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Verbatim Intros New Line Of 2.5-Inch SSDs

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2011

Verbatim has just announced a new line of SSDs for the folks in the European market. They come in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB sizes. The 2.5-inch SSDs feature a durable aluminum casing to keep it safe.

Other features include a SATA II 3.0 Gbps interface and they will deliver read and write speeds of up to 250MB/s and 220MB/s. The 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models will cost you 129 Euro ($185), 238 Euro ($342) and 470 Euro ($675).

Kingmax Unveils New Line Of 2.5-Inch SATA III SSDs

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2011

Check out the new line of 2.5-inch SATA III SSDs from Kingmax Technology. These can be had in four different storage capacities: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB and are equipped with an impact-resistant metal shell, a SATA III 6.0 Gbps interface, NCQ and TRIM support and a MTBF of 1.2 million hours. These SSDs mean business.

They offer read/write speeds of up to 415/95 MB/s (for the 64GB model), 415/175 MB/s (for the 128GB model), 415/260 MB/s (for the 256GB model) and 415/260 MB/s (for the 512GB model). Nothing yet on pricing though.

Western Digital launches 750GB Scorpio Black 2.5-Inch Hard Drive

Posted in Western Digital by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2011

We can never have enough storage options these days and this latest is from Western Digital, who has announced a new storage capacity for its Scorpio Black hard drive line, by launching this 750GB model.

This 2.5-inch hard drive features an SATA 3.0 Gbps interface, 16MB of buffer and works at 7200 RPM. If you like how this one is spinning, the 750GB Scorpio Black is priced at just $149. That’s a pretty decent price.

Seagate introduces 2.5-inch Constellation.2, 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on December 13th, 2010

Seagate has introduced their new Server-specific enterprise hard drive. The 2.5-inch hard drive will have a total capacity of 1TB. It’s dubbed the Constellation.2 and it can be used by small to medium businesses as well as large enterprises. It can be used in directed attached storage (DAS), network attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) environments.

It should give IT managers more options to meet capacity requirements. The Constellation.2 is available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities and promises 6-GB/s SATA or 6GB/s serial-attached SCSI interface options.

Zalman S-Series and N-Series 2.5-inch SSDs

Posted in SSD by Conner Flynn on November 7th, 2010

Zalman has released two lines of SATA SSDs in the 2.5-inch market. There’s the value-oriented S-series and the performance-oriented N-series, which are currently available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. The Zalman S-series SSDs use a JMicron controller for up to 260MB/s of read speeds and up to 60MB/s write speeds for the 32GB model, 120MB/s write speeds for the 64GB model, and 210MB/s write speeds for the 128GB model. These are priced at $99, $149, and $249, respectively.

The Zalman N-series SSDs use the SandForce SF-12xx controller for up to 280MB/s read speeds and 270MB/s write speeds. The 64GB model is priced at $169, while the 128GB model sells for $289.

Hitachi Ultrastar C10K600 2.5-inch Hard Drive with 64MB of cache

Posted in Hitachi by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2010

We all want speed. There is no such thing as too fast. So Hitachi has introduced its 600GB Ultrastar C10K600 2.5–inch enterprise hard drive. It is said to be the fastest professional 10,000RPM hard drive. It features 64MB of cache and optimizations to help it transfer data about 15 percent faster in random seeks and 18 percent faster sequentially than the previous best performer.

There are also some new power management tricks that allow this drive to operate 22 percent more efficiently than the competition. A 6Gbps SAS link is what offers its speedy data transfers and includes the option for hardware encryption to lock unauthorized access to the data within.

Samsung SpinPoint MT2 2.5-inch 1TB HDD

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2010

Samsung is now shipping the Spinpoint MT2, a 2.5-inch 1TB internal hard drive for use with mobile applications and set top boxes (DVRs, Digital TVs etc.), where you want your drives to run quiet and cool. The drive only runs at 5400 rpm, which is typical for such high-capacity drives. It uses Samsung’s proprietary SilentSeek and NoiseGuard technologies.

This drive should be fast enough for an HD digital video recorder and is likely to be much quieter than a 3.5″ disk. No word yet on price, but it should start making the rounds soon.


Verbatim Store ‘n’ Go 1TB 2.5-inch External Hard Drive

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on April 15th, 2010

Just look at all of those mouth watering colors. Verbatim‘s new Store ‘n’ Go external hard drive is based on a 2.5″ form factor and will hold up to 1TB of data. That rainbow of colors seems to match the season as well. They come in red, blue, green, white, black, silver, purple and orange.

It connects via USB and sports a Green button to send it into an energy-saving sleep mode if you care about the environment. Each drive comes with Nero Rescue and Nero BackItUp Essentials and Burn software. Your choice of 250GB, 320GB, 500GB, 640GB, 750GB and 1TB capacities for $80, $94, $107, $121, $134 and $256.

WD intros 2.5-inch 750GB Scorpio Blue HDD

Posted in Western Digital by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2010

Western Digital shipped the industry’s first 2.5-inch 1TB hard drive last summer, but sadly it couldn’t be used as a drop-in solution for upgrading your laptop drive. This is because it relies on a 12.5mm height form factor, while the majority of laptops only support 9.5mm height drives.

Well, now they’ve outed the 750GB Scorpio Blue, a 2.5-inch drive that uses the standard height form factor. The unit includes Advanced Format and WhisperDrive for just $149.