Category Archive: storage

SEAGATE DEVELOPS LARGER DESKTOP HARD DISKS

seagate-green-horizontal

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://hardcoregames.azurewebsites.net/seagate-develops-larger-desktop-hard-disks/

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. …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://hardcoregames.azurewebsites.net/hard-disk-changes/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://hardcoregames.azurewebsites.net/samsung-960-m-2-ssd/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://hardcoregames.azurewebsites.net/4k-ultra-blu-ray/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://hardcoregames.azurewebsites.net/intel-3d-xpoint-optane/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://hardcoregames.azurewebsites.net/sff-8649/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://hardcoregames.azurewebsites.net/moving-steam-games/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://hardcoregames.azurewebsites.net/restore-from-file-history/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://hardcoregames.azurewebsites.net/file-history/

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 …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://hardcoregames.azurewebsites.net/usb-sata-adapters/

Page 1 of 3123