Final round of testing once again shows no issues with Apple's Trim
Round four of MacNN's SSD testing is complete -- and this round will likely wrap up the testing, for reasons we will discuss within. In this test, we again took four SSDs requested by users to task, including an OWC model, to see how well they all did in a time-compressed environment with Apple's OS X 10.10.4 and 10.10.5 Trim implementation.
Long term work focuses on depleted, factory new 840evo SSD line
Earlier this year, there was some controversy about heat and SSD data life when left unpowered. We don't think this is a major problem for most users, as a SSD will be powered for essentially its entire operational life -- but it may be an issue going forward, as users collect older technologies for re-use, given the generally long life of Apple hardware. So, in conjunction with our SSD Trim testing, we've started real-life testing of unpowered, depleted SSDs, exposed to high temperatures for extended periods of time to check on both data retention, as well as drive survivability.
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 meetings, held earlier in August, brought together manufacturers as well as data recovery specialists, to hammer out a charter and a path for the group to standardize techniques, technologies, and best practices for SSD recovery and erasure, previously unique to each manufacturer.
New fab technology improves data density, efficiency of manufacturing
Samsung Electronics announced that it has begun mass producing the industry's first 256-gigabit (Gb), three-dimensional (3D) Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory based on 48 layers of 3-bit multi-level-cell (MLC) arrays for use in solid state drives (SSDs). The new technology will boost data density in future offerings, and an improvement in efficiency will help to keep future costs down.
TLC flash found only in Samsung SSDs making its way across the industry
DRAM modules and NAND flash products manufacturer Adata Technology, today launched the Premier SP550 SSD, which uses triple-level cell (TLC) architecture to offer an affordable SSD. The Premier SP550 is the first Adata drive to include the Silicon Motion (SMI) SM2256 controller, which uses NANDXtend technology to help implement data shaping, LDPC ECC, and a RAID engine for enhanced data protection, stability, and reliability.
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 patterns -- but with a single minor caveat.
No problems noted with the drive line after 800TB of data moved
When Apple released OS X 10.10.4, alongside the offering came an implementation of Trim technology to clean up and potentially speed SSD write speeds over time. Users choosing to activate the feature, previously only on Apple-provided SSDs were greeted with a dire warning about the potential for data loss should the feature go bad in any way. After a good first pass, MacNN has concluded its second round of testing on a drive series thought to be problematic with the command -- the Samsung 840 and 850 drives, both in pro and EVO lines.
New models double capacity of previous versions, boast same speeds
Samsung Electronics today expanded its retail SSD line, and has introduced the 2TB versions of its 850 Pro and 850 Evo solid state drives (SSDs). Samsung guarantees the 2TB 850 Pro for 10 years or 300TB written, and the 2TB 850 Evo for five years or 150TB written to the drive.
Latest OS X version offers preliminary support for third-party drives
Although many are celebrating the long-awaited arrival of Trim support for third-party SSD storage that can be enabled by users, Apple's implementation of it should be considered preliminary, and comes with an unusual and strongly-worded warning that offers no support if the user should experience problems. In addition, some popular SSD models, notably Samsung's 840 and 850 lines, may be subject to a data-destroying bug if Trim is activated.
Kit includes all the tools necessary, walkthrough video, cloning software
MCE Technologies has announced a 1TB internal PCIe-based Flash Storage upgrade solution for late-2013 through mid-2015 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The 1TB Upgrade Kits are based on the PCIe storage architecture present in those machines and include all tools required to perform the installation, an illustrated installation guide, and drive cloning software.
Four new products highlight speed, increased capacity
At this week's Computex in Taiwan, storage vendor Sandisk unveiled a two new products, alongside a refresh of two others. The new drives are the USB-C SanDisk Extreme 900 portable SSD, and the SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD. Bolstered today are the 128GB SanDisk Ultra Fit, and the 256GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 flash drive.
Fast, detailed hard disk monitoring utility
There's nothing better than checking out the state of your hard disk, and we've all spent many happy hours twiddling with a drive instead of getting on with our work. Yet those disks that we forget about will go wrong just about as certainly as they will fill up. Maybe they won't go wrong today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life. Usually that's the reason why you should have backups, and it still is, but it's now also a good reason to try out Disk Sensei. It's a quick and thorough utility that reports on the current health of your drives, as well as then taking steps to keep them running well.
Four-drive SSD array pushes over 1GB per second
Akitio today announced the availability of the new 12TB Thunder2Quad Mini Thunderbolt 2 portable storage engineered with 4K workflows in mind. With up to 22 hours of 4K video storage on tap and, the Thunder2Quad is available as an enclosure only or populated with up to 12TB of storage in the form of four 2.5-inch 3TB SSDs.
