Category: storage

LENOVO X220 SSD UPGRADE

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Lenovo x220 has an internal slot for an mini SATA SSD however this is limited to 300 MB/s while the hard disk bay is provisioned with 600 MB/s bandwidth. mSATA drives are available up to 512GB. The eSATA slot can also be used for a WWAN card. The X220 has a 7mm drive bay so check …

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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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TEAMGROUP L5 SSD 480GB

TEAMGROUP L5 SSD 480GB

TeamGroup L5 SSD 480GB is the top capacity model of the series. TeamGroup also markets memory and other solid state hardware. The L5 SSD is an entry level SSD marketed primarily to laptop users. The L5 SSD uses the new 3D NAND technology. Featuring great durability and low energy consumption, it has become the mainstream memory …

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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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WINDOWS 10 DISK DEFRAGMENTER

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Microsoft upgraded the disk defragmenter with Windows 10 as compared to Windows 8. The changes include better recognition of solid state drives as well as a better tuned engine to handle machines in use better. Running the defragmenter in the background may show 10 or even 20 passes. This is due largely to writes to …

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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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