Subject: Storage | November 3, 2009 - 08:00 AM | Allyn Malventano
Western Digital puts out some great hard drives, as well as the Velociraptor series of 10,000 RPM disks. What has always held them back from full adoption across the enterprise environments has been lack of support for Serial Attached SCSI (SAS). Today WD rectifies this with their first enterprise class SAS unit - the S25. From the specs and physical description it appears to be a reworked 300GB Velociraptor. We'll get you hard performance figures as soon as the huge demand from the OEM's subsides.
Subject: Storage | November 2, 2009 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has put their hands on a piece of storage hardware, the Kanguru's e-Flash eSATA/USB thumb drive. It looks like a normal flash drive, barring a slightly longer overall length, but it hides two heads. One is the usual USB 2.0 connection but the head on the other end is new and unique. It combines the speed of eSATA with USBs ability to deliver power in a hybrid connector. You won't find too many motherboard headers that already have this plug, but that is not a problem thanks to the PCI backplate with power and SATA cables.
Subject: Storage | November 2, 2009 - 01:57 AM | Allyn Malventano
Highpoint recently announced availability of their SATA3 / SATA 6Gb/s host adapters. While their introductory price seems a bit high as compared to other offerings we've recently reviewed, it is still great to see new tech catching on at full speed.
Their official press release appears after the pic.
ASUS brings the goods
Everyone is talking about USB 3.0, but we are actually testing it. Read this article if you want to see how ASUS' first motherboard with integrated SATA 6G and USB 3.0 controllers performs against SATA-II and USB 2.0 devices. Is the hype surrounding USB 3.0 worth the hassle and how much is it going to cost you to upgrade?
SATA 6G shows up early
SATA 6G technology is being paraded around by motherboard manufacturers as one of the main reasons to upgrade your motherboard in the coming months but do the advantages really make the upgrade worthwhile? And how do these current SATA 6G implementations actually work? We look at the ASUS P7P55D Premium and an early sample of a Seagate SATA 6.0 Gb/s hard drive to see how the hype stands up.
Subject: Storage | October 28, 2009 - 01:00 PM | Allyn Malventano
I just got off of a conference call with Intel where they announced reaching a development milestone in the area of Phase Change Memory. PCM is exciting tech to me because it has the fast access times of RAM and the non-volatility of Flash memory.
Subject: Storage | October 27, 2009 - 06:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
Yesterday some news began filtering in to me that there were some potential issues with the newly released Intel X25-M firmware that updates the G2 drives to support the TRIM command as well as boosting write speeds. (You can read all about the new features and performance of the new firmware in our article here.) That news was basically confirmed today when Intel sent along a note saying they had pulled the new firmware until they could figure out the issue:
Subject: Storage | October 26, 2009 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thanks to Intel's new firmware and SSD Toolbox application along with Windows 7's TRIM ability, those with the second generation (G2) 160GB Intel SSD can get some rather noticeable speed improvements. The bad news is that this update will not have an effect on 80GB models, nor on the 50nm generation. Those with the G2 160GB drive will have a pleasant surprise; you can see how nice a surprise in Allyn's review.
Subject: Storage | October 26, 2009 - 11:00 AM | Allyn Malventano
Back when the original Intel X25-M SSD came out, Intel hinted at the
future release of software that would let you monitor your SSD under
Windows. It took them a while, but they have now released such a tool. The press release is below, and my evaluation of the new firmware and the SSD Toolbox software can be found here, in the Storage section.
Today Intel released a new firmware for their X25-M G2 line of SSD's. The firmware adds long awaited support for native TRIM, which should boost performance when used under Windows 7. Also released was an "SSD Toolbox" utility to view drive stats and bring TRIM-level performance to Windows XP and Vista. Check out the our full review for the details.