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Synology Diskstation DS416j NAS Review

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Seagate Enterprise Capacity 8TB HDD Review

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Kingston DataTraveler 4000 G2 64GB Encrypted USB Drive Review

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Storage / Hard Drives News (499)

Kingston Announces 256GB microSDXC Card

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: November 1, 2016 02:24PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Kingston has announced the addition of a microSDXC card with 256GB capacity to its line of Class 10 UHS-I cards. The increased capacity will give users the ability to store up to 64,000 12MP images or 976 minutes of 1080p video at 30 frames per second. The Class 10 cards are popular in applications including smartphones, tablets, and action cameras and offer reduced buffering times when compared to Class 4 cards. The cards are also waterproof, temperature proof, shock and vibration proof, and X-ray proof making them the perfect choice for a variety of operating environments. Flash memory business manager Annette Chan described the increased capacity offering, stating "As image quality and 4K content continues to rise, we strive to push storage densities higher to match our customers’ needs for larger capacity and stable products."

Source: Press Release



Kingston Announces Two Encrypted Flash Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: October 10, 2016 01:05PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Kingston has announced a pair of new encrypted flash drives with the IronKey D300 and D300 Managed edition. The drives use 256-bit AES encryption in XTS mode that has been FIPS 140-3 Level 3 certified. The zinc enclosure is waterproof to four feet and includes an epoxy seal to make it clear when the drive has been tampered with. The drives require a complex password protocol that will reformat the drive after 10 incorrect password attempts. Digitally signed firmware helps to protect against the BadUSB malware. Kingston flash business manager Ken Campbell described the new drives, stating "We leveraged Kingston’s history of delivering high-quality Flash memory products with IronKey’s trusted reputation in the encrypted storage industry to create a strong, reliable USB Flash drive that will last for years to come." DataLocker CEO Jay Kim added "The IronKey D300 and D300 Managed Encrypted USB Flash Drives are two more tools that allow us to safeguard our customers' sensitive data with the most advanced level of security." The drives will be available in capacities ranging from 4GB to 128GB.

Source: Press Release



Toshiba Announces OCZ TL100 SSD Series

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: September 28, 2016 03:02PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Toshiba has announced the addition of a new line of solid state drives to the OCZ brand, the OCZ TL100. The drive was designed with entry level users that are looking for "an affordable upgrade solution" in mind. It utilizes Toshiba TLC NAND to provide sequential read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 530MB/s, respectively, and up to 85,000 IOPS. VP of Marketing Alex Mei described the TL100 stating, "The Toshiba OCZ TL100 SATA SSD series demonstrates that “value” doesn’t have to mean end-users need to sacrifice performance or quality. As an affordable upgrade option for home and office users, the TL100 series makes SSD performance and responsiveness more accessible to a wider audience." The TL100 is available in capacities from 120GB to 240GB.

Source: Press Release



Samsung Announces Two M.2 SSDs

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: September 21, 2016 03:15PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Samsung has added to its V-NAND M.2 SSD lineup with two non-volatile memory express (NVMe) drives. The 960 Pro will be available in capacities of 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB and offers read and write speeds up to 3,500MB/s and 2,100MB/s, respectively. The 960 Evo has capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB with read and write speeds up to 3,200MB/s and 1,800MB/s, respectively. Pricing will start at $330 for the 512GB 960 Pro and $130 for the 250GB 960 Evo.

Source: ZDNet



SanDisk Shows Off Prototype 1TB SD Card

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: September 20, 2016 03:01PM
Author: Nick Harezga

SanDisk used the Photokina event in Cologne, Germany this year to show off a 1TB SDXC card prototype, two years after announcing a 512GB model at the same show. The card won't be available any time soon, but it shows that card capacities still have some room to grow. Dinesh Bahal, VP of product management for the Content Solutions Business Unit at Western Digital, talked about how far the company has come since the first 64MB card released 16 years ago stating, "The SanDisk 1TB SD card prototype represents another significant achievement as growth of high-resolution content and capacity-intensive applications such as virtual reality, video surveillance and 360 video, are progressing at astounding rates."