Rugged Thunderbolt drive proof against 1m drop, splash-resistant
LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology, announced today that its Rugged Thunderbolt storage solution will be available in a 1TB SSD capacity. With double the storage, the new LaCie Rugged is just as portable with no size or weight increase compared to the 500 GB offering.
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, Electronista met up with a rep and spent a little bit of time talking about the brand new SSD.
Google Hangouts updated for iOS, adds ability to see SMS and Voicemails from Google Voice account
Hangouts, Google's messaging app, has received an update for iOS devices. Hangouts allows users to send and receive messages, photos and more, and make video and voice calls with a group or one-on-one. Hangouts v2.5.0 features new sticker packs, and improved video call experience alongside miscellaneous bug fixes.
Speedy external comes in up to 1TB capacity, based on 3D V-NAND
At Samsung's pre-Consumer Electronics Show announcement battery, the semiconductor giant unveiled the Portable SSD T1. The new encapsulated USB 3.0 SSD is aimed at business travelers, creative professionals, and content creators with a need for secure local storage. AES 256-bit hardware encryption is included, with the use of just one user password on Windows-based PCs. The drive comes pre-formatted in exFAT, for best OS X 10.9 (or later) and Windows cross-platform compatibility.
Prototype drive will be demonstrated at Storage Visions 2015
Western Digital (WD) reports that its upcoming 4TB hybrid drive is the world's fastest such device, and the unit will be demonstrated this coming Sunday and Monday in Las Vegas at the SATA-IO booth at Storage Visions 2015, an adjunct conference to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The company claims that the drive, which fuses a modest-capacity SSD with a higher-capacity traditional hard disk, brings near-SSD speeds to consumers, with the dramatically-lower cost-per-GB of spinning platter drives.
Can a Sandforce-based SSD thumb drive be used as a portable OS drive?
USB flash drives dealt the death blow to both the floppy and Zip drives. While still faster than either of the old removable media, speeds are still generally measured in tens of megabytes per second, rather than something more speedy -- despite being on the new USB 3.0 bus. VisionTek is one of a few companies offering SSD-class speeds in a removable package -- in this case, the simply-named VisionTek USB Pocket SSD line of thumb drive-sized SSDs. We've lived with a 120GB version for a while, and have used it for various tasks, including as the carrier for a laptop operating system. See what we thought about it.
Both new drives deliver well more than 500MB/s read speed
Computer upgrade company OWC earlier this week announced a new 1TB OWC 2.5-inch Mercury Electra 6G SATA SSD. The new drive, offering 960GB of addressable storage, boasts sustained transfer rates of up to 535MB/s read and 443MB/s write, with the company boasting that the drive is specifically engineered for Apple upgrades. The new capacity is available now for $449, which is less than the 50-cents-per-GB threshold that marks it as a good value.
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 PCIe SSD on a card that installs into a computer's PCIe expansion card slot.
best SSDs at the lowest prices
This year for Black Friday, there will surely be heaps of discounts on solid state storage devices, with many of those deals showing up online already. Right now, Newegg has the Corsair 240GB Force LS Series internal solid state drive on sale for $115. That's already a discount of 50 percent off the list price, but a $30 rebate card drops the price further to $85. Just that alone makes this the best price out there by nearly $50. Use coupon code 'NAFVC10' and checkout with Visa Checkout to bag an additional $10 in savings.
Drive brings speed, convenient upgrade for 2012 and 2013 RMBP, iMac models
Apple's Retina line of MacBook Pro notebooks have been impressive, right from their debut in 2012. Thinner than the previous model, they incorporate all of Apple's leading technologies in a slim OS X computing device. The slimness comes with a price: upgradeability is strictly limited. If you didn't buy what you needed initially, you're mostly out of luck. A few vendors have popped up to partially address the situation, among them, MaxUpgrades. The company has recently introduced an aftermarket way to expand 2012 iMac and Retina MacBook Pro computer SSD storage up to 1TB, and we've been living with the 512GB version of their aftermarket storage upgrade for a while -- see what we thought of it!
Drive can hit over 400MB/s, suitable for operating systems
Accessory manufacturer VisionTek today announced the new VisionTek USB Pocket SSD line of thumb drive-sized SSDs. The USB 3.0 drive can be used with nearly any Windows, OS X, and Linux based system, with performance of up to 455MB/s read and 440MB/s write in a pocket-sized drive.
