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SSD data recovery, secure erase standards group formed

Problem troublesome in data centers, other enterprise SSD deployments

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and its Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) have announced the formation of a new Data Recovery and Erase Special Interest Group (DR/E SIG) to accelerate awareness and adoption of recovery technology in the solid state storage marketplace. The first...


Another round of SSD Trim testing complete, no issues found

Radeon, Crucial, Patriot SSDs tested in this round

Round three of MacNN's SSD testing is complete. In this test, we took four non-Samsung SSDs requested by users to task, to see how well they did in a time-compressed environment with Apple's OS X 10.10.4 Trim implementation. So far, so good with all eight SSD's we've beaten on through artificial use...


Exclusive Testing: Apple's Trim implementation and Samsung SSDs

So far, no problems have been noted in testing the popular SSD line

Continuing the refresh of MacNN, we've launched some testing initiatives. The first, a rundown of iTunes Match/Music problems with stored libraries is still underway, and we're hoping for more information later this week. The second: a close look at Apple's Trim activation for third-party SSDs, which...


Addonics ships PCIe x4 M2 SSD controller card for Windows, OS X

Controller card allows trio of M2 SSDs to be installed in x4 PCIe slot

Addonics Technologies today announced a M2 Hybrid Controller and M2 SSD (Solid State Drive) adapter that gives PCIe-based systems, including the aluminum Mac Pro line, a performance boost over SATA-based SSDs with RAID speeds of multiple user-provided M2 SSDs up to 1000MB/s through a PCIe x4 slot.


Hands On: OWC brings ultra-fast SSD USB 3.0 stick to CES

OWC shows off 8TB SSD drive bay, Envoy Pro mini SSD

While at CES, Electronista stopped by Other World Computing's booth to check out its latest portable SSD drives. Front and center was the company's new Envoy Pro mini, soon available in 120GB and 240GB capacities, with a 480GB version due out a little later in the year. The USB 3.0 stick's design is...


Hands On: Samsung Portable SSD T1

Small but powerful SSD from Samsung

While Samsung is generally known for its lavish TV announcements during CES, one of the more interesting products it presented during yesterday's keynote was a portable SSD. Dubbed the Portable SSD T1, Samsung's new drive has been designed with a very specific market in mind. Following Samsung's event,...


Sonnet ships Tempo PCIe SSD card with 512GB M.2 module

New card pushes 1.1GB/s, faster than striped RAID 2.5-inch SSDs

Sonnet Technologies today announced the Tempo PCIe SSD PCI Express (PCIe) solid state drive card with a 512GB SSD module as the newest member of the Sonnet Tempo family of high-performance storage cards. The Sonnet PCIe SSD card serves as an alternative to traditional storage solutions, mounting a high-performance...


LaCie refreshes d2 drive line with Thunderbolt 2, SSD upgrade

Bridgeboard on drive replaceable with PCIe SSD

Seagate's LaCie branch today announced the latest evolution of its d2 desktop storage line. The latest LaCie d2 features a new all-aluminum unibody enclosure, dual Thunderbolt 2, and USB 3.0. In addition, LaCie designed the d2 Thunderbolt 2 to be upgradable with a SSD daughterboard, which boosts speeds...


Sandisk launches value-oriented Ultra II SSD with TLC media

Sandisk first company besides Samsung to make TLC-based SSDs

Sandisk today announced the new SanDisk Ultra II SSD with enhanced SSD Dashboard. The new SATA-3, 2.5-inch drive ships in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities, and is the first SSD outside of those manufactured by Samsung to use TLC flash media.


AMD officially launches OCZ partnership with Radeon R7 SSD line

New SSD line starts AMD's 'one stop shop' for enthusiasts

AMD today announced its previously-rumored technology partnership with Toshiba-owned OCZ Storage Solutions for AMD Radeon-branded Solid State Drives (SSDs). Launching the range is the AMD Radeon R7 Series SSDs in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities.


Drobo Mini ships with included SSD storage for portable storage

Drobo Mini with SSD bundles include 1TB, 2TB, 4TB storage options

Connected Data, creators of the Drobo range of storage appliances, has launched a version of its most portable device with built-in storage. The Drobo Mini, first revealed two years ago, will include four SSD drives pre-installed into its four 2.5-inch drive bays, giving users such as photographers and...


