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Hitachi Intros Travelstar 5K750, 7K750 Notebook Drive Lines

Hitachi has announced the latest additions to its Travelstar line of drives for notebook computers, the 5K750 and 7K750 series. The 2.5" drives are available with capacities up to 750GB in a standard 9mm form factor.

New Kingston CF 600x card; Toshiba Intros USB 3.0 Ext. HDDs; Patriot Intros 4-bay 5.25" Device

Kingston announced the release of its CompactFlash Ultimate 600x memory card; Toshiba introduced its Convio 3.0 line of USB 3.0 portable hard drives; Patriot introduced its 4x4 Convio 5.25" bay adapter for hard drives.

OCZ Onyx 2 SSD Announced

OCZ has announced the Onyx 2 Series, a 2.5" mainstream SSD that "delivers excellent performance with lower price per gigabyte than that of other comparable drives on the market." We'll take OCZ's word for it, as they didn't release pricing, but they did release specs that include a SandForce SF-1200 processor which delivers maximum 275MB/s reads and 265MB/s writes, with IOPS of 10,000 (4K aligned). The Onyx 2 comes in 120GB and 240GB capacities. 

Demystifying SSD Endurance

Some SSD buyers select a drive solely based on performance, some make their decision based on price and others buy for combinations of these and other factors. But almost all SSD buyers are confused by a single issue that could soon see a tremendous increase of clarity, "How long will my SSD last?"

SandForce Gets $25MM Venture Funding; PhotoFast Gaming SSD up to 1400MB/s; Viking Announces Enterprise SAS SSDs

SandForce announced it has closed $25 million in series D funding; PhotoFast introduced its LSI PCI-e SSD, which is available in up to 960GB capacities and has read speeds up to 1,400MB/s; lastly, Viking Modular Solutions announced its Enterprise-class Element SAS SSD line.

Kingston Ships USB 3.0 Flash Drive; LSI Intros 6Gb/s RAID-on-Chip; Seagate Encrypted Drive Now FIPS 140-2 Certified

Kingston launched its DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 flash drive which has read speeds up to 80MB/s; LSI announced it is now shipping its 6Gb/s SAS RAID-on-Chip device with a dual-core PowerPC processor and specialized hardware acceleration engines; finally, Seagate announced its Momentus Self-Encrypting Drive has been FIPS 140-2 certified.

Super Talent Ships USB 3.0 Flash Drives; SanDisk, NDS Announce SSD-Based Set-Top Boxes; Icy Dock Intros 2.5" to 3.5" Converter

Super Talent has announced they are now shipping their USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache drive and standard USB 3.0 drives; SanDisk and NDS have combined technologies to produce inexpensive set-top boxes with DVR-like features

How To: Improve Low SSD Performance in Intel Series 5 Chipset Environments

Forums member StamatisX has created the following how to guide and analysis of what appears to be a commonly reported problem - SSDs are not reaching their full performance potential in many notebooks and some desktops using the Intel Series 5 chipset. While not a definitive study on the issue, StamatisX does provide a detailed look into the problem and provides tweak options that help alleviate the performance issue until the concern is addressed more soundly by the OEMs, Intel or both.

Intel SSD Toolbox v2.0 Released

Intel has updated their SSD management software. Version 2.0 features new tools including a System Configuration Tuner and Secure Erase function, which is handy and mitigates the need for a third party application. 

QNAP Launches Turbo NAS Pro+ Servers for Business

QNAP has announced a year-end refresh of its Business Series Turbo NAS servers. The new models announced include the 2-drive TS-259 Pro+, the 4-drive TS-459 Pro+, the 5-drive TS-559 Pro+, and the 6-drive TS-659 Pro+ with up to 12TB of online storage (using 2TB hard drives).