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The Impact of Misalignment

Solid state drives (SSDs) are becoming more common place now in desktop and mobile computers. The advantages of these drives are obvious the first time they are used. They are much faster and give a user a much better experience accessing data on their computers. When people upgrade their own hardware and include an SSD to their PC, care must be taken during the data migration process to make sure the new hardware is aligned correctly at a software level so data will be accessed in the most optimal way. IT administrators face a different set of problems with the introduction of 4K sectors. This will be compounded as storage systems increase inside companies and new drives are added.

Samsung F4EG EcoGreen Announced

Samsung has announced the F4EG their latest generation EcoGreen hard drive. 2TB drive features three platters (667GB each) with 19% better standby time performance and 23% lower power consumption in standby mode than the previous F3EG (Samsung F3EG Review). 

Infinitec Announces USB Wireless Sharing Device

Start-up company Infinitec has announced the IUM, a USB device that acts as an ad-hoc stemming device allowing computers to send content back and forth to one another.

Super Talent UltraDrive MX SSD Launched

Super Talent Technology has added to their SSD line with the UltraDrive MX SSD. The UltraDrive MX is highlighted by the becomingly popular SATA II and mini-USB dual-interface. The USB connection makes it simple to use the drive externally, great for cloning the drive for use in a new machine, without the need for an external enclosure. 

Toshiba Announces New 2.5" 7200RPM Drives

Toshiba has announced their latest 2.5-inch 7200RPM drives for a variety of applications including notebook computers, servers, and high security. Three different product lines will be available.

LSI Launches New 6Gb/s High Port Count Storage Adapters

LSI has expanded their 6Gb/s SAS card family with new high port count storage adapters. They support both internal storage and external JBOD expansion and range from 4 to 28 ports in a variety of configurations.

OWC Intros Multi-Mount 2.5"/3.5" Drive Adapter

Other World Computing has announced their Multi-Mount adapter kits for installing 2.5-inch hard drives and SSDs into 3.5-inch bays. Kits are available for Mac, Mac Pro, and PC tower computers.

Lexar Launches 128GB Echo SE Portable Backup Drive

Lexar has announced the 128GB Echo SE USB portable backup drive. The drive activates when plugged in, making it easy for consumers to back up their valuable data. 

Corsair Adds More Options to Force SSD Line

Barely two months after refreshing their Force line of SSDs, Corsair has added three more capacities to the lineup; 40GB, 80GB and 160GB. These complement the existing l60GB, 120GB and 240GB SSDs. The three new capacities feature the same SandForce SF-1200 processor and 285MB/s read and 270MB/s write speeds.

Kanguru Intros Defender Basic Encrypted Flash Drive

Kanguru Solutions has announced its latest security product, the Kanguru Defender Basic. This entry-level device features hardware encryption and is designed for everyday use.