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Intel 320 Series 300GB SSD Review w/ 25nm Flash
     Mon, Apr 18 2011 | 9:03A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As a follow-up to their very successful X25-M series of drives, Intel has launched their 320 Series drives which feature a host of new features while being driven by their own proprietary controller. With the SATA 3Gbps SSD market being so crowded, can Intel tempt consumers to look their way? See the outcome of the testing and judge for yourself.

We’ve got an Intel SSD 320 series 300GB drive on hand
     Sat, Apr 16 2011 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel officially announced the new SSD 320 Series drives yesterday, which feature proprietary Intel SSD processors paired to cutting edge 25nm NAND flash memory. This new family of drives, however, isn’t geared for ultra-high performance. While still fast, the overarching goals with the Intel SSD 320 series were increased reliability and security. In fact, despite being released after the SSD 510 series which we took a look at a few weeks back, these technically newer 320 series drives do not feature support for the faster SATA III interface. The Intel SSD 320 series drives are SATA II only.

Crucial M4 / Micron C400 256GB SSD Review
     Sat, Apr 16 2011 | 12:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Crucial, best known for their memory products, was the first to put an SSD on the market with a 6Gbps interface way back in early 2010 with the C300 drive. Back then, we ran some tests and found it to be impressive when compared with what was on the market at the time. Since then, a lot has changed and there are a number of 6Gbps interface drives on the market now so competition is definitely stiffer this time around. Will it hit them mark using the same controller with firmware and NAND updates? Read on and see.

Western Digital My Book 3.0 1TB USB 3.0 External HDD Review
     Fri, Apr 15 2011 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Western Digital My Book Series is one of the longest running product brand names in the storage market. Western Digital has done very well with My Book and all of the products in the group have turned out very well. In 2011 Western Digital is raising the bar for My Book by adding the new My Book 3.0, a new USB 3.0 connected enclosure to the series. The Western Digital My Book 3.0 is a sleek enclosure around two inches wide and seven inches tall. The top, bottom and back are vented to allow air to flow over the internal drive, but the front and sides have a matte black finish. When the drive is powered a tiny white LED glows to show that the system is actually powered on. Western Digital needed some way to show that the drive was powered on since the My Book 3.0 is silent from just a few inches away. On the back you will find a single button to power the enclosure on and off."

File Transfers Over 1Gbit/s Ethernet: SSD vs. HDD
     Thu, Apr 14 2011 | 5:28P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Utilizing Intel's I340 server NIC on one end, and a Realtek on the other, a transfer from SSD to SSD (Corsair F160 to Corsair F160) proved to be about 111MB/s for a solid file, and 56.75MB/s for a folder, which consisted of 6,353 files of varying sizes. At around 111MB/s, we found our network to be pretty-well maxed-out, even with the Intel server card involved (and for what it's worth, we found pretty much the same in Linux, except it was 1MB/s slower on average).

Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB
     Thu, Apr 14 2011 | 9:03A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB portable drive caught us a little off guard when it arrived. We weren't sure what to expect, but in the end we found ourselves pleasantly surprised to find a portable drive that was fast, lightweight, small and looked good. Usually, you can't find a way to blend all those features together without making sacrifices along the way, but that doesn't appear to be the situation we have here today. In order to take full advantage of this drive you really need to have a USB 3.0 interface! With CrystalDiskMark we saw the GoFlex Slim 320GB drive peak at ~120MB/s read and ~118MB/s write, so if you've been using a USB 2.0 drive and are stuck at ~31MB/s write speeds you'll see nice performance gains!"

Thermaltake Max5G USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure
     Wed, Apr 13 2011 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Hard drive enclosures can be play an important role in our computer centric lives, they’re great for taking stuff with you. You can get them in big and small sizes and they certainly come in all shapes and designs. Today for review I’ve got the latest enclosure from Thermaltake called the Max5G that uses USB 3.0 so you get the best performance. The Max5G also features two 80mm cooling fans and it looks good too. "

Seagate GoFlex Pro 500GB Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive
     Wed, Apr 13 2011 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When transferring data between different OS' usually it doesn't work. The reason? Hard drives don't usually come out of the box working for more than one OS. Most of the time hard drives are designed for only PCs. Well today we will be looking at the Seagate GoFlex Pro a 500GB drive that works for the Mac and has support for the PCs too. With the modular design to support for firewire 800 and USB 2.0. The question is how will it perform? Read more to find out.

StarTech eSATA Standalone Duplicator Dock - SATDOCK22RE
     Tue, Apr 12 2011 | 4:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The tools in my toolbox are just as important as the IT skills I have learned over the years. After all, what good is the knowledge to accomplish something without the means to do so? That is why my arsenal of tools in my office is as important to me and my customers as is paint and a canvas to a painter. When companies like StarTech start offering tools that can accomplish more than one task and do them all well, it not only saves me time, it reduces the amount of "crap" I have all over the place. StarTech has already impressed me with their S354UFER, let's see if they can keep me tuned in with their SATDOCK22RE.

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.

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!"

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!

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."

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..."

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."

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.

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