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Military Grade SSD Self-Destructs with the Push of a Button
     Thu, May 26 2011 | 3:17P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Emphase, a trusted provider of Industrial and Military solid state storage for embedded systems, has launched a new series of rugged Military-grade storage with MIL-STD-810F compliance. The new Emphase MIL-SPEC S5 Series SSD is engineered to withstand the severe conditions encountered in the line of duty while delivering comprehensive data protection.
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An SLC flash device available in a 2.5” footprint and SATA (3 Gb/sec.) bus interface, the MIL-SPEC S5 SSD has one clear objective: Secure data. This level of reliability hinges on endurance as well as overall performance. This vault-like device can process data with read speeds up to 170 MB/sec. and write speeds up to 90 MB/sec. write. Mission critical applications have no room for error, which is why the MIL-SPEC S5 SSD is designed to meet the environmental requirements of MIL-STD-810F.

The Emphase MIL-SPEC S5 SSD is loaded with options for handling data in breach of security scenarios including data write-protection, secure and quick erasure, and data destruction. With these defense-grade triggers, data can be eliminated in less than two seconds through an ATA command or with the push of a button. Should the drive lose power during a protect, erase, or destroy command, the device will resume the command as soon as power is restored.

The MIL-SPEC S5 SSD is currently available in 16 GB-128 GB capacities, and with 256 GB and 512 GB models in development, is ready for long-term exposure to extreme levels of humidity, wide temperature ranges, intense shock and vibration, and high altitude. All devices are available with conformal coating, tightly managed BOM, and a 5-year warranty. Emphase is a GSA Schedule 70 Contract Holder and all products are available for acquisition under General Purpose Commercial Information Technology Equipment, Software and Services – SIN 132-8.

  FULL STORY @ EMPHASE

[Tech ARP] Tech ARP External HDD Enclosure Giveaway Results
     Wed, May 25 2011 | 9:37A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Team ARP is proud to announce the results of the Tech ARP External HDD Enclosure Giveaway! Congratulations to the winners of these prizes! - A.C. Ryan AluBox eSATA - VIZO Saturno - A.C. Ryan AluBox TFX - VIZO Luxon Advanced Don`t fret if you didn`t win this contest. We will have another contest up shortly!"
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

The Kingston SSDNow V+100 96GB SSD Upgrade Bundle
     Tue, May 24 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Kingston SSDNow V+100 96GB Upgrade Bundle features everything you need to make the jump from your current spindle drive to SSD technology. At the heart of the Kingston SSDNow V+100 96GB Upgrade bundle is the 2.5” SATA II SSD featuring MLC NAND flash memory components and a Toshiba controller for blazing throughput speeds. With Read and Write throughputs rated for 230 and 180 MB/s respectively, the SSDNow V+100 is capable of application performance up to 5x that of a 5400rpm spindle HDD."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

Intel series 320 SSD review
     Mon, May 23 2011 | 12:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We review the Intel series 320 SSD. Armed with cheaper NAND flash memory this drive competes at the middle segment tagged with a decent price. But will it be enough to compete with the competition ? A product that offers performance somewhere in-between SATA 2 based Indilinx and SandForce 1200 based products, but at a more attractive price, at least that is the theory. The dynamic is interesting as the performance results today of the 320 series SSD will seem "so 2010", but it's an interesting concept as with cheaper memory, you can increase in volume size hence the review today is based on a dashing 300 GB SSD.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

Seagate Barracuda ST3500418AS 7200.12 SATA
     Sun, May 22 2011 | 4:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"I’ve got another hard drive for review today; it’s another Seagate model 7200.12 but it’s a slim style drive, it’s only one inch thick. The drive runs quiet and cool and it’s a decent performer, it would be great for an HTPC, or anywhere a smaller drive is needed. "
  FULL STORY @ DRAGONSTEELMODS

OCZ Vertex 2 120 GB Solid State Drive
     Sun, May 22 2011 | 12:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCZ Technology has one of the most extensive SSD line-ups in the industry. They not only offer solid state drives in the traditional 1.8", 2.5" or 3.5" hard disk drive form factors, but also less common upgrade paths like PCI Express and USB 3.0.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Icy Dock MB877SK-B Tray-less 3.5" SATA Aluminum Hard Drive Mobile Rack
     Sat, May 21 2011 | 12:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Icy Dock MB877SK-B mobile rack is an excellent tool for speeding up system management. The Icy Dock MB877SK-B is compatible with SATA I & II HDDs, but the latest updated version now includes support for SATA III 6Gb/s HDDs. Heat is not an issue for the Icy Dock MB877SK-B, with an aluminum body dissipating heat and a 40mm exhaust fan at the rear pulling out the hot air. Using a tray-less design, the MB877SK-B makes HDD swapping easy and fast, you can even do the entire operation using only one hand!"
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

 
OCZ Technology Vertex 3 Solid State Drive
     Sat, May 21 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"What we didn't know at the time (although assumed all along) was that OCZ was also working on consumer level Vertex 3 drives based on a brand new SandForce controller, the SF-2281. The next-generation SandForce controller in OCZ's Vertex 3 consumer grade drive operates across the SATA 6 Gbps interface and is reportedly good for up to 550MB/s read, 525MB/s write at up to 60K IOPS 4k Write. Today we will be taking a look at a beta engineering sample of the new consumer grade Vertex 3 SSD in a 240GB capacity."
  FULL STORY @ OCIA

