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Seagate release their wireless storage devices for $130

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 5, 2015 5:57 am

Available in five colors and coming sometime early this February, Seagate's new wireless 500GB external drive series will set you back only $130 on release.




If you're looking for a handy storage and backup solution, without the need for plugging in various mobile and laptop devices, this kind of storage solution may suit you perfectly. However, to keep the costs down Seagate have had to cut some corners.


Without focusing too much on the negative, if you're looking to use the wired feature on this device only a USB 2.0 option is available - something that's pretty disappointing in today's age of technology, but understandable in order to keep the costs low.

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WD shows world's fastest 4TB hybrid SATAe HDD at Storage Visions 2015

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 4, 2015 2:58 pm

Storage Visions 2015 - WD has a new 4TB HDD that works in tandem with an integrated SSD with up to 128GB of capacity. The new drive connects via the new SATA Express (SATAe) connection, which communicates over the PCIe bus. This is accomplished with a new cable that plugs into a special port embedded on the motherboard. SATAe has been in the works for several years, and new products are just now coming to market that can utilize the blazing speed of the connection. WD's implantation comes as two separate drives merged into one, which allows users to either use a caching setup or install the operating system directly to the SSD, and use the HDD as storage. Another key point is that the ASRock and GIGABYTE systems on display have the integrated connectors. This signals that major motherboard manufacturers are already leveraging the new technology.




The Prototype version of the drive comes in 4TB and features 128GB of JMicron flash. It communicates via the PCIe Gen 2 x2 connection. There is no external RefClock cable needed, which is a big improvement over the early versions of SATAe drives.




There is also a Prototype II version. We were able to obtain the spy pics, but have no further information on the difference between the two drives. We will follow up with more details later in the day.




The Prototype II version was on display in a RAID configuration.




Here we can see the new larger SATAe connector and cabling on the left.

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Seagate unveils Personal Cloud storage in multiple-terabyte configs

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 4, 2015 10:03 am

Storage company Seagate has unveiled the Seagate Personal Cloud and Seagate Personal Cloud 2-Bay storage solutions for consumers to be able to enjoy content at home, in the office, and via mobile devices. The drives also can be used as central backup for PCs, Apple OS X machines, USB flash drives, Apple iOS, and Google Android mobile devices.




The storage solutions can stream to the Sony PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox 360 or Xbox One, and other DLNA-based devices. It'll be possible to auto-backup to Amazon S3, DropBox, Google Drive, Box, Baidu, HiDrive and Yandex.Disk, according to Seagate.


The Seagate Personal Cloud will begin shipping later this month, with 3TB, 4TB, and 5TB storage capacities available. The Seagate Personal Cloud 2-Bay will launch with 4TB, 6TB and 8TB capacities. Pricing details weren't made available.

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Kogan rocks the market again with a $129 AU self-branded 256 GB SSD

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 1, 2015 12:39 pm

We've covered this Australian giant online retailer in the recent past, showing off their $329 windows 8.1-Based Laptop and explaining how Kogan's self-branded technology components are quite often listed well-below or placed around the lowest priced offerings on the market at any given time.




With an apparent 668 views today alone, Kogan's new 256GB SSD is no different. Boasting a maximum sequential read rate of 460 Mb/s and a maximum sequential write rate of 320 Mb/s, this new offering is said to utilize Intel's NAND flash technology.


Comparing the retail listing with other similar devices in the local Australian market, you can see that the Kogan SSD is very well priced. When looking at other 256GB SSD's, it's noted that you can pick yourself up a Crucial MX100 256GB SSD for $139 AU - which offers sequential read speeds of up to 550MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 300MB/s. If you're looking for higher specifications and higher pricing, you can expect to fork out $219 AU for one of Samsung's 850 Pro Series 256GB SSDs - offering sequential read speeds of up to 550MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 520MB/s.

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Plextor M6e Black Edition Pictured? We go fishing on

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 31, 2014 3:00 pm

CES 2015: CES is just a week away and we all know what that means, consumer electronics and computer hardware announcements daily. One product we expect to hear about we've already tracked down thanks to someone administering one of Plextor's websites.




This was our initial lead of a new half height, half length (HHHL) PCIe SSD coming from Plextor soon. At first we weren't too sure what it means other than an unannounced 'M6e BK' model coming soon. Like the Nissan Skyline and amazing Mercedes AMG automobiles, Plextor is prepping a Black Edition of the M6e PCIe SSD released in 2014.

