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Evolution Spiral: 3 TB Hard Disk Drives Roundup
     Wed, Feb 09 2011 | 4:55P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are going to talk about the hard disk drives with today’s largest capacity of 3 terabytes. We will discuss products from Hitachi, Seagate and Western Digital in the same roundup.
  FULL STORY @ XBITLABS

Hitachi XL3000 Desk 3TB USB 2.0 External Drive Review
     Tue, Feb 08 2011 | 4:11P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Hitachi have recently launched their external XL3000 desktop HDDs; these come in elegantly shaped enclosures, with the possibility of mounting both horizontally and vertically, also with enough free space for most of us to store our favourite movies, photos, games and other data.
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

RunCore ProV 240GB SSD
     Mon, Feb 07 2011 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One of the most frequent questions we receive with respect to SSD performance is whether the SSD can perform better than a RAID 0 configuration. We have never seen a single SATA 2.0 SSD perform better than any combinations of SSDs in RAID 0, at least not until we started testing the RunCore Pro V and ran a side by side comparison in Vantage HDD Suite. This review is going to examine one of the last solid state drives we received in 2010, the RunCore ProV 240GB SSD and before we started lets have everybody sit down and fasten our seatbelts shall we?You just might think we saved one of the best reviews until last because of our timing. The test results shown by the RunCore ProV 240GB SSD were such a shock that we elected to do leave the review for the New Year in order to give it the attention it deserves. Not only did it sail past all other single SSDs we have previously tested but, it also exceeded the Vantage HDD Suite results of two brand new Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSDs we had tested in RAID 0.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

LSI WarpDrive SLP300 300GB PCI Express Review - The $11.5k PCI-E SSD
     Sat, Feb 05 2011 | 5:28P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Carrying six SandForce SF-1500 controllers, 384GB of SLC NAND and LSI's SAS8000 RAID controller it carries some serious hardware. At $7,500 a pop, it certainly carries an enterprise price. All of that hardware affords performance of up to 240K 4K Read IOPs and 200K 4K Write IOPs which is pretty incredible. The WarpDrive's closest consumer level competitor is the OCZ RevoDrive X2 which features four of the SandForce SF-1200 controllers in a RAID 0 array and MLC NAND. The WarpDrive has a much more compact design to accommodate narrow server racks in a data center..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

: HyperX MAX 3.0 128gb Portable USB 3.0 SSD
     Thu, Feb 03 2011 | 12:07A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"One way to take advantage of this bus speed is to pair a speedy Solid State Drive (SSD) with an enclosure using USB 3.0. Kingston is one of the first to enter this market with the release of its HyperX MAX 3.0, their external SSD based USB 3.0 drive. This drive uses flash memory in place of a mechanic drive which provides advertised read speeds of up to 195MB/sec and writes up to 160MB/sec. Kingston offers the HyperX MAX 3.0 in three capacities – 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. "
  FULL STORY @ TESTFREAKS

Thermaltake BlacX 5G ST0019U HDD Docking Station
     Wed, Feb 02 2011 | 12:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At first glance a lot of people may not appreciate the usefulness of a hard drive dock, but when you have to access a friend or relatives drive to recover data they are a welcome piece of equipment. Thanks to the latest update to Thermaltake’s BlacX line, the BlacX 5G now utilizes USB 3.0 making it not only handy but fast as well.
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSONLINE

Zalman ZM-MH200 U3 Dual HDD Dock
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 9:03A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are plenty of docking stations out there. You can find them for one drive or for two, with card readers or USB ports. The Zalman MH200 U3 goes another direction: RAID. We push the unit to its limit to see if such a feature in a dual hard drive dock makes sense or makes us wonder why.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

