Category: storage

SAMSUNG 960 PRO & EVO SERIES M.2 SSD

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Samsung has now released a new series of M.2 SSD products under the 960 Evo and Pro groups. These new SSD products are promising to deliver more than 2GB/s of bandwidth. MZ-V6P512 (PRO 512 GB) MZ-V6P1T0 (PRO 1024 GB) MZ-V6P2T0 (PRO 2048 GB) MZ-V6E250 (EVO 256 GB) MZ-V6E500 (EVO 512 GB) MZ-V6E1T0 (EVO 1024GB) The highest …

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ST1000LM035

ST1000LM035

The ST1000LM035 is a 7mm model for laptop machines. The disk is available in 1TB and 2TB capacities and the ST1000LM035-1RK172 model is reviewed. Spindle speed 5400 RPM Seagate’s highest capacity thin, 7mm, laptop drives at 1TB and 2TB Light in weight to support portable computers Enables drop-in 2TB capacity transition without the weight of …

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INTEL 3D XPOINT (OPTANE)

On July 28, 2015, Intel and Micron have announced a new type of storage. Intel’s new 3D XPOINT is a new class of storage that they hope will be able to bring to the PC market in the next couple of years. Compared to NAND memory Intel claims 10x lower latency, 3x write endurance, 4x writes …

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SSD ENDURANCE

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There has been a lot of development in the SSD market over the years. Today modern SSD products are very inexpensive but people should not take them for granted with their large MTBF ratings. The first SSD products suffered from firmware problems which adversely affected performance etc.  Some years have passed and new chips and …

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SFF-8639

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The SFF-8639 ia a faster interface designed primarily for SSD products in a 2½” form factor. More recently it has been rebadged as U.2 to compete with M.2 which is more constrained physically. Both U.2 and M.2 can use up to 4 PCI Express lanes. There are more pins which increase the bandwidth considerably to …

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ST2000DM001

ST2000DM001

The new Seagate ST2000DM001 is high capacity 2TB disk with 500GB on each side of 2 plates. Operating at 7200rpm, the ST2000DM001 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 …

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TRANSCEND JETFLASH 790K

Transcend 32GB JetFlash 790 USB 3.0 Flash Drive

The Transcend JetFlash 790K is a USB 3.1 type A storage device. The 790K is available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities. The JetFlash 790K is also available in black or white. Using the latest Toggle TLC Flash technology, Transcend’s JetFlash 790 features a SuperSpeed USB 3.1 interface with a read and write …

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FIXING WESTERN DIGITAL HARD DISKS

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Western Digital (WDC) hard disks are not as automated as we would prefer when tracks become unstable and spare sectors have to be allocated. Stop using the disk immediately and install a replacement. USB 16GB or 32GB sticks are needed for recovery media. If you have not made recovery media for your laptop, do it …

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TOSHIBA DT01ACA300

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The Toshiba DT01ACA300 is a standard 3TB SATA III hard disk. Toshiba returned to the hard disk business after buying Hitachi’s hard disk unit in a deal with WDC. With the return of Toshiba, there are now three vendors manufacturing 3½” hard disks. Concerns that Toshiba was not committed should be allayed as the DT01ACA300l is …

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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

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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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