SATA

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

Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA 6.0Gbps hard-drive is world’s first

Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA 6.0Gbps hard-drive is world’s first

Seagate have announced the world's first SATA 6Gbps hard-drive, the Barracuda XT, a huge chunk of 2TB capacity aimed at high-performance workstations.  The Barracuda XT 2TB spins at 7,200rpm and is the first to feature the faster-speed SATA interface, though it's also backward compatible with SATA 3.0Gbps and 1.5Gbps.

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Elecom nanoSSD slots straight into SATA port

Elecom nanoSSD slots straight into SATA port

Elecom have announced two new solid-state drives, the 8GB and 16GB nanoSSD ESD-IDSAA Series, which are designed to slot directly into a SATA motherboard slot.  Measuring 25 x 39 x 6.5 mm, the nanoSSDs can be used as startup drives on a main system or, Elecom suggest, the primary drive on a compact Mini-ITX setup.

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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?

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.

Samsung mini-PCIe SSD: up to 64GB of super-compact storage

Samsung have announced a solid-state drive (SSD) that fits onto a mini-PCIe card, offering up to 64GB capacity in a form-factor nearly 80-percent smaller than a 2.5-inch drive.  The SATA 3.0 Gbps drive is not only intended for compact devices, such as MIDs and netbooks, but as a secondary or complementary drive for regular notebooks.

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."

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.

Apricorn Aegis Desktop capable of 1.5TB

Apricorn Aegis Desktop capable of 1.5TB

Apricorn announced their newest storage device today called the Aegis Desktop and this thing has a serious capacity. With up to 1.5TB of storage space, this device makes good and sure that you have plenty of room for everything.

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OCZ Summit SSD series announced

OCZ Summit SSD series announced

Another solid-state drive series was announced yesterday that you should definitely know about. It's called the OCZ Summit and this SSD is a 2.5-inch SATA II that offers up a faster speed and greater durability for serious use.

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Media Cowboy DC-MC35ULI set-top box revealed

Media Cowboy DC-MC35ULI set-top box revealed

Digital Cowboy announced their Media Cowboy DC-MC35ULI set-top box today that acts as media hub and more. It works with all sorts of media sources and is capable of playing most audio and video formats in 720p.

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VIA NSD7200 desktop NAS emerges

VIA NSD7200 desktop NAS emerges

Images of a so-far unannounced VIA NAS have emerged, the VIA NSD7200.  A compact desktop unit with three USB ports and what's likely to be a gigabit ethernet connection, the NSD7200 was promised for launch at the Embedded World 2009 conference back in March, but nothing has been heard regarding it since.

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