Storage

WD Scorpio Black 750GB & Scorpio Blue 1TB

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A close look and listen of the Scorpio Black 750GB and Scorpio Blue 1TB, Western Digital's fastest and largest capacity notebook hard drives respectively. Whether they'll be in short supply due to the flooding of WD plants in Thailand is not clear.

Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB 5940RPM Hard Drive

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Hitachi's Deskstar 5K3000 series employs a 5940 RPM motor to give it a speed boost over 5400 RPM "green" models. If it can keep noise and power consumption at a reasonable level, it could be the green drive we've all been waiting for.

Icy Dock MB973SP-B SATA Backplane Module

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The Icy Dock MB973SP-B is a simple device that converts two 5.25" bays into an external backplane module for three 3.5" SATA hard drives. It also has some nifty features like individual power switches, extra front eSATA and USB connectors, and an adjustable and replaceable 80mm fan.

HP Proliant MicroServer

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The MicroServer is a unique SFF server in the HP Proliant line that looks more like a small PC or multi-HDD NAS box. Powered not by Atom but a more powerful dual-core, 12W TDP AMD Athlon II, it is the smallest server we've ever seen. We gave our sample the complete SPCR treatment.

SSD Roundup: Corsair F180 vs. Zalman S Series vs. Kingston SSDNow V+100

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In this roundup we examine the performance of three SSDs from Corsair, Zalman, and Kingston. The results should be interesting as they have different controllers, capacities, and prices.

OCZ RevoDrive 120GB PCI Express SSD

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The OCZ RevoDrive 120GB is a high performance solid state drive that utilizes a pair of SandForce controllers in RAID 0. To alleviate any bandwidth limitations, it is housed on a PCI Express 4x card, offering a much fatter pipe than SATA 3/6 Gbps.

Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB & Momentus 750GB

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The Barracuda Green 2TB is an attempt by Seagate to crack the low power consumption and excellent acoustics of low power desktop drives from WD and Samsung. The Momentus 750GB on the other hand doesn't have much to prove, coming from the same stock as the surprisingly quiet Momentus 7200.4 and XT.

Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB vs. WD Caviar Blue 1TB

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The Hitachi Desktar 7K1000.C and WD Caviar Blue 1TB represent the latest evolution in mainstream 7,200 RPM hard disk drives. While not as fast as high performance 7,200/10,000 RPM models or SSDs, they are fast enough, reasonably quiet, and very affordable.

MUKii TransImp USB 3.0 Adapter and Hard Drive Dock

Storage
The MUKii TransImp USB 3.0 adapter and hard drive dock are a pair of useful gadgets for anyone who works extensively with PCs and needs the ability to quickly access a hard drive without the bother of hooking it up inside a PC.

New high areal density 2-and-3 TB Greens from WD

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Three Terabyte capacity in a 4-platter drive and 750GB/disc density is excellent, but the 2 TB model in a drive with one less disc might prove to be even better for noise and power. We examine samples of the latest WD Caviar Green models along with an earlier 2 TB 4-platter AV-optimized Green.

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB Portable USB 3.0 HDD

Storage
The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1.5TB is the largest portable bus-powered external hard drive money can buy, supports the new USB 3.0 standard and features a unique interchangeable adapter interface.

Consumer SSD Battle: WD, Kingston, OCZ, Intel

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The WD SiliconEdge Blue 64GB, Kingston SSDNow V G2 64GB, OCZ Vertex 2 60GB, and Intel X25-V 40GB offer small capacities but big speed compared to most hard drives. One model ultimately rose to the top, both in real world performance and energy efficiency.

WD Caviar Black 2TB & VelociRaptor 600GB

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The Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB and VelociRaptor 600GB are two of the fastest SATA hard drives money can buy. HDD performance almost always comes at an acoustic price, but are these drives quieter than the predecessors, and do their speed/capacity/acoustics compete well against an SSD plus low cost high capacity HDD of similar cost?

Samsung EcoGreen F4 & Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB Hard Drives

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The Samsung EcoGreen F4 2TB emphasizes low noise and energy efficiency, while the Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB is all about performance, with 64MB cache and new SATA 6Gbps interface. We examine the noise, vibration, energy efficiency, and performance of these two equally large, but very different drives.

Seagate Momentus XT: The Best of Both Worlds?

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The Momentus XT 500GB is a hybrid notebook drive from Seagate featuring two 250GB platters spinning at 7200 RPM, 32MB of cache, and 4GB of SLC NAND flash memory. Is it truly an affordable high capacity drive with SSD-like performance?
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