Category Archive: storage

WINDOWS 10 ONEDRIVE DROPS FAT32

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OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud service for sharing photos and documents. Recently Microsoft dropped support for FAT32 and now requires NTFS for hosting OneDrive local copies. We noticed this with our HP Stream 7. We use a microSD card for supplemental storage and the default format for 32GB is FAT32. If you need to change to …

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SEAGATE DEVELOPS LARGER DESKTOP HARD DISKS

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Seagate is presently testing some new 12TB desktop SATA hard disks. We see this disk being very handy for backups of games, iTunes and other media collections. Seagate CEO Stephen Luczo says that initial feedback has been very positive. Seagate is also working to get a 14TB disk into testing soon. Looking into 2018 Seagate …

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NEW SEAGATE HARD DISK DRIVES

Hard disk drives in the 3½: format are still sticking with the standard form factor. The changes in the industry are with 2½” drives like the ones in laptop machines. Historically 2½”: drives were 9.5 mm thick. It was standardized many years ago. SSD drives have been made in thinner 7 mm thick form factors. …

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SAMSUNG 960 PRO & EVO SERIES M.2 SSD

Samsung has now released a new series of M.2 SSD products under the 960 Evo and Pro groups. These new SSD products are promising to deliver more than 2GB/s of bandwidth. MZ-V6P512 (PRO 512 GB) MZ-V6P1T0 (PRO 1024 GB) MZ-V6P2T0 (PRO 2048 GB) MZ-V6E250 (EVO 256 GB) MZ-V6E500 (EVO 512 GB) MZ-V6E1T0 (EVO 1024GB) The highest …

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4K UHD BLU-RAY

The fall we expect to see the first crop of new 4K UHD Blu-ray movies to become available. We have long used the gaming box with a Blu-Ray drive to watch DVD and BD moves. The drive we use now is BDXL which is capable of 128GB disks maximum. The real change is with the …

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INTEL 3D XPOINT (OPTANE)

On July 28, 2015, Intel and Micron have announced a new type of storage. Intel’s new 3D XPOINT is a new class of storage that they hope will be able to bring to the PC market in the next couple of years. Compared to NAND memory Intel claims 10x lower latency, 3x write endurance, 4x writes …

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SFF-8649

The SFF-8639 ia a faster interface designed primarily for SSD products in a 2½” form factor. More recently it has been rebadged as U.2 to compete with M.2 which is more constrained physically. Both U.2 and M.2 can use up to 4 PCI Express lanes. There are more pins which increase the bandwidth considerably to …

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MOVING STEAM GAMES

We use a desktop machine for PC gaming and we have several hard disks installed. Modern hard disks are now big enough to handle several hundred games. Games have grown bigger which pushes capacity limits. Many gaming enthusiasts have purchased SSD products. These tend to be lower in capacity. So given everything wants to be …

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RESTORE FROM FILE HISTORY

Open up setting, then backup then Click on More Options screen and there is a link to restore a previous backup at the bottom of the window. Windows 8 and above can also restore backups from Windows 7. Before restoring your files, make sure all updates for Windows are installed first. Also make sure all drivers …

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BACKUP WITH FILE HISTORY

File History is the new Backup solution that comes with Windows 8 and above. File history can now transparently backup Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files.as well. Beware that File History can use a fair amount of storage so its not a bad idea to have a larger capacity disk to …

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USB SATA ADAPTERS

USB SATA adapters are very low cost. The low cost Taiwanese MOAI MA6116 (2010) uses USB 2.0 and connects to SATA. The MA6116A does all of the functions and only needs a quartz crystal and some basic components. It even has pins for an activity LED. Over in Shenzhen, China this MA6116A sells for 元2.80. Integrated …

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SOLID STATE DRIVES (SSD)

Solid state drives have become popular with many gaming machines. Changes in the industry will be bringing extreme performance for mainstream gaming rigs. TYPES SSD products started off with digital cameras. The move to video motivated the industry considerably. When mobile machines with SATA based products revolutionized their capabilities, it did not take long before …

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COUNTERFEIT COMPUTER HARDWARE

We have noticed that counterfeit computer components are becoming a growing problem. We first encountered this problem with the AK 680 power supply. The Echostar 680W is even worse. Both use oem power supply boards and labeled their respective products at double the actual true capacity or more. Vast  numbers of these counterfeit power supplies …

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NVM EXPRESS

Non Volatile Memory Express was first seen at an Intel Developer’s forum back in 2007. The standard was not published however until April 2008. As of 2014 more than 65 corporations are now members. BIOS support is needed for NVMe support for primary boot. Intel Z-170 support NVMe with M.2 slots for SSD in addition …

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CLEARING HARD DISK PARTITIONS

Hard disks may have several partitions. Windows Vista and above use a small boot partition. This page will show you how to clean a disk to like new. This way it can be used fresh for a clean install of Windows or as a data disk. DISKPART Open the command prompt as an administrator then …

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USB STICK ROUNDUP

USB memory disks surfaced late in 2000. IBM sold the first models with a capacity of 8MB. It took several years for prices to fall but in 15 years the price deflator has been brutal. As of 2015, USB sticks are available in 32 GB for under $20. USB sticks adopted USB 2.0 circa 2003 on …

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IOMEGA ZIP DRIVE

The IOmega Zip drive was released circa Q4 1994. The Zip drive originally was shipped as a SCSI device but it had a firmware problem that caused the drive to malfunction. The Zip disk with 100 megabytes of capacity was very attractive at a time when most computers were equipped with 200-500MB hard disks. The …

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THE CD/DVD/BD DRIVE

Games were early adopters of the CD drive when the PC started supporting them in the early 1990s. The huge capacity of the CD meant that far more sophisticated games could be possible. The ISO standards are called the Yellow book. There are also many other standards which helped make the CD drive the pervasive …

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SOLID STATE FLASH DRIVES

Solid state drives (SSD) have become very popular with laptop machines. For many years laptop users, struggling with slow hard disks, bought SSD replacements by the millions. Back in the early 1990s SanDisk was offering solid state flash based storage. 20MB was $1000. Fast forward to 2016 and now you can get 2TB for $1000. …

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HARD DISK ERRORS

Occasionally hard disks run out of spare sectors. Often those errors arise after a few years of use. It is best to format the disk and then check the media to be sure all of the bad sectors are mapped. This way Windows can continue to use the disk for general use. FORMAT Generally format …

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