External hard drives are great, especially for people who do not want to open their system up to add more storage. They are also very useful for people whose main system is a laptop and adding extra internal storage is not an option. Western Digital is one of the big storage companies we all know and their My Book drives have been out for quite a while. They have recently released the My Book 3.0 drives, which feature SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity. Today we will be checking out the 1TB version of the drive, let’s see if it is perfect for your storage needs.
Portable storage has always been very popular, it is nice having a hard drive that you can easily take with you anywhere on the go. Western Digital is no stranger to portable storage solutions, they have been marking portable solutions for a while now. With technology advancing and USB 3.0 becoming very popular Western Digital has released versions of its My Passport drives that support USB 3.0. Today we will be looking at the 1TB USB 3.0 My Passport Essential SE drive.
Solid state drives are the future, faster speeds, no moving parts and they are smaller. The only thing really holding them back right now is their price. Most solid state drives we have seen have been from traditional memory and storage companies. We all know Zalman for making great CPU coolers and cases, so it is a bit weird we see them release a solid state drive. They actually have 2 right now, today we will be looking at the S-Series 128GB drive, which is based on the JMicron controller so it is the mainstream budget drive out of the 2 that they have released. Let’s take a look…
With all of the solid state hard drives that came out this year it seems like traditional hard drives sort of took a back seat, unless you were looking to get a large capacity drive. One thing that many people may have overlooked was the availability of SATA 6GB/s drives. A SATA 6GB/s drive has double the transfer rate (6GB/s compared to 3GB/s) as the SATA II drive that is currently in your system. Today we will be taking a look at the Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6GB/s Hard Drive and see how it compares to some other SATA drives. Let’s check it out!
We just started working with Patriot with our review of the Xporter XT Rage 32B Flash Drive. Well today we have another storage product from them, the Inferno 120GB Solid State Drive. This solid state drive is based off the SandForce SF-1200 controller. If you have been following solid state drives over the past year you know that the SandForce controller is what everyone is using in their new drives. This drive boasts read speeds up to 285MB/s, write speeds up to 275MB/s, native TRIM support and integrated DuraClass Technology. Let’s check out the Inferno and see how it performs compared to other SandForce-based drives.
Solid State drives are still quite expensive for most people, especially at higher capacities. The price most manufactures are shooting for is $100. This is really had to do especially with SandForce drives. Today we will be taking a look at a 40GB drive from G.Skill, which is really close to that price-point at $119.99 at my favorite online retailer. This drive is designed to get solid state drives in the hands of consumers and to also offer great performance. The 40GB size is still more than enough room for a boot drive and is the perfect size for a netbook! Let’s take a look and see just how much performance you are getting for that low price!
Icy Dock has changed the game yet again with the new MB982IP-1S 2.5″ to 3.5″ SATA/SAS SSD & HDD Converter. The MB982 is predicated off the incredibly popular MB882SP-1S-1B device, taking its general concept and improving it tenfold. This product is designed using the dimensions, connection locations, and mounting hole positions of a standard 3.5″ drive, so that it can be used in any internal hard drive bay, as well as with backplane and hot swap modules.
We first got our hands on a SandForce-based drive when Corsair was nice enough to send us their F100 solid state drive. We were very excited and anxious to see the performance boost from the traditional Indilinx Barefoot drives we had been reviewing for the past year. Recently we have seen many extended capacity drives, meaning there is less over-provisioning in order for a larger capacity drive. Many people think that 20GB is not that much extra space, but when it comes down to it, it really is. Also prices have dropped quite considerably in the past few months. At the time we reviewed the F100 it retailed for around $400 and now you can get the F120 for around $300! Let’s take a look at this drive!
Today we have another SandForce-based solid state drive one the testing block. These new SandForce drives have been flooding the market lately and are bringing incredible speeds with them. Today we will be looking at the 60GB Agility 2 from OCZ; we actually took a look at the original Agility back in October. This 60GB version is part of the extended series which reduces the over provisioning of flash on the drive for more storage capacity. The 60GB size is perfect for anyone looking to get into a solid state drive without dropping a ton of money. Let’s take a look…
We reviewed our first SandForce-based solid state drive about a month ago and since then the SandForce drives we have checked out have either been 120 or 128GB drives. While these are nice drives many people still cannot afford them. Today we will be looking at a 60GB drive that is based on the SandForce controller. The 60GB size is perfect for most systems as you can fit most of your programs and operating system on the drive then just use a regular SATA drive for all your media and other things. The 60GB size is also great for upgrading your laptop’s hard drive. Let’s check out the G.Skill Phoenix Pro 60GB Solid State Drive.
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