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Toshiba Announces New Generation Solid State Hybrid Drives
     Mon, Jan 12 2015 | 7:50P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) announces its new solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) series, which is equipped with Toshiba's 19nm second-generation NAND flash memory (NAND). The new MQ02ABD100H SSHD offers 1TB[[1]] capacity in a drive 9.5mm high, while the MQ02ABF050H offers a capacity of 500GB in a 7mm high form factor.

Toshiba's latest SSHDs deliver better performance compared to a traditional hard disk drive (HDD) because the drives feature NAND that is used as the secondary cache during operation. This means customers see improvement to the drive’s performance compared to an HDD, while still maintaining the equivalent capacities of traditional HDDs.

The MQ02ABD100H and MQ02ABF050H are suitable for high-performance PCs like mainstream and gaming PCs, while the MQ02ABF050H's height of 7mm makes it suitable for ultra-thin or ultra-portable computing devices.

Toshiba’s new generation SSHDs merge the NAND controller function into the main HDD controller chip. This all-in-one system on chip (SoC) for the MQ02ABD/ABF-H series enables more integrated management of the HDD and NAND operation compared to previous SSHDs (MQ01ABD-H and MQ01ABF-H series) that featured separate NAND and HDD controller chips. As the inventor of NAND and a leader in HDDs, Toshiba has the engineering expertise to combine NAND, HDD and SSD technologies to develop and produce SSHDs. Toshiba’s NAND controller technologies unleash the NAND capabilities such as defective block management, ECC (Error Correction Code), conversion of logical block address, and wear-leveling.

This new generation SSHD also offers compatibility in both physical size and interface with a traditional 2.5-inch HDD. In other words, SSHDs allow for improved physical space efficiency within a system compared to alternatives that use a discrete SSD cache drive alongside an HDD. When using SSHDs, systems can access the drive through a single interface without the need for specific device driver software. Because it is a single unit, the SSHD is a lower cost alternative to SSDs while offering similar performance.

Sample shipments will begin from February 2015.


WD shows world's fastest 4TB hybrid SATAe HDD
     Mon, Jan 12 2015 | 6:33P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"WD looks to up the SSHD game with a dual-drive 4TB HDD that includes up to 128GB of flash for the ultimate in storage speed and capacity"

WD Shows Off Fastest 4TB Hybrid SATAe Drive
     Mon, Jan 12 2015 | 6:33P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Storage Visions Conference has kicked off and Legit Reviews is at the show to check out the latest news when it comes to storage technology. One of our first stops was the SATA-IO booth where WD is going to be demonstrating the world’s fastest 4 TB hybrid drive. WD’s prototype drive is basically a traditional 3.5-inch 4TB desktop hard drive that uses the SATA Express (SATAe) PCI-e interface along with up to a 128GB of NAND Flash memory acting an SSD of sorts for caching purposes to help bolster the drives performance. Read on to see how a pair of these drives perform in RAID!

6 TB Western Digital Red (WD60EFRX) Hard Disk
     Mon, Jan 12 2015 | 6:28P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we are going to take a look at the latest addition to Western Digital's family of Red drives - the WD60EFRX with 6 TB of storage capacity. Here are its key features :

Transcend SSD370 256GB SSD Review @HiTech Legion
     Mon, Jan 12 2015 | 4:05P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Transcend SSD370 would be considered a mainstream SSD and it comes in a multitude of capacities. In our case we are testing the SSD370 256GB version which uses a TS6500 controller and comes with a performance sequential rating of 570MB/s read and 470MB/s write speed."

Western Digital Sentinel DX4200 16TB Windows Storage Server
     Mon, Jan 12 2015 | 1:59P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Western Digital has been expanding its presence in the network attached storage market, with a handful of products intended to appeal to the home user, as well as few more intended to appeal to small to medium businesses. A few years back they launched the Sentinel DX4xxx series of 4-bay Windows storage servers, and in this review we will be taking a look at the latest offering in this series - the 16TB Sentinel DX4200.

Voyager Air 2
     Mon, Jan 12 2015 | 12:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Now, 18months after the launch of their first Mobile Wireless Storage device Corsair have a new revision, the Voyager Air 2. With USB 3.0 support, 1TB capacity and a more compact design it aims to provide for many of our storage needs, especially integration with smart devices."

Synology DS415play NAS Review
     Mon, Jan 12 2015 | 1:51A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Synology presents itself with another high-quality NAS model, the DS415Play which is oriented to home users with plenty of multimedia content for playback on different devices. Thanks to the Intel solution, unsupported file formats will be converted for different devices on-the fly so they will be played without additional issues. The 1.6GHz dual-core processor is paired with a total of 1GB DDR3 (non-upgradable) and the manufacturer is still using the proven 4-bay plastic chassis which we have seen with the DS412+.

All 5 ARC SSD drives hit 100TB mark
     Mon, Jan 12 2015 | 1:47A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The drives all passed the warranty figure of 22TB at the close of December – our next test was to get them all past the 100TB mark. Would any fail?

Samsung SSD 850 Evo 500GB
     Fri, Jan 09 2015 | 4:49P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung’s TLC flash-based SSD 840 Evo series set a new benchmark for affordable SSDs last year, going for just $0.65 and performing almost on par with the upper echelon of SSDs. Helping to build anticipation for its successor is the SSD 850 Pro, which to this day is the fastest 2.5" SSD money can buy. Once again, the 850 Evo shares many of the same technologies found in the Pro model, however by using TLC V-NAND it is much more cost effective.

Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD Review (NAS Testing)
     Fri, Jan 09 2015 | 4:48P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today Chris puts Seagate's Enterprise NAS hard drive through the paces as he installs it in a NAS to see how it performs."

Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 PCIe SSDs in RAID
     Fri, Jan 09 2015 | 4:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last week we found the Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 PCI Express SSD to be pretty damn fast, but we really wanted to see what happened when we got two drives running in RAID. The Plextor M6e PCIe M.2 SSD is a PCIe Gen 2.0 x2 device is available in 128, 256 and 512GB capacities and is factory rated as having up to 770MB/s sequential read and 625 MB/s sequential write speeds. . If you happened to put two of these drives together to create a RAID0 array, you are talking about having over 1.4GB/s on the sequential read speeds. You’d need at least three leading SATA III 6Gbps drives to hit those speeds...

Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD Review
     Fri, Jan 09 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Are you wanting to get beyond 550MB/s without having to do a RAID setup? Are you willing to try a new interface? Meet the Plextor M6e Series of PCI Express SSDs! Plextor is leading the charge for native PCIe SSDs and has come up with the first readily-available M.2 PCIe SSD on the consumer market. Other drives like the Samsung XP941 series have been around much longer, but they are OEM only and aren’t really meant for end users. Plextor has stepped up to the plate with a drive that had end user firmware updates, an impressive 5-year warranty and mouth watering speeds.

Samsung 850 Pro 256GB Three-Drive SSD RAID Report
     Fri, Jan 09 2015 | 3:27P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Samsung is first to market with a consumer based 3D NAND SSD. Promising better performance and increased capacity, Samsung's V-NAND tech leads the way."

480GB OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD
     Thu, Jan 08 2015 | 4:01P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
On our review bench today is the 480GB OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD, essentially a RAID array of four 128GB SSDs merged into a single PCB. With sequential read and write speeds of up to 1800 MB/s and 1700 MB/s, respectively, and up to 140,000 IOPS 4k random write, it's basically RAID 0 array with TRIM and SMART support but without SATA bottlenecks. At ought to be, costing $800!

Seagate's Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD
     Wed, Jan 07 2015 | 4:03P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Seagate's Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD shows us what it takes to bring 3.5" form factor hard drives to enterprise class levels of performance and stability, and that's before looking at its beefy 6TB of storage capacity. While it may not attract the SSD crowd, it aims to deliver value for data center, cloud storage and other hyperscale computing applications. We test to see how it fares as a high performance mechanical drive.

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