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A Futurelooks News Flash - Western Digital My Cloud Easy to Deploy Personal Cloud Storage For Everyone (Video)
     Wed, Oct 16 2013 | 9:42A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
At a private event in New York, Futurelooks witnessed the launch of the Western Digital My Cloud Personal Cloud Storage Device. Unlike conventional NAS style devices, servers, or even the companys previous My Book Live product, this product was re-engineered from the ground up to be as easy to use as possible and was created to augment, or even take over, cloud storage services such as DropBox, SkyDrive and Google Drive, just to name a few. Because it sits at home completely under your control, the device adds a level of privacy that gives a bit more peace of mind. *"

Adaptec (by PMC) ASR-8885 12Gb/s PCIe RAID Adapter Review
     Tue, Oct 15 2013 | 11:36A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Series 8 gives us the best of both worlds; high port count (16) and high port bandwidth (12Gbps). There are actually 5 different adapters in the Series 8 family. The first is the ASR-81605ZQ which has 16 internal ports with integrated Zero Maintenance Cache Protection. Next we have the ASR-8885 and ASR-8885Q. Both have 8 internal and 8 external ports, with the 8885Q coming with the AFM-700 flash-based cache protection module. Adaptec also has the ASR-8805, which has only 8 internal ports. Finally, the ASR-8885E, which is identical to the ASR-8885, but only has 512MB of cache protection, versus 1024MB for all other flavors. It also only supports RAID levels 0, 1, 1E and 10, which might be a deal breaker for many. All other version support RAID levels 0, 1, 1E, 5, 6, 10, 50, 50 and 60. The ASR-8885 lists for $725, while the ASR-8805 is $640. The bargain of the group is the ASR-8885E, which lists for just $440."

October 2013 Rumours @ Western Digital.
     Mon, Oct 14 2013 | 4:58P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Before you scoff at us for being so outdated, Western Digital is looking into a hybrid drive that uses RAM, not flash memory. This would most likely be a DDR3 SDRAM solution, possibly LP-DDR3 with backup power from built-in capacitors. Such a hybrid drive would offer a tremendous boost in performance for HDDs, because RAM is many, many times faster than the fastest flash memory. Of course, its performance would be restricted by..."

[Affiliates News] OCZ Vertex 450 256GB SSD Review @ APH Networks
     Mon, Oct 14 2013 | 3:45P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We put the `Vector Lite` to the tests. Let`s see how it stacks up against our collection of SSDs."

Toshiba HG5D Series SATA M.2 SSD Review (512GB)
     Mon, Oct 14 2013 | 2:09P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Known as the HG5d Series of Toshiba solid state drives, the cSSD (or client SSD) can be found in PC systems worldwide, however, is not available through retail sales. The HG5d cSSD family is comprised of 2.5 notebook, mSATA and M.2 form factor SSDs with capacities of 60, 128, 256 and 512GB. All speak to low power consumption, three-year warranties applicable only to manufacturing partners, and all take advantage of Toshibas newest 19nm Toggle Mode 2.0 MLC memory. The M.2 family of the HG5d cSSD is a SATA M.2 SSD and listed performance is variable, depending on capacity. Our sample 512GB M.2 SSD can reach 534MB/s read and 482MB/s write with 90KIOPS read and 35KIOPS write. 128 and 256GB capacities have the same read performance but write speeds are listed at 471MB/s with read IOPS a bit lower at 80K."

Synology DiskStation DS1513+ NAS Review @ TestFreaks
     Mon, Oct 14 2013 | 11:36A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Synology DiskStation DS1513+ uses robust DSM (DiskStation Manager) to run the NAS. This software allows the user to run their own email server, use AES 256 bit encryption for shared folders, run a VPN server as well as roll out their own Dropbox like Cloud server. The recent release of DSM 4.3 makes this Synology NAS state of the art. The latest DSM release offers a revamped Mail Server, updated Synology High Availability, Server Convergence, SSD caching, TRIM support, Windows ODX support, updated PhotoStation 6, a 30% faster Cloud Station with delta-updates. In addition Synology has improved their mobile apps with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone updates."

air Force LS 240GB SSD Review
     Mon, Oct 14 2013 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Corsair teamed up with Phison to add another level to the Force brand. The new Force LS uses Phison's S8 controller and Toshiba NAND flash."

Hyundai HS2 128GB Review @ Vortez
     Sun, Oct 13 2013 | 9:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
HS2 is an external SSD which utilises the USB 3.0 interface. Within the range, an assortment of colours are available and a selection of model capacities including: 60GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 750GB, 1TB. Today we will be taking a look at the 128GB version to discover how this new USB 3.0 SSD compares to a conventional USB 3.0 drive and SATA 3 SSD."

HGST Ultrastar 7K4000 3.5-inch 4TB 7200 RPM HDD Review @ Madshrimps
     Sun, Oct 13 2013 | 2:05A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Ultrastar 7K4000 HDD series comes with capacities up to 4TB and is mostly aimed at enterprise environments by offering a rated 2M hours MTBF and a 5-year warranty. The drive comes with good performances, AF (4096-byte sector size) and uses a total of 5 platters, 800GB each."

OCZ Vertex 450 SSD
     Sat, Oct 12 2013 | 6:21P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The OCZ Vertex 450 Series SSD 256GB arrived Technic3D. Available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB configurations. Results in extreme performance with up to 540 MB/s sequential read and 530 MB/s sequential write speeds? We will check this and more against the SSDs from Corsair, Intel, ADATA and G.Skill."

Corsair Force LS Series 240GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
     Sat, Oct 12 2013 | 10:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There have been a number of incarnations of the Force Series drives from Corsair with the first having the SandForce 1200 series controller. Hence the name. Most have been performance focused and were the Corsair flagship drives for a time, a title currently held by their Neutron GTX line. The new Force LS series is intended more as a budget friendly drive and changes things up with a Phison controller running the show that`s supported by Toshiba 19nm NAND. This isn`t a configuration we`ve tested before so it`ll be interesting to see how it fares."

Seagate Business Storage 1-Bay 3TB NAS
     Sat, Oct 12 2013 | 9:42A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are currently using a NAS server then you are definitely aware of the countless options available in the market as we speak from the low end single bay models designed for home use and up to the massive ultra-high end 24 bay models aimed at large businesses. What you may not be aware however is that no matter how good a NAS server is most if not all of these options come without any preinstalled drives in their bays and although some distributors take it upon themselves to equip them with their favorite drive models in the end the result is not what Id call a plug and play AIO solution. Seagate is amongst the very few manufacturers that actually took steps to correct this by designing their very own NAS models and pairing them with their own drives in order to simplify the entire procedure and offer consumers the easy way out. Today we will be taking a look at the base model by Seagate the Business Storage 1-Bay 3TB."

8GB flash cache with 2TB of mechanical storage.
     Sat, Oct 12 2013 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Seagate's hybrid tech has finally been deployed in a desktop drive. The Desktop SSHD combines an 8GB flash cache with 2TB of mechanical storage. We take a closer look at how that combo holds up against standard hard drives and SSDs.

Sony VAIO Pro 13 Touch Ultrabook Review Pre-Configured SATA PCIe SSD Far From Ideal
     Fri, Oct 11 2013 | 12:52P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Something not many people are aware of is that there are actually two physically different Sony VAIO Pro 13 ultrabook configurations being distributed, those that have been constructed for pre-configured sales and those for custom build. Pre-configured configurations may use a SATA based PCIe SSD, while all custom builds use a much higher performing native PCIe SSD. We were a bit confused as Sony was clearly advertising PCIe solid state drive in its configurations worldwide, and even stating that the PCIe booted-up faster, launched apps at lightning speeds and enjoy snappier overall performance capabilities versus a traditional mSATA SSD drive In the case of pre-configured SATA PCIe SSD systems, this marketing is incorrect."

OCZ Vertex 450 256GB SSD @ Custom PC Review
     Fri, Oct 11 2013 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This of course leads us OCZ’s latest offering, the OCZ Vertex 450, which we’ll be reviewing today. The OCZ Vertex 450 is the newest SSD in OCZ’s lineup and for the most part is an update of sorts to the already successful Vertex 4. On the controller side, OCZ has moved away from their short lived time with the Marvell hardware based Indilinx Everest 2 controller in favor of the completely in house designed Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller..."

SSD Charts: 64 SSDs - Samsung 840 Evo 120 Gigabyte @ Ocaholic
     Thu, Oct 10 2013 | 2:09P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In our comparison tables you find benchmark values regarding 64 different SSDs. Furthermore we do not comment the benchmark values. The idea and also the goal is to present to you a market overview which helps you choose the right SSD."

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