Hands on with the Runcore Pro IV 2.5-inch SATA SSD

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Date: Monday, May 4th, 2009, 13:10
Category: Accessory, hard drive

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Over on the Apple Core, Jason O’Grady has a full hands-on rundown the the Runcore SATA solid state drive as well as its impressive benchmark numbers.
The drive itself can be dropped into any MacBook notebook.
Take a gander and see what you think.

Samsung Offers “Rugged” 500 GB Notebook Hard Drive with SpinPoint M7

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Date: Tuesday, April 21st, 2009, 07:36
Category: hard drive

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Amidst a slew of new notebook hard drives that have emerged on the market recently, Samsung’s SpinPoint M7 is the first to call itself “rugged” according to the cool cats over at Engadget.
The dual-platter, 2.5-inch SATA drive spins at 5400rpm and features a 400G operational shock tolerance (about 50G better than the claimed tolerances of other 500GB drives and 75G better than Sammy’s own Spinpoint M6).
The SpinPoint M7 is expected to ship next month, although a final price for the unit has yet to be announced.

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MCE Ships 500GB OptiBay Hard Drive for Unibody MacBook, MacBook Pro Notebooks

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Date: Tuesday, February 24th, 2009, 07:04
Category: hard drive

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Accessory maker MCE Technologies announced that the company is now shipping its OptiBay hard drives for Apple’s unibody MacBook and MacBook Pro notebook line.
Per MacNN, the drives range in capacity from 250GB to 500GB and arrive with an 8MB buffer. The 350GB and 500GB drives run at 5400rpm, while customers can choose a 7200rpm option for the 320GB model. The company claims that the OptiBay components consume less power than the original drives, contributing to a 10 to 15% extension of the battery life. The drives also support status monitoring and spin-down commands from the Mac OS.
The OptiBay hard drives are now available starting at US$190 and an optional enclosure can be used to convert the existing drive into an external storage device.
Customers can also purchase an OptiBay kit for the unibody MacBook and MacBook Pro, allowing the use of any standard 2.5″ HDD. The kit can be purchased for US$130.
If you’ve used an OptiBay kit before, let us know how the experience went in the comments or forums.

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Seagate to Manufacture Solid-State Hard Drives in 2008

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Date: Friday, August 24th, 2007, 08:09
Category: hard drive

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On Thursday, hard drive manufacturer Seagate announced plans to include solid-state drives based on flash memory to its line of products in 2008.
According to Macworld News, the company will deploy a range of products for both desktop and notebook computers at varying storage capacities.
Solid-state drives, also known as SSDs, use flash memory as opposed to magnetic disks to store data. The format offers various advantages over magnetic hard drives in that the flash memory can retain stored information when the power is off, are lighter, consume less power and are more rugged (and thus ideal for laptops and mobile devices). The drives, currently a new technology, are presently more expensive than standard IDE or SATA hard drives with flash memory component prices still in flux.
Seagate currently manufactures a hybrid drive via its Momentus 5400 PSD model that combines flash memory with magnetic disks. The company has cited improved read time and shortened computer boot times. The Momentus 5400 PSD is available in capacities up to 160 gigabytes and is intended for use in laptop models.
This January, Seagate joined an industry alliance of storage vendors promoting hybrid hard drive technologies including Hitachi, Fujitsu, Samsung and Toshiba.
Future drive models, details and prices have yet to be announced.
Stay tuned to the PowerPage for more information as it becomes available and if you have some ideas or feedback, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Samsung Introduce 160 Gigabyte, 1.8″ Hard Drive

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Date: Tuesday, August 21st, 2007, 09:16
Category: hard drive

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On Tuesday, tech manufacturer Samsung introduced a new 1.8″, 150 gigabyte hard drive designed for portable devices such as Apple’s iPod.
According to Macworld UK, the new Spinpoint N2 drive functions at 4,200 revolutions per minute. The drive can hold as many as 40,000 MP3 files or 100 high definition quality movies.
The company is expected to use the new drives in its video camcorder, MP3 and PMP devices.
No word has been given as to whether the drive will be featured in a future generation of iPod, which may be moving towards Flash-based drives for all models.
If you have an opinion or feedback on this, let us know over in the comments or forums.

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Toshiba Releases 320 Gigabyte Notebook Hard Drive

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Date: Tuesday, August 21st, 2007, 07:05
Category: hard drive

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I have nothing but good things to say about my MacBook.
To date, it’s been tough, resilient, scrappy, good at locating wireless networks and has yet to let me down.
I just wish the hard drive was bigger.
On Monday, Toshiba announced a new 2.5″, 320 gigabyte SATA notebook hard drive. According to the guys over at Engadget, the MK3252GSX features a pair of 160 gigabyte platters which spin at 5,600 rpm with an eight megabyte buffer.
Albeit Fujitsu is currently offering a 300 gigabyte model, Toshiba’s offers a faster drive speed (5,600 rpm as opposed to 4,200 rpm and a lower size profile as well as the additional 20 gigabytes).
The MK3252GSX is expected to begin shipping in November when Toshiba puts them into mass production.
Price and availability details have yet to be announced.
Stay tuned to the PowerPage for further details as they become available and if you have any thoughts on this, let us know in the comments and forums.

