Storage

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

Storage
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

Storage
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

Storage
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

Storage
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

Storage
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

Storage
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

Storage
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?

Storage
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?

Samsung 2TB EcoGreen F3 Hard Drive

Storage
In contrast to Samsung's highly visible marketing efforts in other sectors, its hard drives run virtually stealthed in the marketplace. They've long been prized for low noise by SPCR aficionados, however. We tackle the biggest of their F3 EcoGreen models, in response to popular demand.

Seagate FreeAgent Go 1TB and 640GB portable USB drives

Storage
Portable external storage devices of high capacity hold 2.5" laptop drives in a USB-interface casing. Are they all equal? We examine the 1TB and 640GB FreeAgent Go drives from Seagate and find them to be exceptional in at least one very important way (for most SPCR readers): acoustics.

An Interview with Seagate's Henry Fabian

Storage
SPCR interviews Henry Fabian of Seagate about Seagate, digital storage, hard drives and SSDs.

Western Digital Green 1.5TB vs. Seagate 7200.12 500GB

Storage
The 3-platter WD Caviar Green 1.5TB looks to improve on the already impressive acoustics and energy efficiency of the 2TB version. The 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12, on the other hand, is a performance drive with only a single-platter and has the potential to be the quietest in its class.
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