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Plextor M6V SSD (256GB) Review – A Solid Value Entrant
     Tue, Oct 06 2015 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A custom PC build can be whatever you make it; a ridiculously high-end gaming machine or a modest budget build. Even if you are just looking for an easy upgrade to your current build, the storage device is a perfect place to start. Today we are looking at the Plextor M6V, which is advertised to show off velocity at a value price. Let’s dig in and take a closer look!

Icy Dock MB324SP-B ExpressCage Review
     Sat, Oct 03 2015 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have recently tested the Icy Dock Turbo Swap hard drive caddy. For owners of a SATA hard drive, the frame turned out to be a useful extension. Today we want to present another hot swap cage of the brand Icy Dock, the Icy Dock MB324SP-B ExpressCage. This mobile rack is able to accommodate four SSDs. Excited? We also. Therefore, we proceed directly to the Icy Dock MB324SP-B ExpressCage review.

Synology DiskStation DS715 & DS215+
     Thu, Oct 01 2015 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Unfortunately the Annapurna Labs Alpine SoC hasn’t impressed us as much as it did in the DS2015xs and even the DS1515. However the biggest issue is the price, we simply cannot justify spending almost 80% more on the DS215+ over the DS215j and it is even worse when looking at the DS715. The DS215+ and DS715 are both well built, reliable NAS servers that are backed by the very best software in the business. When it comes to quality Synology always seem to deliver, sadly this time they missed the mark when it came to pricing.

Plextor M6V 256GB SSD Review
     Wed, Sep 30 2015 | 1:07P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we take a look at the recently released Plextor M6V SSD, specifically the 256GB model. These drives incorporate Toshiba NAND flash memory and are released to target a wide enthusiast audience due to the competitive pricing. Right now this 256GB model is available for around £70 from Scan in the UK.

850 EVO SSD in an enormous 2TB configuration
     Wed, Sep 30 2015 | 1:06P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung now offers its popular and affordable 850 EVO SSD in an enormous 2TB configuration. We put the EVO to the test to see how this behemoth performs.

Samsung Portable SSD T1 – good things come in small packages
     Tue, Sep 29 2015 | 1:41P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Even though many of us are using more and more cloud storage for things like images and music there still is a need for local storage on our desktops and laptops. On a desktop it usually is quite easy to just pop in another SSD or regular hard drive but this is not always the case for a laptop. Most laptops come with just one SSD or hard drive and upgrading to a large one can be a chore and also cost a lot. A better solution is to use an external drive to store non-OS-files but these drives more than often use a regular hard drive, either at 5400 rpm (slooow) or 7200 rpm (faster but still slow). Luckily we are starting to see more external drives that use faster SSD’s and the external drive we are reviewing today is one of these; the Samsung Portable SSD T1. This is a tiny external drive that uses an SSD to give us exceptional speeds over USB3.

Kingston SSDnow KC380 1.8-Inch Solid State Drive Review
     Tue, Sep 29 2015 | 1:41P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The solid state drive that I’m taking a look at today is one that I’ve actually had around for a while, but couldn’t test up until now. I’m taking the tiny 1.8-inch KC380 SSDnow from Kingston for a spin on my test bench to see how well this tiny SSD can perform. While it isn’t the newest model anymore, I still think it’s a valid drive to test and one that quite a few people will consider for their netbooks and similar devices that only have the option for 1.8-inch drives such as this one.

Icy Dock MB174U3S-4SB Black Vortex Reader Review
     Tue, Sep 29 2015 | 1:40P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
OCinside.de today published a new reader review. This time MisterY is testing the Icy Dock MB174U3S-4SB Black Vortex from Cremax. The external drive enclosure with dust filter and fan control offers space for up to 4 hard drives, which can either be connected via USB 3.0 or eSATA. Take a look how this external hard drive enclosure performs in the reader review, that can be operated by the way also internally.