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Experts claim SSD's to out-price HDD's in 2016 and beyond

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 27, 2014 9:44 am

According to a publication by Wikibon, "Flash will become a lower cost media than disk for almost all storage in 2016." This will mark a new era in today's digital age - seeing faster storage capacities become mainstream.




Do you remember when you first installed your SSD? Something under 25 seconds to completely re-boot your system was simply unheard of in HDD-only days, seeing you often click that restart button and adventure out to the kitchen to grab a drink or a snack. Well now according to Wikibon, we're only a couple of years off seeing flash memory price-match or even become cheaper than hard disk technology for always-on enterprise applications.


The main limitation of flash memory in this day and age is the price per GB on offer. For sub-$100 you can now easily purchase a 2TB data drive to store all of your photos, home videos and various backup data - this is compared to a hefty price tag of $3,301 for a comparable SSD offering from SanDisk.

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Seagate will be releasing a 10TB HDD next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 23, 2014 3:31 am

Seagate has teased that it is working on a 10TB HDD for release next year, revealing the news that it will be using shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology to get the 10TB HDD into the market in 2015.




The company also hopes to use heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology going into the future, after it uses SMR for its 10TB HDD. The storage giant revealed the massive news with Akiba PC Hotline during its latest interview, stating that it's possible to hide some of SMR's drawbacks by installing large DRAM caches on the HDD. Unfortunately, the upcoming 10TB HDD is not going to break speed records, with the SMR technology - and other factors - holding it back.


We can expect Seagate's upcoming 10TB drive will feature six 1.66TB SMR platters when it launches sometime next year.

Angelbird SSD wrk upgraded to 1TB, continued TRIM support for Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 17, 2014 4:13 pm

Apple's draconian move to disable TRIM software support in the latest versions of OS X has left only one third-party SSD manufacturer that supports TRIM. Angelbird natively supports TRIM in OS X, a feat others haven't been able to accomplish without TRIM Enabler software. Apple removing TRIM Enabler compatibility has forced users to expose their system to malware by disabling key security features, or to simply not use TRIM with their third-party SSDs. Other third-party SSD manufacturers rely upon garbage collection in lieu of TRIM, but as any enthusiast with rudimentary knowledge can explain, garbage collection doesn't keep performance as snappy as a TRIM-enabled system.




Angelbird's wrk SSD now comes in capacities up to 1TB. The wrk utilizes an SMI 2246EN controller, and the case is made of a matte-black anodized aluminum. Sequential read/write speeds weigh in at 564/456 MB/s, respectively. The SSD also tops out at 72,000 random read IOPS. The 1TB wrk retails for $599.99, which is comparable to other Apple-specific SSDs, especially considering it is the only line of SSDs that natively supports an integral feature required for sustained performance.

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ASUSTOR launches new 2 and 4 bay NAS products

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 16, 2014 8:21 pm

ASUSTOR has announced the launch of their new 50T and 51T NAS products. There are four new high-performance models that leverage the Intel Celeron 2.41Ghz dual-core processor and a more powerful Celeron 2.0Ghz quad-core processor. The processors also feature turbo functionality to provide higher burst speeds during peak processing activities. Each model comes with either 1GB or 2GB of SO-DIMM DDR3L memory, which can be upgraded to 8GB for more discerning users.




The new products come with the ADM 2.3 operating system, which was recently optimized to deliver a more refined interface. The models support HDMI and S/PDIF, allowing the NAS units to operate as the hub of the home entertainment system. Other features include smart system sleep and instant wake mode, which helps keep power costs down. Both models come with a 3 year warranty and are available now from dealers. We will be posting a review of the units soon in our NAS section.

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Corsair Neutron XT SSD pricing announced

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 16, 2014 5:59 pm

Corsair is one of the companies that helped forge the third-party SSD ecosystem as SSDs entered the mainstream. The new Neutron XT is a continuation of that theme, but leverages the new Phison quad-core S10 controller. Phison and Silicon Motion have been grabbing SSD controller market share as we await new competitive products from SandForce and Marvell. The SSD also features Toshiba A19nm 2bit MLC NAND.




Chris posted the Corsair Neutron XT SSD Preview as an early look at the new drive, but withheld final scoring until concrete MSRP information was available. Corsair has released the MSRP guidelines. The 240GB SSD is $149.99, the 480GB is $269.99, and the 960GB weighs in at $539.00.

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