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Deal of the Day: 1.5TB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex USB 2.0 External HDD for $79.99 w/FREE Shipping!

Our Deal of the Day is 1.5TB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex USB 2.0 External HDD for $79.99 w/FREE Shipping!

 

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Staples has the 1.5TB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex external USB 2.0 hard drive with 2 year warranty for $79.99 with FREE shipping until 6/16/12. Lights at the bottom front of the device show the remaining available capacity. They make relatively inexpensive accessories for this drive to turn it into USB 3.0 or FireWire 800 too.

 

1.5TB SEAGATE STAC1500100 FREEAGENT GOFLEX EXTERNAL USB 2.0 HARD DRIVE DEAL

 

Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

ADATA launches a colorful line of USB flash drives

ADATA often produces high quality products at bargain pricing. Today's announcement is no different. ADATA has launched a new line of USB flash drives which range in capacity from 4GB to 32GB and won't break the bank. USB drives have been coming down in price for a while now, but I often still don't see drives for sale for what the MSRP of the 32GB one is.

 

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The min selling feature for these drives is there color. They are available in navy blue, milk white, cotton candy pink, and caramel brown. These colors help to keep the drive fashionable. The flash drives are perfect for someone looking for a fashionable, high capacity USB thumb drive to take with them.

 

The drive is available in the US and Canada through selective retail channels. The MSRP for the various devices is as follows:

 

  • 4GB: $5.99
  • 8GB: $7.99
  • 16GB: $13.99
  • 32GB: $21.99

Intel changes its mind: Intel 520 Series SSD does not have AES 256-bit Encryption

Intel has decided that AES encryption feature of the 520 Series SSD (Cherryville) does not actually feature 256-bit encryption. It turns out that the SSD actually only supports 128-bit encryption, which should be plenty for most users. These details have come to light after Intel published an updated specification document for the series.

 

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Intel is doing the right thing and offering a refund for users who feel 128-bit isn't enough:

 

Intel stands behind its products and is committed to product quality, and is working to bring AES 256-bit encryption to future products. If, however, our customers are not satisfied with the 128-bit encryption in an Intel 520 Series SSD purchased before July 1, 2012, they can contact Intel customer support prior to October 1, 2012 to return their product and Intel is offering to provide a full refund of the purchase price. For further information or questions about this specification change, consumers should contact Intel Customer Support.

 

Intel asserts that 128-bit is enough for most consumers, and I have to agree. The bit number refers to the length of the key and 128-bit keys are pretty hard to crack. The longer the key, the longer it takes to crack due to a larger keyspace. 256-bit is only really needed for military and super secret applications. But then again, if you aren't careful with the password, a huge key doesn't matter.

World Exclusive: Biwin NuvoDrive NX SSD (NovaChips Bugatti controller) First Tests

Computex 2012 - Just moments ago, we brought you the world exclusive first looks of 19nm Toshiba Toggle Flash and 20nm IMFT ONFi2 Flash paired with the SandForce SF-2281 controller. The testing circumstances were not the best but good enough for a first look.

 

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Now we're running at the new Biwin NuvoDrive NX based on NovaChips upcoming Bugatti controller. At Computex the case was sealed up so we don't know what flash this drive is paired with but we do know once again C-States were turned on and the driver used on the systems was the baseline Microsoft default.

 

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Today we're looking at the 320GB drive but due to the system setup (X79, MS driver and C-States) we can't compare these numbers to anything...

Continue reading 'World Exclusive: Biwin NuvoDrive NX SSD (NovaChips Bugatti controller) First Tests' (full post)

World Exclusive: SandForce SSD benchmarks with IMFT 20nm ONFi2 Flash

Computex 2012 - Just moments ago we brought you the world exclusive first numbers of a SandForce SF-2281 controller paired with Toshiba's upcoming 19nm Toggle Mode flash. The system we tested on was provided by LSI and was NOT our normal test system optimized for solid state drive performance. We now have a little something to compare the 19nm test with and it is yet another world exclusive!