Source: SanDisk



New OCZ SSD Series Announced by Toshiba

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: September 13, 2016 12:11PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you are looking to build a new computer or upgrade a current one with SSDs in place of traditional hard drives, a new option has been announced by Toshiba under the OCZ brand. The new OCZ VX500 SSD series is meant to handle the amount of writing some of us put our drives through, as part of content creation or revolving storage, with endurance ratings of 74 to 592 Terabytes Written (TBW). At 592 TBW, that is more than three times the endurance of leading TLC SSDs. Of course these drives also need to be fast to satisfy some of us and they will feature read and write speeds of up to 550 MB/s and 515 MB/s, respectively.

The series will off four drive capacities from 128 GB to 1024 GB and will be backed by a 5-year warranty.

Source: Toshiba-OCZ



Thermaltake Announces Max SATA HDD Rack Series

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: August 17, 2016 03:07PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Thermaltake has announced its latest case accessory, the Max SATA HDD Rack Series, featuring four models of 5.25" bay mountable hard drive enclosures. The Max 2504 and 2506 occupy a single 5.25" bay and can hold four or six 2.5" hard drives, respectively. The Max 3503 and 3504 can hold three or four 2.5" or 3.5" hard drives, respectively, in the space of two 5.25" bays. All four units feature hot swappable drive trays, security locks, ventilation holes, and an active cooling fan.

Source: Press Release




8TB Hard Drives Great for Reliability and Storage Density

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: August 3, 2016 02:23PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Backblaze is a cloud backup and storage service that has made a name for itself with custom designed storage enclosures and releases quarterly reports on the hard drives used in its systems. The latest report gives high regards to the reliability of 8TB hard drives from both Hitachi and Seagate. Backblaze started to convert to 8TB drives with 45 Hitachi drives to improve storage density and later added 2,700 Seagate drives to the mix. The Hitachi drives have an annualized failure rate of 3.2% while the Seagate drives were at 3.3%. This measure is calculated by counting the number of days a drive was installed in a system at the time of failure. The majority of the drives used by Backblaze remain a 4TB Seagate drive with a failure rate of 2.7% over 34,693 drives.

Source: Yahoo



Samsung Announces First UFS Flash Cards

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: July 7, 2016 03:02PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Samsung has announced its first flash cards based on the Universal Flash Storage 1.0 Card Extension standard, a standard that offers a significant speed improvement over micro-SD. Samsung claims that the new cards will be able to transfer a 5GB file in about 10 seconds while micro-SD takes about 50 seconds for the same amount of data. The UFS standard could see wide adoption in the future due to the increased speed and increased amount of data due to HD media, but it is not currently able to match the capacity of micro-SD cards. Samsung will release cards with capacities between 32GB and 256GB while micro-SD can reach 512GB. Another bump in the road for UFS adoption is the fact that current devices do not have the proper ports to accommodate the new cards.

Source: Computerworld



Neutron Series XTi SSDs Announced by Corsair

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: June 8, 2016 08:12AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Corsair has announced a new set of SSDs, the Neutron Series XTi, today and they feature a quad-core Phison controller and capacities from 240 GB to the impressive 1920 GB. The 240 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB drives are available immediately while the gigantic 1920 GB drive will be coming in the near future.

By using the quad-core Phison controller, the Series XTi drivers can reach read speeds of 560 MB/s and sequential write speeds of 540 MB/s, as well as 4 KB random reading of 100,000 IOPS, and 4K random write of up to 90,000 IOPS. An expanded cache helps ensure consistent performance, while end-to-end data path protection prevents data from being corrupted between the controller and the NAND gate. SmartFlush and GuaranteedFlush technologies will also protect your data in the event of power loss.

The Neutron Series XTi 240 GB has an MSRP of $89.99, the 480 GB is at $159.99, and the 960 GB is at $329.99. The 1920 GB does not have a price yet. All of these drives come with a five-year warranty.