AData XPG SX930 240GB SSD
     Tue, Sep 29 2015 | 1:39P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AData's XPG SX930 SSD is supposed to offer buyers what used to be an impossible combination: affordability, excellent performance, a 5 year warranty and extreme longevity.

The SSD Optimization Guide Rev. 2.1.
     Tue, Sep 29 2015 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Solid state drives are fast replacing hard disk drives as the storage medium of choice. However, they have issues that preclude their ascendency over the hard disk drives. Their flash memory cells have a limited lifespan, and they can perform badly under certain circumstances. Modern SSDs use a mix of techniques and technologies like overprovisioning of memory cells, wear levelling, a write combine buffer (or on-the-fly data compression), and the Trim command or automatic garbage collection to maintain performance and extend the lifespan of the flash memory cells. However, there's only so much they can do. This is where the Solid State Drive Optimization Guide comes in. In this guide, we will show you how to maintain the performance and longevity of your solid surface drive. Let's get right down to it.

Inateck FE2005 Review – 2.5-inch USB 3.0 External Drive Enclosure
     Mon, Sep 28 2015 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in December 2014, we had a look at Inateck’s FE2006 USB 3.0 drive enclosure and later tested the FD1006C SUB 3.0 enclosure. We found that each performed very well and priced very inexpensively for those looking to pop a 2.5? drive in and get some speedy external storage. Today we’re looking at the FE2005 model...

HDD Self Diagnostic BIOS setting
     Mon, Sep 28 2015 | 1:53P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"S.M.A.R.T. is supported by all current hard disk drives and it allows the early prediction and warning of impending hard disk drive disasters. You should enable it if you want to use S.M.A.R.T.-aware utilities to monitor the hard disk drive's condition. Enabling it also allows the monitoring of the hard disk drive's condition over a network..."

Seagate NAS Pro 6-Bay 24TB NAS Server Review
     Sun, Sep 27 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Many people used to ask us what we use in our lab to share files, download data, record through our IP cameras and stream media content and as answered numerous times in the past we use one (and even two sometimes) network attached storage devices/servers. Recently however some of you have asked us if it's really worth having a NAS online 24/7 and although electricity where we're located is not what we'd call "cheap" if you think about the pros the answer is crystal clear. It's true that you can't obviously perform the same tasks as you would with a desktop system or even a laptop (we're getting there however) but just the fact that the majority of NAS models use even less electricity than your average light bulb alone is enough to justify using one either as a media or a download server. Seagate may not be the very first brand name to come in mind when talking about NAS servers but they've actually been in that market for quite some time now (quite successfully) and since many of you asked today we'll be testing the NAS Pro 6-Bay model (DP6) with 24TB worth of storage preinstalled.

Intel SSD DC P3608 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive Review
     Sat, Sep 26 2015 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we’re going to take a look at Intel’s latest NVMe-based solid state storage device, the SSD DC P3608. As the DC in the product name suggests, this drive (or should we say drives?) is designed for the data center and enterprise markets, where huge capacities, maximum uptime, and top-end performance are paramount. The Intel SSD DC P3608 is somewhat different than the recent consumer-targeted NVMe-based PCI Express SSD from Intel we evaluated, the SSD 750 series, however. This drive essentially packs a pair of NVMe-based SSDs onto a single card, built for high endurance and high performance. Check it out...

PowerNAS CMA 8TB Review
     Sat, Sep 26 2015 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
PowerNAS has used a novel approach during the development of the CMA (it stands for Converged Media Appliance). To their way of thinking this Windows 8.1 PC can act as a replacement for three separate pieces of hardware and bring together the home PC, media centre PC and NAS Server in a single device.

Synology DS414j Review
     Sat, Sep 26 2015 | 12:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Synology describes its new DS414j as the successor to the DS413. It’s a 4-bay NAS device, aimed at home users and SOHO environments requiring up to 20TB of storage, and they put the emphasis on the ‘retro looking black chassis, dual core CPU … and USB 3.0 which combine to make it ‘the fastest and most powerful J series NAS from Synology to date.’

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