 
Corsair Force Series F90 Solid State Drive
     Tue, Feb 01 2011 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"A few months ago we told you about solid state drive manufacturers playing with the number of channels and flash modules on SandForce SF-1200 controllers to achieve new capacity variations. The first round of products with the new configurations were 40GB drives. Corsair has a new configuration that increases the capacity to 90GB and also retains the high IOPS programming that keeps transactions rates high. More importantly for users shopping by budget, the new Corsair F90 ducks under the 200 USD barrier. This is an important place to have a product since the 40GB model is too small for most users, even those looking for a high speed SSD on a budget, and the 100GB drive is still over 200 USD. I'll let you decide your budget, but getting a large amount of premium SandForce storage for less than 200 Dollars looks like a sweet spot to me."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked! Rev. 4.2.
     Sun, Jan 30 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This guide was written in response to the numerous fallacies about the hard disk drive that are still being propagated in many forum discussions. As you read through this guide, you may think that some of these myths may have been made up. We wished that was true. We collected these myths from various discussions we heard or read over time. So, let’s get down to basics and examine some of these common fallacies or myths and debunk them! In this update, we added three new myths, and updated Myth #26 on anecdotal testimonies that freezing hard disk drives that do not spin up can get them working again. We now have 38 myths in this article!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Patriot Inferno 60GB SSD Review
     Sun, Jan 30 2011 | 9:03A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we take a look at a Sandforce based SSD from Memory giants Patriot. Have the early problems been ironed out?
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCK3D

Zalman N Series SandForce 128GB Solid State Drive
     Fri, Jan 28 2011 | 2:40P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"It is no secret that solid state drives are very profitable and every company is looking to take a slice of the green pie. The latest addition to the growing number of companies offering SSDs is Zalman. Zalman, a company best known for their high performance CPU heat sink coolers and high quality PC cases, might seem to be late for the party, but their entry comes at a time when the winners have been established and little chance of faultier was possible. Zalman's highest performing SSD, the N Series, is controlled by a SandForce SF-1200 controller, the highest performance SATA 3G controller on the market and our pick for any SSD with less than 256GB capacity. The SF-1200 is a beast of a controller and it is aging very gracefully. New firmware from SandForce and their partners has given the highest rated even better performance; something we will look at today since the new N Series uses the latest firmware offering."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Corsair Force Series F180 180GB SSD Review
     Fri, Jan 28 2011 | 2:40P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Picking a good hard drive is not an easy task. Everyone likes to focus on the fact that the CPU, Motherboard and RAM and make up the heart of the computer. I would argue that your hard drive is just as important if not more important. If you’re motherboard dies you can buy a new one and be on your way again for less than a hundred bucks. If you’re hard drive dies you may forever lose those precious memories.
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSONLINE

Clever drive cage system
     Fri, Jan 28 2011 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The 912 HAF is a sturdy and rugged mid-tower case that is full of hard angles and bold corners, giving this case quite the military appearance in that 'no-nonsense', 'I can eat a tank round' manner. Don't let that fool you however, as this case has quite a number of features that I would have only expected in a more expensive full-tower case."
  FULL STORY @ NEOSEEKER

Samsung SpinPoint EcoGreen F2 1TB SATA2 HDD Review
     Wed, Jan 26 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SpinPoint EcoGreen family of hard disk drives made by Samsung is the ideal choice for use with either external enclosures or standalone media players where low power consumption, temperatures and noise levels matter the most.
  FULL STORY @ RWLABS

Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD Review
     Wed, Jan 26 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Overall, we were duly impressed with the 470 Series and it exceeded its rated specifications of 250MB/s reads and 220MB/s writes in nearly every benchmark we threw at it. With Samsung being a relatively new player in the consumer SSD market, they are getting off to a great start. Samsung really surprised us with their 256GB 470 Series solid state drive. It performed above expectations on nearly every benchmark and kept pace with the SandForce drives that seem to the darling of the industry right now...."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

MUKii TransImp TIP-230U3-BK USB 3.0 Drive Enclosure
     Tue, Jan 25 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The MUKii TransImp TIP-230U3-BK USB 3.0 drive enclosure is easy to use and simplifies the task of turning any 2.5" SATA drive into a portable device. As with other USB 3.0 devices, it is fully backwards compatible to USB 2.0; so even if you have this enclosure before you have USB 3.0 in your computer, it will still function just fine with your current USB 2.0 connections.
  FULL STORY @ BIGBRUIN

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