Source: Press Release




Patriot Launches Viper DDR4 SODIMM RAM and Spark SSD

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: May 31, 2016 03:20PM
Author: bp9801

Computex keeps rolling along, with plenty of new gear being shown off. Patriot, one of the leaders in all things memory related, has two new products to cover you. The Viper DDR4 SODIMM is ideal for those with new gaming laptops or small form factor systems, while the Spark SSD can provide a speed boost to any system. The Viper DDR4 SODIMM comes in 8GB and 16GB capacities as individual sticks, or either a 16GB (2x8GB) or 32GB (2x16GB) kit available for those needing multiple sticks. Speeds range from 2400MHz to 2800MHz, giving gamers faster load times and the ability to do more with the high capacities. Each stick features a heat shield to keep things cool, especially in the tight confines of a laptop or small form factor case. An XMP 2.0 profile ensures maximum compatibilty from the moment you drop in the Viper DDR4 SODIMM sticks, so get out there and game on.

If speedy storage is what you're after, the Spark SSD has you covered. Available in capacities of 128, 256, and 512GB, the Spark SSD reaches maximum read speeds of 555MB/s and write speeds of 500MB/s. Powered by a Phison S11 controller and TLC NAND flash, Patriot designed this SSD to offer the best options in terms of speed, storage, and affordability. It might be an entry-level drive, but you're getting performance far above that without having to break the bank.

The Patriot Viper DDR4 SODIMM kits are available starting June 10, with an 8GB stick of 2400MHz RAM setting you back just $34.99. Prices go up to $169.99 for a 32GB kit at 2800MHz. The Patriot Spark SSD comes out in the third quarter of this year, with the 128GB model priced at $34.99, the 256GB at $56.99, and the 512GB at just $104.99.

Sources: Press Release




Toshiba Announces OCZ RD400 Series of NVMe SSDs

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: May 24, 2016 10:56AM
Author: bp9801


Storage technology keeps on changing every day it seems, with faster speeds and smaller sizes launching all the time. Toshiba has something new for us, with its OCZ RD400 NVMe PCIe SSD offering improved bandwidth and speed to desktop and notebook users alike. The RD400 makes use of the PCIe 3.0 x4 slot for some insane speeds, with 2,600MB/s read and 1,600MB/s write speeds, and 210,000 / 140,000 read/write IOPS. Those are about four and a half times faster than SATA SSDs, meaning the RD400 is a fine option for speed demons. The RD400 offers those speeds in either the PCIe adapter or in its M.2 2280 form factor, so you can take advantage of it in desktops or notebooks with or without the M.2 slot. Each RD400 SSD uses 15nm Toshiba MLC NAND flash, offering up to 592TB of data written to it.

The Toshiba OCZ RD400 NVMe PCIe SSD comes in 128, 256, 512GB, and 1TB capacities. Pricing comes in at $110 for the 128GB, $170 for the 256GB, $310 for the 512GB, and $740 for the 1TB, with the PCIe adaper versions adding $20 to each capacity. Each one comes with a five-year warranty. No release date was given other than soon, so keep an eye on your (r)etailer of choice.

Source: Press Release and PC Gamer



EVO Plus 256GB microSD Card Announced by Samsung

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: May 11, 2016 06:01AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Samsung has officially announced the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card, which happens to be the largest card in its class. The 256GB version of the EVO Plus offers consumers with the ability to store up to 12 hours of 4K UHD video or 33 hours of Full HD video, enabling content creators to focus more on the experience at hand and less on storage concerns. Samsung has ensured that its latest microSD card has excellent performance, as it offers read and write speeds of up to 95MB per second and 90MB per second, respectively, thanks to the incorporation of the company's V-NAND technology. Un-Soo Kim, the Senior Vice President of Brand Product Marketing and Memory Business at Samsung Electronic, noted that “With the upward trend of consumers using high-performance, high-capacity mobile devices, our new, V-NAND-based 256GB microSD card solution allows us to deliver the memory card consumers have been craving.”

The Samsung EVO Plus 256GB microSD card boasts a 10-year limited warranty and is expected to be released in more than 50 countries sometime in June of this year. Geared towards individuals who desire the best expandable memory storage for applications such as high-resolution photography, 4K video recording, 360-degree video recording, and more, the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card from Samsung features an MSRP of $249.99.