DealNN: Elgato Thunderbolt SSD only $180 and more

Elgato Thunderbolt SSD only $180 and more

This week, Other World Computing has a great deal on the Elgato 120GB Thunderbolt solid state drive, which is currently priced at $179, $120 off the list price of $299. That beats the next lowest price by $65. Free delivery is included. The Elgato Thunderbolt SSD offers 120GB of storage with 270MB/s...


Samsung launches 840 EVO mSATA SSD range with 1TB offering

Claims first 1TB mSATA SSD storage in industry

Samsung has launched a new collection of mSATA solid state drives that includes a number of high-capacity offerings, despite their small size. Continuing the naming convention of its full-sized stablemates, the 840 EVO range introduces a 1-terabyte drive, something which Samsung claims to be the "industry's...


Apple adds 256GB, 512GB SSD options for custom iMacs

Offers alternative to Fusion Drive, larger SSDs

Apple has added 256GB and 512GB SSD options for build-to-order iMac customers at its online store. Picking 256GB adds $300 to the cost of a system, while choosing 512GB adds $600. Stock iMac configurations are priced between $1,299 and $1,999.


Foremay puts world's first SATA 2TB 2.5-inch SSDs on sale

First high-capacity SSDs using SATA instead of PCIe

Manufacturer of industrial solid state drives Foremay has released what it claims to be the world's first two-terabyte (2TB) SSD drives with a standard 2.5-inch SATA connection. The two drives, the SC199 for industry and the TC166 for desktop computers, does away with the previous high-capacity SSD requirement...


OCZ debuts new SSD line with in-house developed controller

OCZ Vector SSD promises longer life, faster data transfers

Provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, OCZ Technology Group, today announced the availability of the new SATA III-based Vector SSD Series featuring the company's next-generation Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller. OCZ's worldwide technology hardware and...


Forum roundup: Mac mini with external SSD?

Mac mini with external SSD?

Yesterday in the MacNN forums, Mac Elite "WizOSX" had some questions about running a Mac mini with an external SSD and has turned to the forums for some advice. "If I plug in a USB2 thumb-drive do I bring all the 3's down to 2?" asks Forum Regular "imdipped" yesterday.


Intel pushes out 20nm flash-based SSD 335

Intel delivers next-gen SSD using 20nm NAND flash fab process

Intel is now shipping its first SSDs based on its new 20nm NAND Flash memory fabrication process. Although shifting to the new process delivers manufacturing, power efficiencies, and the potential to ramp up the capacity of its SSDs, the first 335-series drive only comes in at 240GB size with no performance...


Sonnet rolls out pair of Tempo PCI-E SSD mount cards

Nearly 1GB per second on Tempo SSD Pro

Sonnet Technologies has announced the release of the Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro PCI Express cards, the latest in the Sonnet Tempo family of SATA host controllers. The Tempo SSD and Tempo SSD Pro cards allow users to purchase up to two SSDs separately and mount them directly on the PCI-E card, requiring...


Crucial pushes out budget v4 SSD range

New Crucial v4 SSDs aimed at pre-2011 systems

Crucial has introduced a new range of budget 2.5-inch SSDs that start from just $50. The v4 SSD range ranges in size from 32GB through to a range topping 250GB that also arrives at a similarly affordable $190 price point. Crucial suggests that the new drives are aimed at giving a performance boost to...


Intel boosts 330 Series SSDs to 240GB, lowers prices

Intel revamps 330 Series SSDs, cuts costs

Intel has added a new higher capacity 240GB SSD to its entry-level 330 Series range, making it a more reasonable proposition for users looking for useable capacity against value for money. The range now comes 60GB, 120GB, 180GB variants along with the aforementioned 240GB model. Intel has also trimmed...


OWC offers 2010/2011 MacBook Air SSD upgrades

Drive plus case bundles repurpose factory SSD for external storage

Upgrade vendor OWC has released a combination SSD upgrade and external case for 2010 and 2011 MacBook air notebooks. The Mercury Aura bundle includes a Aura Pro Express SSD and Aura Envoy external housing. After installing the Aura Pro Express SSD, the factory SSD is converted into external storage by...


