Subject: Storage | January 12, 2006 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Silent PC Review attacks one of the hardest to quiet components in the PC, the hard drive. To meet the challenge, the review 2 single platter drives, one from Hitachi and one from Seagate. Read on to see just how successful they were.
"It's no secret that the quietest desktop hard drives tend to be low capacity models that use only
a single platter. There's a simple reason for this: Fewer platters have fewer read/write heads,
and thus produce less air turbulence.
Subject: Storage | January 9, 2006 - 06:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews got a hold of Western Digital's Raptor X HDD, 150 gigs of storage on a 10,000 RPM SATA drive, with a very special feature. The casing is see-through, and will fit great into a case with a lot of windows! Not only can you see the inner workings of your hard drive, it provides great ESD protection too!
"While at CES 2006 we got a chance to see the the revolutionary WD Raptor X SATA hard drive, the
first ever drive with a view.
Subject: Storage | January 3, 2006 - 08:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
Yes!!! More information available at their website. These new drives will support NCQ, have a 16 MB buffer, spin at the same 10k RPM and come at a cost of $309 MSRP.
WD DOUBLES WD RAPTORÂ® CAPACITY TO 150 GB
World's Highest Performance SATA Hard Drive Also has Double the Cache, Additional Features for Enterprise Applications
LAKE FOREST, Calif. Jan. 3, 2006 Western Digital Corp.
Subject: Storage | December 28, 2005 - 05:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
According this write up at The Inquirer, it looks like Western Digital might be making my dreams come true by releasing a new Raptor driver with a 150 GB capacity, SATA-II support and NCQ as well!
The new model, the WD1500 addresses the biggest problem everyone had with drives: capacity. In today's world, where author of this article can download eight gigs in a single night, a 36GB capacity seems laughable. Especially when you can get 250GB for the very same price as a 36GB model.
XFX's Revo64 is a unique RAID controller offering speed and security. Does the PCI interface matter? How can it compare to the Silicon Image SiL 3132 and NVIDIA controllers? The results are very interesting indeed! (This also a good review of integrated controllers).
Subject: Storage | December 15, 2005 - 03:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNet has an article that gives you some insight into the minds of Seagate's engineers. Significant amounts of money have been invested in nanotechnology, and it may well be affecting their next generation of hard drives.
"The Londonderry plant will now become a nanotechnology center of excellence in the development of
thin film technology, specializing in next generation and leading-edge photolithography.
Subject: Storage | December 13, 2005 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PureOverclock provides some much needed help with buying flash drives. With literally dozens of makers providing them now, all at different prices, is there really a difference, or are you just paying for the name and the colourful finish on the body of the drive?
'In this round-up I'll be looking at six USB flash drives, some no frills but with a price worthy
of consideration and others with all the bells and whistles some out there may find essential.
Subject: Storage | December 8, 2005 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has done some exhaustive testing on 2 chipsets that support SATA RAID, the nForce4 and the Intel ICH7R. It starts of with a good quick explanation of what the different types of RAID are, an dwhy each is used, so check it out if you are unsure of what exactly RAID 10 is.
"STORAGE SUBSYSTEMS DON'T GET nearly enough attention, though they're arguably the most important
subsystem of a modern PC.