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Plextor M6V SSD (1TB) & PlexTurbo Review
     Thu, Oct 08 2015 | 4:50P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Recently our big brother website, The SSD Review, posted an article outlining the standard performance of the Plextor M6V. The article looked at the throughput through your standard SATA 3 (6Gb/s) port, and if you take a read through the article you can see that this value oriented drive provided very consistent performance. While we could sit here and regurgitate the information and details found in the previous article, we wanted to take things one step further. Today, we are going to look at PlexTurbo and how it changes the performance of the Plextor M6V.

KingFast 256GB F9 SSD Review
     Thu, Oct 08 2015 | 4:15P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The F9 256GB is another low-cost SSD product from KingFast, which pairs the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller with Micron NAND MT29E1T08CUCBBH8-10:B and the cache is assured by the Samsung K4W2G1646E-BC11 DDR3 RAM (256MB). This model is able to follow the read performances of the Crucial BX100 250GB we have reviewed earlier, but falls behind in terms of writes.

ADATA HD720 External Hard Disk (1TB) Review - Durability At Its Finest!
     Wed, Oct 07 2015 | 5:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are looking at the latest, ultra durable external hard disk drive available from ADATA, the HD720. A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to look at the HD710A, which had a little different purpose, mainly for targeting the Mac market. The HD720 is your solution to water, dust and shock. Keep reading to find out more!

Samsung SM951 512GB M.2 Storage Review
     Wed, Oct 07 2015 | 5:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Never being satisfied with the latest and greatest solid state drives, a wonder component a few years ago, Hardwareslave have been looking for something a little bit special. Step in PCIe SSD drives and for most the price isn’t going to be achievable, but they are probably the ultimate in gaming storage. What else is there? Well, there is RAID, and we RAID every rig we build, and there is mSATA, but its always going to be bottle necked by the SATA ports. So, it only leaves M.2, a specification that uses PCIe bandwidth to bus your info around without the riser card expense.

Icy Dock MB998SP-B ToughArmor Review
     Wed, Oct 07 2015 | 12:42P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we want to introduce you to the third part of our Icy Dock caddy review hattrick. This time we have tested the Icy Dock MB998SP-B ToughArmor cage. The special thing about this caddy is that it can accommodate up to eight SSDs or HDDs. How, and especially if that can work well, we will show you in the following review.

Plextor M6V SSD (256GB) Review – A Solid Value Entrant
     Tue, Oct 06 2015 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A custom PC build can be whatever you make it; a ridiculously high-end gaming machine or a modest budget build. Even if you are just looking for an easy upgrade to your current build, the storage device is a perfect place to start. Today we are looking at the Plextor M6V, which is advertised to show off velocity at a value price. Let’s dig in and take a closer look!

Icy Dock MB324SP-B ExpressCage Review
     Sat, Oct 03 2015 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have recently tested the Icy Dock Turbo Swap hard drive caddy. For owners of a SATA hard drive, the frame turned out to be a useful extension. Today we want to present another hot swap cage of the brand Icy Dock, the Icy Dock MB324SP-B ExpressCage. This mobile rack is able to accommodate four SSDs. Excited? We also. Therefore, we proceed directly to the Icy Dock MB324SP-B ExpressCage review.

Synology DiskStation DS715 & DS215+
     Thu, Oct 01 2015 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Unfortunately the Annapurna Labs Alpine SoC hasn’t impressed us as much as it did in the DS2015xs and even the DS1515. However the biggest issue is the price, we simply cannot justify spending almost 80% more on the DS215+ over the DS215j and it is even worse when looking at the DS715. The DS215+ and DS715 are both well built, reliable NAS servers that are backed by the very best software in the business. When it comes to quality Synology always seem to deliver, sadly this time they missed the mark when it came to pricing.

Plextor M6V 256GB SSD Review
     Wed, Sep 30 2015 | 1:07P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we take a look at the recently released Plextor M6V SSD, specifically the 256GB model. These drives incorporate Toshiba NAND flash memory and are released to target a wide enthusiast audience due to the competitive pricing. Right now this 256GB model is available for around £70 from Scan in the UK.

850 EVO SSD in an enormous 2TB configuration
     Wed, Sep 30 2015 | 1:06P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung now offers its popular and affordable 850 EVO SSD in an enormous 2TB configuration. We put the EVO to the test to see how this behemoth performs.

Samsung Portable SSD T1 – good things come in small packages
     Tue, Sep 29 2015 | 1:41P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Even though many of us are using more and more cloud storage for things like images and music there still is a need for local storage on our desktops and laptops. On a desktop it usually is quite easy to just pop in another SSD or regular hard drive but this is not always the case for a laptop. Most laptops come with just one SSD or hard drive and upgrading to a large one can be a chore and also cost a lot. A better solution is to use an external drive to store non-OS-files but these drives more than often use a regular hard drive, either at 5400 rpm (slooow) or 7200 rpm (faster but still slow). Luckily we are starting to see more external drives that use faster SSD’s and the external drive we are reviewing today is one of these; the Samsung Portable SSD T1. This is a tiny external drive that uses an SSD to give us exceptional speeds over USB3.

Kingston SSDnow KC380 1.8-Inch Solid State Drive Review
     Tue, Sep 29 2015 | 1:41P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The solid state drive that I’m taking a look at today is one that I’ve actually had around for a while, but couldn’t test up until now. I’m taking the tiny 1.8-inch KC380 SSDnow from Kingston for a spin on my test bench to see how well this tiny SSD can perform. While it isn’t the newest model anymore, I still think it’s a valid drive to test and one that quite a few people will consider for their netbooks and similar devices that only have the option for 1.8-inch drives such as this one.

Icy Dock MB174U3S-4SB Black Vortex Reader Review
     Tue, Sep 29 2015 | 1:40P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCinside.de today published a new reader review. This time MisterY is testing the Icy Dock MB174U3S-4SB Black Vortex from Cremax. The external drive enclosure with dust filter and fan control offers space for up to 4 hard drives, which can either be connected via USB 3.0 or eSATA. Take a look how this external hard drive enclosure performs in the reader review, that can be operated by the way also internally.

AData XPG SX930 240GB SSD
     Tue, Sep 29 2015 | 1:39P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AData's XPG SX930 SSD is supposed to offer buyers what used to be an impossible combination: affordability, excellent performance, a 5 year warranty and extreme longevity.

The SSD Optimization Guide Rev. 2.1.
     Tue, Sep 29 2015 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Solid state drives are fast replacing hard disk drives as the storage medium of choice. However, they have issues that preclude their ascendency over the hard disk drives. Their flash memory cells have a limited lifespan, and they can perform badly under certain circumstances. Modern SSDs use a mix of techniques and technologies like overprovisioning of memory cells, wear levelling, a write combine buffer (or on-the-fly data compression), and the Trim command or automatic garbage collection to maintain performance and extend the lifespan of the flash memory cells. However, there's only so much they can do. This is where the Solid State Drive Optimization Guide comes in. In this guide, we will show you how to maintain the performance and longevity of your solid surface drive. Let's get right down to it.

Inateck FE2005 Review – 2.5-inch USB 3.0 External Drive Enclosure
     Mon, Sep 28 2015 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in December 2014, we had a look at Inateck’s FE2006 USB 3.0 drive enclosure and later tested the FD1006C SUB 3.0 enclosure. We found that each performed very well and priced very inexpensively for those looking to pop a 2.5? drive in and get some speedy external storage. Today we’re looking at the FE2005 model...

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