PCSTATS Main Page Follow PCSTATS on Facebook PCSTATS RSS Feed PCSTATS Twitter Feed + Motherboards
+ Videocards
+ Memory
+ Beginners Guides
News & Advanced Search  Feedback?
[X]   Directory of
Guides & Reviews
The PCstats Forums

Beginners Guides
Weekly Newsletter
Archived Newsletters

Contact the Suite 66 Advertising Agency

Waterfield Designs Muzetto Leather Notebook Satchel Review
  More Waterfield Designs Reviews... and Notebooks.
Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB SATA III SSD Review
Beginners Guide: How To Install / Remove an Intel Socket LGA2011 CPU
Seagate Backup Plus Slim External USB 3.0 2TB Hard Drive Review
Beginners Guides: 99 Performance Tips for Windows

Hard Drives RSS News Feed - PCSTATS
... 2 news stories awaiting approval  
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.’

New Cable-Less SATA Power Technology for Disk-On-Module SSDs
     Fri, Sep 25 2015 | 12:53P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

Innodisk, the service-driven flash provider, announces its latest series of SATADOM® disk-on-module SSDs featuring a new cable-less power technology. This latest series of SATADOM® and ServerDOMTM come in the same compact form factor but feature a new way of delivering power to the flash drive directly through the SATA connector itself for less clutter and superior reliability. The new patented Pin 8 technology powers a series of SATADOM® drives which will come in a variety of compact form factors and flash flavors including SLC, MLC and iSLC, as well as DRAM-less versions for 100% data integrity in the face of power loss. Besides SATADOM® with Pin 8 Technology, Innodisk is updating its full line of SATADOM® SSDs including SATADOM® powered by Pin 7 power and external power cables. The new SATADOM® SSDs will feature higher capacities and DRAM-Less SSD technology.

Patented by Innodisk, SATA Pin 8 Vcc uses the SATA connector itself as a power supply to drive the device without external cables. Extra pins on each side of the drive’s connector mate with pins in the motherboard’s SATA interface to provide a power source that eliminates the need for cables. Already available on motherboards from top manufacturers, Innodisk’s Pin 8 Vcc technology joins Innodisk’s SATA Pin 7 Vcc technology to enable compact, cableless SATA storage solutions.

SATA Pin 8 Vcc Technology makes SATADOM the ultimate plug and play storage with no extra connectors needed. It not only provides power but the SATA connector’s power pins create a robust physical connection between the SSD and motherboard, increasing system reliability. The robust cableless design means less clutter and improves air flow, especially in rackmount server chassis and low profile system.

With its small form factor, industrial grade technologies and reliable power sourcing, SATADOM® provides the perfect compact flash storage for servers, and also comes in an even more compact ServerDOMTM version especially designed for server applications. For high storage reliability, ServerDOMTM is compatible with Intel RSTe technology and can be configured as a pair of SSD Boot drives for OS redundancy. With its cable-less design, SATADOM is easily hot swappable with no extra connections to deal with. Using ultra-compact Innodisk nanoSSD flash, ServerDOMTM has a slim form factor that fits into some of the most low-profile rackmount and blade chassis for compact, reliable storage that eliminates messy cabling.


Synology DS215+ 2-bay NAS
     Thu, Sep 24 2015 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Synology DS215+ is a business NAS for centralized backup and the protection of critical data. Our tests also show that it offers high performance while consuming very little power.

NVMe PCIe Datacenter SSD
     Thu, Sep 24 2015 | 11:52A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Intel’s new P3608 is a successful combination of a pair of high end datacenter SSDs into a single HHHL package. The new unit accomplishes this feat by the use of a PLX chip and some clever PCB design and flash packaging, allowing datacenter builders the ability to fit twice the SSD DC P3600 performance and capacity into the same amount of space. With capacities ranging from 1.6TB to 4TB, this really pushes the data density of these parts to a new level. In fact, the capacity density and performance of the P3608 may be approaching the point where there is not enough IOPS capability to effectively saturate a chassis full of these units. A rollout of these new parts is going to require careful consideration of the other potential bottlenecks that can be created with so much raw performance available, but shifting the bottlenecks off of the storage subsystem is never a bad thing!"

Intel SSD DC P3608 Review (1.6TB) - Over 5GB/s and 850K IOPS!
     Thu, Sep 24 2015 | 11:51A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A year ago Intel launched their first line up of NVMe SSDs. The DC P3700, DC P3600, and earlier this year they officially launched the DC P3500. As you might be lead to believe, the DC P3700 was their top tier product, which we were able to review, not only in the view of enterprise performance, but also from a storage enthusiast’s perspective. The Intel DC P3700’s performance at the time was very impressive and still is today, delivering up to 2.8GB/s read and 1.9GB/s write as well as being able to withstand 460K/180K IOPS. At $3/GB delivering such high performance and now, up to 17 DWPD endurance for data center use, it was a recipe for success from the start. The DC P3500, the runt of the litter, is meant for read-centric workloads with much lower random write performance and a 0.35 DWPD endurance rating. The DC P3600 on the other hand is in the middle of the trio, meant for more mixed workloads with great read and write performance, but a 3 DWPD endurance rating.

