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Even though we saw a brief look at this product a little while ago, Sharkoon has just officially announced its 2.5-inch sized Flexi-Drive S2S, which is a DIY SDHC based SSD.
This SATA I and SATA II device supports up to six 32GB SDHC flash cards using either MLC or SLC memory. That means it will create a drive capable of 192GB, but for best performance, RAID 0 is used and that will halve the maximum capacity to 96GB.
Sharkoon is now introducing an alternative that allows users to build a Notebook SSD themselves. The Sharkoon Flexi-Drive S2S is an SSD adaptor with the size and connections of a 2.5 inch SATA hard drive. The necessary flash memory is provided by the up to six SDHC cards that can be installed in the enclosure. Users can select the manufacturer, number, chip type (SLC or MLC) and capacity of the memory cards according to their needs. As the installed memory cards use Raid-0, the performance and capacity of all installed cards should be the same. At this time the maximum available SDHC capacity is 32GB, allowing for a maximum of 192GB to be installed in the Flexi-Drive S2S. Testing with HD-Tune, six 8GB SDHC memory cards with Class 6 speed ratings had a read speed of 140 MB/s and a write speed of 115 MB/s.
The press release we received claimed HD-Tune read speeds of 140MB/s and write speeds of 115MB/s. It will be very interesting to see how the Flexi-Drive S2S performs in our labs - we will endeavor to get one in for testing soon.
You can find more information on the product over at this website.
Seagate has made a big step forward in the enterprise storage market today, launching the world's fastest hard drive under its Savvio series.
The Savvio 15K.2 uses a SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) 2.0 interface and runs at a spindle speed of 15,000RPM. Whilst being incredibly fast, the inclusion of new proprietory power saving technologies from Seagate are used to make the 2.5-inch 15K.2 an extremely efficient drive that uses up to 70% less power than competing 3.5-inch models.
Capacities come in at 146 and 73GB and with the help of the SAS 2.0 interface's 6Gb/s throughput on tap, these drives are highly suited to RAID configurations.
For further information on the new Savvio 15K.2 series, click here.
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - November 3, 2008 - Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) today introduced the world's fastest and greenest drive - the Savvio 15K.2 HDD, the new 15K-rpm addition to the Savvio family of 2.5-inch SAS 2.0 enterprise solutions. Savvio 15K.2 HDD delivers the industry's highest hard drive performance and reliability as well as adding a self-encrypting drive option, all while maintaining Seagate's industry leading, record low power consumption. The Savvio 15K.2 hard drive and the previously-announced Savvio 10K.3 hard drive are both part of Seagate's new Unified Storage architecture which converges disk drive interfaces, form factors, and security features into a common best-of-breed platform for powerful, yet simple storage solutions. Together, Seagate's Unified Storage architecture and the Savvio hard drive family improve manageability, integration, security and performance benefits for IT departments while ensuring business continuity with no compromise.
The folks over at Patriot Memory are the latest company to join the 64GB pen drive party.
Today the growing memory company launched its latest extreme performance pen drive, the Xporter Magnum. Its 64GB of flash memory is said to work at a wicked hot fast 210x and without too much surprise, it also comes with official support and is Microsoft certified for Windows Vista ReadyBoost.
"We are excited to offer the fastest 64GB USB flash drive on the market," says Meng Jay, Flash Product Manager for Patriot Memory. "Patriot's 64GB Xporter Magnum's speed and capacity is perfect for consumers who need to transport and share large files. Having Microsoft's® certification, consumers are also assured of maximizing their Windows Vista experience."
If anyone from Patriot is reading this, please don't feel bad about offering me one of these pen drives - an old 8GB pen drive met its death tonight with bent USB pins.
You can read more on the product over at the press release, which we uploaded here.
Jason Cross and the crew over at Extreme Tech have recently posted up a piece explaining how they installed a new Intel X-25 solid state drive into a PlayStation 3 gaming console.
The article offers a look into the future at what upcoming consoles might use in terms of storage. Intel X-25 is screaming fast - there are no doubts about that - however, it is still limited by the slow Blu-ray drive when installing games.
However, when it comes to starting and loading various points in a range of games (Mercenaries 2, Grand Theft Auto IV, Devil May Cry 4 and Grand Turismo 5 Prologue), the different is quite significant. Of course, a rather big difference was noted when installing games that were downloaded directly to the drive.
For instance, Devil May Cry 4 with the normal hard drive installed takes 50 seconds to load from the PlayStation menu into the title screen. Whack in an Intel SSD and that time drops right down to 36 seconds.
If you can afford the $600 USD or so for the SSD, check out all the SSD PS3 craziness over here.
Intel announced just recently that it has started shipping the 32GB version of its X-25E Extreme SATA 2.5-inch form factor SSD.
The X-25E is the most expensive of Intel's line of solid-state drives using high-speed SLC (single level cell) memory. Intel claims its drive is capable of up to 250MB/s sequential read speeds and up to 170MB/s sequential write speeds.
