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Flash Drives and Controllers: USB 3.0 vs. USB 2.0 USB 3.0
[08/15/11 | by Dmitry Vasiliev]

The today’s most popular way of moving data around and transferring it from one computer system to another is definitely USB flash drives. However, now that we have gigabytes of data the USB 2.0 speed may become a bottleneck. Will the transition to faster USB 3.0 interface help flash drives resolve this issue and is it justified at this time?

Solid State Drives with SATA-600 Interface Intel 510  OCZ Vertex 3  Crucial m4
[07/11/11 | by Nikita Nikolaichev]

This year we welcomed the next generation of solid state drives, which major distinguishing feature was SATA 6 Gbps interface support. No wonder, since the old 3 Gbps interface limited the potential of the new SSDs. But which SSD to choose? To answer this question we gathered together and tested popular SSDs with SATA 6 Gbps support from Crucial, Intel and OCZ Technology.

Samsung 470 Series 256 GB Solid State Drive Review Samsung 470 Series  Samsung 470 SSD  MZ5PA256HMDR-01000
[06/29/11 | by Nikita Nikolaichev]

Although the market is already under the great impression from the new SSDs with SATA-600 interface, we shouldn’t forget about the great time-tested products supporting older interface version, which offer excellent performance and therefore are a perfect choice for older systems upgrade.

SSD for PCI-Express: OCZ IBIS vs. OCZ RevoDrive OCZ IBIS  OCZ RevoDrive
[02/16/11 | by Aleksey Meyev]

Today we are going to talk about SSDs with PCI –Express interface. This type of devices is free from a common bottleneck – insufficiently fast SATA interface, so this is where we should be looking for a performance leader.

New Evolution Spiral: 3 TB Hard Disk Drives Roundup Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000  HDS723030ALA640  Seagate Barracuda XT  ST33000651AS  Western Digital Caviar Green  WD30EZRS-11J99B0  3 TB HDD
[02/08/11 | by Aleksey Meyev]

Today we are going to talk about the hard disk drives with today’s largest capacity of 3 terabytes. We will discuss products from Hitachi, Seagate and Western Digital in the same roundup.

Solid State Drives Roundup: OCZ RevoDrive, Crucial RealSSD C300, and Others Corsair Force F120  CSSD-F120GB2  Cru?ial RealSSD C300  C300-CTFDDAC256MAG  G.Skill Phoenix Pro  FM-25S2S-40GBP2  Intel X25V  SSDSA2M040G2GC  OCZ Agility 2  OCZ Colossus  OCZ RevoDrive  OCZ Vertex 2
[01/04/11 | by Aleksey Meyev]

Our today’s roundup will talk about all sorts of drives: individual drives, RAID 0 arrays of drives, drives supporting SATA300, SATA600 and PCI Express interface… They all have one thing in common – they are SSDs.

Hard Disk Drives Roundup: Winter 2010 Hitachi Deskstar  Samsung Spinpoint  Samsung EcoGreen  WD AV-GP  WD Caviar Blue  WD Caviar Black  WD RE4  WD Caviar Green
[12/28/10 | by Aleksey Meyev]

This roundup will talk about new hard disk drives models that came out in second half of 2010. We will discuss 15 HDDs from Hitachi, Samsung and Western Digital.

Flash and Solid State Drives: Facts and Forecasts flash memory  solid state drive
[11/27/10 | by Gennadiy Detinich]

This little investigative article will be devoted to the development and changes in the flash memory market. We are going to dwell particularly on the most interesting flash memory application – solid state drives.

SSD or 8 GB of Memory: Researching Reasonable Upgrade Options SSD vs 8 GB  memory upgrade  hard disk drive upgrade
[11/01/10 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

We have tested several platforms including hard disk drives of different capacity and different amount of system RAM. So, now we are ready to answer the question: what needs to be upgraded once the CPU and the graphics subsystem perform up to your expectations.

Seagate Momentus XT: Hybrid Drive in Action Seagate Momentus XT  hybrid drive
[08/17/10 | by Aleksey Meyev]

When they launch new drive series, it is especially interesting to find out what innovations they made to justify the appearance of the entire new series. With Seagate Momentus XT we knew right from the start: this drive combines magnetic platters and flash memory in one package. How cool is that? Find out from our new article.

Roundup: Nine Solid State Drives from Corsair Corsair Extreme X32  CMFSSD-32D1  Corsair Extreme X64  CMFSSD-64D1  Corsair Extreme X128  CMFSSD-128D1  Corsair Extreme X256  CMFSSD-256D1  Corsair Force F120  CSSD-F120GB2  Corsair Nova V128  CSSD-V128GB2  Corsair Perfomance P128  CMFSSD-128GBG2D  Corsai
[07/08/10 | by Aleksey Meyev]

We continue series of articles talking about SSD drives. And today we would like to discuss products from Corsair. We managed to get our hands on a total of nine models from almost all existing product families including a new SSD on SandForce controller.