Intel SSD 330 official, mixes budget price with speed

Intel SSD 330 hits 500MBps in cheap form

Intel began its week by introducing a new and relatively uncommon blend of performance and lower prices among solid-state drives in the SSD 330 series. While inexpensive, they the most recent 25-nanometer, multi-level cell memory and matching controllers to give performance that...


Intel SSD 313 unveiled, destined for ultrabook boot drives

Intel SSD 313 to cache and boot fast PCs

Although going without a formal announcement, a new solid-state drive has surfaced from Intel meant for ultrabooks. The SSD 313 has just 20GB or 24GB of storage, and is intended as a boot drive that sits next to a more conventional, rotating disk. Peak reads per second (160MB...


Intel 330 SSD specs, prices leak on online stores

Budget-priced Intel 330 SSD to arrive April 13?

Intel's 300 series SSD update has leaked out at retailers in advance, including at SabrePC in the US and Amazon UK. The latter aims to release it on April 13, while Sabre has no ship dates listed but does have a $149 price tag for a 120GB model. Yet to be officially announced,...


Trine 2, SoftRAID, Sente

SoftRAID 4.2.1

SoftRAID allows users to create and manage disk arrays under Mac OS X, in order to increase performance and reliability. The latest 4.2.1 version offers full 64-bit support for faster launch time and responsiveness on Snow Leopard/Lion, as well as an optimized mirror rebuild algorithm that now uses...


SoftRAID, UltraEdit, Instant Backup

SoftRAID 4.0.2

SoftRAID has announced an update to its flagship RAID software for Mac OS X. Version 4.0.2 includes specific support for Advanced Format disks, which have larger sectors and offer greater error correction. It also includes better support for SSD drives, performance enhancements, and advanced online help.


SoftRAID, OCRKit, Badia BigPicture for InDesign

MediaLink 2.0

MediaLink 2.0 makes it possible to transfer songs from iTunes directly to the PlayStation 3. With the new release rescaling preferences have been added for images, and additional support is included for transcoding and rescaling videos. The upgrade also offers improved SSDP discovery, and support for...


EasyMoney, Cocktail, SMART Utility

SMART Utility 2.2

Volitans has launched a 2.2 version of its diagnostic tool for hard drives, known as SMART Utility. The upgrade adds support for saving and opening drive reports in native format, as well as for printing SMART reports. The eSellerate embedded engine has been updated to 4.0.0.7, and the new 5.39 smartctl...


SecuritySpy, PassDirector, PAID

PassDirector 2.0

PassDirector 2.0 is an encrypted, password-protected database used to store important information. It supports everything from bank accounts to credit card numbers, as well as web passwords. Version 2.0 enables creating or re-naming categories with custom fields, along with the ability to delete categories....


Trine 2, SoftRAID, Sente

SoftRAID 4.2.1

SoftRAID allows users to create and manage disk arrays under Mac OS X, in order to increase performance and reliability. The latest 4.2.1 version offers full 64-bit support for faster launch time and responsiveness on Snow Leopard/Lion, as well as an optimized mirror rebuild algorithm that now uses...


SoftRAID, UltraEdit, Instant Backup

SoftRAID 4.0.2

SoftRAID has announced an update to its flagship RAID software for Mac OS X. Version 4.0.2 includes specific support for Advanced Format disks, which have larger sectors and offer greater error correction. It also includes better support for SSD drives, performance enhancements, and advanced online help.


SoftRAID, OCRKit, Badia BigPicture for InDesign

MediaLink 2.0

MediaLink 2.0 makes it possible to transfer songs from iTunes directly to the PlayStation 3. With the new release rescaling preferences have been added for images, and additional support is included for transcoding and rescaling videos. The upgrade also offers improved SSDP discovery, and support for...


EasyMoney, Cocktail, SMART Utility

SMART Utility 2.2

Volitans has launched a 2.2 version of its diagnostic tool for hard drives, known as SMART Utility. The upgrade adds support for saving and opening drive reports in native format, as well as for printing SMART reports. The eSellerate embedded engine has been updated to 4.0.0.7, and the new 5.39 smartctl...


SecuritySpy, PassDirector, PAID

PassDirector 2.0

PassDirector 2.0 is an encrypted, password-protected database used to store important information. It supports everything from bank accounts to credit card numbers, as well as web passwords. Version 2.0 enables creating or re-naming categories with custom fields, along with the ability to delete categories....


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