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Toshiba PX02SMF020 200GB SAS SSD
     Fri, Jan 31 2014 | 3:26P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just like with most computer hardware components compared to just 2 years ago continuous price drops have finally rendered SATA SSDs (Solid State Drives) almost as mainstream as HDDs allowing more and more system manufacturers to integrate them into their systems regardless of target audience. Certainly SSDs are still at a huge disadvantage in terms of price/capacity compared to regular mechanical HDDs but on one hand most consumers don`t really have very large capacity needs while on the other you can always use the SSD just for OS (Operating System) needs and have everything else on a second or even on a third drive. However things are not the same for professionals and especially enterprise clients since both performance and storage capacity are crucial with cost following far behind. Thus far we`ve only focused in testing SAS HDD models manufactured by the leading companies in the field but since SSD prices have dropped quite a bit (both consumer and enterprise models) we decided to also start on SAS SSD reviews and what better way to do that than with the latest release by Toshiba, the PX02SMF020 200GB SAS 6Gb/s SSD"
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH.COM

Western Digital WD10EZEX: A 1TB SATA 3.0 HDD For $60
     Fri, Jan 31 2014 | 12:34P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For those in the market for an affordable, large-capacity hard drive, the Western Digital WD10EZEX offers 1TB of storage for about $60 USD. If you are curious how this low-cost Serial ATA 3.0 hard drive performs against other SATA HDDs and SSDs under Ubuntu Linux, here`s a set of new disk benchmarks as we test out this SATA 3.0 HDD."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Dispelling Backblazes HDD Reliability Myth - The Real Story Covered
     Fri, Jan 31 2014 | 6:26A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We chronicle Backblaze`s failed attempt to provide credible HDD reliability data. Read on to find out why you should pay no attention at all."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Toshiba PX02SS 12Gbps SAS Enterprise SSD Review (400GB)
     Thu, Jan 30 2014 | 10:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Toshiba is a world leader in many different technologies and applications. In the NAND market, for instance, they supply components for some of our favorite SSDs. But, they havent really been known as a major player in turn-key storage products. While they have an impressive offering of mechanical drives, especially for automotive and industrial uses, they are dwarfed by the duopoly that is Western Digital and Seagate. For SSDs, they are a major OEM supplier, but dont have a major presence in the consumer market. Toshiba is a member of a select group that produces their own NAND. This puts them in the enviable position where they get to pay cost for the most expensive and important SSD component. They have the technology and manufacturing capabilities to put them on par with the Samsungs of the world in the SSD market, but that hasnt seemed to be a priority for them."
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW.COM

Intel 530 240GB SSD Review
     Thu, Jan 30 2014 | 8:31A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel released its flagship consumer SSD a few months back, and Chris picked up a retail drive to test. Let`s take a close look at it now."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

VisionTek Data Fusion PCIe SSD 240GB Review @ Legit Reviews
     Wed, Jan 29 2014 | 12:40P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It?s been quite some time since we had a look at a PCIe based SSD. The PCIe trend is gaining steam, especially in enterprise applications, as the SATA III bandwidth gets maxed out. VisionTek, long known for their graphics cards, is using their PCIe expertise to get their footing in the SSD arena with their version of a PCIe SSD which is powered by a pair of SandForce SF-2281 controllers. They sent us over a 240GB version to scope out and we?re happy to do so. Although the product branding says Data Fusion drive, VisionTek let us know that the official drive name is simply called the VisionTek PCIe SSD so that?s how we?ll reference it in this article. Read on to see how it performs!"
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

ADATA DashDrive HD650 External HDD Review
     Wed, Jan 29 2014 | 11:36A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ADATA is back with the latest in the DashDrive Durable line-up. Read on as we take a look at it and see how it performs under our tests."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

 
Icy Dock MB290SPB EZ-FIT Lite and MB343SP EZ-Fit Trio Hard drive & SSD Bracket Review @HiTech Legion
     Wed, Jan 29 2014 | 8:31A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Icy Dock has delivered many products designed to make the most out of given storage space, and the new Flex-Fit Trio and EZ-Fit Lite do exactly that. Both the Flex-Fit Trio (MB343SP) and EZ-Fit Lite (MB290SP-B) are designed to mount multiple smaller drives in the space of one standard larger drive. In the case of the Flex-Fit Trio, one 3.5 and two 2.5 drives can be mounted into the space of a single 5.25 optical drive. In addition, the Flex-Fit Trio can use the aforementioned 3.5 drive space for internal drives or for 3.5 drives such as floppies or card readers with full access from the front. The EZ-Fit Lite has mounting for two 2.5 drives which can be mounted into a single 3.5 drive bay. In addition, using both together gives you the option of mounting a total of four 2.5 drives into a single 5.25 optical bay."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION.COM

OCZ Vertex 460 240GB Solid State Drive Review
     Tue, Jan 28 2014 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We had originally planned to start this review off with a brief discussion of OCZ's potential fate and what the company's recent bankruptcy and looming acquisition by Toshiba could mean for its future. But in the 11th hour yesterday, news came through that the acquisition was complete and OCZ would go on producing solid state storage products and that it was now a "wholly owned subsidiary and Toshiba Group Company". We've even got a fresh new logo to show you. Fittingly, the first product released after the announcement, and the drive we'll be showing you here, features all home-grown OCZ tech and bleeding edge 19nm Toshiba-built MLC NAND flash memory. The just announced OCZ Vertex 460 series drives will be available soon in 120GB - 480GB flavors and we've got the full scoop for you all here...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