Source: TechPowerUp



Kingston Announces Industrial Temperature microSD Card

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: April 20, 2016 02:20PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Kingston has announced a new microSD card, the Industrial Temperature, which as the name suggests was designed to withstand a wide range of temperatures. The card is rated for operation and storage from -40°C to 85°C and is also waterproof, shock/vibration proof, and X-ray proof, certified by IEC, MIL-STD, and ISO standards. The cards are UHS-I Class 10 with read and write speeds up to 90MB/s and 45MB/s, respectively. The Industrial Temperature cards will be available in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

Source: Press Release



Kingston Announces Two Encrypted Flash Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: April 12, 2016 03:32PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Kingston has added a pair of hardware encrypted USB flash drives to its lineup with the DataTraveler 4000G2 with Management (DT4000G2DM) and DataTraveler Vault Privacy 3.0 with Management (DTVP30DM). The drives can be managed with SafeConsole or DataLocker and meet the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) guidelines, allowing them to "ensure maximum corporate and personal data security." The drives are protected by 256-bit AES encryption and the DT4000G2DM is FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated while the DTVP30DM is FIPS 197 certified. Through the use of SafeConsole, users will have access to "secure resetting of forgotten passwords, activation of full audit trails, geolocation and geofencing to ensure cross-border compliance, automatic inventory, and a “remote kill” feature in the event of device loss." Flash business manager Ken Campbell described the continued focus on security for business and personal customers, stating "Our latest encrypted managed USB drives, the recent IronKey acquisition and growing DataLocker partnership all demonstrates Kingston’s commitment to providing the most secure and largest family of encrypted USB solutions on the market." The drives will be available in capacities of 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

Source: Press Release



Patriot Announces 200GB microSDXC Card

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: March 15, 2016 03:03PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Patriot has announced a pair of 200GB flash memory cards in the microSDXC form factor, the LX Series and Instamobile. Described as a "natural evolution fueled by the ever growing and dynamic storage needs of today’s mobile device users," the cards can store up to 18 hours of 1080p HD video or 36,000 3MB photos. Following the Class 10 UHS-1 standard, the new cards can achieve read and write speeds up to 90MB/s and 40MB/s, respectively. The cards are compatible with several types of mobile devices including Android phones and tablets and GoPro cameras. Flash Memory Product Manager Meng J. Choo described the new cards, stating "With the upcoming launch of the Samsung Galaxy S®7 and the continued development of more sophisticated mobile devices, the demand for large amounts of storage has never been greater. With the addition of the 200GB LX Series and Instamobile microSDXC cards, Patriot is fulfilling that demand with the best value for performance in the market."

Source: Press Release



Seagate Unveils Fastest Ever SSD at 10GB/s

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: March 8, 2016 09:18AM
Author: bp9801

Solid state drives keep trying to reach new speeds, but right now, Seagate has taken the cake in that regard. The storage giant has showcased a production-ready model of its fastest-ever SSD, which features a throughput of 10GB/s. It also meets Open Compute Project (OCP) specfiications, which is perfect for hyperscale data centers requiring the fastest SSDs and sustainable standards. The 10GB/s speed of the new SSD is more than 4GB/s faster than other models, and it works with any system that supports Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe). NVMe was developed in part by Seagate to replace SATA and eliminate bottlenecks, so it's no surprise that Seagate has acheived these speeds. The 10GB/s SSD accomodates 16-lane PCIe slots, which helps give it that fast throughput. Seagate is also working on an eight-lane PCIe SSD, which only tops out at 6.7GB/s, but still puts it as the fastest eight-lane PCIe SSD around. The 10GB/s SSD is perfect for companies where speed and/or processing data for object storage are the most important factors, while the 6.7GB/s model is great for those that need speed yet are constrained by cost or power requirements.

Seagate plans to show off the 10GB/s and 6.7GB/s SSDs later this week during the Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose, California. A launch date for these SSDs is expected later this summer.

