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StarTech.com USB 3.0 to SATA/IDE Adapter Review
     Thu, Oct 03 2013 | 9:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you have a mix of legacy and modern storage devices, the StarTech.com USB 3.0 to IDE/SATA adapter allows simple plug-n-play functionality"

Corsair Force Series LS 240GB SSD Review
     Thu, Oct 03 2013 | 12:52P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to SSD controllers, up until recent times LSI/SandForce and Marvell have pretty much ruled the roost. Other than a few instances of utilizing proprietary controllers (such as Samsung does in most of their SSDs), and a smaller player in Indilinx (acquired by OCZ), there were no other options for manufacturers to engineer a new SSD with. That has recently begun to change, as other controllers are beginning to appear on the scene. The last Corsair SSDs (the Neutron and Neutron GTX) that we reviewed back in August featured the new Link A Media (LAMD) 6 GB/s controller. Corsair was one of the first SSD manufacturers to hit the retail market, and although they have proceeded a bit more carefully than other manufacturers, they have earned a reputation as providing some of the top performing SSDs that money can buy. Their success in SSDs has shown with their willingness to explore different controllers in search of the best, as well as bringing out non-standard SSD capacities that few others offer. The Corsair Performance Pro was one of the better SSDs we have tested, and it surprised everyone as it is based on the Marvell 9174 controller, and Corsair truly found the sweet spot in its performance."

HGST Travelstar 7K1000 1TB SATA III HDD
     Mon, Sep 30 2013 | 1:17P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since current technology focuses a lot in shrinking everything it comes as little surprise to see that most storage media manufacturers nowadays choose to favor the developing of 1.8 and 2.5 media over the far more popular and widely distributed 3.5 ones. This certainly explains the why although 3 years ago the 2.5 HDD with the highest capacity was 750GB (highest capacity 3.5 has 3TB) just 1 year ago we breached the 2TB barrier (highest capacity 3.5 was and still is 4TB) and just a few months ago we also witnessed the appearance of 2TB 2.5 SSDs so it`s really only a matter of time before we see 2.5/3TB 2.5 HDDs/SSDs in the market. That being said most people i know still use 500GB 2.5 drives both in their laptops and for their portable needs but since many of them are starting to experience the limitations of just having 500GB we decided to focus a bit on some of the latest 2.5 hard disk drives to hit the market and we will start by testing the latest Travelstar 7K1000 1TB 2.5 SATA III model by HGST."

WD My Passport Slim 1TB Portable Hard Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
     Mon, Sep 30 2013 | 9:04A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Chances are you have an external portable hard drive that uses the USB interface to backup your personal data. Devices like this have been around for over a decade and we are finding that most companies are having a hard time bringing new features and concepts to market. WD?s new My Passport Slim USB 3.0 portable hard drive doesn?t reinvent the wheel, but they were designed to be a step up from the previous models."

Micron P420m 1.4TB PCIe Enterprise SSD Review
     Mon, Sep 30 2013 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Micron`s P420m utilizes 25nm MLC NAND to deliver a competitive product for mainstream enterprise storage usage. Let`s take a close look at it now."

Toshiba mSATA Client SSD Review (256GB)
     Sat, Sep 28 2013 | 9:04A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It is no secret that the popularity of mSATA SSDs is being pushed around just a bit by M.2 PCIe design. M.2 SSDs may even tempt us with a great deal more power for the punch and capacity down the road. What M.2 doesnt have, as of yet, is just about every popular ultra book in the world in their pocket and that is where mSATA SSDs feel secure. It is kind of like the SATA 2 to SATA 3 move made in SSDs where, as much as SATA 3 is faster and makes sense, 99.8% of the population uses SATA 2. You can imagine that we were more than a bit surprised when our expected receipt of a 512GB Toshiba Client notebook SSD not only included a 256GB mSATA form factor as well, but also, we think this is the first official shot of their new Client M.2 PCIe SSD in the wild; it being 512GB as well. Although we are not to sure about placement of the notebook SSD variation article, we can guarantee that the M.2 SSD will be fully reviewed soon enough on our sister site, The SSD Review We are off on a flight half way around the world early tomorrow am and returning Friday so expect the M.2 posting on TSSDR early next week."

Toshiba THNSNH Solid State Drive
     Thu, Sep 26 2013 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Have you ever seen consumer SSDs from Toshiba? Yes, this maker sometimes releases press announcements about new SSD models, but we have never seen them in retail. However, now things have changed. Please meet flagship Toshiba THNSNH256GCST with 256 GB storage capacity.

