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ORICO unveils USB 3.0 to eSATA adapter, price won't break the bank

eSATA is one of those ports that has seemingly gone away. For those of you who still have an external enclosure that utilizes the eSATA connection, finding one on a laptop, or an open port on a desktop install one can be challenging. That's why ORICO has produced an adapter that converts USB 3.0 to an eSATA port.

 

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Stylish? Maybe. Useful? Definitely. The CT6539U3E by ORICO plugs into a USB 3.0 port or USB 2.0 port and provides an eSATA port. The eSATA port operates at a maximum host data-rate of 3Gb/s and draws the necessary power from the USB port that it is plugged into. The converter's host controller features activity LEDs to indicate when data is being transferred.

 

The adapter should also support AHCI in order for hot-swap capabilities to work properly. The price of the adapter is a reasonable $15, nothing that's going to break the bank. The price is certainly cheaper than buying a new external drive, as long as the current drive still has enough space for what you need.

NVELO show off their SSD caching software, with some impressive results

NVELO have opened their arms to The SSD Guy, who provided the site with some benchmark data comparing the company's Dataplex software's performance versus Intel's iSRT caching software that is getting baked into more and more Ultrabooks as they arrive.

 

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For those, like me, who aren't fully aware of this technology, they are both caching software that "automatically maintains "Hot" data within a low-capacity SSD while leaving "Cold" data on the system HDD. The end result is that the PC performs as if it boasts a large SSD when, in truth, it uses a standard HDD and a modest-sized SSD, giving SSD-like performance at HDD-like prices, with full HDD capacity."

 

The above chart was provided to The SSD Guy by NVELO, shows a few standard benchmarks run on three different systems. The first is an off-the-shelf HP Envy 4-103 Ultrabook using the iSRT-based write-back cache that it ships with (represented by the grey columns), the same system but adapted to use a write-around implementation of NVELO's Dataplex (shown in pale blue), and finally, the same system sporting Dataplex running in write-back mode (shown in dark blue).

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Intel to release SSD 335, SSD 525 series in 2013

Intel's plans for their solid-state drives (SSD) for 2013 are beginning to form, where we should see the release of the mainstream SSD 335 series, and the performance SSD 525 series getting released. Intel could also unleash their latest 20nm NAND flash memory technology onto some of these bad boys.

 

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Intel's 335 series will replace the 330 series in most aspects, and could sport a new NAND flash memory type, as mentioned above. Intel could tweak the performance of the drive, making it faster than the LSI-SandForce SF-2881-powered 330 series drive, if it had the right firmware and NAND flash combination. The 335 series looks to be receiving, at first, 80GB and 180GB sizes in Q1 2013. 2013 could mark the time when we see 180GB drives become "the new" 120GB size.

 

Intel's performance-minded SSD 525 series looks to arrive in 25nm NAND flash, why 25nm and not 20nm? We don't know. Intel most likely won't change from the SF-2281 controller that powers the current SSD 520 series, either. But, the herbs and spices that Intel could build into their firmware could change things up a bit. Intel's SSD 525 series will arrive in mSATA, as well as 2.5-inch form-factors, and will arrive in 30, 120, 180, and 240GB capacities.

TMS show off new 2.5GB/s, 900GB PCI Express SSD

Where's Vin Diesel? Because the fast, and the furious just arrived in the form of a new SSD from Texas Memory Systems (TMS). The company has announced the world's fastest PCI Express-connected, flash-powered solid-state drive, the RamSan-70.

 

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TMS' RamSan-70 uses 685GB of single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash parts, which only 450GB of usable. The rest is given to overprovisioning and RAID parity storage for reliability and performance purposes, as well as sporting a pretty decent PowerPC CPU.

 

TMS also claim that the RamSan-70 can reach an astounding 2,500MB/sec sustained read, with anywhere between 300K-1,200K read input/output operations per second (IOPS). This is all backed up with a write latency of 30 microseconds,with bandwidth being sustained through a PCI Express 2.0 x8 slot. Isn't that the hottest few lines of text you've ever heard regarding storage? I think so.

 

TMS also claims that the the RamSan-70 is the fastest flash-based SSD around, considering rivals OCZ with their RevoDrive 3 maxing out at just 1GB/sec read and 130k write IOPS. Comparing that to TMS' solution, it now feels slow.

 

But, the RamSan-70 is aimed mainly at the professional market, considering there's no cost yet, it could cost you an organ. But, can it run Crysis?

Seagate announces new range of external hard drives, for social media backups

Seagate Australia today announced their new range of external hard drives targeted to the consumer market. The new Backup Plus external hard drives come in both 2.5-inch (Portable/Slim) and 3.5-inch (Desktop) form factors with the same Universal Storage Module (USM) adopted in 2010 by Seagate. USM allows the user to switch between USB 3.0 (included), Firewire 800 (purchased separately) or Thunderbolt (also purchased separately) input connections with a modular connector attached to the hard drive. These USM connectors work interchangeably with the previous GoFlex line from Seagate.

