What happens when you take a large handful of mechanical hard drive and add a pinch of solid state hardware? For Seagate, this formula produces their latest generation of Momentus XT hybrid drives that bring the capacity and price of a traditional spinning platter drive with some of the speed benefits of a solid state drive. Could this make the SSD makers nervous? Check out the article to find out.
While not as glamorous as some of the exotic SSDs we have looked at lately, there’s still heavy interested in spinning platter drives and we had a chance to spend some quality time with the largest Seagate Momentus 2.5″ drive boasting an impressive 750GB capacity. How well will some of the new features increase performance? Read on to see.
With the rise of SSDs, many notebook computers lack the plethora of storage they once had so G-Technologies offers their G-DRIVE Mini 750GB external drive for expansion. While more Mac oriented in design and function with its FireWire 800 connectors, it’s just as at home on a Windows machine through FireWire or USB 2.0 connections. How well does it perform? Read on to see.
The SilverStone TS07 is a portable external 3.5-inch hard drive enclosure that features a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 data interface for blazing fast file transfer speeds. SilverStone says that since this enclosure uses USB 3.0 technology that the TS07 the best choice for taking important data on the go. Read on to see what this product is all about and if this sub $40 HDD housing is worth it.
The SilverStone EC03 is an internal expansion card uses a single lane PCI Express slot on the motherboard to provide SuperSpeed USB 3.0 functionality. Its single USB 3.0 internal connector offers output for dual front port USB 3.0 support. Is this a good solution to update your aging PC so it can support USB 3.0 devices? Read on to see what this inexpensive solution is and how it performs in our test system.
What happens when you take the screamingly fast, PCI-E based OCZ RevoDrive and physically pair it with a 1TB hard drive? You get the best of both storage worlds with both high speed and high capacity. But can the RevoDrive Hybrid compare favorably to a traditional SSD/HDD setup or even the Intel SRT technology in terms of performance and value? We do the grunt work to find out!
We’ve already had a look at the Corsair 120GB Force 3 GT drive and now it’s time to give the non-GT version a go on our test bench. These drives are virtually identical save for the type of NAND flash employed and a paint job. Will that make much of a performance difference? Have a read and see how this drive with asynchronous 25nm NAND Flash performs on our test system against tons of other SSDs!
The Western Digital 500GB My Passport Essential portable hard drive features a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port for fast file transfers along with data backup software called WD SmartWare that helps keep your data safe. Read on to see how the WD My Passport Essential performs and how the backup software actually works as we put this external drive to the test!
When we first tested the M4 drive, we found the performance to be decent but it lacked some of the performance of the similarly equipped Intel 510 Series drive. Crucial has released a new firmware update that claims to make significant performance enhancements. Exactly how much improvement will it elicit? Have a look at our test to see the performance now versus then.
Seagate recently announced the 4TB GoFlex Desk external hard drive – the highest capacity hard drive in the industry. The Seagate 4TB GoFlex Desk uses a single 3.5″ SATA 6Gbps hard drive that has five 800GB platters spinning at 7200RPM. Seagate offers this drive with either USB 3.0 or FireWire 800 data connections as you’ll want a fast connection to move that much information. Read on to see how the 4TB GoFlex Desk with a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection performs!
Super Talent is offering another line of drives bearing the TeraDrive name and the designation of CT3. Featuring a SATA III interface and the well respected SandForce SF-2281 controller, they plug a hole in the Super Talent lineup. We give the 64 GB version a run on our test bench to see how well it performs.
Western Digital recently released a 1TB SATA 2.5-inch notebook hard drive in their Scorpio Blue Series that uses the standard 9.5mm height. This means that you can now get a 1TB drive that will fit inside your laptop that offers amazing storage capacity. We take a look at this 1TB monster to see how this 5400 RPM drive with 8 MB of cache performs on the test bench and compare it to a couple other notebook hard drives!
Everyone knows the GT badge on a product means it’s the high performance version. The Corsair Force 3 GT drives are no exception. Corsair even added a red paint job to add to the sporty theme. Will the GT take the checkered flag or will it get lapped? Have a look at our review and find out how it performs against other SandForce SF-2281 driven drives!
Kingston’s HyperX brand is synonymous with high performance which is why they’ve placed that badge prominently on their newest SSD. So when we received their newest and first HyperX SSD, we were very curious to see how it stacked up against other SandForce SF-2281 drives. How will they set their drive apart from the growing SandForce powered SSD crowd? Read on to see.