     Thu, Sep 26 2013 | 10:26A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There`s no denying that the popularity of Network Attached Storage devices (or NAS Servers as i like to call them) has increased at such a degree over the past 3 years that even regular consumers purchase them for home use whether that`s for downloading files from the internet or as media servers. However due to their design as complete closed systems there haven`t really been many hardware components or peripherals released aimed especially at NAS servers but something tells me that this may change sooner rather than later. Western Digital was perhaps the first manufacturer to take a significant step towards providing special HDDs for use with NAS Servers featuring low temperatures, noise levels and power consumption without really sacrificing speed in the process. Well it did take quite a while for us to get one of these latest special HDD models that belong in the RED line but it was well worth the wait since we managed to secure the 2nd largest model available namely the 3TB variant."

Corsair Force LS 240GB Review @ Vortez
     Thu, Sep 26 2013 | 10:12A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Force LS moves away from the LSI SandForce controller which has been a mainstay throughout the Force lineup, and takes on a Phison offering as well as Toshiba 19nm NAND flash. Corsair boast that Force LS can sustain 555 MB/s and 535 MB/s transfer rates whilst supporting TRIM, garbage collection and SMART functions. The Force LS is poised to deliver great performance and yet have a respectable price-tag to suit."

Adata's DashDrive Durable HD710
     Wed, Sep 25 2013 | 12:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Adata's DashDrive Durable HD710 puts a terabyte of storage inside a shock-resistant, waterproof enclosure with a USB 3.0 port. We take a closer look to see if it can survive everyday abuse.

KingSpec MultiCore 1TB Driverless PCIE SSD Review
     Wed, Sep 25 2013 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
PCIe SSDs are a funny animal as they have been out for a few years yet haven`t really caught on just yet. They are very limited to either very expensive and system specific enterprise variations or require driver installation that isn`t always as simple as instructions seem. We have yet to see an affordable plug and play PCIe SSD solution that has the `get up and go` workset without the need for driver installation and thoughts of compatibility issues that keep most from PCIe purchase. At the consumer level, the indisputed king of the hill is still the OCZ Revo 3x2 PCIe SSD which is LSI SandForce based, capable of speeds up to 1.5GB/s and can be had under the $700 mark. That price point will leave them in that position, as they have been for years now without a true competitor, at least until we see what their upcoming Vector PCIe release has in store. The stage just might be set this next year with Mushkin, Mach Xtreme and KingSpec all jumping in with PCIe SSDs of their own and with an interesting variation, they are driver-less and a simple plug and play solution."

Toshiba 500GB SSHD (MQ01ABD100H) Review
     Tue, Sep 24 2013 | 10:26A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Toshiba offers up generous capacity with its 1TB SSHD, but is there performance to complement it? Let`s dig in and take a close look."

Seagate Desktop 2TB SSHD (ST2000DX001) Review
     Tue, Sep 24 2013 | 9:04A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Desktop SSHD from Seagate effectively outperforms every mechanical drive on the market, all while maintaining a competitive price point."

Synology DS1813+ (NAS with SSD Caching)
     Sat, Sep 21 2013 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As for the Synology DS1813+ itself, well like the DS1513+ we love it. Apart from the industry leading DSM 4.3 software, we really liked the improvements Synology has made to the DS1813+. The screw less trays might not seem like a big deal, but they really make installing and removing drives faster and easier. The fan setup also keeps the DS1813+ very cool and extremely quiet, and the ability to expand with another 10 bays down the track makes this one of the most flexible NAS solutions available.

Samsung SSD 840 Evo Review:
     Sat, Sep 21 2013 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Flash performance and endurance is a tricky subject, and yet Samsung's flagship, the SSD 840 Pro remains one of the best in both categories. Having aced its attempts at speed and durability, Samsung seems focused on solving flash's biggest sacrifices: size and affordability. Its new SSD 840 Evo lineup has models spanning from 120GB to 1TB, with the largest costing only $0.65 per gigabyte thanks to its use of TLC NAND.

Seagate NAS HDD ST4000VN000
     Sat, Sep 21 2013 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The product we are looking at here, is the Seagate NAS HDD ST4000VN000 hard drive. It's 3,5 inch hard drive designed for 24/7 storage and NAS boxes. Let us see how this 4TB hard drive performs.

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