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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
Florence, KY

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Enterprise SSD Testing and Jargon

07/06/2016 - 10:35

While enterprise SSDs typically share controller and flash memory architecture with consumer products shipping from the same company, there are some important differences to take note of. Enterprise units are typically equipped with high grade / more...

Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

07/06/2016 - 10:32

Internals: First lets get the outside taken care of: [inline:files/review/2016-07-06/DSC01443_0.jpg] [inline:files/review/2016-07-06/DSC01445.jpg] Note the 'bulges' in the housing for the controller and power loss capacitor. More on those shortly...

Samsung Magician 4.9.7 and Samsung 840 DXT0AB0Q Firmware Tested, Read Speed Issues Finally Addressed

06/30/2016 - 16:33

Samsung launched their 840 Series SSDs back in May of 2013, which is over three years ago as of this writing. They were well-received as a budget unit but rapidly eclipsed by the follow-on release of the 840 EVO. [inline:files/review/2016-06-30/samsung...

Update Process and Conclusion

06/30/2016 - 15:58

The update process If you’ve got an 840 and suspect it feels slower than it used to, here’s how you update. First, you need Samsung Magician 4.9.7 installed (link here). Once up and running, simply checking the firmware update page should get...

Brace Yourselves, Samsung SM961, PM961, 960 PRO and 960 EVO SSDs Are Coming!

06/21/2016 - 16:02

We've known Samsung was working on OEM-series SSDs using their new 48-layer V-NAND, and it appears they are getting closer to shipping in volume, so here's a peek at what is to come: [inline:files/news/2016-06-21/s-l1600.jpg] First up are the...

Drobo Updates 5D to Turbo Edition 5Dt

06/21/2016 - 14:43

Today Drobo updated their 5D, shifting to Thunderbolt 2, an included mSATA caching SSD, and faster internals: [inline:files/news/2016-06-21/5bay-front-header.png] The new 5Dt (t for Turbo Edition) builds on the strengths of the 5D, which launched three...

Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro 2TB Review - More Power

06/21/2016 - 08:22

Introduction Western Digital launched their My Passport Wireless nearly two years ago. It was a nifty device that could back up or offload SD cards without the need for a laptop, making it ideal for photographers in the field. I came away from that...

My Cloud app, Performance, Pricing, and Conclusion

06/21/2016 - 08:20

The My Cloud app is largely unchanged from the version launched with the original My Passport Wireless. We detailed most of those features here, but there are some changes worth noting: [inline:files/review/2016-06-21/IMG_2360.PNG] Naturally the app was...

Externals, Internals, Setup, and Dashboard

06/21/2016 - 07:42

Externals [inline:files/review/2016-06-21/DSC01271.jpg] The My Passport Wireless Pro has a nice solid build quality and feels like the sort of thing you could toss into a backpack without worrying about breaking anything. For those that prefer...

Crucial MX300 750GB 2.5" SATA SSD Review - 3D NAND on a Budget

06/14/2016 - 03:16

Introduction Micron joined Intel in announcing their joint venture production of IMFT 3D NAND just a bit over a year ago. The industry was naturally excited since IMFT has historically enabled relatively efficient production, ultimately resulting in...