Category: storage

BACKUP WITH FILE HISTORY

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File History is the new Backup solution that comes with Windows 8 and above. File history can now transparently backup Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files.as well. Beware that File History can use a fair amount of storage so its not a bad idea to have a larger capacity disk to …

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ST3000DM001

ST3000DM001

The new Seagate ST3000DM001 is high capacity 3TB disk with 500GB on each side of 3 plates. Operating at 7200rpm, the ST3000DM001 manages to reach 120MB/s of bandwidth. Seagate decided that the performance loss of moving to 5900RPM wasn’t justified by the power savings. It believed that by introducing a more power efficient 7200RPM drive it could deliver …

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NVM EXPRESS

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Non Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) is an extension to the UEFI for SSD and other non volatile storage hardware It was designed for SSD and other technologies where latency is minimal and bandwidth can be much higher. NVMe is designed around the PCI Express hardware which has been in use since 2003. SSD are capable …

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ST3750525AS

ST3750525AS

By now the world knows that Seagate Barracuda 7200 drives, from the world’s premier storage provider, deliver years of reliable service and high performance. This is a product family that has been strengthened and refined over 12 generations. It embodies the highest levels of reliability, performance and capacity. And this latest generation is a leader …

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ST2000DL003

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The new Seagate ST2000DL003 is high capacity 2TB disk. Operating at 7200rpm, the ST2000DL003 manages to reach 105MB/s of bandwidth. Seagate was able to achieve 2TB by reducing the speed of the disk and leveraging the extreme number of sectors on each track to compensate. The ST2000DL003 is perfect for media libraries. Ideal for everyday …

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SOLID STATE DRIVES (SSD)

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Solid state drives have become popular with many gaming machines. Changes in the industry will be bringing extreme performance for mainstream gaming rigs. TYPES SSD products started off with digital cameras. The move to video motivated the industry considerably. When mobile machines were equipped with SATA based products, it revolutionized their capabilities, it did not …

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SSD TRIM

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The trim command (ATA TRIM, SCSI UNMAP) allows an operating system to inform a SSD device that certain blocks are no longer active and can be reused. Trim has been available with SSD products very early on however operating system support lagged the hardware development. Early SSD drives often were wiped (reset) to be able …

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COUNTERFEIT COMPUTER HARDWARE

We have noticed that counterfeit computer components are becoming a growing problem. We first encountered this problem with the AK 680 power supply. The Echostar 680W is even worse. Both use oem power supply boards and labeled their respective products at double the actual true capacity or more. Vast  numbers of these counterfeit power supplies …

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ST3500320AS

ST3500320AS

The ST3500320AS is a 500GB SATA hard disk. Seagate released some new firmware for this disk, check with Seagate to determine if your disk is affected. 500GB Capacity and 32-MB Cache Best-in-class environmental specifications and reliability features Adaptive Fly Height offers consistent read/write performance from the beginning to the end of your computing workload Ships …

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NVM EXPRESS

Non Volatile Memory Express was first seen at an Intel Developer’s forum back in 2007. The standard was not published however until April 2008. As of 2014 more than 65 corporations are now members. BIOS support is needed for NVMe support for primary boot. Intel Z-170 support NVMe with M.2 slots for SSD in addition …

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CLEARING HARD DISK PARTITIONS

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Hard disks may have several partitions. Windows Vista and above use a small boot partition. This page will show you how to clean a disk to like new. This way it can be used fresh for a clean install of Windows or as a data disk. DISKPART Open the command prompt as an administrator then …

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ST3320620AS

ST3320620AS

The Seagate ST3320620AS is a 320GB hard disk from the 7200.10 series. 7200.10 7200rpm 320GB Perpendicular Recording 16MB cache SATA II Whisper-quiet operation Enhanced G-Force Protection against handling damage Clean Sweep calibration and Directed Offline scan diagnostics RoHS (restriction of hazardous substances) compliant The 7200.10 series disks have a good reputation for being a rock solid …

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USB STICK ROUNDUP

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USB memory disks surfaced late in 2000. IBM sold the first models with a capacity of 8MB. It took several years for prices to fall but in 15 years the price deflator has been brutal. As of 2015, USB sticks are available in 32 GB for under $20. USB sticks adopted USB 2.0 circa 2003 on …

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SERIAL ATA

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Serial ATA (SATA) is the new disk interface for consumer and business computers. SATA has several advantages over the older EIDE  with smaller lower cost lower cost cables. SATA supports hot plug which means that with proper support, disks can be swapped with the machines still running. SATA has advantages with servers which use vast …

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IOMEGA ZIP DRIVE

The IOmega Zip drive was released circa Q4 1994. The Zip drive originally was shipped as a SCSI device but it had a firmware problem that caused the drive to malfunction. The Zip disk with 100 megabytes of capacity was very attractive at a time when most computers were equipped with 200-500MB hard disks. The …

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