Solid State Storage Sales Soon

Subject: Storage | November 30, 2005 - 11:59 AM |
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As Solid State storage becomes more common, and less volatile when the power goes off, 3.5" & 2.5" hard drives may disappear.  This could mean notebook computers becom even more light and skinny, and storage will be even denser.  The big question is of course the price, and The Inquirer is reporting that the costs will be much more attractive over the coming year.


The market research company predicted that NAND memory average selling price will fall by 43% CAGR

between 2004 and 2009, but other factors t

Source: The Inquirer

Lexar's new jumpdrive has a built-in shredder

Subject: Storage | November 23, 2005 - 01:58 PM |
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Losing a Jumpdrive can be really annoying, especially if it happens to have info on it that you'd rather not share. While the JumpDrive Secure II can't help with your memory, it can ensure that any files deleted off of that jumpdrive stay deleted.  EverythingUSB is the place to go to read more about it.

"In today's world of corporate espionage, identity theft and general paranoia, it's vital that any

portable documents are secured in case the flash drive they're stored on is lost or stolen.

Add 5GB to your pants!

Subject: Storage | November 22, 2005 - 04:07 PM |
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The Seagate 5GB pocket drive is disk shaped, being about 3 inches across, 1 inch thick, and weighs in at 62 grams.  It's USB cord retracts into the main body when not in use, so it is exceptionally portable.  Adrian's Rojak Pot has the whole story, and lots of pictures to give you an idea of the size.


"Are you looking for a compact USB storage solution with a large capacity of 5GB?
Source: Tech ARP

250Gb of high speed storage

Subject: Storage | November 18, 2005 - 06:33 PM |
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The WD Caviar SE16 SATA drive that COD tests could solve a lot of your storage needs.  Just set up an older PC with a SATA controller and 4 of these puppies and you should be able to back up almost everything you've ever typed or clicked.

"Those of us who are always looking for the bigger, better and faster storage solutions have the

end in sight. Lately, more and more SATA enhanced 3.0Gb/s drives are hitting the market.

RAIDing throughput to the Max(tor)

Subject: Storage | November 16, 2005 - 05:24 PM |
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HotHardware has done a lot of testing on the DiamondMax 10.  Not only do they try 3 different RAID types, but they also try different stripe sizes to see what effect that will have on the drive's throughput.  If you are looking for a new hard drive, or just wonder what the different RAIDs do, and how well they do it, spare them a few minutes of your time.

"We're writing to let you know that we've just posted a new article at HotHardware.Com entitled,

Maxtor DiamondMax 10: Exploring NCQ &

Source: HotHardware

Blu-ray versus HD

Subject: Storage | November 14, 2005 - 07:13 PM |
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In the original Star Wars, you could always tell the good guys because they shot blue lasers.  It may not be as clear cut with CD ROMs, as you may find the The Tech Zone's article, but still ... laser beams are cool.

"We've been challenged numerous times to give an "educated" guess as to how the blue laser war

will end, and when. It has come to a point where it is no longer about the technology nor the

consumer.

Source: 3DCenter

Swapable SATA storage

Subject: Storage | November 8, 2005 - 11:43 AM |
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The Vantec SATA EZ-Swap MRK-200ST-BK takes advantage of one of the SATA-II specs, that the drives must be hot-swapable, much like a USB or SCSI device.   It also incorporates some cooling into the casing, which makes the enclosure bigger than a CD-ROM drive, so don't just blindly shove it into a system the first time you use it, double check there's enough space.  Head to PC Stats to get a better idea of it's full capabilities.

"The Vantec EZ-Swap MRK200-ST-BK only comes in black, and it supports the

Source: PCStats

Bigger than a flash stick, faster than a speeding CD-ROM

Subject: Storage | November 4, 2005 - 05:23 PM |
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Even with the bigger 1Gb memory sticks, and double sided DVD's, you still run into the occasional file that is too big to easily transport.  Portable HDD enclosures are the easiest answer, and in the case of the ULTRA Mini Portable Disk, it may even keep your HDD living longer than installing it in a case.  Head to Bjorn3D to read up on this great little device.

"Sure flash drives are very handy for moving files around when a floppy disk is too small and a

CD-R is overkill, but what about those files or groups of fi

Source: Bjorn3D

Network attached ... USB?

Subject: Storage | November 2, 2005 - 06:11 PM |
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http://www.everythingusb.com/usb@nywhere.html.  You install the server software on one PC, and the client on another, and you can now use the USB devices over a WAN or LAN, on the cheap.

"Hi, we found a nifty software called USB@nywhere that lets you share USB devices on the Internet.

You basically only need to install 'Device workstation' on the PC with the USB devices you want

to share, and 'Remote workstation' on the PCs where you want to access the remote USB hardware.

Double the Cache, Double your fun

Subject: Storage | November 1, 2005 - 11:58 AM |
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The Tech Zone reviews Western Digital's new Caviar SE16 400 GB HDD.  Unlike many of the 400GB HDD's coming out, WD's Caviar sports a 16MB cache, giving you some impressive performance.  As well, it is a quiet drive, as you would expect from WD's higher end drives.

"400GB hard drives seem to be somewhat of a median at the moment, they are not overly expensive

for the amount of storage you receive.