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Victorinox is no stranger to modding Swiss Army knives, by adding modern-day technology such as flash storage to the already handy tools. Two years ago, Victorinox made one of its multi-purpose knives with an "unhackable" drive that featured 256-bit AES encryption, and a thermal fingerprint reader.
If someone tried to break through the security, the device's tamper-proof design burned the memory chip to prevent data theft. How cool is that! The company unveiled some newer designs at CES 2012, and boy does it look cool.
The device is simply called "SSD," and the storage goes right up to 1TB, providing hard drive-like capacities in a USB flash drive-like size. It also comes in 64, 128 and 256GB sizes, with all devices sporting connection through USB/eSATA 3.0.
Samsung have today released two new firmware updates for their SSD 830 Series of solid-state drives. The first update, named CXM02B1Q, was released two weeks ago, but due to CES, no one really noticed it.
The release notes state that the update fixes a BSOD or hang issue when waking the computer up from hibernation mode. The 830 Series has been said to be one of the most reliable SATA 6Gb/s SSDs, with the issue not affecting all users, it still affects some. Samsung also claim that the update fixes partition issues with some enclosures and laptops.
The second update, named CXM03B1Q, was released last Thursday and it's identical to the earlier update, but sports improved compatibility and stability of the update tool. If you want to grab the latest firmware for the Samsung 830, download it here. As always, do so at your own risk and perform data backups beforehand.
Network Attached Storage heroes, Thecus have released the new V5.02.02 firmware which adds new features, protocol updates, and of course, the usual tweaking. The new update is available for all V5-compatible models.
Quick access models gets a nice upgrade, where there is now the possibility to add an extra button on the login screen where you can choose the desired module and login with the proper user account. Third-party developers can now set their own icon if they wish.
A handy feature included in V5.02.02 firmware is the ability to back up all local users, groups and permissions. You can save them on a RAID volume and restore when required. There's also the ability to export them to another NAS if required. General upgrades and tweaks are below:
NFS, Samba, SSL certificates, SNMP trap, AFP, Time Zone, and FTP: all those features have been upgraded to new versions and have more options.
The Web UI has been slightly tweaked to be faster and includes full translation
Network UPS function
Added "Read-only" function for public folders
Upgrade process slightly changed and is more detailed
And much more, check the release notes for more details.
It just got word from an old friend about a super deal going on at Tiger Direct for one of the most respected SSDs on the market. Tiger has managed to work the Intel 320 Series SSD down to 1 Dollar per GB in the 80GB capacity size. There are some instant and not so instant rebates involved but when all is said and done the 320 Series 80GB meets its mark.
The Intel SSDSA2CW080G3K5 320 80GB Solid-State Drive delivers leading performance for Serial Advanced Technology Attachment-based computers. By combining Intel's leading 25nm NAND flash memory technology with SATA 3Gb/s interface support, the Intel SSDSA2CW080G3K5 320 80GB Solid-State Drive delivers sequential read speeds of up to 270 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 220 MB/s. The industry-standard 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factors enable interchangeability with existing hard disk drives (HDDs) and native SATA HDD drop-in replacement with the enhanced performance, reliability, ruggedness, and power savings offered by an SSD. Purchase the Intel SSDSA2CW080G3K5 320 80GB Solid-State Drive today.
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We reported on this back in December, but now Thecus have released their HDMI-equipped NAS, the N4800. It should start flowing into retailers shortly, and if you're after a new NAS solution, this has some very nice features that might interest you.
Thecus' N4800 NAS sports HDMI output, which lets you connect your NAS directly to your TV for device management, web browsing with Flash support, and even HD video playback. Something that I did not expect was "Mini-UPS", which lets you quickly write unwritten data to the HDDs and safely shutdown, preserving the integrity of not only the unit, but your data.
N4800 sports USB 3.0 support, as well as Acronis True Image for your data backup needs.
Let's not forgot those tasty things we all want to know, specs. Thecus' N4800 features an Intel Atom D2700, 2GB of RAM, dual Gigabit Ethernet, a 2.8-inch OLED display, HDMI/VGA output, 4 x SATA bays, 1 x eSATA and dimensions are 192 x 172 x 250 (mm).
CES 2012 - This little bit of news had to wait till I arrived back at home since I don't carry a scanner with me on my work trips. In our meeting Patriot didn't mention the new additions but they were included in the product catalog we were issued. The Patriot Wildfire leap to the the top of our performance charts in our reviews and it was one of the finest drives of 2011. The Wildfire products also included all of the accessories we like to get with our SSDs and included a solid warranty.
First up is the Wildfire PRO model. The specs of this one are similar to the already reviewed Wildfire other than the user capacity. Patriot has changed the user capacity back to the previous overprovisioning rate found on early SandForce SF-1200 based products, 100GB, 200GB and 400GB. That leaves a lot of space for background tasks and that means these would work really, really well in RAID.
Click the link for the Wildfire SE.
CES 2012 - With the CES attendees safe at home we can now tell you the full story behind the ioSafe Check Yo Self Before You Wreck Yo Self Event. By now you've certainly seen the 8 foot tall tesla coil that put on an amazing display. The tesla testing was actually part of an interactive magic show. The ioSafe Rugged Portable Thunderbolt drive did take several direct hits from the simulated lightening but the results were as expected, the drive survived and held the data we put on.
The drive was filled with several documents and other files, one you can see here. The drive was then blasted, we were there and smelled the ions in the air. The data survived.
What you haven't heard yet is what happened next. To protect all of our electronics equipment from the charged air our backpacks and cell phones were placed in a protective cage that was grounded. Being ioSafe, the company who delivered the first waterproof data backup system none of us thought anything about the giant tub of water sitting close by. Dunking drives in water is actually on the tame side with ioSafe.
Read on to learn more.
CES 2012 - RunCore made the trip to CES this year and brought with them a glimpse of next generation SSD technology.
With Samsung and Apple soaking up supply of Samsung 20nm NAND flash, Toshiba 24nm in limited supply and SandForce staying quiet for the first half of the year, companies are turning to Marvell to bring something fresh to the SSD market. RunCore is no exception and they will have a new Marvell high performance SSD on the market soon. With speed of around 550MB/s read and 450MB/s write we are starting to get excited to see more of these drives.
Open the link for more exciting products.
CES 2012 - Cameron is still in Vegas for a couple of more days but I darted back home to coach youth basketball. After spending the last two days of CES in a steak coma I'm ready to get back to work and finish up the CES coverage. The show was really good this year with more than 152,000 visitors and more than 20,000 products launched.
OWC (macsales.com) was exhibiting on the show floor with a booth that was absolutely jam packed with enthusiasts. Industry insider Andy Marken from Marken Communications personally gave us the tour. The first stop of the day tipped up a little PCIe action. Here we see a new OWC PCIe SSD that uses a Marvell RAID controller and four custom SandForce SF-2281 controlled SSDs. Each SSD uses Toshiba NAND flash and different capacity sizes should be available. The capacity will ramp up quickly with four slots. The Marvell controller supports several different levels of RAID including 0,1,5 and 10. Performance will only be limited by the PCIe 2.0 4 lane link so we are expecting some amazing performance out of this product.
Open the link to see more.
Deal of the Day: Newegg - Intel 320 Series 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $79.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!
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