Storage Accessories: Move, Cool, Multiply
Mar 7, 2008 - in Reviews
We look at a port multiplier for eSATA; a combined portable and permanent storage solution; a USB-to-eSATA dongle and a hard drive cooler and noise dampener. There's something for everyone.
Samsung First To Ship 500 GB Notebook HDD
Mar 5, 2008 - in News
$300 could buy you a 32 GB solid state disk drive for your notebook - or half a terabyte of traditional storage space. What will it be?
SanDisk Introduces FlashBack Adapter As Notebook HDD Backup
Mar 4, 2008 - in News
SanDisk announced the availability of its FlashBack adapter as a backup storage media to protect against unexpected PC system failure or hard disk drive (HDD) crash.
Fujitsu Announces 500 GB Notebook Hard Drive
Feb 25, 2008 - in News
Terabyte notebooks could be hitting the market at the end of the second quarter of this year as Fujitsu is preparing to roll out the first 500 GB 2.5" mainstream hard drives.
DVD Formats Expected To Remain Optical Storage Mainstream Over Next 3-5 Years
Feb 22, 2008 - in News
Although Blu-ray Disc (BD) has won the blue-laser format war, the current mainstream status of red-laser DVD formats, including +R/-R and +RW/-RW, in the global storage market will continue over the next three to five years, according to representative director Koki Aizawa for the Rewritable Products Promotion Initiative (RW PPI) under the Japan-based DVD Forum.
WD and Toshiba Join the 320 GB 2.5" HDD Club
Feb 18, 2008 - in Reviews
Western Digital's 320 GB Scorpio and Toshiba's MK3252GSX laptop hard drives compete directly against Samsung's Spinpoint M6. Our tests show how the two newcomers compare to Samsung's offering.
Portable Storage: Convenience is the Key
Feb 12, 2008 - in Reviews
Buffalo, Fujitsu, Maxtor, SimpleTech and Western Digital - all offer portable 2.5" hard drives at up to 320 GB, but some still lack features to make backup and synchronization an easy process.
HP Announces SSD Business Desktop PC
Jan 25, 2008 - in News
HP has updated its compact desktop PC offering for businesses with two new models - and its first PC that can be ordered with a NAND flash-based solid state disk (SSD) drive.
2.5" HDD Galore: Samsung, Seagate, Toshiba
Jan 24, 2008 - in Reviews
New drives are hitting the market every few weeks; it has become difficult to keep track of them all! We look at three new models intended for high performance and high capacity notebook storage.
Antec Fusion 430 HTPC Case
Jan 17, 2008 - in Reviews
Antec's Fusion 430 HTPC case is explored and used to build a full system. Then various parameters are measured to assess the case's functionality when it is use for different HTPC functions.
Micro HDDs Not Giving Up: 40 GB Models On The Way
Jan 10, 2008 - in News
Flash memory devices have pretty much conquered the sub 1.8" mass storage market, but if you are looking for a lot of space for just a few bucks, then hard drives may still be worth a look. 40 GB in a CF II form factor are currently being prepped for a market release.
Western Digital: 1.8" HDD Still Requires Further Observation
Jan 10, 2008 - in News
While highlighting the power-saving capability for its Caviar GP-series hard-disk drives (HDDs), Western Digital (WD) revealed that it lists the 1.
Update: New Notebook CPU Charts
Jan 9, 2008 - in Reviews
We added a new interactive charts page that allows you to compare most of Intel's mobile Core 2 Duo processors. The results can also be contrasted to those of our desktop CPU charts.
Sub-Terabyte External Hard Drives
Jan 7, 2008 - in Reviews
Buffalo, Maxtor, Seagate and SimpleTech sent us their latest external premium hard drives. They all offer 750 to 1000 GB of storage along with USB 2.0 and other interfaces, but their software, design and performance differ.
Possible Safe Fuel Storage Method Found For Hydrogen Powered Cars
Dec 21, 2007 - in News
Ford Motor Company and UCLA have developed a new chemical compound which can safely store large quantities of hydrogen gas in a chemically dissolved form, making it safe for use in automobiles. While there is still research to be done, this research may help bring it mainstream much sooner.