Solid State Drives with SATA-III: Intel SSD 510 vs. Plextor PX-128M2S @ HT4U.net
     Sat, May 21 2011 | 7:43A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Solid State Drives continue to challenge conventional hard disks especially performance wise. But for maximum performance also the right connectivity is required. HT4U.net presents the capabilities of Serial-ATA-III products with the examples of an Intel SSD 510 Series 250 GB and a Plextor PX-128M2S, and also looks into the advantages of SATA-III compared to SATA-II."
  FULL STORY @ HT4U.NET

Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB 2.5-inch Hard Drive
     Fri, May 20 2011 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"For years notebook users looking for desktop like performance were forced to purchase notebooks that used desktop components like processors and hard drives. The notebook main board and processor have evolved into components that rival their desktop counterparts, but the 2.5" platter based notebook hard drive has taken more time to reach the same speeds when compared to their desktop equivalent. When Western Digital announced their new Scorpio Black 750GB and the marketing department advertised it as a notebook drive with desktop performance, I quickly took note. Last year we looked at the Scorpio Blue 750GB, the 5,400 RPM version of the Scorpio Black and came away impressed with the capacity offered, but the speed was only on par with many other 5,400 RPM drives."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

MemoRight FTM-25 240GB SandForce Solid State Drive Review
     Fri, May 20 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With SandForce on the verge of releasing the new SF-2000 Series controller, some may wonder why we are bothering with 2010 technology. The truth is that the darling 2010 controller will end up being a low cost, high speed controller for the first part of 2011. SandForce partners will be very aggressive with pricing on both old and new technology in 2011 to push market adaption, but it's safe to say that existing products will cost less than those fresh from the oven. MemoRight is a premium SSD manufacturer that specializes in high performance, high reliability solid state drives. Even though the company can't be considered very old when compared to some of the larger players, their experience in solid state drive technology is just as impressive as many of the names we associate with SSDs."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Zalman N128 128 GB SSD
     Thu, May 19 2011 | 4:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ZALMAN recently entered the solid-state storage market with SSDs based on Sandforce controllers. Their first model we test is the N128 GB model which is based on SF-1222 with 128 GB of capacity.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Corsair Performance 3 128GB Solid State Drive Review
     Thu, May 19 2011 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The quest for faster, more reliable and lower priced SSDs continues today with the review of the Corsair Performance 3 128GB. Last month we looked at the flagship 256GB model, but as you may know, performance changes when flash density changes. The flagship 256GB model impressed us with its 480MB/s read speed and 320MB/s write speed. Of course, the high speeds are just one aspect of SSDs and when it comes to this controller you need to look beyond the initial benchmarks to see the long lasting effects of quality engineering. The Corsair Performance 3 is a marathon runner designed to go the distance at higher speeds over the long haul. At this time most other SSD controllers are like sprinters who need to take a water break from time to time to rejuvenate. At this time, the 'high speed, long distance' feature of the new Marvell Van Gogh controller is being overlooked in both forum posts and the avalanche of what I call 20 minute reviews. We've been playing with the new Van Gogh controller since June 2010 off and on and have learned a great deal about its ins and outs, strong points and weak points. Obviously the performance endurance that comes from the aggressive garbage collection is a strong point. Those experienced with SSDs might say this feature is more important than achieving read and write speeds that are over SATA II speeds."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Max IOPS SATA 3 SSD Review
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:22P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we received an e-mail from Jessica Luken, Global Marketing Director of OCZ Technology stating that a new Vertex 3 Max IOPS SSD was en route and, if you would believe it, we received the package not 20 minutes later. I will have to admit that I was a bit unprepared and stood their wondering what the difference was between the two Vertex 3's at only a $20 upgrade. The question then presented itself as to whether the consumer would see a marked difference between thet two. A bit of background and several tests later lead us to the belief that the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS SSD just may be the equal to the previous generation SandForce equipped SSDs that utilized the large 27% over provisioning vice the standard 7%, this time around without the massive premium.
  FULL STORY @ REVIEWS

OCZ Technology Vertex 3 SSD Form Factor: Bigger isn't Always Better
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 2:21P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"When the original Vertex and Agility product lines were introduced, we were told that the Vertex had a specific BOM (Build of Materials) list and the Agility had a dynamic BOM. In the end we found the first Vertex to have one set of flash that never changed, but the Agility shipped with three or more different flash configurations. The Agility was sold at a lower price because it used whatever flash was the lowest priced at the time of manufacture. While all who purchased an Agility were rolling the dice as far as what flash was included, some ended up with a drive that was identical to the higher priced Vertex. When Vertex 2 and Agility 2 hit the market things changed again; Vertex 2 shipped with a higher IOPS programming and Agility 2 was shipped with the lower programming. For the most part this was an acceptable situation, but the BOM was never nailed down for Vertex 2. Eventually OCZ started playing loose and fast with the second series of these SSD products and somewhere along the line in December 2010 Vertex 2 drives started shipping with 25nm flash."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Western Digital My Book Essential 3 TB
     Wed, May 18 2011 | 12:02P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"USB 2.0 has never been the connection for people in a hurry, as it's only been capable of transfer speeds up to about 30 MB/s. Now, however, with the introduction of USB 3.0, the USB is also a choice for the people looking for performance. Western Digital was kind enough to send us their new My Book Essential 3 TB USB3.0 drive, so let's see just how fast these things can be!"
  FULL STORY @ METKU

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