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mSATA connector promises smaller netbooks; Toshiba launch first mSATA SSDs

mSATA connector promises smaller netbooks; Toshiba launch first mSATA SSDs

If there's one thing we're crying out for, it's another netbook connector standard.  Happily the SATA-IO working group have delivered just that in the shape of mini-SATA (or mSATA), a new low-profile connector supporting 1.5Gb/s and 3.0Gb/s transfer rates but with a slightly smaller plug.  To celebrate, Toshiba have outed two new mSATA SSDs, offer 30GB and 62GB capacity

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ASUS P6X58 Premium motherboard with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s

ASUS P6X58 Premium motherboard with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s

In case you can't read the helpful legends in the image below, you're looking eye-to-port at what promises to be the first motherboard with dual SuperSpeed USB 3.0.  The ASUS P6X58 Premium is designed for Intel's Core i7 CPU range, and has six DDR3 memory slots, three PCI Express 2.0 slots and the usual bevy of USB 2.0 ports and headers; however, ASUS have also thrown in a pair of USB 3.0 ports capable of a theoretical 4.8Gbps transfer rate.

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MacBook Pro 3.0Gbps SATA upgrade breaking third-party drives?

MacBook Pro 3.0Gbps SATA upgrade breaking third-party drives?

The recently-released MacBook Pro firmware that promises to enable 3.0Gbps SATA connectivity has ironically been causing problems in third-party drives.  Apple released the upgrade earlier this week, after users of the new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models reported that the notebooks were limited to 1.5Gbps SATA; this did not affect the speed of standard-fit hard-drives, but may have limited future performance should the user upgrade to a faster HDD or SSD.  Now, some users with third-party drives already installed are reporting frequent pauses, usage spikes and data errors with the new firmware.

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Apple address slow MacBook Pro SATA with firmware update

Apple address slow MacBook Pro SATA with firmware update

Apple have released a firmware update for their latest MacBook Pro notebooks that fully enables their SATA 3.0 Gbps interface.  The move comes in response to vocal complaints from MacBook Pro 13- and 15-inch buyers who discovered Apple had seemingly limited their new unibody machines to the older 1.5 Gbps SATA.  However the company has distanced itself from drives that actually use the faster interface, reminding users that "Apple has not qualified or offered these drives for Mac notebooks and their use is unsupported."

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MacBook Pro 13- and 15-inch limited to SATA not SATA-II?

MacBook Pro 13- and 15-inch limited to SATA not SATA-II?

MacBook Pro confusion this weekend, as some owners of the new unibody 13- and 15-inch notebooks are reporting that their machines are apparently limited to 1.5Gb/s SATA connections rather than the faster 3.0Gb/s SATA-II.  Full details are unclear, but it seems that Apple have either switched to SATA hardware or used firmware for the newest MacBook Pros that limits hard-drive connections to the slower speed.

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