New chip increases data density, will lower costs and power consumption
Samsung today announced that it has begun mass producing the industry's first 3-bit multi-level-cell (MLC) three-dimensional Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory, for use in solid state drives (SSD). The 3-bit V-NAND is Samsung's latest second generation V-NAND device, which utilizes 32 vertically stacked cell layers per NAND memory chip. Each chip provides 128Gb of memory storage, at a lower cost per die than older technologies.
Pocket-sized solid state drive offers quick reads, falls just short of stated writes
USB thumb drives aren't the end all solutions for data transfer and traveling needs. Sometimes people want something with a little more to them, opting for larger external drives that offer greater capacities, and in some cases faster transfer speeds. One example of a bigger, faster drive is the Patriot Supersonic Phoenix. The drive is offered in a pocket-sized format that is more like a portable hard drive than a USB flash drive. But would the Supersonic Phoenix be something that consumers flock to with its SSD-like features, or should they opt for the smaller thumb drive? Find out in our review.
Crucial shooting for both price, performance in one package
While the price-per-gigabyte ratio for magnetic platter-based hard drives can't be beat, the speed that a SSD brings to the table for any computer is unmistakeable. The latest batch of SSDs have a variety of technological or price improvements, but usually there is a trade-off between technical improvement and price. The one standout that claims both is the Crucial MX100 series of drives. Electronista has been living with one as a primary boot drive in a production machine for a while now. How did it fare in day-to-day operations? Check our our review and find out.
Company shows off data center technology in a gaming application at PAX
Intel could be considering a move into a different class of data storage, one which is based on its existing solid state storage in data centers and other commercial areas. While there would still be a considerable time to get a product to the market, Intel is looking into the idea of moving its data center-class storage into the consumer retail space with PCIe solid state drives (SSD), similar to what Apple has done with the Mac Pro and MacBook Pro.
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.
ARC 100 SATA III series features Toshiba A19 nm NAND, prices start at $75 for 120 GB
Toshiba-owned OCZ announced the release of a new series of 2.5-inch solid state drives (SSD) called the ARC 100. With the new ARC series drives, OCZ is offering solid state performance at entry-level pricing to spur consumer adoption. OCZ is selling the SATA III drives in three sizes, featuring Toshiba NAND, a three-year warranty and prices starting as low as $75.
MacBook Pro, SSDs, cameras and more
This week at Adorama.com, get the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro for the sale price of $2,749. That's $250 off the list price of $2,999, and the lowest price we have seen on this MBP by the same price margin. This MacBook Pro features a Retina display, a 2.0GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
New drive promises better speed, less power use than predecessor
Samsung Electronics today launched the 850 Pro, a new solid state drive (SSD) line-up featuring Samsung's three-dimensional vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory technology. The new Samsung 850 Pro, unveiled at the 2014 Samsung SSD Global Summit in Seoul, offers better performance over previous models of Samsung's solid state drives, and will be available globally across 53 markets from this month.
$200 off 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro (Crystalwell)
This week at B&H.com, save big on the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which has seen a $300 discount from the MSRP of $2,599, and it is about $200 less than the lowest price we have seen on this MBP anywhere else. It features a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 "Crystalwell" processor, 8GB of RAM and and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Performance, size emphasis of new line
Flash manufacturer Adata today launched three new SATA 6Gb/s SSDs -- the Premier Pro SP900 M.2 2242 and 2282 for Ultrabooks and desktop PCs, and Premier Pro SP910, which is aimed at gamers and video editors. Both lines of drive have been engineered with an emphasis on size, making them suitable for nearly all small form factor or thin devices.
Plexturbo takes on Samsung's RAPID for faster writing, cache writing to stop data loss
Plextor, a company known for its storage devices, has announced a new solid state drive (SSD) with first looks taking place at Computex last week. The M6 Pro is the first drive to pass an enterprise standard of testing from the company, bringing new levels of reliability in a consumer-level device. The SSD will operate at a maximum SATA III throughput of 6Gbps. It will also make use of Plextor's caching software, Plexturbo.
USB 3.0 memory stick adds SSD technology and capacity starting at $120
A new portable storage option was presented by Corsair today, aimed at consumers that need to be able to hold a lot of data in their pocket and access it quickly. The Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 drive puts the technology and capacity of a solid state drive (SSD) in a memory stick. The flash drive will be available in common SSD sizes, including 128GB and 256GB capacities, when it releases in July.
New research can boost speed by up to 400 percent, cut power by 60 percent
A team from the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Communication Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering of Japan's Chuo University has developed a new technology which will increase the speed, power usage, and product life of not only future Solid State Drives (SSD) but existing ones as well. The technology replaces existing "garbage collection" routines now in use with a new maintenance script, which reduces the effect of fragmentation by writing data on a fragmented page of storage scheduled to be erased and re-allocated next in regular housekeeping.
