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Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 11:16 AM | Ryan Shrout
The news is coming swiftly already at Computex with a stop by the OCZ booth a bit before the show starts. We found a lot of goodies hidden inside, not the least of which is a brand-spanking-new solid state drive called the "Colossus" for some obvious reasons.
First, it's size: the drive fits into the standard 3.5-in hard drive form factor we have been used to for years. Secondly, it's capacity: the drive will be available in 500GB and 1TB capacities in about 8 weeks.
Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 01:36 AM | Allyn Malventano
If you listen to our Wednesday fun on Leo Laporte's TWIT network or to our weekly podcast, you might have caught some initial tidbits about a new SSD controller in the works over at JMicron. I did a bit more digging to bring you a scoop worthy of sufficient detail.
Subject: Storage | May 28, 2009 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't heard or seen this weeks podcast yet, we offer a bit of background to take into our discussion of the state of SATA drives. The Tech Report fired up some heavily used SSDs from Corsair, OCZ and Intel to see just how the performance has degraded, if at all. It is also a study of the controllers, from Indilinx, Samsung and Intel as the controller is one of the major influences on the change of speed of an SSD over time. Head on over to get a firm gr
Subject: Storage | May 22, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If TWiCH and the video version of the PC Perspective Podcast on TWiT haven't scared you off, Ryan has a video enhanced version of the Thecus N200B NAS device. This little box can hold up to five 500GB drives, cooled by a loud 100mm fan that was Ryan's least favourite part. The remainder of the construction of the NAS was top notch and the software and setup reasonably simple and represents the t
Subject: Storage | May 19, 2009 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, Calif. - May 19, 2009 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today released the highly anticipated Summit Series 2.5" Solid State Drives, tailored to meet the stringent demands of business professionals, enthusiasts, and entry-level enterprise applications.
Subject: Storage | May 13, 2009 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't let the name discourage you from looking at Cyber Snipa's Dog Tags. It is in fact a USB drive of up to 4GB, that has been designed to be fairly resistant to abuse. In addition to the drive is an LED light, star and flathead screwdrivers a bottle opener, pliers and a nail file.
If having a multi-use USB drive of limited size appeals to you, dr
Subject: Storage | May 11, 2009 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA, May 11th, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the launch of the Corsair Storage Solutions P256 high-performance 256GB solid-state drive (SSD).
The Corsair Storage Solutions P256 has been designed using cutting-edge technology to deliver the highest performance and compatibility, in a capacity that is big enough to replace conventional storage solutions in a high-performance PC.
Subject: Storage | May 1, 2009 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Network Attached Storage devices (NAS) are really starting to catch on in a big way. As the name implies they offer storage that is easily communicated with over a network, much like Storage Attached Networks (SAN) that are common in enterprise level networks. A NAS is much easier to use and set up, being a stand alone box with wizard driven menus for setup. The Synology DS109j is a single bay, making it smaller and more economical co
Subject: Storage | April 27, 2009 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
How much trouble could assembling two quad-core Xeon processors, sixteen gigabytes of RAM, a Velociraptor 300GB system drive, an Adaptec's SAS/SATA RAID controller and twenty 1.5TB Seagate hard drives be? Join the trials and tribulations of setting up a 20TB NAS at Tweaknews. By the end you should be able to set up a server with a huge amount of storage and that can transcode and stream content to your PS3.
Subject: Storage | April 27, 2009 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
04/27/2009 - Great news for Mac users. Thecus proudly brings better and more powerful storage and backup solutions for Mac users. Instead of the usual and limited selection for Mac system, home users can enjoy much more network services from Thecus for much less cost.
Subject: Storage | April 23, 2009 - 10:41 PM | Allyn Malventano
You might have seen glimpses of the OCZ Z-Drive around the internet. As of today, it's official. OCZ has taken 4 Vertex SSD's and ganged them up with a PCI-Express RAID controller to form a behemoth of an SSD. We will be putting one of these beasts through its paces just as soon as it arrives. Sequential speeds should reach 500 MB/sec, and available capacities will be 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB (!). Some quick searching revealed pricing at ~$1200, ~$2000, and ~$3000, repsectively.
Subject: Storage | April 22, 2009 - 11:23 AM | Allyn Malventano
Subject: Storage | April 20, 2009 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Western Digital Black 1TB HDD can be yours for a smidgen over
$100, or about 10 cents a gigabyte if you would prefer to think of it that way. This is a Black drive, which puts performance above long lifetime or low power consumption and with an average transfer rate of 86MB/sec in OCIA's testing, it certainly seems to qualify as a high end platter based HDD. Drop by to see the actual benchmark numbers.
Subject: Storage | April 20, 2009 - 08:04 AM | Allyn Malventano
Western Digital has released their new RE4 series of the Green Power line of hard drives. The new release advances the RE series to include 2TB capacity, 64 MB cache, and dual processors, and also feature advanced RAID specific features such as TLER (Time Limited Error Recovery) and RAFF (Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward).
Subject: Storage | April 14, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in February, Allyn was writing his first review for PC Perspective, a review of the new Intel X-25 M SSDs. As he tested their various speeds, he began noticing some odd behaviour from the shiny new SSDs. At the start of the testing the drives were incredibly fast, but over time the performance degraded significantly.
Subject: Storage | April 8, 2009 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Seagate Barracuda 7200.12s have a few advantages over the previous generation. There is no bad firmware to give this generation a bad name, as well they have made a move to 500GB platters for this generation. Bjorn3D's testing showed that the move did not result in a clear improvement; speed for burst and read seems to have decreased, while the write speed has increased. On the other hand, once in a RAID environment the drives showed improvements from the previous generation, in addition to needing
Subject: Storage | April 6, 2009 - 03:52 PM | Allyn Malventano
Not too long ago, HighPoint released their RocketRaid 4320 card. It employs a rather speedy Intel IOP348 XOR engine running at 1.2Ghz. What really caught my eye was the insanely low cost of this board when purchased through Newegg. A few days ago, HighPoint released a 4-port version, the RocketRaid 4310, which
Subject: Storage | April 3, 2009 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Benchmark Reviews is changing the way that they test SSDs and the first one on the bench is OCZ with their OCZSSD2-1VTX 120G SSD. They've snagged a pair of them and using the onboard RAID controller on a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P X58 they set up the drives in RAID 0 and fired up their new test suite.&nb