The StorageReview.com review database offers in-depth analysis and comparison of the latest storage products. The latest HDD reviews (hard disk drive), SSD reviews (solid state drive), external storage reviews and related accessories are listed below.

by Tucker Mindrum

Synology DiskStation DS1515+ Review

Synology's new DiskStation DS1515+ is a 5-bay NAS that houses up to 30TB of raw storage, a quad-core 2.4GHz CPU, and up to 6GB RAM (with upgrade). It was designed for demanding use-cases and serves reported transfer speeds of 450MB/s and 396.5MB/s (read and write, respectively). Like many of Synology's offerings, it also prioritizes security, providing AES-NI encryption with very little decrease in read speeds, in addition to a suite of other features. Each DS1515+ server is scalable up to 90TB (with two Synology DX513 expansion units), and multiple DiskStation servers can be consolidated through Synology's Central Management System (CMS) for enhanced administrative efficiency. Account integration is easily done thanks to support for Windows AD, LDAP, and Domain Trust.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Toshiba HK3R2 Review

The Toshiba HK3R2 series is the company's new line of high-performance enterprise SSDs and direct successor to the HK3R eSSD family. Specifically designed for read intensive workloads, the HK3R2 has a maximum capacity of 960GB in a 2.5" form factor, supports a SATA 6Gb/s interface and leverages Toshiba's second-generation A19nm MLC NAND. The HK3R2 also features vital enterprise functionality, including full power loss and to-end protection as well as proprietary QSBC (Quadruple Swing-By Code) error-correction technology, the latter which helps to protect and secure data from corruption caused by NAND flash memory media wear. Its counterpart, the HK3E2, was also announced by Toshiba this week, though it's demographic targets businesses looking for value-oriented intensive workload SSDs instead.

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by Brian Beeler

Selecting the Best Samsung SSD for Intensive Desktop Workloads

There are many choices when buying flash to accelerate intensive desktop-oriented workloads like those for media and entertainment (M&E), oil and gas research, CAD and more. It's not always obvious though where to justify the expense when it comes to figuring out capacity vs performance vs form factor. We took the HP Z620 and Samsung's line of SSDs to get to the bottom of this question to determine which SSDs are best for intensive PC-based workloads. 

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by Lyle Smith

CalDigit T4 Review

The CalDigit T4 is a four-bay storage solution designed for the Mac platform, featuring the latest Thunderbolt 2 technology, storage capacities up to 20TB and compatibility with various RAID configurations to offer professionals quite a bit of versatility. The new T4 also comes with the CalDigit Drive Utility, which is management software that allows for complete control of the company’s storage devices. The bundled software also provides users with vital drive information, RAID management, event notifications, email notifications, event logs, and disk benchmark tests.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Icy Dock TurboSwap 3.5" Tray-Less Mobile Rack Review

Ideal for applications such as medical and military systems, industrial PCs and servers,  the Icy Dock TurboSwap 3.5" tray-less mobile rack (MB171SP-B ) allows for the mounting of a 3.5" hard drive into a 5.25" bay while providing stability, thermoregulation, and lots of added features. 

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by Tucker Mindrum

Icy Dock EZConvert Air HDD/SDD Converter Review

Icy Dock has recently released the EZConvert Air converter/mounting kit, which consists of two cost-effective products that are designed to maximize airflow while mounting a 2.5" HDD/SSD into a 3.5" bay (the MB382IP-3B and MB382SP-3B respectively); the only difference between the two products reviewed herein is that one serves SATA drives and the other serves SAS drives.  The EZConvert Air is comprised of the same form factor of a 3.5” hard drive, such as the outer dimension, location of the SATA connector, and the mounting holes. This allows users to fit it perfectly inside any standard 3.5" SATA/SAS drive bay. Icy Dock indicates that any system that uses 3.5” SATA HDDs is compatible with the EZConvert Air. 

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by Lyle Smith

Patriot Supersonic Bolt XT USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

The Patriot Supersonic Bolt XT is a rugged USB 3.0 flash drive that focuses on both performance and data security. To back up this claim, the Bolt XT uses built-in FIPS 197 compliant hardware-based 256-bit AES security and the drive locks and reformats itself when 10 consecutive failed password attempts have been made. In addition, the flash drive is designed with heavy rubber housing to ensure that the integrity of user data is protected physically as well. Patriot is known for their rugged USB drives, and the Supersonic Bolt XT is no exception.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Synology DiskStation DS1815+ Review

The Synology DS1815+ is a new 8-bay NAS designed for workload intensive tasks and offers a hardware encryption engine. Successor to the DS1813+, which we reviewed earlier this year, the new NAS features an updated quad-core processor, hardware encryption engine, and seamless software integration in a tower form factor. Synology has also made their new DS1815+ a very scalable device, with support for up to 6GB of DDR3 RAM and up to 108TB of raw capacity with two DX513 expansion units.

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by Tucker Mindrum

QNAP TS-253 Pro Review

The QNAP TS-253 Pro is a two-bay NAS optimized for small offices, workgroups and enthusiasts. It is a feature-intensive system that provides transfer speeds of up to 415MB/s, DDR3L RAM of up to 8GB (with upgrade), military-grade AES 256-bit encryption technology (70MB/s), video transcoding, third-party application compatibility, and virtualization. The TS-253 Pro supports VMware, Citrix, Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 and can be scaled up to 60TB with QNAP’s UX-800P expansion enclosure. QNAP loaded the TS-253 Pro with a 22nm quad-core Intel Celeron 2GHz processor as well as 512MB of flash memory.

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by Lyle Smith

Corsair Neutron Series XT SSD Review

The Corsair Neutron Series XT SSDs are designed to provide a happy median between high performance enthusiasts and multimedia professionals. Corsair indicates that it can achieve this by offering consumers high performance, high capacity, high consistency, and high reliability. These are definitely a line of SSDs that have a very broad demographic, as they targeted towards to essentially any type of use case that demands performance.

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