 

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SandForce had three drives at their suite of interest to us. The first being the 256GB 19nm Toshiba Toggle Mode product and the other two are 128GB IMFT drives. One drive equipped with 20nm Intel ONFi2 flash and the other with Micron 20nm ONFi2 flash. We've learning that IMFT is a little behind Toshiba in the development of their next generation flash and right now the focus is on ramping up endurance. The performance improvements will come after the endurance is increased.

 

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We're just going to run over the numbers with brief commentary. At the end we'll talk about what we're seeing.

Continue reading 'World Exclusive: SandForce SSD benchmarks with IMFT 20nm ONFi2 Flash' (full post)

World Exclusive: SandForce SSD benchmarks with Toshiba 19nm Toggle Mode Flash

Computex 2012 - Computex is starting to wrap up and we only have one day left to run the halls. So far I've only visited half of the companies I planned to, but all is not lost as we made a few changes to the schedule to bring you some really nice exclusive coverage.

 

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The first of our exclusive coverage comes from SandForce and what makes this particular SF-2281 controlled drive special is it's paired with Toshiba's upcoming 19nm Toggle Mode flash!

 

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We're just going to run over the numbers with brief commentary. At the end we'll talk about what we're seeing...

Continue reading 'World Exclusive: SandForce SSD benchmarks with Toshiba 19nm Toggle Mode Flash' (full post)

HighPoint shows its ready for Thunderbolt with shiny new Dual SATA 6G Dock

Computex 2012 - Today was our last day on the Computex 2012 show floor as tomorrow is public day and it just gets way too crowded, bur our sore legs can only take us so far at this stage of the week.

 

 

We stopped by the HighPoint booth where the obvious push for the storage company was with new Thunderbolt based products. The one product which caught my eye was the RocketStor 5212 which is a dual SATA 6G dock which of course features the speedy new Thunderbolt interface which is making its way on to new Intel Z77 Express based motherboards around this time.

 

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The RocketStor 5212 supports both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard drives and solid state drives. The docket is rather light in weight and features a glossy white plastic that looks quite nice. We don't have any details on pricing or availability yet, but are looking forward to getting a unit in for review sometime a little later this year.

Continue reading 'HighPoint shows its ready for Thunderbolt with shiny new Dual SATA 6G Dock' (full post)

Synology DS411slim, a 4-bay 2.5-inch NAS with a tiny footprint

Computex 2012 - A blink and you'll miss it NAS was in the Synology booth in the halls of Nangang yesterday, where we spotted Synology's DS411slim. The Synology DS411slim is a 4-bay, 2.5-inch HDD based network attached storage (NAS) device.

 

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The DS411slim can take 4 x 2.5-inch drives, and provide you with a great performing NAS that is tight on both physical space and power consumption. It sports a single-core 1.6GHz processor, 256MB of RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, and a single eSATA port. All of this weighs in at less than 0.66kg, yes, under 1kg! It's not noisy, either, with a rated noise level of just 21.1dBA.

 

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PROMISE Pegasus J4 is the world's first 4-bay 2.5-inch Thunderbolt Direct Attached storage system

Computex 2012 - We nearly walked past this, but then saw it just in time and boy does it look good. Promise's Pegasus J4 is a Thunderbolt-based storage solution on the smaller side of the scale. It sports 4 bays for 2.5-inch drives, supporting both HDDs and SSDs.

 

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It features 2 x Thunderbolt ports that can deliver speeds of up to 600MB/sec. The Pegasus J4 supports RAID0, RAID1 and JBOD. One of its outstanding features is the ability to daisy chain up with other Pegasus devices, where you can link up 6 of these beasts for up to 24TB of storage. I'll take 6, thanks.

Biwin NuvoDrive NX featuring NovaChips NVS3600A Bugatti controller on display

Computex 2012 - Biwin is also making news in the 2.5" form factor market with the new NuvoDrive NX SSD. This drive uses the fresh Novachips NVS3600A controller, AKA Bugati. Hopefully the Biwin NovaDrive has Bugatti performance and not a Bugatti price!

 

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This is an enterprise targeted product so all bets are off on the price. The designer of the controller has a history of producing solid SSD controllers, we can thank him for a large part of the Indilinx Barefoot design.

 

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The performance looks really good, at least with the benchmarks provided by Biwin. We've very excited to benchmark this drive in the coming weeks... or maybe hours.

 

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Stay tuned.

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