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Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB Solid State Drive MKNSSDCR120GB-DX7 Review @ TestFreaks
     Fri, Jan 11 2013 | 11:55A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today fore review Ive got the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe SSD, which is 120gb in capacity and it features the SandForce controller. The Chronos Deluxe also features trim and wear leveling functionality and should give you speeds of up to 560mb/s read and 515mb/s write, so read on to see if they Chronos Deluxe lives up to those specs and see how it compares to other SSDs and HDDs Ive got on hand. "

OCZ Vector 256GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Fri, Jan 11 2013 | 9:29A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This is officially the first consumer solid state drive from OCZ that is using the new Barefoot 3 controller. This new controller is designed completely in-house by OCZ. OCZ is touting this new drive as the standard for performance users and it offers sequential read and write speeds of 550MB/s and 530MB/s respectively. The Vector is available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB versions and OCZ is backing it with a 5 year warranty. Will this be the drive that saves OCZ and puts them back on track or is the the last ditch effort of a dying company? Time will only tell."

Micron P320h PCIe Enterprise SSD Review
     Wed, Jan 09 2013 | 12:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
QUOTE: "With its superb performance and unbelievable endurance, Micron continues its assault on the enterprise SSD space with the Micron P320h. This SLC-driven beast features 50PB of endurance and the highest speeds available on a single PCIe slot today."

Intel 335 Series 240GB SATA III SSD Review
     Wed, Jan 09 2013 | 11:55A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Ever since Solid State Drives (SSDs) were first introduced to the general public roughly 5 years ago they have been amongst my favorite hardware components and in a way monopolized my reviews up until a year ago. The reason behind that last part is that although up until a year ago there were large performance jumps with each new model released (making it more than worth testing to see the exact difference in speed with previous models) that no longer was the case and so inside 2012 the only thing that really changed was the price of such devices. Still many of you have asked several SSD reviews during the past 2 months and as always we obliged by starting to gather several samples from the leading manufacturers. This time over however in order to be more time effective we will not wait until we have 10-20 all together for a large comparison like the old days (more impressive but takes too much time to complete) and so on our test bench today lays the latest Intel 335 Series 240GB SATA III model."

[Tech ARP] Western Digital Red (WD30EFRX) 3 TB Hard Disk Drive Review
     Mon, Jan 07 2013 | 3:09P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The popularity of Network-Attached Storage (NAS) devices is rapidly ramping up in both small businesses and homes, fueled by their usefulness and their increasing affordability. This surge in interest has led Western Digital to add a new family of hard disk drives - the WD Red family of NAS hard disk drives, even as Seagate drops production of 5,400 RPM desktop hard disk drives. Of course, this begs the question - why choose a WD Red when the WD Green (formerly known as the WD Caviar Green) hard disk drive is also a low-powered, slower-spinning hard disk drive? It mainly lies in the WD NASware firmware, its comprehensive compatibility testing with common NAS systems and a dedicated WD Red 24x7 support line. Today, we are going to take a look at Western Digital`s top Red drive - the *WD30EFRX* with 3 TB of storage capacity. Here are its key features : - Exclusive NASware Technology - NAS Compatibility - 3D Active Balance Plus - Enhanced Reliability - Energy Efficient - Premium Support - Longer Warranty Coverage Now, let`s take a closer look at this big daddy of the new WD Red family of hard disk drives!"

SSD News: Acer Unexpectedly Introduces New SSD Form Factor In S7 Ultrabook
     Mon, Jan 07 2013 | 9:47A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I live for days like today. In less than 24 hours, I will be sitting back on some white sand Honduran beach in front of my villa yet my excitement is still right here in the SSD storage world; and so it should be. As it stands, we just ripped open a brand new Acer S7 because we had to see the very first ultra in the world with two SATA 3 mSATA connections. After all, this has to be as the S7 can easily spit out performance of just under 1GB/s.doesn`t it?"

Western Digital Black 4TB
     Mon, Jan 07 2013 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Even at $400 the Western Digital WD Black 4TB comes at a cost of just 10c per gigabyte, whereas the Samsung SSD 840 Pro 512GB costs $1.17 per gigabyte, making it almost 12x more expensive. Therefore when it comes to capacity hard drives still have a significant advantage over SSDs and the recent arrival of 4TB models such as the WD Black only solidifies this.

Mushkin Chronos DX 480GB SSD Review
     Sun, Jan 06 2013 | 9:12P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Mushkin has quietly held a price lead throughout 2012 on the 480 / 512GB capacity size. The Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 480GB isn't always the absolute lowest priced SSD in this size, but it's the lowest priced SSD with synchronous / toggle mode flash."

[DreamWare Computers] OCZ Agility 4 256gb SSD
     Sun, Jan 06 2013 | 4:34P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Since their 2011 acquisition of SSD controller manufacturer Indilinx, OCZ has come to market with a variety of new drives over the last year that are all based on the latest Indilinx controller. One of the drive lineups that`s seen some new models was the mid-end Agility series, with the release of the Indilinx Infused powered Agility 4. Having an Agility 3 drive that`s still in regular use, I couldn`t wait to see what the latest Agility 4 had to offer."

LaCie 5big NAS Pro Preview: User-friendly hybrid
     Sun, Jan 06 2013 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Wuala software that's available for all the main platforms makes it a breeze to access your home entertainment collection or other data stored on your LaCie 5big Pro from any location. It's a strong selling point for this NAS. You can connect multiple of these NAS devices to your account, and it's also easy to add access for other users and manage their privileges.

[Affiliates News] OCZ Agility 4 256GB Solid State Drive @ APH Networks
     Sat, Jan 05 2013 | 4:34P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
APH Networks reviews the OCZ Agility 4 256GB. Is it still one of the best mainstream performance drives?"

Promise Pegasus J4: 4-bay, 2.5-inch Thunderbolt storage
     Sat, Jan 05 2013 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Four 2.5-inch disks connected via Thunderbolt, it's definitely an interesting prospect. This way you have an extremely fast combination of disks with lots of storage capacity in a fairly compact package. If we have any complaints about the J4 it's that it's currently only available with hard disks. And while the performance of these 500 GB, 5400 rpm, 2.5-inch hard disks is quite good, we can imagine that many people prefer choosing their own. For example, four 1 TB disks or four SSDs. Or what about a couple SSDs combined with two conventional hard disks, that way you have the best of both worlds.

Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 NAS Review
     Fri, Jan 04 2013 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are going to talk about the new NAS storage system from Western Digital based on Intel 1.8 GHz Atom dual-core processor and featuring two hard drives inside. It is also is powered by Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials and is targeted for SMBs with 25 client devices or less.

OCZ Vector 512GB SSD Review
     Fri, Jan 04 2013 | 11:48A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The holidays are past us and hopefully you`re left with a wad of cash in your checking account after depositing all of the checks received because no one understands what the items are on your wish list. OCZ has a worthy upgrade if you`re ready for ultimate PC performance."

Helium-filled hard drives could lift Western Digital
     Fri, Jan 04 2013 | 11:19A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Helium-filled drives are projected to create new opportunities for the HDD industry by increasing drive capacity before next-generation technologies, like heat-assisted magnetic recording, become available.

Current drives using perpendicular magnetic recording technology support up to 4TB in capacity. Helium can extend that to 5TB or even 6TB. The weight or thickness of current HDD products can also be reduced by approximately 30% by stacking platters closer together.

The magic element here is helium, which is lighter than air and has a lower molecular weight. Given its nonreactive nature and lower density, helium is thought to improve the speed of the HDD tracking arm, enhance drive performance through faster spinning of the drive, and eliminate mechanical issues like noise, vibration and turbulence. A better conductor of heat than air, helium also helps produce a more uniform temperature on the platter to raise quality, and protects the coating of the hard disk head and disk to lengthen the life of the drive."


Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SSD Review @ RWLabs
     Fri, Jan 04 2013 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
".Samsung is the only company able to deliver a drive to the consumer that is completely manufactured in house. Samsung manufactures their own exclusive tri-core “MDX” controller and writes the firmware for it. Samsung is the world’s largest producer of NAND flash memory which enables them to keep the largest cost component in house as well. All this puts Samsung in a unique position giving them the ability to produce the product for less than any other drive manufacturer"

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