Intel achieves this breakthrough performance through innovations such as 10-channel NAND architecture with Native Command Queuing, proprietary controller and firmware efficient in advanced wear-leveling and low write amplification. The 32GB X25-E is capable of writing up to 4 petabytes (PB) of data over three-year period (3.7 TB/day), and double that for the 64GB version - delivering outstanding data reliability.
Intel says that the 32GB capacity drive is in production now with a price of $695 each for quantities up to 1,000. Furthermore, the 64GB version is expected to sample in the fourth quarter with production estimated in Q1 2009.
You can get the full run-down at the press release we uploaded here.
During Apple's launch of the new MacBook Pro 2008 edition, they surprised many by announcing that the MacBook Air would also get a bit of a refresh with the inclusion of the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GPU.
Not only that, the storage gets bumped up to a 120GB HDD and on the most expensive model, you can get the Air fitted out with a 128GB SSD.
Additionally, the microDVI port is out and has been replaced by a mini DisplayPort, as with all the new models that have so far been spoken about today during the event being held at the Apple HQ, which is not yet over.
The lower-end Air will set you back $1799 USD with 13.3" backlit LCD display, 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo with 6MB L2 cache, 2GB DDR3-1066 memory and a 120GB HDD.
The higher-end model will set you back $2499 USD and you get the same as just mentioned except a faster CPU running at 1.86GHz and a spiffier 128GB SSD.
Read on as the live blogging coverage continues over at Engadget. BTW, lovely work guys!
Last week Kingston began selling its 32GB DataTraveler 150 pen drive, adding to its already extensive list of flash products on the market presently.
Dressed up in a stylish orange and black look, the drive is perfect for those looking to carry around serious amounts of data in their pockets.
Best of all, Newegg is carrying the DT150 for a very reasonable $80 USD - you can pick it up over here.
If you're mega serious about your storage space and like to go about consolidating all your drives into a dedicated, neat NAS unit, chances are you've probably heard of LaCie's 4big Quadra; a 4-bay NAS capable of holding up to 6TB of data using 1.5TB drives.
6TB still not enough? LaCie didn't seem to think so; they're now advertising the new 5big Network Attached Storage unit which can take up to five 1.5TB drives, thus offering a highly impressive 7.5TB storage capacity. Of course, there are a stack of RAID configuration choices available, no less than seven in fact.
The NAS runs dimensions of 220 x 196 x 173 mm and offers connectivity via USB 2.0, Gigabit ethernet and three eSATA ports. The 7.5TB model will set you back a hefty $1,900, but for peace of mind it's backed by a 3-year warranty.
For further good measure, Lacie also bundle their Genie Backup Manager Pro and Intego Backup Manager Pro software suites with the units.
You can read more about the 5big Network NAS series at the product page here folks.
Transcend has quite the assortment of USB Flash Drives on offer under its popular JetFlash lineup, but this new T5 series is the company's most compact yet.
Measuring just 29.9mm x 15.3mm x 6.1mm (L x W x D), with a weight of just 2 grams, the JetFlash T5 series has highly rugged plastic casings with retractable USB connectors which are both water and shock resistant; they'll take a major beating before anything nasty can happen.
The orange/black drive has a 2GB capacity whilst the white/black one is 4GB. You can read further details about the T5 series of Flash Drives here folks.
Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a leading manufacturer of flash memory products, today introduced a new ultra-tiny USB flash drive, the JetFlash® T5. Measuring just 29.9mm x 15.3mm x 6.1mm (L x W x D), the T5 is incredibly compact, and only weighs a mere 2g. Unlike other miniature USB flash drives, the T5 is constructed with non-breakable plastic and is rugged enough to resist bending, stress, vibration, shock, and even full water submersion. Its retractable connector design and eye-catching two-tone color schemes with intricate hexagon patterns not only make the drive easier to handle and use, but also give it a unique fashion accessory look.
Western Digital has just unveiled its new ShareSpace line of storage solutions, marketed towards the business/corporate sector where centralized mass storage is the key to a smoother operation.
The ShareSpace allows for up to four HDDs and is available in either 2 or 4TB configurations. It can be connected either by USB 2.0 or Gigabit ethernet and its residing GreenPower series hard disks can be set to operate in either RAID 0 or 1, with the 4TB version also allowing for a RAID 5 config.
The unit comes bundled with WDs own automatic backup and remote accessing software and also features support for Microsoft Active Directory. It is now available for purchase at select retailers and WDs online store at an MSRP of $699.99 USD for the 2TB model and $999.99 USD to shift up to 4TB.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Sept. 30, 2008 - WD® (NYSE: WDC), the world's leader in external storage solutions, today introduced its new WD ShareSpace high-speed network storage systems that provide cost-effective, centralized storage for small office and home networks. WD ShareSpace represents WD's first entry into the small-office network storage market, where it plans to bring to a new class of users the ease-of-use, design and value enjoyed by millions of WD My Book® and My Passport customers.