Ten Solid State Drives from OCZ Technology OCZ Agility  OCZ Colossus Lite  OCZ Vertex 2  OCZ Vertex  OCZ Vertex Turbo  OCZ Onyx  OCZ Solid 2
[07/01/10 | by Aleksey Meyev]

Our today’s roundup is going to talk about solid state drives from OCZ. The ten products covered in this article include the simplest models, such as Onyx, alongside with the high-performance Vertex 2 SSD on SandForce controller.

New Solid State Drives from Intel, Kingston and Western Digital Intel X25-V  SSDSAM040G2GC  Intel X25-E  SSDSA2SH032G1GN  Kingston V Series  SNV425S2128GB  Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue  SSC-D0128SC-2100  SSC-D0256SC-2100
[06/29/10 | by Aleksey Meyev]

This roundup is going to cover several new SSDs: an inexpensive Intel X25-V, updated Kingston V Series drive and a coupe, of products from Western Digital.

Roundup: 2.5-inch Hard Disk Drives with 500 GB, 640 GB and 750 GB Storage Capacities Hitachi Travelstar 5K500.B  HTS545050B9A300  Hitachi Travelstar 7K500  HTS725050A9A364  Samsung Spinpoint M7  HM500JI  Samsung Spinpoint M7E  HM641JI  Seagate Momentus 5400.6  ST9500325AS  Seagate Momentus 5400  ST9640320AS  Seagate Momentus 7200.4  ST950
[06/16/10 | by Aleksey Meyev]

It has been a while since we last talked about 2.5-inch hard disk drives. It is time to introduce to you new models with storage capacities exceeding half a terabyte already. Moreover, we are also going to present to you our new testing methodology.

USB 3.0: Theory and Practice USB 3.0  SuperSpeed
[06/07/10 | by Aleksey Meyev]

New interfaces appear in computer life relatively rarely, because they cause pretty serious changes in the data transfer infrastructure. That is why it is especially interesting to see what USB 3.0, a long-anticipated replacement to the morally outdated but extremely popular USB 2.0 interface, actually is.

500 GB Hard Disk Drives Roundup Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C  Samsung EcoGreen F2  Samsung SpinPoint F3  Seagate Barracuda 7200.11  Seagate Barracuda 7200.12  Seagate Barracuda LP  Western Digital Caviar Black  Western Digital Caviar Blue  Western Digital Caviar Green
[05/03/10 | by Aleksey Meyev]

Far not everyone out there needs enormous hard disk drives. Many users out there feel quite happy with smaller HDDs for their systems storing most of their data on external media. And quite a few users do not really have that much data to store anyway. We hope our roundup of 3.5-inch 500 GB HDDs will be helpful for these particular users.

Roundup: New Hard Disk Drives with 1 TB and 2 TB Storage Capacities Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C  HDS721010CLA332  Samsung EcoGreen F3  HD203WI  Seagate Barracuda LP  ST32000542AS  Seagate Barrcuda XT  ST32000641AS  Seagate Constellation ES  ST31000524NS  Western Digital Caviar Black  WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0  WD1001FALS-00J7B0  WD
[04/16/10 | by Aleksey Meyev]

This new roundup will discuss the latest hard disk drive modes with 1 TB and 2 TB storage capacities. We will talk about ten new solutions from Hitachi, Samsung, Seagate and Western Digital.

Solid State Drives Roundup Kingston SSD Now  Kingston V Series  SNV125-S2  Kingston SSD Now V+ Series  SNVP325-S2  OCZ Agility EX  Super Talent MasterDrive SX  SAM28GM25S  Super Talent UltraDrive GX  FTD64GX25H  Super Talent UltraDrive SX  FTM28GX25H  Wintec Filemate  3FMS2S256M-R0
[03/24/10 | by Aleksey Meyev]

Our today’s roundup will talk about eight SSD solutions from Kingston, OCZ, Super Talent and Wintec, which demonstrated dramatically different performance levels ranging from excellent to really mediocre.

Terabyte Hard Disk Drives Roundup: Round Three Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B  Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C  Samsung SpinPoint F1  Samsung EcoGreen F2  Samsung SpinPoint F3  Western Digital Caviar Black  WD1001FALS-00J7B0  WD1001FALS-00E8B0  Western Digital Caviar Green  WD10EADS-00M2B0  WD10EADS-00P8B0  WD10
[03/08/10 | by Aleksey Meyev]

We are going to talk about the new 1 TB HDD models that appeared in the market over the past year. And since one of these solutions is Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS with 4 KB sectors, we will also discuss this type of HDD internal structure, its pros and cons.

SSD Battles: Corsair X128 vs. Solutions on JMicron Chip Apacer SSD  Corsair Extreme X128  PQI S525  Transcend V  JMicron 602B
[01/18/10 | by Aleksey Meyev]

At this time SSD performance is determined by the controllers they are built on and firmware versions they use. We are already very well familiar with SSDs on Intel, Indillinx and Samsung controllers. Today time has come to talk about the solutions using JMicron chips.