Unfortunately, the drive cannot perform that well for all of the tests.

RAID: not just for bugs

Subject: Storage | September 10, 2007 - 10:39 AM |
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The first time you encounter them, RAIDs can seem a bit overwhelming, from having to buy two or more HDDs to figuring out the types 1 or 5 or 0+1, and then people start asking about stripe sizing.   AnandTech can give you some help figuring it all out, and get you started on building your own array, be it for safety, speed, or a bit of both.

Source: AnandTech

Hybrid Hard Drives Could Feature 1GB DDR Memory

Subject: Storage | September 5, 2007 - 08:01 AM |
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Hybrid hard disks have been a hot topic over the last year or so, and a company called DTS plans to release a drive that could have up to 1GB of DDR memory on-board.  It is a 2.5" drive, so current capacities are limited to 160GB.

Source: The Inquirer

Shrinking the HDD, and the performance

Subject: Storage | September 4, 2007 - 02:25 PM |
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X-bit Labs tested the Corsair Flash Voyager 8GB against the 8GB Seagate USB Pocket Hard Drive, to see which portable solution offers the best way to get your data while on the go.

Source: X-Bit Labs
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Manufacturer: Western Digital
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A 750GB Powerhouse

Western Digital might have been late to the party, but their 750GB Caviar SE16 hard drive means business. With performance nearly up to the Raptor X and 5x the capacity, might this drive interest you??

Pushing the quiet button

Subject: Storage | August 30, 2007 - 11:22 AM |
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The Tech Report reviewed Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000 terabyte HDD earlier this month, and liked the performance, but not the noise when the drive was seeking.  It turns out that they had disabled Hitachi's Automatic Acoustic Management, which is supposed to limit the noise produced.  Head over to find out how well it works, and what performance costs you can expect to see from enabling it.

Intel to Respond to Request for Additional Information in Creation of New Flash Memory Company

Subject: Storage | August 30, 2007 - 08:16 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 30, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced it has received a request for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in connection with the agency's regulatory review of the proposed transaction with STMicroelectronics and certain affiliates of Francisco Partners to form a private, independent semiconductor company that will design, develop and manufacture non-volatile memory products.

Storage on the go

Subject: Storage | August 28, 2007 - 11:59 AM |
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The Cirago Smart Mobile Storage System sports a Compact Flash, XD and SD card readers, as well as USB, and contains a standard 2.5" drive, making it very handy.  OCC did notice 2 troubling problems with this otherwise perfect mobile storage device ... it only supports FAT 16/32, and the LCD is very hard to read.

Storage sandwich

Subject: Storage | August 23, 2007 - 12:36 PM |
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The Future of Things has had a look at Mempile's TeraDisc technology, a big yellow DVD that may soon obsolete the 2 DVD formats currently fighting for supremacy.  They use their laser to create 200 virtual layers, five microns apart, each containing approximately 5 GB of data.  Their test also show about a 50 year lifespan for data on the disk, but it is a shame about the colour.

Big storage in a small box

Subject: Storage | August 20, 2007 - 11:28 AM |
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Overclockers Club reviewed the Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GB external HDD.  Offering a huge amount of storage, the entire unit is comparable in size to a pair of CD jewel cases, which means you won't be giving up a lot of desk space for electronic storage, leaving you room for piles of papers and USB beverage coolers, etc ...  An included adapter makes sure you can still use this device if you don't have eSata or other less common interfaces.