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Subject: Storage | December 15, 2010 - 04:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest NexStar dual bay HDD dock offers an incredibly handy and quick way to access your data. It can handle 2.5" and 3.5" SATA drives so you will have no serious compatibility problems to deal with and with the USB 3.0 interface you aren't going to have to wait very long watching the blue bar slowly fill as your transfer slowly goes. Tweaknews liked the look as well as the performance but do warn you to turn off the dock when it is not in use as your drives will get quite warm.
"Vantec has been on a roll lately with their NexStar line of storage products, and their USB 3.0 dual bay HDD dock is no exception. What stands out with this unit is the ability to access two hard drives simultaneously – something that is handy for all types of buyers ranging from the casual home PC user to network admins who need a quick way to access data on a hard drive."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Verbatim Store`n´Go 320 GB @ techPowerUp
- Synology DiskStation DS211+ Review @ Kitguru
- ioSafe SoloPRO 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive Review @ OCIA
- Thermaltake BlacX Duet HDD Docking Station @ Tweaktown
- Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB Review @ t-break
- Western Digital AV-GP 2 TB Hard Disk Drive Review @ MissingRemote
Subject: Storage | December 13, 2010 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Behind the covering of that SSD will be one of two types of flash memory, though both offer double data rate speeds by being able to read or write on the rise and fall of a clock cycle. While most makers use the Open NAND Flash Interface, Samsung and Toshiba have chosen a different route called toggle flash which utilizes a data strobe instead of the usual clock when transferring data. Both technologies are JEDEC approved, so it will be interesting to see which survives. That is not the only trick this drive has, it is also the first to sport two DIMMs for cache, 128MB DRAM c
Subject: Storage | December 13, 2010 - 10:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Storage | December 3, 2010 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Seagate and WD have started releasing HDDs with 2.5TB and 3TB capacities, which sounds great on the face of it but causes problems for many users as motherboards and OSes can have issues when drives grow that large. Those still using XP are essentially out of luck, even with the intervention of a 3rd party PCIe RAID card, Win7 users will be up and running easily, though there is an update from Microsoft that is strongly recommended to prevent data corruption. The real meat of the article covers the steps to
Subject: Storage | December 1, 2010 - 03:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California - December 01, 2010 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced that they will begin offering Ceedo Personal with their USB 3.0 Express RAM CACHE flash drives.
With the introduction of USB 3.0, external storage devices can now function at unprecedented speeds; up to 10x.
Subject: Storage | November 29, 2010 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Kingston HyperX Max 3.0 128GB USB 3 SSD combines the two fastest ways to transfer data externally, inside lies an SSD based on a Toshiba controller which takes advantage of the bandwidth that USB 3.0 offers. This adds up to transfer rates that never dip below 180 MB/s in HDTach tests. Allyn was suitably impressed with the performance and when it hits shelves in the next week or two it should be priced about $2.19/GB.
Subject: Storage | November 22, 2010 - 05:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Samsung 470 Series has been eclipsed by the Indilinx and Sandforce based SSDs, but TechSpot felt that the 256GB SSD deserved a full review. As it is the largest of the series, it should also represent the best that the S3C29RBB01-YK40 controller can do. As it turns out, there is quite a bit of power hid
Subject: Storage | November 22, 2010 - 11:08 AM | Allyn Malventano
Today Kingston announced their new HyperX Max 3.0 series of USB 3.0 SSD's.
This new line features the same Toshiba HG2 SSD present in their line of SSDNow V+ Gen2 SSD's, but mounted in a very solid feeling external enclosure. Interface duties are performed by a Genesys Logic SATA to USB 3.0 bridge. We have one in the lab and will be posting our review later on, but for now I leave you with a shot of its internals:
Subject: Storage | November 16, 2010 - 04:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next generation Indilinx controller is not going to be here for a little while yet, so in the meantime they've released a new version of the already on the market Barefoot controller, though AnandTech is quick to point out you need to buy a new drive to see it in action you cannot simply do a hardware flash to upgrade existing SSDs. The review shows performance improvements, especially when dealing with incompressible formats
as those types of files hamstring th
Subject: Storage | November 16, 2010 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Storage | November 12, 2010 - 12:45 PM | Allyn Malventano
Subject: Storage | November 8, 2010 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When Allyn reviewed the OCZ Ibis with the proprietary HSDL to allow speeds faster than SATA 6Gb/s can handle, the biggest plus was indeed the read speeds of almost 700GB/s but the biggest negative (apart from price) was the propriety cabling. AnandTech looks at the new RevoDrive x2 which uses a PCIe slot and promises the same performance ... and unfortunately a similarly high price.
Subject: Storage | November 5, 2010 - 04:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
11/05/2010- The original N4200 made huge waves in the hardware community with its innovative features and functionality. Today, Thecus Technology, the Creator in Storage, is proud to announce its successor: the N4200PRO.
Subject: Storage | November 3, 2010 - 01:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SSDs do offer a speed bonus at the cost of an extreme storage density hit, not to mention the price attached which adds up quickly when you are building RAID-5 boxes, let alone some of the other intricate RAID setups possible. One way to bring the performance of your RAID array up is to look at 15K RPM SAS HDDs like the
Seagate Cheetah 15K 3.5.
Subject: Storage | October 29, 2010 - 05:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As Allyn shows in the video version of this weeks podcast, even the mighty Drobo is unsure what to do with Western Digital's Caviar Green 3TB HDD; it might recognize it but it cannot use it. There are ways to use it as The Tech Report proves in their review, a UEFI BIOS helps but there are ways to make the HDD work even with the more common AHCI controller.&nbs
Subject: Storage | October 28, 2010 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 28, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OCZ Technology
Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance
solid-state drives (SSDs) and memory modules for computing devices and
systems, announces the launch of The RevoDrive X2 PCI-Express SSD, a
follow-up to the successful launch of the first RevoDrive, with
increased performance and capacity to serve high-performance computing
Subject: Storage | October 18, 2010 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have made the switch to an SSD but find yourself a little short on storage space and want a large format disk to store your important, but not frequently accessed files? Are you enjoying the quiet of not having a platter based drive and maybe even a little smug at the power savings? Try Western Digital's Caviar Green (Advanced Format) 2 TB, at only $110 ($0.18/GB) it won't destroy your bank account and
Subject: Storage | October 8, 2010 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't read up on the new SandForce SF-2000 series of SSD controllers, then take a moment to read through this article on Legit Reviews. The controller is the main determinant of performance on SSDs, as opposed to the type of flash memory used. It is also the power behind any encryption you want to use on the drive, and both the security and the performance will increase with the implementation of this new controller. Pity we don't have any benchmarks yet though.
Subject: Storage | October 7, 2010 - 09:30 AM | Allyn Malventano
SandForce has released details on their next generation SSD controller. I was briefed by their staff yesterday, and this looks to be everything storage nuts were hoping for, as well as throughput figures doubling that of Intel's (leaked) specs. Highlights follow: