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Thermaltake BlacX 5G USB 3.0 Hard Drive Dock
     Tue, Apr 12 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Thermaltake BlacX hard drive dock line has certainly been around for awhile, and while they have met with varying levels of success they are usually a decent option for many consumers. Thermaltake's latest addition to their venerable BlacX line - the BlacX 5G - is not only USB 3.0 enabled but can accept 2.5" and 3.5" SATA hard drives regardless of their capability including SATA 6GB/s enabled drives. This certainly sounds like the makings of not only a pretty "future proof" USB 3.0 hard drive dock but also pretty darn good one too! Let's see how good a performer this dock really is and if it can live up to the BlacX name. Read on to find out in my full review.
  FULL STORY @ EVERYTHINGUSB

Win a 128GB Crucial m4 SSD with Data Transfer Kit @ Bigbruin.com
     Tue, Apr 12 2011 | 4:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Up for grabs in week thirteen of Bigbruin.com`s Pro Football Pick `Em we have a 128GB Crucial m4 SSD with Data Transfer Kit!"
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN.COM

Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB Portable Drive.
     Tue, Apr 12 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It seems that Seagate are continuously pushing the boundaries of exactly what an external drive can be. Not all that long ago they released the GoFlex brand which instantly revolutionized the portable storage niche with its ability to change the interface it required with almost no effort. Then they pushed the limits of 2.5" capacity with their release of 1.5TB GoFlex beast and the competition trembled. Well Seagate are back again and this time they have their sites firmly placed on changing our expectations of how small a 2.5" hard drive based external storage device can be with their all new Seagate 320GB GoFlex Slim. Today we are going to see exactly what makes the GoFlex Slim special and whether or not it is worth your hard earned dollars!
  FULL STORY @ SEAGATE

SandForce controlled SSD
     Mon, Apr 11 2011 | 4:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"OCZ is the first to get next generation SandForce out the door. While this was an engineering sample with a few kinks to work out, it is clearly a very capable performer and is bound to make early adopters and power users drool with anticipation. Bulk file throughput exceeding half a Gigabyte per second is astonishing. What was previously only possible with an SSD RAID or PCIe SSD is now possible with a single 2.5" SATA unit."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

SilverStone SST-TS07B External USB 3.0 HDD Enclosure Review @ Legit Reviews
     Mon, Apr 11 2011 | 10:57A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Not all external enclosures are created equal, at least that?s what SilverStone would have you believe. Constructed of aluminum with an innovative tool-less design, the SST-TS07B represents SilverStone?s attempt to marry large capacity storage drives with the convenience and wicked quick performance offered by USB 3.0..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

Thermaltake MAX 5G 3.5-inch USB 3.0 External HDD Enclosure Review
     Mon, Apr 11 2011 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"USB 3.0 has a lot of promise for devices that need large amounts of bandwidth. So far we've only been given a glimpse of what the specification has to offer. The big marketing claim for USB 3.0 has always been 'up to 10x USB 2.0 speeds', but in our real world testing we've only been able to achieve around 200MB/s. With USB 2.0 topping out at around 35MB/s on a good day, 10x USB 2.0 has yet to be achieved. There are several reasons for this, but what it really comes down to is PCIe bandwidth and what current chipsets are able to make available after all those video cards, SATA, eSATA and USB ports take up. On top of the bandwidth limitations is the current crop of USB 3.0 controller and bridge chips. Many do not offer the 10x bandwidth we have been promised. Late last year Crucial sent over several RealSSD C300 256GB drives to use for testing our storage products. The RealSSD C300 was the fastest drive available on the market at that time, and to this day is still considered one of the fastest SSDs money can buy. The C300 allows us to push products to their limits and find the ceiling of performance. As we stated, USB 3.0 on our X58A-UD7 has been limited to around 200MB/s....but that was before the Thermaltake MAX 5G graced us."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Thermaltake Max 5G Hard Drive Enclosure
     Sun, Apr 10 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's been a while since Thermaltake released an update to its "Max" line-up of hard drive enclosures, but the Max 5G looks to be a great one. Aside from looking good, it supports SATA 3.0 hard drives and a USB 3.0 interface, and helps keep your drive cool by employing dual 80mm quiet fans. Read on as we see if it's worth your hard-earned $60.
  FULL STORY @ THERMALTAKE

 
8TB NAS: Upgrading a Synology Diskstation
     Sat, Apr 09 2011 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We've written about expanding storage on your NAS box, and they usually come with some nasty caveats. The best way to expand your storage while maintaining your box's full usefulness is to upgrade the main volume. In this guide we not only show you how to choose the right disk and their physical installation, but what to expect during the process and how to avoid headaches before and after the migration.
  FULL STORY @ OCMODSHOP

Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB 2.5" Hard Drive
     Thu, Apr 07 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SSDs have been stealing the limelight as of late but Western Digital is well on their way to heading off this push with their latest generation of Scorpio Black 2.5" hard drives. By offering a combination of performance, extremely high capacity for small form factor drives and low power consumption, they hope to offer up a tempting line of products in an age of rapidly expanding storage needs. In this review we take a look at the highest capacity Scorpio Black drive to date: the 750GB version.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS

Zalman ZM-HE350 U3 and U3e External HDD Enclosure Review
     Thu, Apr 07 2011 | 4:49A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Zalman ZM-HE350 U3 and U3e External HDD Enclosures are all about flexibility. The Zalman ZM-HE350 U3 offers a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connection, with complete backwards compatibility to USB 2.0 and 1.1, while the U3e adds eSATA connectivity to the mix. Whether you need blazing USB 3.0 and eSATA transfers, or connectivity to an older machine, the ZM-HE350 U3 and U3e have you covered."
  FULL STORY @ EXTERNAL

Crucial RealSSD C400 m4 256GB SSD review
     Wed, Apr 06 2011 | 5:49P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The C300 set the bar last year. Can the C400 beat it?
  FULL STORY @ HEXUS

Viking Modular SATADIMM 200GB SSD Review
     Mon, Apr 04 2011 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"There is no doubt that the most innovative SSD to come out of 2010 was the Viding Modular Solutions SATADIMM. Based on another 2010 standout, the SandForce SF-1000 Series controller, the SATADIMM is not only a great example of SSD technology revolutionizing the storage market, but also how thoughtful manufacturers can shape future standards. Viking Modular Solutions isn't a high volume manufacturer and you aren't going to find many of their products in the retail market. Viking is far from a one hit wonder, though. The company was started in 1988 and since their first product has been manufacturing high quality parts for the enterprise market space and for some of the world's largest OEM manufacturers. Vikings current product line-up consists of many memory products. You can find everything from standard 2.5" SSDs and memory DIMMs to the custom SATA Cube and SATADIMM. Today we are looking at the Viking Modular Solutions SATADIMM, a SandForce SF-1000 Series based SSD that is designed for the enterprise market, but is unlike the current crop of 2.5" SSDs that are in the channel now. To be more specific, the SATADIMM is a unique implementation that gives users the ability to run up to 400GB of capacity in a single DDR3 DIMM (memory) slot."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

QuickPort XT USB 3.0 PLUS dock
     Mon, Apr 04 2011 | 12:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today I will be reviewing the Sharkoon QuickPort XT USB 3.0 PLUS hdd dock. Sharkoon have been around for quite a while, and have built up a good reputation of reliable useful products. Today I will see how this USB 3.0 dock compares to a USB 2.0 dock. I am hopeful this dock will beat the older standard, and am somewhat excited to be dealing with this product – as it will be my first encounter with USB 3.0!"
  FULL STORY @ XTREMECOMPUTING

Corsair Performance 3 Series 128GB SSD Review in RAID 0
     Sun, Apr 03 2011 | 4:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Overall, the performance of the Corsair Performance 3 Series of drives is very good. Hitting 410 MB/s reads and 210 MB/s writes is certainly a step up from previous versions but the SATA 6Gbps ceiling is much higher so there's ample room for improvement. RAID 0 kicks it up to 830 MB/s and 400 MB/s read/writes but most users don't want the hassle or extra expense this brings. While the Marvell based Intel 510 Series showed better performance, real world differences won't be discernible to most users..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

IB-MP3011HW-B HD Network Media Player Review
     Sat, Apr 02 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Brushed Aluminium chassis, passive cooling, 3.5' interior drive tray, support for every media file type available and a very attractive price tag are just few of the things that make the RaidSonic IB-MP3011HW-B one of the best entry level network media players in the market.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

Zalman N series 128GB SSD review
     Fri, Apr 01 2011 | 4:21P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Being fashionably late to market with this product series the SSD series will sell at 64GB - $169 and 128GB - $289. Performance wise this drive should be as fast as the Vertex 2 series for example. Yep, we peek at the new N series SSDs from Zalman. The product line we test today is based on the more popular and powerful SandForce controllers, it will offer higher performance, of up to 280 MB/s when reading and 270 MB/s when writing.
  FULL STORY @ ZALMAN

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