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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
Florence, KY

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CES 2015: Storage Visions Sightings Part 1: HGST He8, DriveSavers, and SanDisk

01/04/2015 - 22:34

Many of the storage announcements this year are under embargo until tomorrow or later in the week. Fortunately there was plenty of things on display out in the open - meaning fair game for me to photograph and present to you in this quick photo...

CES 2015: Storage Visions: Western Digital SATA Express SSD+HDD Spotted

01/04/2015 - 17:15

At the SATA-IO booth at Storage Visions, they have a functional demo of Western Digital prototype hybrid HDD/SSD's. [inline:files/news/2015-01-04/DSC06840_resize.JPG] These are not hybrid in the traditional sense, as the SSD portion (128GB JMicron...

Drobo Third Generation USB 3.0 4-Bay Storage Array Review - Simple and Speedy

12/29/2014 - 08:38

Drobo is frequently referred to as ‘the Apple of external storage products’. They got this name because their products go for the simplest possible out-of-the-box experience. Despite their simplicity, the BeyondRAID concept these units employ...

Performance, Pricing and Conclusion

12/23/2014 - 16:04

Performance: With four WD Red 6TB drives installed and formatted to defaults (single disk redundancy), we connected the Drobo to a few different USB 3.0 devices to verify compatibility and speed. Nearly all of our results looked something like this:...

Installation and Drobo Dashboard Features

12/23/2014 - 15:22

Installing the Drobo is about as easy as it could be. Plug in the power supply, connect to your system with the included USB 3.0 cable. Install the Drobo Dashboard software, and you're off to the races. Note that you may need to update any dated...

Packaging and Internals

12/23/2014 - 14:34

First let's dive into the packaging. Drobo has done very little to change their packaging over the years, and it's clear that there is really no reason to do so.  [inline:files/review/2014-12-23/DSC06499.JPG] Packaging here is top notch,...

Inateck FE2005 USB 3.0 UASP External 2.5" SATA Enclosure Review

12/17/2014 - 12:18

We've seen USB 3.0 in devices for a few years now, but it has only more recently started taking off since controllers, drivers, and Operating Systems have incorporated support for the USB Attached SCSI Protocol. UASP takes care of one of...

Performance, Pricing and Conclusion

12/16/2014 - 17:33

Performance: Since this is such a simple design and with such a simple bridge controller, it did not take much to find the ultimate capabilities of it. We tested on several different USB 3.0 controllers under Windows 8.1 Update (UASP support was native...

Samsung's 32-layer VNAND dissected by TechInsights, analysed by 3DInCities

12/11/2014 - 15:30

Since Samsung announced VNAND, we have been following its developments with great interest. You might have seen some of Andrew Walker's cool mock ups of what this new VNAND might look like: [inline:files/news/2014-12-11/AndyFig1.png] Once a...

Samsung 850 EVO 120GB and 500GB RAID and RAPID Review - VNAND Goes TLC

12/08/2014 - 10:04

Mid last year, Samsung introduced the 840 EVO. This was their evolutionary step from the 840 Pro, which had launched a year prior. While the Pro was a performance MLC SSD, the EVO was TLC, and for most typical proved just as speedy. The reason for this...