Source: Press Release



1TB M.2 SSD Released by Transcend

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: February 28, 2016 03:38PM
Author: Brentt Moore


Transcend, a leading manufacturer of storage and multimedia products, has officially announced availability of a 1TB M.2 SSD that falls within the company's MTS800 product lineup. The MTS800 SSD from Transcend, which comes in a 2280 form factor and is available in capacities ranging from 32GB to 1TB, allows manufacturers to provide consumers with ultra-thin devices that feature high-quality MLC NAND flash that provides excellent stability and speed. The MTS800 M.2 SSD successfully delivers read and write speeds of up to 560MB per second and 460MB per second, respectively. All of the capacities of the MTS800 SSD offer excellent features, such as Error Correction Code, Global Wear-leveling, Advanced Garbage Collection, and Device Sleep mode. The MTS series from Transcend also features support for Intel Smart Response Technology, which allows the SSD to be used as a cache between a HDD and the computer system, thereby improving overall efficiency.

All of the MTS series storage drives from Transcend, to include the 1TB version of the MTS800, are backed with a three-year limited warranty.

Source: TechPowerUp



Sony Announces SLW-M Series SSD

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: February 9, 2016 08:19AM
Author: Leo Ohayon

Sony-Asia has announced its first solid state drives that will sell in retail. The Asia-based company is being careful and testing its regional market with only two models of its SSD, a 240 GB and a 480 GB version. Sony’s SLW-M SSDs come in the standard 2.5 inch form factor and use a SATA-6 Gbps interface. The drives are said to be capable of up to 560 MB/s sequential read speed and up to 530 MB/s sequential write speed. As a bonus for the customer, the drives come with Acronis True Image 2015 and Sony SSD ToolBox pre-loaded to help users manage and back up their data. The SLW-M SSDs feature a Phison PS3110-S10 controller and a buffer of 128 MB DDR3 made by Nanya. These specifications are very promising for Sony, and its choice of hardware indicates it is trying to compete with the more affordable SSDs on the market, like the OCZ Trion 100 series and the Kingston HyperX Savage.

Source: Anandtech



OCZ Announces Trion 150 Solid State Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: February 3, 2016 04:02PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Toshiba has added the Trion 150 series of SSDs to the OCZ brand, described as "an affordable performance upgrade for mainstream notebooks and desktops." The drives have read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 530MB/s, respectively, and 91,000 Input/Output Operations per Second. Storage capacities of 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB will be available with the drives rated for drive endurance of 240TB total bytes written. Vice President and GM of SSD BU at Toshiba America Steve Fingerhut, Sr. described the drives stating, "We are continually looking for ways to improve both SSD real world performance and value to end users and are pleased to introduce the new Trion 150 series which leverages the latest Toshiba 15nm Triple-Level Cell NAND flash to deliver an even better storage solution for value oriented mobile and desktop users."

Source: Press Release



Synology Announces DiskStation DS416j

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 7, 2016 04:20PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Synology has announced the DiskStation DS416j, a four-bay network attached storage (NAS) server "designed for home and personal use to manage data and enjoy multimedia." The budget friendly NAS allows users to stream and view content on a variety of platforms including computers, tablets, projectors, and smartphones. The DS416j runs the DiskStation Manager OS and is powered by a dual-core CPU, providing read and write speeds up to 112MB/s and 101MB/s, respectively. An included floating-point unit boosts the systems computational power and allows for a 37% increase over the previous model. A USB 3.0 port is included for high speed transfers to or from external hard drives. Synology product manager Jason Fan described the NAS stating, "The 4-bay DS416j comes with rich applications and large storage capacity, letting users enjoy cloud synchronization and multimedia streaming at a competitive price."

Source: Press Release




Kingston Announces KC400 SSD for Enterprise Environments

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 7, 2016 07:17AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Kingston Digital, the flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, has officially announced the latest addition to its SSDNow family, the KC400 SSD. The latest product from Kingston offers consistent performance for a wealth of enterprise applications, allowing customers to experience the true value that the drive provides. The KC400 from Kingston makes use of an advanced Phison PS3110-S10 eight-channel controller and quad-core processor, and also includes technologies such as SmartECC and SmartRefresh, which assist in guarding data and protecting again read errors., respectively.

The Kingston KC400, which comes in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities, features a 2.5-inch form factor, an average power consumption of just 0.335 watts, and a MTBF of 1 million hours. The KC400 includes a limited five-year warranty and free technology support from Kingston.