Intel SSD DC P3608 1.6TB PCIe SSD Review
     Thu, Sep 24 2015 | 11:51A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Intel SSD DC P3608 Series has a dual NVMe controller design with Intel 20nm HET (High Endurance Technology) MLC NAND Flash on a board that utilizes the PCIe Gen 3.0 x8 interface to get up to 5,000 MB/s read and up to 3,000 MB/s write speeds for sequential data operations. The Random 4K Read and Write performance isn’t lacking either as you are talking about up to 850,000 IOPS Read and 150,000 IOPS Write. Like the product name states, the Intel SSD DC P3608 is designed for the Data Center (DC) and will be made available in a low profile (up to 40W) PCIe 3.0 x8 add-in-card at capacities of 1.6TB, 3.2TB and 4TB. Read on to see how the Intel SSD DC P3608 1.6TB PCIe SSD performs on our enthusiast Intel X99 platform!

QNAP SilentNAS HS-251 2-Bay NAS Review
     Tue, Sep 22 2015 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This is not the typical every-day NAS we are testing today, it is a somewhat special device. When we usually think of NAS devices, it goes in the direction of tower and rack-systems; and that is not the thing you would like next to your well designed home-theatre system. Another thing that prevents most people from having their NAS in that particular location is the noise generated by fans to keep the device cooled; QNAP have tackled both these problems in the HS-251 silent and fanless NAS. QNAP is one of the leading brands within NAS and storage, along with Synology and Thecus. Asustor have also grown into a bigger competitor in this market, and it takes something special to stand out from the crowd. QNAP is no stranger to this scenario and with the many years of experience they have in the bag, they packed this tiny 2-bay device with all sorts of useful features; this is far from the every-day NAS device. This isn’t just a stylish and silent NAS either, it is also a HTPC at the same time. You can connect it directly to your TV or monitor via the built-in HDMI port to browse the web, stream media or play what you already have stored on the same device. There are three ways to control the HTPC part of this device, you can either attach a mouse and keyboard or use your mobile-phone or tablet with QNAP’s official control App. The third option is an extra remote control that can be bought separate.

Plextor M6e 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD Review
     Tue, Sep 22 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Who like to purchase a current Intel Z97, X99, etc. motherboard or get at least information about an update, certainly have discovered that some motherboards are coming with a so-called M.2 socket. But what exactly is M.2, which devices can you install and how fast is the transfer rate of this M.2 socket ? These and many other questions will we be explained in this very special review of the Plextor M6e 256GB PX-G256M6e PCIe M.2 2280 SSD and of course also the performance of the new M.2 SSD will be tested in practice.

Micron M600 SSD
     Mon, Sep 21 2015 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Micron's new M600 SSD can flip its NAND cells between SLC and MLC modes on the fly, enabling a dynamic write cache that scales with the drive's unused capacity. We've outlined how this dynamic write acceleration is supposed to impact performance, power consumption, and endurance.

Hard Drives NEWS PAGE: of 213    
Hardware Sections     11/30/2015 | 12:06PM  
Beginners Guides
RSS Newsletter
RSS News
Mouse Pads
Cases and Access.
Computers / SFF PCs
Cooling - Heatsinks
CPU / Processors
Digital Cameras
Home Theatre
MP3 Players
Technology Content    
Beginners Guides: 99 Performance Tips and Tweaks for Windows
Beginners Guides: 99 Performance Tips and Tweaks for Windows
Feb 25 | Beginners Guides
Beginners Guide: Hi-Resolution Panoramic Images with MSFT ICE
Beginners Guide: Hi-Resolution Panoramic Images with MSFT ICE
Jan 27 | Beginners Guides
Samsung ATIV Book 9-Lite NP915S3G-K01 13.3-inch Touch Screen Notebook Review
Samsung ATIV Book 9-Lite NP915S3G-K01 13.3-inch Touch Screen Notebook Review
Dec 23 | Notebooks
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV HD Media Player Review
Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex TV HD Media Player Review
Nov 25 | Home Theatre
Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
Nov 18 | Beginners Guides
Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
Oct 02 | Beginners Guides
A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review
Jul 27 | Motherboards
The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 is an awesome 'Sandy Bridge-E' motherboard for anyone in the business of content creation, yet still nimble enough to take on multi-videocard gaming and overclocking at the end of a days work.
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
May 29 | Hard Drives
All Constellation ES drives are rated to 6Gb/s SATA III speeds, incorporate 64MB of cache, utilize 7200RPM spindle speeds and offer Native Command Queing. The drives are covered by an impressive 5 year warranty and rated to1.2 million hours MTBF.
MORE » Complete PCSTATS Article and Review Listings...

