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Spire has just released details on its second revision of Spectrum HDD backup device which makes it a breeze to transfer data to and from naked 2.5" and 3.5" hard disks via USB 2.0.
Both IDE and SATA drives are supported on the same unit with HDD capacities of up to 1TB. It's also quite compact with dimensions of (L) x 47 (W) x 16 (H) mm and a weight of just 50 grams.
Spire, manufacturer of pc components and world famous for its quality and affordable thermal products today officially announced the Spectrum II. This upgraded version is a great little back-up tool to transfer and back up your valuable data from any IDE/SATA Hard Drive at speeds of up to 480mbps. At home, in the office or on the go, simply plug and play and secure your data by utilizing the one touch backup (OTB:optional) on the Spire Spectrum II.
The SSD market is certainly ramping up. What started as expensive small drives, are moving quickly into ultra expensive large drives.
Intel is looking to launch another expensive offering in the form of a 320GB 34nm 32Gbit low density MLC NAND flash SSD. The storage space and speed are both very good. The problem with the new SSDs is price.
Read more at vr-zone
In Q4 this year, the company plans to release a 320GB SSD in Extreme and Mainstream variants, which will most likely come in both 2.5-inch and 1.8-inch form factors. Moreover, the new drives will make use of 34nm 32Gbit low density MLC NAND flash, which is being developed by IM Flash Technologies (IMFT).
tgdaily has exciting news for us all regarding Gdrive; Google's next big move on its agenda which is set to be launched this year.
The service has the potential to eclipse even Gmail, Google's second best-known product after their google.com search engine. That said, it's no wonder users have been ripe with anticipation for years - yes, that's how long the rumors have persisted.
Gdrive is basically online storage where Google servers have enough capacity to hold the entire contents of your hard drive. It will likely also come with enough brains to do cool tricks now with bigger things down the road - like booting your computer from online drive to load the Google operating system.
tgdaily's insight to GDrive and how it's shaping up includes all of the service's features, privacy implications and a wrap-up on just how well they think it will take off. And by the sounds of it, they're not kidding when they say it will likely change the way many of us use the internet, forever.
Along with memory maker Kingston who just made a splash into the world of SSDs with its SSDNow E and M series drives, it looks like Corsair is also entering the solid state disk market with what it calls the Storage Solutions family.
What's a little odd is there's practically no information whatsoever listed on the web about these new drives, let alone a product announcement; this despite the fact an aussie distributer lists them as becoming available in the near future.
All that we know about the Storage Solutions SSDs so far is that a 128GB capacity model will be the first to get released and is rated with sequential read/write rates of 90MB/sec and 70MB/sec respectively; so it's safe to say these are likely MLC drives.
We'll bring you more info about them as it becomes available.
Kingston is jumping into the SSD market now with a new product line aimed at the enterprise.
Dubbed SSDNow Kingston will launch two versions to start the SSDNow E and SSDNow M. The E will be for Enterprise class servers while the M is aimed at corporate laptops.
The SSDNow is based on the Intel X25 SSD and should offer some serious performance.
Read more here.
Kingston is targeting its SSDs to Fortune 1000 companies and select vertical markets. The SSDNow E Series is specifically designed for the enterprise server environment while the SSDNow M Series is built for the road warrior who demands ultimate performance from a notebook PC. The Kingston SSDNow E and M Series use Intel's solid-state drives, which are the best-performing drives on the market.
"We are thrilled to enter the solid-state drive market with our SSDNow E and M Series SSDs. The combination of the fastest SSDs in the world along with Kingston's tremendous distribution capabilities and legendary customer service will position us to succeed in this arena," said Mark Leathem, director of Flash business development, Kingston Digital. "The performance capabilities of these first two offerings are off the charts and our enterprise customers will be very pleased to use them in servers and corporate laptop computers."
After having acknowledged there's recently been a massive surge in the number of hard disk failures across its desktop Barracuda 7200.11, DiamondMax 22 and Barracuda ES.2 SATA drive families (with the 1TB 7200.11 drives fairing worst), Seagate has found that the fault was caused by a bug in the firmware shipped with these drives, making the disks inaccessible when the host system is powered on.
However, a statement from the mass HDD manufacturer suggests it's highly unlikely this particular issue will cause data loss, but should that have been the case, Seagate says it will provide a free data recovery service to get the data back and will do everything in their power to minimize any disruption to you or your business.
If you're concerned one or more of your Seagate drives might kick the bucket on you without any warning, you can view a list of which models are affected by the firmware bug at this page.
Support for people with affected drives is available through Seagate's call center: 1-800-SEAGATE (1-800-732-4283).
Buffalo is set to release a new family of USB flash drives which when connected to a port will only protrude some 5mm; easy to lose if you've a habit of forgetting where you put things.
These mega tiny flash drives come in sizes of 2, 4 and even 8GB (how do they fit all that space in there?!) along with color choices of white, black and pink.
The new RUF2-P series from Buffalo are said to be coming out around the end of the month, but pricing hasn't yet been mentioned.
OCZ has pushed its Core series aside today to make way for the new Apex series of 2.5-inch solid state drives which carry several advancements, including the use of their new internal RAID 0 architecture. This makes for read and write speeds of around 230MB/sec and 160MB/sec respectively.
Capacities come in at 60, 120 and 250GB and all Apex drives have a 1.5 MTBF, further backed by a two year warranty.
Sunnyvale, CA-January 13, 2008-OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Apex SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) Series, the affordable midrange offering for enthusiasts, system builders, and mainstream computer users demanding the latest technology in this fast-developing sector of the storage market. This cost-efficient SSD offers a reliable upgrade from traditional hard disc storage while maintaining a price point that is truly within the reach of a wide range of consumers.
OCZ have recently been tinkering with the idea of using internal RAID 0 in some of their upcoming SSDs. This would allow for significantly faster transfer rates whilst not really costing much more to manufacture. OCZ hope to implement this RAID concept in superseeding lineups that replace the existing Core series of drives.
The folks at Nordic Hardware have obtained some early test results of the technology being used in their higher end Vertex SSDs, which OCZ is currently calling the Vertex 2. These results are just mind blowing with read and write speeds of up to 480MB/sec and 550MB/sec respectively; accomplished by using a quad-RAID config.
That is substantially higher than the maximum capabilities of SATA-II (around 250MB/sec actual) and even if you get hold of a SATA-III (6Gbps) setup you'll still be pushing its boundaries with those amazing write speeds.
Nonetheless, OCZ is pushing to get these into a full production run by the end of Q1. We have no idea on capacities or pricing, but it's a safe bet kidneys, arms and legs will be the most common method of exchange.
Whilst in attendance at CES, a storage mob by the name of pureSilicon made it big by introducing the world's largest capacity solid state drive released to date; a whopping 1TB model dubbed part of the new Nitro series.
The 1TB Nitro SSD is the most compact SSD per gigabyte: 15.40GB per cubic centimeter in a 2.5-inch form-factor -- at least three times greater than any other SSD on the market. This high density in a small form factor has been achieved through innovative engineering techniques coupled with advanced industrial design that yields an exceptionally thin enclosure.
pureSilicon claims the sustained read and write speeds to be around 240MB/sec and 215MB/sec respectively. But while it may bring the best of both worlds in terms of speed and capacity, I'm sure the majority of you have already ruled out pricing being on your side, making this more of a teaser than anything else.
The company is yet to disclose their selling figure for this beast but it's not expected to be anywhere near within reach for most of us. We're still waiting for the cost of standard low capacity MLC based SSDs to drop down to earth some more yet.
Further details can be had within the official PR here folks.