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Iomega Releases New Drives

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Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007, 12:55
Category: hard drive

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On Tuesday, peripherals maker Iomega announced that it had released its new eGo USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive as well as the eSATA/USB 2.0 Professional hard drive.
According to Macworld News, the >eGo, a 2.5″ drive which arrives in a 160 gigabyte capacity, is powered by its USB port and arrives bundled with the EMC Retrospect HD backup program. The drive also includes Iomega’s DropGuard technology, which helps protect the data from the effects of the inevitable tumble.
The eGo drive requires Mac OS X 10.1.5 or later to run and retails for US$159.96.
Geared towards the more professional markets, Iomega’s eSATA/USB 2.0 drive features both an external serial ATA interface as well as a USB 2.0 interface and arrives in a 500 gigabyte capacity along with EMC’s Retrospect Express backup program.
The drive requires Mac OS X 10.2. or later to run and retails for US$209.95.

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Seagate Announces World’s Fastest HDD – and it’s a Notebook Drive

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Date: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 12:35
Category: hard drive

Seagate Technology has announced what it claims to be “the world’s fastest hard drive” – the Savvio 15K with a seek time of a mere 2.9 ms. The new 15K-RPM addition to the Savvio family offers a number of advantages over 15K-rpm 3.5-inch drives including size and weight (due to 2.5-inch form factor), 30% decrease in power consumption (5.8 watts at idle), and reliability (1.6 million hour MTBF).

DailyTech – Seagate Announces World’s Fastest Hard Drive

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MacBook Pro C2D 7200 vs 5400RPM Drives

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Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, 10:34
Category: hard drive

Bare Feats has posted an addendum to their article on the MacBook Pro C2D where they discuss:
a) 2GB matching vs 3GB unmatching memory, and
b) 7200rpm drive vs 5400rpm drive
Comparing the Hitachi 160GB 5400rpm SATA notebook drive to the Hitachi 7200rpm SATA notebook drive on both SATA and FW800 interfaces, I would characterize the 7200rpm as overall 25% faster (combining sequential and random reads and writes).
My recommendation (and personal approach) is to go with the faster, small boot drive and just be careful what’s stored on it. And then augment the capacity with external FW800 bus powered notebook drives like my favorite, the Little Big Disk from LaCie (dual 7200rpm 100GB drives in box level RAID 0 array).

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REVIEW: ToughTech mini from WiebeTech

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2006, 09:00
Category: hard drive

wiebe-toughtech-mini-front.jpgIf you’re anything like me, you probably move your hard drives around from machine to machine when you upgrade. I much prefer to transfer my hard drive from one MacBook to another rather than copy the data over. Inevitably I upgrade to a larger capacity model leaving me with an orphan drive.
The best home for replaced 2.5-inch hard drive mechanism is in an external FireWire enclosure. An external FW hard drive is great for backing up, archiving and moving data and is amazingly convenient. If you’re a user of FireWire 800 (included on the current MBP) you should select an enclosure that supports the faster protocol as it will you save lots of time on large data transfers.
The ToughTech mini from WiebeTech is a portable, bus-powered 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure that supports SATA drives.
SATA v. PATA
SATA drives ship in all MacBooks, whereas PATA (mistakenly called IDE) drives ship in PowerBooks. This is an important distinction because you cannot move a PowerBook drive to a MacBook/MBP. Wikipedia clarifies the common PATA/IDE error:

SATA is the successor to the legacy AT Attachment standard (ATA). This older technology was retroactively renamed Parallel ATA (PATA) to distinguish it from Serial ATA. Both SATA and PATA drives are IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) drives, although IDE is often misused to indicate PATA drives.

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Triple interface
The ToughTech mini features dual daisy-chainable FireWire 800, 400 and single FireWire 400 and USB 2.0. ports. FireWire 800 supports speeds of up to 800 Mbps, FireWire 400 up to 400 Mbps and USB 2.0 up to 480Mbps.
Oxford 924 chipset
Underneath it’s aluminum skin the ToughTech mini is powered by a new, faster Oxford Semiconductor 924 chipset. The Oxford 924 bridge chip features even higher speed transfer rates compared to the original Oxford 911 bridge chip.
Bus-Powered v. AC Adapter
Most FireWire ports provide enough juice to power the ToughTech mini so you can travel without an AC adapter for maximum portability. You will however need an AC adapter if the port you use does not provide enough power for ToughTech mini. This includes all 4 pin FireWire hosts (such as Sony iLink which provides no power at all) and USB ports.
ToughMount Anti-Shock Protection
The ToughTech mini features ToughMount strips that are mounted between the drive and the enclosure to protect the drive from shock and reduce enclosure noise.
As part of the package WiebeTech includes FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 cables and you can even download their Mac OS X drive icons for that extra personal touch. WiebeTech has always made high quality drives an the ToughTech mini is no exception, I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a portable FireWire drive or enclosure.
Prices
ToughTech mini – 0GB US$119.95
ToughTech mini – 80GB 5400RPM US$228.95
ToughTech mini – 120GB 5400RPM US$308.95
ToughTech mini – 100GB 7200RPM US$343.95
ToughTech mini – 160GB 5400RPM US$399.95
WiebeTech LLC
8200 E. 34th St. North #1404
Wichita KS, 67226
866.744.8722

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