Source: Press Release



Kingston Announces Encrypted USB Drive

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 6, 2016 03:50PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The latest addition to the Kingston DataTraveler series is the DataTraveler 2000, a USB drive built with high security in mind. The drive uses hardware based encryption through the AES 256-bit algorithm with an alphanumeric keypad built-in to provide access to the drive. It is "designed for global security IT professionals, small-to-medium businesses and corporate end users who require electronic data protection." All encryption is done on the drive, removing the need for any special drivers and making it Operating System agnostic. The drive is automatically locked when removed from your system and the encryption key and password are deleted upon 10 unsuccessful login attempts. Flash business manager Ken Campbell described it as the "perfect option to deploy in the workforce where a uniform encrypted data storage solution that works on many different OS’ are in use." The DataTraveler 2000 will be available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

Source: Press Release



Patriot Announces New Viper and Mega USB Drives and SSD Enclosure

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 6, 2016 09:53AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Patriot has announced two new USB drives, the Viper USB and Mega USB. Both are USB 3.1 Gen 1 compliant, with backwards compatibility for USB 2.0. The Viper features a red and black aesthetic with a swinging protector for the connector, so you do not have to worry about losing a cap. It will come in 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB capacities for $34.99, $54.99, and $94.99 respectively, when it launches later this quarter.

The Supersonic Mega USB has been designed to offer the performance of the high end Magnum drives, but at a more affordable price. These drives will be able to reach 380 MB/s read and 70 MB/s write speeds, so you can access the 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB of storage very quickly. It will be available on January 18 for $49.99, $89.99, and $229.99, depending on the storage capacity. The Supersonic Magnum 2 drive has also been announced, and it will feature speeds of up to 400 MB/s read and 300 MB/s write, making it among the fastest high capacity USB flash drives available.

For those looking for something a little different, Patriot is also releasing the Gauntlet 4 SSD enclosure. It is able to accept any standard 2.5 in SATA drive, both SSD and HDD, and uses the USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard for to provide high speeds and does not require any additional power. It will ship with two connectors so you can connect its microB port to a computer via a Type-A or Type-C port. The Gauntlet 4 launches at the end of Q1 with an MSRP of $39.99.

Source: Patriot and Press Release




Seagate Launches the Backup Plus Ultra Slim 2TB Mobile Hard Drive

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 5, 2016 10:36AM
Author: bp9801


Seagate has long been known for its hard drives, and with CES this week, it has a new model to introduce. The new hard drive is the Backup Plus Ultra Slim, the world's thinnest 2TB mobile hard drive. It builds on the success of Seagate's Backup Plus Slim line, but drops the height to 9.6mm, making it 50% thinner than other 2TB drives on the market. This means the Backup Plus Ultra Slim can hold over 500,000 songs, 320,000 photos, or 240 hours of HD video, or any combination of those and more, giving you access to a ton of content on the road. It also features 200GB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage (for two years) and Lyve software compatibility, letting you backup and share data from any device or location. The exterior of this portable hard drive comes in either a gold or platinum finish, helping it match your phone, tablet, or laptop.

The Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 2TB mobile hard drive will be available soon, although no exact release date or price was given at this time. The Backup Plus Slim 2TB drive is priced around $130, so expect something similar for the Backup Plus Ultra Slim.

Source: Press Release



Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD and Hellfire PCIe AIC Released by Patriot

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: January 5, 2016 06:44AM
Author: Brentt Moore

The Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD and the Hellfire PCIe AIC are the latest solid-state drive offerings from Patriot, which happens to be a leading manufacturer of various products such as SSDs, computer memory, flash storage solutions, mobile accessories, and gaming peripherals. The Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD is an excellent storage solution for content creators, gamers, and PC enthusiasts, as it features a Gen 3 x 4 interface, NVMe 1.2 compliance, MLC NAND, and read and write speeds of 2,500MB per second and 600MB per second, respectively. The Hellfire PCIe AIC is Patriot's premium performance drive, and while it also features a Gen 3 x 4 interface and MLC NAND, it differs in offering insane read and write speeds of up to 3,000MB per second and up to 2,200MB per second, respectively. Both the Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD and the Hellfire PCIe AIC utilize a Phison 5007 controller.

The Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD and the Hellfire PCIe AIC will come in 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB variants, with the former shipping in a M.2 2280 form factor. The Hellfire drives from Patriot are expected to be available for purchase during the first quarter of this year.

Source: Press Release



Patriot Adds Multiple 128GB Flash Drives

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: December 1, 2015 03:30PM
Author: Nick Harezga


Patriot has announced the addition of 128GB flash drives to multiple lines of its lifestyle USB flash drives. Flash Product Manager Meng J. Choo described the move stating, "With the growing need for more storage, Patriot is excited to expand the storage capacities of our most popular lifestyle lines. These new capacities make it possible to carry even the largest HD videos in your pocket, or easily expand the storage on your current device or platform." The new drives will be coming to the Tab, Vex, Spark, and Supersonic mini lines with USB 3.1 Gen 1, 3.0, and 2.0 compatibility, reaching speeds up to 110MB/s read and 20MB/s write. The drives will be available starting December 14 at an MSRP starting at $49.99.

Source: Press Release




OCZ Releases Upcoming Thanksgiving and Black Friday Deals

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: November 23, 2015 06:04AM
Author: Brentt Moore

OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company that provides consumer and enterprise markets with high performance and reliable flash-based hardware and software storage solutions, has revealed some upcoming Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals. The pricing of components by OCZ is definitely meant to spur consumer spending, with the company utilizing Amazon and Newegg for its promotions. At Amazon, the Vector 180 240GB SSD will be $69.99 from November 23 through December 1, while the 960GB version will be priced at just $259.99 during the same time frame. Amazon will also feature the Trion 120GB and 240GB SSDs priced at $34.99 and $54.99, respectively, from November 23 through December 1. Newegg deals feature a more limited window of purchasing opportunity, with the ARC 100 120GB SSD available during November 27 through November 30 at a price point of $39.99, and the Trion 100 480GB SSD available for $119.99 from November 25 to November 29. The ARC 100 480GB SSD will also be on sale at Newegg for a 24 hour period beginning on November 26, with the storage product costing $129.99.

Source: Press Release



BX200 SSD Released by Crucial

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: November 3, 2015 05:47PM
Author: Brentt Moore


Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, has officially released the BX200 SSD, which is the company’s latest entry into the crowded SSD market. The BX200 features a Silicon Motion SM2256 Controller that is coupled with Micron verified firmware, which ensures ultimate reliability and affordability. The drive offers read speeds of up to 540MB per second as well as write speeds of up to 490MB per second, which taken as a whole is roughly 13 times faster than a traditional hard drive. Energy efficiency is also impressive when compared to a traditional hard drive, as the BX200 SSD is approximately 40 times more efficient, allowing for a cooler and quitter system. Jonathan Weech, the Senior Worldwide Product Manager at Crucial, noted that "The new Crucial BX200 SSD is an ideal solution for consumers whose computers are slowed down by an old or inadequate hard drive."

The BX200 only comes in a 2.5-inch form factor but features capacities that include 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. The drive comes with Acronis True Image HD data migration software, a limited three-year warranty, and support for the Crucial Storage Executive tool.

Source: TechPowerUp



SSDNow UV300 Line of SSDs Unveiled by Kingston

Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Posted: October 29, 2015 03:00PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Kingston, which offers consumers, businesses, enterprises, and system builders with reliable SD cards, SSDs, memory modules, and USB flash drives, has unveiled its SSDNow UV300 line of mainstream SSDs. The SSDNow UV300 series by Kingston boasts TLC NAND flash memory, a Phison S10 class processor, and sequential read speeds of up to 550MB per second along with sequential write speeds of up to 510MB per second. The latest product lineup from Kingston, which utilizes the 5mm thick, 2.5-inch form-factor, is offered in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities with endurance of TBW rated at 64TB, 128TB, and 256TB, respectively. The 120GB and 240GB variants of the SSDNow UV300 line boasts 4K random access speeds of 85,000 IOPS, while the 480GB variant offers 75,000 IOPS.

Pricing of the SSDNow UV300 line of mainstream SSDs was not immediately revealed by Kingston.

Source: TechPowerUp



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