Upgrading from a normal hard drive to a solid state drive can be quite expensive and for most people it really does not make that much sense. Solid state capacities are getting larger, but that just brings the price of the drives up even higher. Kingston wants to help people out who want to take advantage of the blazing speeds of solid state drives, but don’t want to break the bank. They have just released the SSDNow V-Series 30GB solid state boot drive. This drive will retail at around $100 and will allow you to load your operating system and applications on it for fast load times, and then you can just put all of your media on a normal SATA drive. This is a great upgrade option for people looking to get a solid state drive, but might not have that much extra money for one.
These days with large file sizes and HD video a simple flash drive isn’t going to cut it when you are on the road or working off-location. Although who wants to carry around a large external hard drive and the power adapter that comes with it? This is where portable hard drives come in and we have one from LaCie today. The Rikiki portable USB drive is very small, requires only USB power, and has a very sleek aluminum exterior. Let’s see if it’s the perfect portable hard drive for you.
These days I find myself using my laptop more than ever. Focusing on mobility, plug-and-play media is fast becoming a staple for me to keep my information within reach, and nothing does that better than an external hard drive. In order to take advantage of high-capacity external drives, one must find an enclosure that matches form with function: easy to use while keeping your drive cool and safe. Today I will be testing out the Sunbeamtech 3.5″ Airbox eSATA/USB External Enclosure.
A little while ago we took a look at Kingston’s SSDNow V-Series 128GB solid state drive that was targeted at entry-level and mainstream users. Kingston had put out a V+ series drive which had better speeds and was targets at high-level users and corporate environments. Recently Kingston has developed a second-generation of the V+, which supports Windows 7 TRIM support, is available up to 512GB and provides faster performance over the previous version of the drive. Today we will be taking a look at the 128GB version of the drive.
When it comes to Solid State Drives (SSD’s), it seems like many of the offerings available are from companies known for memory, not storage. This is because unlike traditional hard drives SSD’s have no moving parts and use NAND memory chips. So you would expect a company like Crucial to have a line of SSD drives, and they do! Actually our first SSD review here at ThinkComputers was a Crucial Drive. Today we will be looking at the 256GB M225 Solid State drive that is based off the ever popular Indilinx Barefoot controller. Let’s take a look…
Let’s face it unless you are getting a new computer you really are not even thinking about upgrading your hard drive to a solid state drive (SSD). The main reason for this is cost, and capacity. No one wants to pay close to $500 for a 64GB hard drive! Because of this most consumers are left out in the dry, but Kingston has a drive that is perfect for consumers. The SSDNow V-Series solid state drives come into the market at a very affordable price, but does have some performance reductions. Although compared to your 7200RPM SATA hard drive you have now these drives are still very fast! Let’s take a look at the SSDNow V-Series drives and see if they are the perfect price performance blend for someone looking at getting an SSD.
External hard drives are everywhere, I currently use 4 with my main rig and 1 with my laptop. I really like using them because they are easy to setup and if you need to transfer large files from one computer to another you can just go ahead and unplug the drive and plug it into the new computer. Today we will be looking at an external drive that gives you more security than most others, the LaCie D2 Safe drive has a fingerprint reader on it so you can securely access files. So if someone decides they want to snatch this off your desk they cannot access your files.
External hard drives, especially portable ones have been given new life with the popularity of netbooks. Most netbooks only have a small hard drive so having an external drive is a must. That is why we are seeing more and more portable external hard drives on the market. Today we will be looking at the Transcend StoreJet 25 Mobile 500GB drive that features dual stage anti-shock technology, which meets the U.S. military drop-test standards MIL-STD-810F with advanced two-stage anti-shock technology. Let’s take a look!
We mainly have been reviewing Rosewill computer cases and power supplies, but they make a whole plethora of other products ranging from CPU coolers to card readers. Rosewill’s whole thing is to create quality made products and offer them at an affordable price. Today we will be looking at the RX355-X2 hard drive enclosure, which features both eSATA and USB connections. Rosewill is offering it for $39.99, which is a great price. Let’s see if you are getting your money’s worth…
The final decision is interface. There are eSATA, eSATA/USB, USB/Firewire, and Firewire only. Of course, the latter is more for Mac users, Firewire (IEEE 1394) has never really caught on with PC users, except those that happen to own camcorders or other devices that interface with Firewire. My desktop rigs all have eSATA, but this drive will most likely be shared with my laptop, which only has USB. Rather than use multiple cables, I prefer the simplicity of plugging one cable in the drive and leaving it. Today I will be looking at the Icy Dock MB664UEB-1S USB/Firewire 3.5″ External Enclosure. Though this enclosure is USB capable, the big deal is that it has Firewire 800 (IEEE 1394b), which is theoretically twice as fast as USB 2.0, and probably ends up being even faster than that. Read on to check out the MB664UEB-1S.
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