The best Guides by the best writers on the internet; PCSTATS Beginners Guides explain computers, software, and all those other wonderful things that cause you frustration.

Learn how to use your computer better, master the internet while protecting yourself, and know what to do when your hard drive kicks the bucket.

  1. 10 Steps to a Secure PC
  2. 101 Tips and Tweaks for Windows XP
  3. 104 Killer Tech Tips for Windows XP
  4. 99 Performance Tips for Windows XP
  5. 99 Windows Vista Performance Tips
  6. Annual PC Checkup Checklist
  7. Assembling Your Own PC
  8. Back up and Restore Data in WinXP
  9. Browser Hijacking and How to Stop it
  10. Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC
  11. Burning CDs and DVDs
  12. Cloning WindowsXP
  13. Converting Videotape Into Video Files
  14. Crash Recovery: The Blue Screen of Death
  15. Creating a Weblog / Blog
  16. Creating MP3 Music Files
  17. Decrypting Lost Document & Zipped File Passwords
  18. Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives
  19. Diagnosing Bad Memory
  20. Downgrading Windows Vista Back To Windows XP
  21. Dual OS Installation of WindowsXP 32-bit/64-bit
  22. Encryption and Online Privacy
  23. Ergonomics & Computers
  24. Flashing a Video Card BIOS
  25. Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection
  26. Firewalls and Internet Security
  27. Firewall Setup and Configuration
  28. Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods
  29. Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive
  30. Fundamentals of Upgrading a PC
  31. Hard Drive Data Recovery
  32. Home Networking and File Sharing
  33. How to Install: Intel Socket 775 CPU and Heatsink
  34. How to Install: Intel Socket 1366 CPU and Heatsink
  35. How to Install: Intel Socket 1155 CPU and Heatsink
  36. How to Install: AMD Socket AM3 CPU and Heatsink
  37. How to Install: AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink
  38. How to Fix Homesite Design Mode to Work in WindowsXP/ Vista
  39. How To Make a Budget Desktop Computer on the Cheap
  40. How to Update a Motherboard BIOS
  41. Installing RAID on Desktop PCs
  42. Installing Windows Vista
  43. Installing Windows XP
  44. Internet Connection Sharing
  45. Legally Copying Software and Music
  46. Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar
  47. Linux Part 2: Installing a PC
  48. Linux Part 3: New Software
  49. Little Known Features of WindowsXP
  50. Making Old Software Compatible with Windows Vista
  51. Making DVD Movies from Video Files
  52. Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
  53. Optical Drives & Recording Formats
  54. Overclocking the CPU, Motherboard & Memory
  55. Overclocking the Videocard
  56. Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
  57. Printer Sharing on a Home Network
  58. Quick Guide for Eliminating Spyware and Hijacker Software
  59. RAM, Memory and Upgrading
  60. Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
  61. Remote Access to Computers
  62. RSS Feed Setup & Subscriptions
  63. Safe Mode in Windows Vista For Crash Recovery
  64. Setting up an FTP Server in WinXP
  65. Slipstreaming WindowsXP with Service Pack 2
  66. Spyware Protection and Removal
  67. Stopping Spam
  68. Stopping Vista From Thrashing Hard Disks to Death
  69. Synchronizing Files and Folders
  70. Unattended Windows 2000/XP Installations
  71. Understanding & Creating Batch Files
  72. Understanding & Tweaking WindowsXP Services
  73. Upgrading A Motherboard Without Reinstalling
  74. Upgrading Win98 to Windows XP
  75. USB Memory Drive Projects & Tips
  76. VPNs and Internet Connection Security
  77. Website Hosting From A Home PC
  78. Website Hosting With Apache
  79. Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install
  80. Windows XP Command Prompt
  81. Windows XP Safe Mode Explained
  82. Wireless Home Networking
  83. Wireless Network Security
"Get the 'Stats and Stay Informed!"

Frostytech's Top 5 Heatsink Comparison Charts

Recommended Tech Resources:

The PCstats Forums
PCstats Network Features Information About Us Contact
PCSTATS Newsletter
ShoppingList Assistance
Tech Glossary
Technology WebSite Listings
PermaLink News
Archived News
Submit News (Review RSS Feed)
Site Map
PCSTATS Wallpaper
About Us
Privacy Policy
Advertise on PCSTATS

How's Our Driving?
© Copyright 1999-2015 www.pcstats.com All rights reserved. Privacy policy and Terms of Use.