Four capacities of thin SSDS to be used in slim, standard storage applications
Adata, known for their RAM and flash media, has announced their newest solid state drive (SSD) offerings with the 2.5-inch Premier SP610 series. The series offers four different capacities of the drive, using synchronous MLC NAND, all sized for use with both desktop and slim PCs.
Drive uses hardware-level AES 256-bit, is FIPS 197 certified
Storage company SanDisk today announced the availability of the company's first, self-encrypting solid state drive -- the SanDisk X300s SSD. The drive, available in M.2 and 2.5-inch form factors uses Microsoft Encrypted Hard Drive hardware-based encryption, coupled with a new SSD administration dashboard to secure user data and maximize performance.
Corsair announces world's first 1500 watt titanium certified power supply
Memory manufacturer Corsair recently announced the world's first 1500-watt, 80-plus titanium-certified power supply with the AX1500i digital ATX. The new PSU makes use of the second generation of Corsair's digital architecture, allowing it to operate at 94 percent efficiency at a 50 percent load of 115 volts. At loads up to 450 watts, the power supply will also operate at a zero RPN fan mode that is "truly silent" according to the company.
QuickTime 7.7.5 now available, addresses security weaknesses
Apple has released a QuickTime update to rectify multiple security issues with its Windows version. Users who play a maliciously-crafted movie file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution, caused by an uninitialized pointer issue existent in the handling of track lists, memory corruption, and more. Improved error-checking is now included, and additionally a buffer overflow that was previously present in the handling of H.264 encoded movie files has been fixed through improved bounds checking. QuickTime v7.7.5 may be obtained from the QuickTime Downloads site, and is available for Windows 7, Vista, XP SP2 or later.
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 first 1TB mSATA SSD," along with 500GB, 250GB, and 120GB versions.
New 1500-series drives available in M.2, 2.5-inch form factors
Intel today announced the Intel Solid-State Drive (SSD) Professional Family, including the Intel Solid-State Drive Pro 1500 Series. The new business-class SSDs are engineered specifically for easy IT deployment and secure manageability, and offer a lower total cost of ownership with enhanced performance over previous Intel SSD models.
New drive comes in 480GB, 960GB capacities
At the 2013 Flash Memory Summit, Samsung introduced the first solid state drive (SSD) based on its industry-leading 3D V-NAND technology. The new drive uses a new fabrication technique, giving the drive an over 20 percent performance increase and over 40 percent drop in power consumption. The new line of drives is tailored for enterprise uses. Samsung said it began producing its new V-NAND SSDs earlier this month.
New utility optimizes file structure, fixes performance on first Nexus 7
While Android 4.3 at first glance contained few outward-facing improvements, reports have surfaced that the new revision has implemented a SSD maintenance routine, TRIM, responsible for controlling which storage blocks are not currently in use by the file system. This implementation has revived some previously poorly functioning original Nexus 7 tablets, and has boosted performance in other devices.
Capacities range from 120GB to 1TB
Samsung has introduced a new range of solid-state drives, the 840 Evo series, which will be available in several capacities ranging from 120GB to 1TB. The company suggests the new notebook-size offerings are aimed at the general consumer market, marketed under the slogan "SSDs for everyone." Despite the entry-level theme, the new drives are claimed to boost performance over current budget SSDs.
Acquisition to bolster existing SanDisk enterprise storage devices
Storage manufacturer SanDisk is acquiring enterprise solid state drive developer Smart Storage Systems. The "definitive agreement" to purchase the company sees SanDisk paying approximately $307 million in cash and "equity-based incentive awards" to Silver Lake Partners, with the boardroom-approved deal expected to be completed in August.
Uses iSSD to cache data for faster transfers
Western Digital has revealed it is working with SanDisk for its 5mm (0.2-inches) thick solid state hybrid drives (SSHD) that it revealed last month. The WD Black SSHD storage, aimed at notebook manufacturers aiming to create thinner devices, uses SanDisk's flash memory technology for the solid-state portion, which works alongside the WD-created hard disk.
New Crucial drive line noted for speed, capacity, price
Memory and storage purveyor Crucial today announced the availability of the Crucial M500 series of solid state drives (SSD). Featuring terabyte-class capacity, increased response times over previous models, and an advanced feature set, the Crucial M500 2.5-inch SSD is available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities.
New drive features same capacity, smaller footprint than previous model
Computer product designer and manufacturer Mushkin today announced the worldwide availability of its new line of 1.8-inch Chronos GO SATA 3 (6Gbps) solid-state drives (SSD), now shipping in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities.