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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
Florence, KY

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Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

08/05/2016 - 15:37

Internals [inline:files/review/2016-08-05/160802-160737.jpg] [inline:files/review/2016-08-05/160802-160754.jpg] The SATA connector is in an 'odd' place at the rear, but this makes sense for cases with the SATA connectors in a backplane, where you...

Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB Review - Massive Helium Client HDD

08/05/2016 - 15:29

Introduction Barracuda is a name we have not heard in a good while from Seagate. Last seen on their 3TB desktop drive, it appears they thought it was time for a comeback. The company is revamping their product lines, along with launching a full round of...

RapidSpar Data Recovery Instrument Review - Trickle Down Data Recovery

07/27/2016 - 15:47

Introduction Being a bit of a storage nut, I have run into my share of failed and/or corrupted hard drives over the years. I have therefore used many different data recovery tools to try to get that data back when needed. Thankfully, I now employ a...

Performance and Final Thoughts

07/26/2016 - 17:56

Performance: [inline:files/review/2016-07-26/speed.jpg]

Recovering with the RapidSpar and Configuration Options

07/26/2016 - 17:12

Recovering with the RapidSpar The process is fairly simple to get going. Attach your source and target drives (target must be equal to or larger than the source), connect power, and (optionally) connect to the host system via USB. The RapidSpar will...

RapidSpar Capabilities, RapidNebula, and Targeted Recovery

07/26/2016 - 17:03

RapidSpar Capabilities Being a hardware-based recovery device, the RapidSpar has complete control over the commands being sent to the drive being recovered, and it employs a real-time OS that is purpose built for these types of tasks. [inline:files/...

Background, Read Ignoring ECC, Writing = BAD!

07/26/2016 - 16:58


Crucial Expands MX300 SATA SSD Lineup, Adds 1TB, 525GB, 275GB M.2 2280

07/26/2016 - 14:34

We reviewed the Crucial MX300 750GB SSD a few months back. It was a good drive that tested well, and thanks to its IMFT 3D NAND, it came in at a very competitive price point. Today Crucial has rearranged that lineup a bit: [inline:files/news/2016-07-26/...

Samsung 850 EVO 4TB 2.5" SATA SSD Review - Speedy Behemoth

07/12/2016 - 10:10

Introduction: Everyone expects SSD makers to keep pushing out higher and higher capacity SSDs, but the thing holding them back is sufficient market demand for that capacity. With that, it appears Samsung has decided it was high time for a 4TB model of...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

07/12/2016 - 01:52

Conclusion PROS Best in class performance (even outperforms competing MLC parts!) Performance oddities seen in the 2TB model are not present in 4TB Best SATA performance in our new Mixed Burst testing CONS Pricing is getting steep at these capacities...