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Solid state hard drives in 2008

Solid state hard?drives have been around for quite some time from the likes of BitMicro, but at extortionate prices. This year at CeBIT, TeamGroup, a relative newcomer to the high performance memory scene is planning to show off some new drives with?the top end model sporting 128GB capacity.




Samsung first with hybrid hard drives

The first hybrid hard drives seem ready to trickle in to retail soon, but before we can buy all buy them off the shelf they?ll appear in laptops, mainly because they use significantly less power than traditional hard drive technology. Hybrid drives use large amounts of flash memory instead of a traditional cache buffer found in current HDD’s which should boost performance in some areas, but they need OS support, and that means hybrid drives are currently Vista only. Acording to Samsung, its MH80 drives feature Samsung’s "ReadyBoot" (not ReadyBoost) technology that offers up to a 50 percent reduction in boot and resume times from traditional magnetic hard drives. In addition, the drive consumes 70-90 percent less power than a traditional hard drive, which extends the battery life by 30 minutes before a recharge is needed, the company said.



Mr T talking I.T for Hitachi…jibba jabba

Mr T isn’t the?most obvious choice for?talking about drive virtulisation, but hell, that didn’t stop?Hitachi. As far as i can gather, this?was an internal?video just to give the engineers at Hitachi a good laugh, but now we can all enjoy?Mr ‘period’?T?once more!



300GB holographic media finally launched

Way back in 2005 i wrote a small news snippet about?holographic discs which had a much?greater storage captity than other competing technolgies such as DVD (at the time) and even blu-ray. Now the company at the center of the technogy has finally released the drives and media. At this stage a drive will cost you a cool $18,000 and $180 per holographic disc (300Gb capacity) with speeds similar to an 16X speed DVD drive. Apparently in the future the capacity will increase to 1.6TB!



Maxtor Retail Hard Drive Warranty increases

Maxtor drives for the retail market will now come with a 3-year limited warranty, about time too?I say! The new three-year limited warranty applies retroactively to all Maxtor Hard Drive Kits in retail channel inventory, or purchased by consumers on or after October 1, 2006. Previously, retail-boxed drives carried only a one year limited warranty, whereas the bare drives have always included three year coverage.



Pioneer BDR-101A Blu-Ray Preview

CDRinfo has just published a preview of the first Blu-Ray drive, the Pioneer BDR-101A. The preview will give you a first taste of the drive’s performance when writing on a bunch of BD-R and BD-RE media. Pioneer BDR-101A Preview @ CDR Info



Crucial release Gizmo! overdrive

Crucial have launched some new additions to its USB flash drive line which shifts performance into overdrive--literally.




Sony’s Blu-ray PC may reach the UK in March

Sony’s Blu-ray high capacity optical disc system should be available in the UK as early as March as part of a desktop PC package. The VGC-RC204 features a Blu-ray recorder that can archive up to 25GB of data on one disc.Sony is expecting the ?1800 PC to appeal mainly to video editors. The PC supports a 600GB hard drive and is accompanied by Sony’s MR100 wireless media receiver, which streams audio video and images to other screens and devices. Recordable Blu-ray discs will go on sale next month, with Sony estimating that they will retail for around ?10. The recorder isn’t compatible with the 50GB double-sided discs. A laptop with integrated Blu-ray drive will be available later in 2006.



 
 
 
 
 

USB Pocket Flash Drive Roundup

We take a look at 6 of the best USB flash drives available



Corsair Expands Flash Voyager line with 4GB model

Corsair has announced the immediate availability of a new model in the Voyager range which has 4GB of capacity. Enclosed in the Corsair proprietary all-rubber Flash Voyager housing and boasting water-resistant/temperature tolerant properties, the Voyager is extremely durable and resistant. The 4 GB model contains the same hardware as the other Voyager models and so the read speed is still 19MB/sec, and the write speed is still 13MB/sec.? Visit Corsair for more details??



Tech Giants Move on Next-gen DVDs

Intel and Microsoft have said they will support Toshiba-led next generation DVD technology, HD DVD, over a rival Sony-led Blu-ray DVD technology. Toshiba, with NEC, Sanyo and others, is pushing HD DVD, while backers of Sony’s Blu-ray discs include Dell and Apple. For months, the two groups have been battling to win support for their competing disc formats from technology companies and Hollywood studios. Future discs will be able to hold about six times as much data as current DVDs. The next generation of DVDs will be very important for studios, technology manufacturers, and the games industry. Sony has already said its PlayStation 3 games console will support Blu-ray.



NCQ / TCQ & nForce 4 Data Corruption – The Fix

Amdgamer have wirtten an article with all the fixes to curruption issies using NCQ / TCQ on nForce4, which appears to be to disable it? Doesn’t sound like a fix to me, but it will at least stop your curruption problems so check it out now before your NCQ enabled system hangs again! Snip:?"With NVIDIA?s introduction of the nForce 4, it was announced that this chipset would indeed support NCQ technology found in some of the latest higher end hard drives. What about TCQ? Will it work in the same way? Western digital made it obvious that TCQ will not work on controllers supporting NCQ and vice versa. This lead me to believe that the drives will still perform normally, of course Queuing will not function on my Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe for the Raptors (assuming they?re connected on the nForce SATA RAID controller) but further problems should not occur. After all, I did purchase a top of the line motherboard, it would only make sense to pair it up with some of the fastest hard drives on the market. Then came my data or storage drive; The Seagate 7200.8 400GB SATA drive. This latter supports NCQ? Read on!" Quick! Hurry up and go HERE to read the article.






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