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Toshiba Releases Canvio Portable Backup Solution

Toshiba has announced the Canvio Portable hard drive product line, which features computer backup software and capacities from 500GB  to 1TB. The backup process runs in the background, making it easy and reliable for home users. 

Adaptec and Microsoft Demonstrate SSD Caching Benefits

Adaptec today revealed benchmark results for its MaxIQ SSD Cache Performance software solution. MaxIQ uses licensed SSD control technology from Microsoft and builds upon it.

Toshiba Announces Highest Capacity Notebook Hard Drive

Toshiba has announced the highest capacity 9.5mm notebook drive available, the 750GB MK7559GSXP. The MK7559GSXP is a 5400RPM 2.5" SATA II hard drive that features a two-platter design and the industry's highest areal density. Toshiba also announced the new three-platter 12.5mm MKxx59GSM series which comes in 750GB and 1TB capacities. 

Synology DS410 NAS for Small Business Released

Synology has announced the DS410 DiskStation, a four-bay NAS for small businesses. The DS410 builds on the DS409 by adding features like encrypted file sharing, automatic backup to Amazon S3, desktop and network backup, multi-media streaming, surveillance, email and web hosting and more. 

Active Media Launches eSATA Flash Drive

Looking for more speed out of your flash drives? Active Media has just announced their 16GB and 32GB eSATA flash drives that give your portable media a little extra kick. For the times you can't get an eSATA connection, there's also a Mini USB 2,0 port on the other side. Users can expect to see 100MB/s read and 55MB/s write speeds.

Imation Now Shipping LTO Ultrium Generation 5 Tape

Imation is starting to ship their next generation tape cartridges, the Imation LTO Ultrium Generation 5. The tape cartridges feature nearly double the storage capacity of the previous generation tape, increased data transfer rates, and a new partitioning functionality. 

LSI PCI Express Solid State Storage Card Now Sampling to OEMs

LSI is now sampling a PCI Express-based solid-state storage (SSS) solution to OEMs. The LSISSS6200 PCIe SSS card is a high-performance solution for enterprise servers and cruises along at 1,500MB/s sustained sequential I/O and 1,200MB/s sustained random I/O; regardless of read/write mix.

LSI Announces SAS6160 and SAS6161 SAS Switches

LSI has announced the industry’s first series of 6Gb/s SAS switches. Sampling now to OEM customers, the LSI SAS6160 and SAS6161 switches extend the capabilities of SAS in direct-attached storage (DAS) environments and let multiple servers connect to one or more independent external storage systems. 

Intel X25-V SSD Released

Random 4 KB Reads: up to 25,000 IOPSIntel has added to their market-leading SSD line with the Intel X25-V. The X25-V is a value-based SSD featuring 40GB of storage and a price tag of $125. The TRIM enabled drive features sequential read speed of 170MB/s and write speeds of 35MB/s. The Intel X25-V SSD is designed to be used with portable computing devices like netbooks or as a boot drive for desktop PCs.

The 4K Sector - Another Nail in XP's Coffin

Today’s hard drives are formatted using a 512 byte sector, however in the near future most hard drives will be switching to a more modern 4kb sector (that is eight times as large, for those bad at math). While the 4kb sector will allow manufacturers to produce larger and more reliable hard drives, it is yet another reminder that we should be moving away from Microsoft’s aging Windows XP operating system.