Subject: Storage | August 14, 2008 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Secrets have gathered nine 320GB drives to compare their performance, especially in the effect that 8MB and 16MB cache's have on performance. All but the VelociRaptor are well under $100; and at four times the price it looks a lot less attractive after the benchmarks have all been tallied. If you are looking for speed, not capacity; this article serves up all you could desire on one platter.
Subject: Storage | August 12, 2008 - 02:33 AM | Ryan Shrout
I know at least a couple of you have asked for it, in particular Colleen and TWiTs building their Ultimate Gaming Machine, and now Western Digital officially has SATA backplane compatible VelociRaptors available.
If you want to see why I love the WD VelociRaptors as much as I do, check out our review of the 300GB speed demon!
Subject: Storage | July 30, 2008 - 01:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sans' Digital MS1U Media Saver is an enclosure, similar to other mobile HDD cases, that knows a few extra tricks. It has three memory card slots that are compatible with about a dozen different formats, a small LCD to tell you what the device is currently doing and rechargeable batteries so you can use it where there are no plugs. Take the memory out of your camera, stick in the appropriate slot and the MS1U will copy the pictures onto the hard drive, with a seperate folder for each card, just to make it eaiser.
Subject: Storage | July 28, 2008 - 06:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ Core SATA 64GB SSD demonstrates what we expected when we first heard of solid state drives. It's just $259, a drop of almost $1000 in about a year, the performance is almost obnoxiously impressive and the lack of moving parts is still a huge advantage. The Guru of 3D predicts the pricing of WD Raptor drives will have to start dropping in price to compete with these drives. In a few years, some techies may not even know what incredible noises a dying platter based H
Subject: Storage | July 25, 2008 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For all those paranoid travellers out there, Kingston has the perfect USB drive for you. Their DataTraveler BlackBox 2Gb flash drive costs almost $100, but it does come certified under the US Government's Federal Information Processing Standard as secure, which can be good for anyone carrying sensitive data.
Subject: Storage | July 23, 2008 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before RAID became the main solution for large storage arrays, JBOD ruled the streets. Just stick in a few drives, doesn't matter what size, and suddenly they are registered as one large disk. Tagan kept that simplicity, there are no drivers to install, nor is there any fighting between the drives. Try the Tagan Icy Box IB-3218 a USB connected external JBOD box. Bjorn3D tried it out and found that while they did love the box it's self, they thought the included PCCLONE EX LITE software needed some im
Subject: Storage | July 23, 2008 - 09:35 AM | Ryan Shrout
Western Digital sent out news this morning about the release of a new member of the VelociRaptor hard drive family. A desktop ready VelociRaptor hard drive came out in April of this year and quickly took its place as the fastest available hard drive on the market; now Western Digital is releasing a 2.5" version of the VelociRaptor for enterprise applications.
The Super Talent MasterDrive MX 60GB SSD
Super Talent is offering up a new solid state drive that promises to bring you SSD performance with prices at less than half of previous tested models. Can they possibly live up to that claim or is there something that Super Talent is holding back on?
Subject: Storage | July 21, 2008 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California - July 22, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced that the company has dramatically improved the write speeds of its MasterDrive DX, MasterDrive KX and MasterDrive MX solid state drives (SSDs).
These three series of SSDs already boast exceptionally fast read speeds of up to 120 MB/sec. But, fast write speeds are important in applications such as video editing and encoding, image processing, compressing and extracting files, installing applications and copying files to the drive.
Subject: Storage | July 21, 2008 - 01:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hard disks are not terribly fond of heat; especially the new Raptor which is a 2.5" HDD surrounded by a 3.5" heatsink. While most users will never experience the wonderful smell of well cooked HDD, it is more common for the heat to accelerate the general failure of HDDs. Drop by Madshrimps for a look at several passive HDD coolers that may extend the life of your drives, two that will bump your HDD up to a 5.25" slot and one that will let you keep the HDD in the 3.5" slots.