 

A lot of people do not backup their data regularly, data that may hold a lot of value to us. According to Seagate's research on the average Australian's backup strategy; 69% do not regularly back up content from home computers and notebooks, 77% of consumers do not backup the data on their phones & tablets and a huge 93% of Australians do not backup their photos and videos from social media websites.

 

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The reasons behind these statistics are varied and explaining these reasons will probably call for another article. However, the biggest obstacle is probably the lack of knowledge from the public and also, the notion that backing up data is complicated to do...

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MSI's reflexes are great, doctor approves their entry into the SSD market with the MSI Reflex Series of SSD's

There were rumblings of this just days ago, but it appears that MSI are officially entering the solid-state drive (SSD) business. Enter MSI's Reflex Series of SSDs. Reflex will come in three sizes, 60GB, 120GB and 240GB with model numbers of RX-60, RX-120, and RX-240 for the respective sizes. MSI's Reflex Series of SSD's are based on the SandForce SF-2281 processor.

 

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All drives will be based on the SATA 6Gbps standard, with the RX-60 capable of 525MB/sec read, 495MB/sec write and 85k IOPS, the RX-120 is slightly faster with 550MB/sec and 515MB/sec for read/write, respectively, backed up by 90k IOPS. Finally, the RX-240 sports 560MB/sec and 525MB/sec for read/write, respectively, with the same 90k IOPS.

 

Unfortunately, no information is available regarding price, or availability. As soon as we get one of these bad boys into our labs you can be sure we'll put it through some testing.

OCZ nearly ready to unleash Indilinx Barefoot 3 SSD controller

It looks as though OCZ are hard at work on a new Indilinx controller, where according to CEO Ryan Peterson, the Barefoot 3 controller is currently in production over at TSMC. OCZ expects to offer sampling drives based on the Barefoot 3 controller by September.

 

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Peterson also revealed the progress on the new SSD controller during a conference call with financial analysts. There's not much information on the chip itself, but it reportedly sports a 32-bit, 400MHz "Aragon" processor, with a SSD-specific RISC instruction set. Peterson also said that the chip's "primary IT blocks" are licensed from a third-party.

 

OCZ expects these new Barefoot 3-powered SSDs to outperform their current offerings, obviously, with Peterson mentioning a "significant performance increase over [OCZ's] current products", but he didn't provide any numbers. We should expect Barefoot 3-powered SSDs from OCZ sometime before the end of Q3 2012.

Western Digital announces new range of Red hard drives aimed at the NAS market, coverage from their Aussie event

Western Digital Australia today announced their new range of hard drives at a media event in Sydney with a few of their NAS partners; Promise, QNAP & Synology. The WD Red NAS drives are the newest addition to the Western Digital hard drive family, specifically designed for SOHO and prosumers that utilise a 1-5 bay Network Attached Storage (NAS) in their network.

 

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All NAS vendors were approached to ensure that their products were compatible with the new WD Red NAS drives. Both ARM & Intel chipsets are supported.

 

Western Digital explains that the NAS market is the fastest growing market in hard drives. "People are purchasing diskless NAS systems and worry about which hard drives are compatible," said Albert Chang, Senior Product Marketing Manager for WD, "We want to make the perfect choice clear."...

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Toshiba's new AL13SE range of HDDs, up to 900GB at 10,500RPM

If you thought those current 600GB HDDs at 10,000RPM were good, Toshiba have just bettered them. Toshiba's new AL13SE range of HDDs come in sizes of 300GB, 450GB, 600GB and 900GB. All of them run at an insane 10,500RPM.

 

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The new drives promise a 32-percent increase in sustained transfer rates when compared to previous-generation drives. They also send and receive data through a 6Gbps SAS 2.0 connection. Toshiba have kept pricing under wraps at this point in time.

WD announce new WD Red NAS HDD range

Western Digital have just announced a fresh new series of HDDs, this time bound for Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices. Enter the WD Red NAS HDDs, designed specifically for SOHO NAS systems with one to five bays. WD have had the Red series of HDDs compatibility-tested with top NAS box manufacturers for power and performance, which is something that is perfect for NAS setups.

 

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WD's Red NAS drives come in 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB capacities, all in the 3.5-inch form factor. WD's Red line sports NASware technology, which is designed to improve reliability and system performance, reduce customer downtime and to simplify the integration process. WD's Red customers also get something special, free premium 24x7 dedicated support, and a three-year warranty.

 

Western Digital's Red line of HDDs is their fourth color to enter the market from the company, with the other colors being Black, Blue and Green. WD puts this down to the "Power of Choice", with their storage solutions clear and easy to identify. Blue for "solid performance and reliability for everyday computing", Green for "cool, quiet, eco-friendly", and then we have Black which features "maximum performance for power computing", and of course, Red for "home and small office NAS".

 

Pricing on the drives is not too bad, with MSRP for the 1TB, 2TB and 3TB being $109, $139 and $189, respectively.

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