OCZ Vector 460 SSD review
     Tue, Jan 28 2014 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Early November OCZ upgraded its Vector SSDs with a new generation firmware and 19nm Toshiba flash memory, releasing the Vector 150. Today OCZ's affordable series of SSDs received a similar upgrade. The new Vertex 460 is replacing the Vertex 450 with the same formula as the 150, it has new flash, is slightly faster and is more affordable.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

QNAP QTS 4.1 SMB Storage Manager Deep Dive
     Mon, Jan 27 2014 | 12:40P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
QNAP`s new Storage Manager for SMB products brings powerful SAN features to low-cost, business specific NAS products. Let`s take a close look."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SATA 3.0 SSD
     Mon, Jan 27 2014 | 12:28P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For those in the market for a solid-state drive, the Kingston SSDNow V300 series offers a 120GB Serial ATA 3.0 SSD for less than $90 USD. How well does this SSD work on Linux? We have benchmarks at Phoronix done under Ubuntu and compared to a range of HDD and SSDs."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD Review @ TechwareLabs.com
     Sun, Jan 26 2014 | 12:28P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The SSD market is literally saturated with competitors, and with SSDs being one of the must-have items these days, it`s easier to get overwhelmed with trying to decide which make/model of SSD to go with in your system. Many people initially approach this from a pure cost standpoint, which is has been a common approach when shopping for HDD`s in the past. Unfortunately, this approach can be dangerous when applied to shopping for your first/next SSD, as cheaper more than likely guarantees you end up with an inferior drive as it relates to performance, compatibility, and endurance. So what`s the safest general approach? Avoiding a lengthy write up, you`re safest approach is to look to companies that have been successful in the memory market. Since SSD`s leverage memory technology, over spinning platters, it stands to reason that memory companies have initially more experience. With that said, we will be taking a look at Kingston`s HyperX 3K 240GB SSD in this review."
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS.COM

Seagate U-Series 6 80GB
     Fri, Jan 24 2014 | 3:26P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Seagate has been around for a long time as a maker of hard drives. They have had their ups and downs comparatively against other companies, but overall have made a quality product for those looking for either performance drives or a more budget oriented unit. Seagate makes both, but they have just recently released a new drive in their budget U-Series, and TweakTown has the privilege of being one of the first sites to take a look at this behemoth."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Seagate Backup Plus Slim: The World’s Thinnest 2TB External Hard Drive
     Fri, Jan 24 2014 | 3:25P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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This new offering includes the backup software, Seagate Dashboard, which made the first generation of Seagate® Backup Plus drives so popular. The Seagate Dashboard software provides an easy one-click backup solution, but can also be set as a scheduled backup up as needed. Additionally, the Dashboard software will back up Facebook and Flickr albums to ensure that even video and photos shared through these networks are backed up and easy to find. Use the Save and Share features to download and upload content from these social media networks. Even all the photos you have been tagged in can be backed up from your social networks to the drive.

“Today, digital storage is important for everyone who uses a personal computer or a mobile device,” said Scott Horn, vice president of global marketing for Seagate. “We are all creating content, whether that be photos from our last activity, video of a baby’s first steps or a proposal for your next project. All of these files hold a special place of importance and Seagate is in the business of providing products that can store those valuable files.”

“Seagate Backup Plus has been designed to make the chore of backing up as simple as possible. This compact, attractive external storage is hassle free and includes our Dashboard backup software for easy backup of social media albums, PC content and now even your mobile devices. Seagate is committed to continue our product innovation in order to provide our customers with the quality they expect and new benefits to address their current storage needs.”

New for the Backup Plus family of external storage this year is the addition of a mobile backup application to provide protection for one’s digital data on nearly every device. By simply installing the free Seagate Mobile Backup app on an iOS or Android mobile device, one can easily back up all of the pictures and videos from that device to the drive or a cloud service. While on a home network, content from mobile devices can be sent directly to the drive via a Wi-Fi connection. Cloud services such as Dropbox or Google Drive can be used for backup while on the road.

“Mobile devices account for the largest amount of captured video and photos today,” said Chris Chute, research director for IDC’s Worldwide Digital Imaging Practice. “Seven out of every ten pictures captured in 2013 were taken with a smartphone. As a greater portion of our memories are captured by the handheld devices, it becomes increasingly more important that these files be backed up either to a cloud service or locally.”

Backup Plus external storage is available in a range of capacities to fit every size of job. The USB 3.0-powered, 2TB drive is the highest capacity drive fitting into a 12.1mm form factor. The metal-top case of these drives, available in red, blue, black and silver, is designed to resist scratches and fingerprints. :

Seagate Backup Plus storage is currently available from Amazon and Seagate.com by capacity: for Backup Plus Slim portable: 500GB Slim - $99.99, 1TB Slim - $119.99 MSRP, 2TB Slim - $179.99 and the 4TB Fast - $299.99.

The high-capacity Seagate Backup Plus desktop 3.5-inch is available in 2TB - $129.99, 3TB - $159.99, 4TB - $229.99. All prices are MSRP.

  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Western Digital Red (WD40EFRX) 4 TB NAS Hard Disk Drive
     Fri, Jan 24 2014 | 3:08P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quote : The popularity of Network-Attached Storage (NAS) devices is rapidly ramping up in both small businesses and homes, fueled by their usefulness and their increasing affordability. This surge in interest has led Western Digital to add a new family of hard disk drives - the WD Red family of NAS hard disk drives, even as Seagate drops production of 5,400 RPM desktop hard disk drives. Today, we are going to take a look at the latest addition to Western Digital's family of Red drives - the WD40EFRX with 4 TB of storage capacity. Here are its key features :
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

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