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Mac-centric upgrade company OWC yesterday announced the all-new Mercury Electra MAX 6G 2.0TB SSD, the highest capacity 2.5-inch solid state drive ever offered by OWC. The SATA 3.0 drive utilizes global wear algorithms, as well as seven percent over-provisioning to help drive longevity and reliability.
In addition to the newly announced 4TB drive upgrade for the Mac Pro, upgrade vendor OWC has revealed three product updates. Leading the announcements are a capacity expansion to its mini SSD line, significant price cuts on memory upgrades for the Late 2015 27-inch iMac line, and USB 3.1 Gen 1 included in the Mercury Elite Pro Dual hard drive enclosure.
Mac upgrade vendor OWC has revealed the immediate availability of the OWC 4.0TB Aura SSD Upgrade for the 2013-current Apple Mac Pro. The Aura SSD product line for Mac Pro is the first internal SSD upgrade for the 2013 Mac Pro and debuted at CES 2015 offering up to 2.0TB of capacity. The all-new 4.0TB model (shipping just in time for CES 2016) doubles the capacity available, now offering up to 16 times the capacity of the standard factory drive and four times the capacity of the maximum factory option.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc., today announced the Samsung Portable SSD T3, a premium, palm-sized, external SSD that offers multi-terabyte storage capacity. Notably, the new drive equipped with Samsung's Vertical NAND, utilizes a USB-C 3.1 interface, and cross-platform compatible encryption for data safety.
The enthusiast community has released a driver for third-party NVMe PCI-e SSD-based storage cards for OS X. Developer JimJ740, along with developer-proclaimed "stealth" startup MinnowStor, has released the product for free to the personal-use community, with commercial use requiring a license agreement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.