Storage

Data storage requirements have kept increasing over the last several years. While SSDs have taken over the role of the primary drive in most computing systems, hard drives continue to be the storage media of choice in areas dealing with large amount of relatively cold data. Hard drives are also suitable for workloads that are largely sequential and not performance sensitive. The $/GB metric for SSDs (particularly with QLC in the picture) is showing a downward trend, but it is still not low enough to match HDDs in that market segment. Since the release of the last HDD guide which was in the midst of the cryptocurrency-fueled storage mania, we have seen the pricing and availability of the HDDs stabilize a bit. With the traditional...

Pioneer DVR-110D: Dual Layer Double Time!

Pioneer keeps up with the DVDR market with the DVR-110D and its updated dual layer write speeds.

20 by Purav Sanghani on 9/15/2005

AcomData E5 320GB External Desktop Storage: Slap on another

Why should we limit ourselves to internal storage devices when the same high capacities can be had in a portable case? AcomData has squeezed 320GB of hard disk space...

19 by Purav Sanghani on 8/27/2005

Plextor PX-740A

We take a look at the inner workings and performance of Plextor's newest dual layer DVD writer.

30 by Purav Sanghani on 8/2/2005

Gigabyte's i-RAM: Affordable Solid State Storage

After seeing it at Computex, we were intrigued. And now, we've had a week to play with Gigabyte's new i-RAM. How does 4GB of solid state storage fare...

134 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/25/2005

High Density Storage Technologies; Pixie Dust and Perpendicular Recording

With current hard disk capacities inching toward their ceiling, R&D teams from the big name manufacturers have come up with a new technologies to write data to the platter...

13 by Purav Sanghani & Kristopher Kubicki on 7/19/2005

Summer 2005 16x DVDR Roundup

The new generation of 16x DVDR drives are here, now with -R DL write capabilities and updated DVD+/-RW write capabilities. Take a look at how 6 drives perform.

54 by Purav Sanghani on 7/12/2005

SATA II to the Power of 3.0Gb/sec: Three Drives Reviewed

The SATA International Organization's 3.0Gbps updates finally show up in retail drives; see how they perform in our benchmark filled review of offerings from Hitachi, Samsung, and Western Digital.

52 by Purav Sanghani on 6/25/2005

What's in a name? SATA II Misconceptions

Should you be worried that your next SATA hard drive might not feature the data rates or features you had anticipated? The SATA Organization attempts to clairify some...

17 by Kristopher Kubicki on 6/20/2005

Seagate Barracuda 7200.8: 400GBs with NCQ

Seagate brings on its 400GB 7200.8 Barracuda mammoth with Native Command Queuing a year after Hitachi's 7K400 and Maxtor's MaXLine III with NCQ. Take a look at how the...

44 by Purav Sanghani on 4/20/2005

Sony DRU-720A: Speed Increases All Around

Since our eight-way 16x roundup, almost all of the manufacturers have updated their units to burn -R and +/-RW media at twice the speeds of their predecessors. We'll take...

18 by Purav Sanghani on 3/6/2005

Fall 2004 DVDR Roundup: Dual Layer and 16X DVD+R

We took the 8 fastest and most capable burners and put them head to head in our Fall 2004 DVD recordable roundup.

65 by Anand Shimpi & Virginia Lee on 11/1/2004

BenQ DW1620: An Elegant, Robust DVDR Surprise

Even though we have an extremely thorough DVDR roundup to publish in the next few weeks, we couldn't help but show off some of our thoughts about BenQ's cheap...

17 by Kristopher Kubicki on 9/29/2004

Pioneer DVR-108D - Crowning a new Champion

The much awaited eighth generation Pioneer burner makes a splash and certainly impresses us at under $100.

36 by Kristopher Kubicki on 8/31/2004

Sony DRU-540A: Sony's Answer to the 12x Call

With DVD write speeds increasing Sony tries to keep up by introducing its own 12x DVD burner.

15 by Purav Sanghani on 8/14/2004

MSI DR12-A Preview: Still pushing for 12X DVDR

12X DVDR beckons closer with less pricey models than Plextor and LG's offerings, but can they compete with the quality of already available burners?

6 by Kristopher Kubicki on 7/17/2004

Hitachi Brings 400GB to Desktops with the Deskstar 7K400

What will $450 get you? About 400GB worth of storage, thanks to Hitachi's new Deskstar.

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/10/2004

Western Digital's Raptors in RAID-0: Are two drives better than one?

With software RAID "free" on motherboards today, users are often buying two drives for use in RAID-0 arrays to improve performance. But is performance really improved?

127 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/1/2004

Maxtor's MaXLine III 250GB: Bringing 16MB Buffers and NCQ to Hard Drives

Maxtor's newest drive not only doubles the buffer size of its closest competitor to 16MB, but it also enables Native Command Queuing to make it one of the fastest...

38 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/25/2004

LG GSA-4120B: High Speed Multi-format Champion

Considering DVD-RAM, but can't bear to ditch DVD-R or DVD+R? Look no farther as LG attempts to bridge the gap between all formats including DVD+R9.

17 by Kristopher Kubicki on 6/17/2004

Q2 2004 Desktop Hard Drive Comparison: WD Raptor vs the World

We're finally ready to bring back hard drive reviews, and for good this time. Read on to see what our new test suite is like and how the latest...

50 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/7/2004

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