Samsung, Ridata SSD Offerings Tested
Dec 17, 2007 - in Reviews
Ridata's Solid State Drive offers great robustness while Samsung's doubles capacity to 64 GB. But which one should you buy?
Toshiba Increases Capacity Of Slim 1.8" HDDs To 120 GB
Dec 13, 2007 - in News
Toshiba launched five new hard drives for portable and consumer electronics applications with capacities of 60 GB, 80 GB and 120 GB.
Iomega To Acquire ExcelStor
Dec 12, 2007 - in News
Iomega said that it will acquire ExcelStor, a maker of hard disk drives, security storage and external storage.
Taiwan Makers Consider Forming Standards-setting SSD Alliance
Dec 11, 2007 - in News
Taiwan manufacturers in the NAND flash industry are probing the possibility of forming a solid state drive (SSD) alliance to work towards setting worldwide standards for a device promising to replace the hard disk drive (HDD) as the market mainstream, according to industry sources.
Momentus 5400 FDE.2: Data Encryption On-a-Drive
Dec 11, 2007 - in Reviews
Seagate now offers a 2.5" SATA drive with hardware encryption. Although it isn't yet ready for Windows Vista, the encryption doesn't affect performance, and we found it a solution worth considering for businesses.
Toshiba Preps 128 GB SSDs For Q1
Dec 10, 2007 - in News
Toshiba is the next data storage giant announcing its entry into the increasingly popular solid state disk (SSD) storage market.
The World's Best Hardware Prices
Dec 6, 2007 - in Reviews
Do you know which country has the best prices for PC gear? We looked at pricing in the United States, Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Australia to find out just how much prices vary from one market to another.
Possible New Hydrogen Storage Breakthrough Discovered For Future Hydrogen Powered Vehicles
Dec 5, 2007 - in News
Researchers at ESRF in France have developed a promising new way to store hydrogen gas chemically. The new form of an existing material carries 18% hydrogen by weight.
Holiday Buyer's Guide 2007 Part 4
Dec 4, 2007 - in Reviews
Feast your eyes on Part 4 of 6 parts in this latest Tom's Holiday Buyer's Guide, where our focus turns to interesting peripherals from Bluetooth headsets, to hard disks, graphics cards and more.
AMCC, Areca & LSI Serial RAID Controllers
Nov 30, 2007 - in Reviews
We test AMCC/3Ware, Areca and LSI Logic enterprise-grade RAID controllers for entry-level applications.
RAID Scaling Charts, Part 3: 4-128 kB Stripes Compared
Nov 27, 2007 - in Reviews
In the first two parts of this series, we looked at setups running RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5 and 6, with three to eight hard drives. In this final article, we analyze performance comparisons at different stripe sizes on RAID levels 0, 5 and 6.
Samsung Spinpoint F1 HDDs: New Winners?
Nov 21, 2007 - in Reviews
It arrived later than expected, but it is also better than expected. Check out Samsung's new hard drive family, the Spinpoint F1, which is poised to take the pole position. Is it fast enough to win?
Mtron SSD 32 GB: Performance with a Catch
Nov 21, 2007 - in Reviews
We predicted performance gains for Flash solid state drives. Mtron's 32 GB SSD proves that Flash drives can now beat the pants off mechanical hard drives, even though some rough edges still require smoothing.
TravelStar 7K200 and 5K250 Beat the Band
Nov 15, 2007 - in Reviews
While the storage market is in motion thanks to Flash SSDs and Hybrid HDDs, Hitachi's new top models show that there has also been great progress in the conventional 2.5" drive space.
HyperDrive 4 Redefines Solid State Storage
Nov 7, 2007 - in Reviews
SSD drives are coming, but RAM drives are the real thing for true enthusiasts. These things are super fast. We compare the new HyperOS RAM drive to SanDisk's SSD drive.