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Samsung releases 16TB SSD, officially making it the world’s largest drive

Samsung releases 16TB SSD, officially making it the world’s largest drive

I run SSDs in my desktops, because I want to enjoy the performance boost that I get from them. My computer will boot faster, programs open faster, and loading times on my games are significantly lower. Of course, I have a NAS where I use traditional spinning hard drives to store my larger bits of data. This is because the older spinning style disks have considerably more storage space than even the largest SSDs. Well, at least that used to be the case.

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Paper shows SSDs are unreliable but in a different way

Paper shows SSDs are unreliable but in a different way

PCs today, especially laptops but even some desktops, are starting to use SSDs for data storage. They are, however, also starting to get into servers. The relatively (compared to HDD) younger technology is often praised for its speed and its reliability, mostly due to its use of NAND flash memory instead of physically moving parts and magnetic platters. A new study, however, shows that while that much is true, SSDs fail in a different set of reliability tests that might even be more problematic. The paper chose for its subject the company that eats through data storage devices like there's no tomorrow: Google.

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Fixstars 13TB SSD aims at streaming content distribution and storage

Fixstars 13TB SSD aims at streaming content distribution and storage

There are tradeoffs for both traditional hard drives and solid-state drives when choosing your computer storage solution. The HDD offers higher capacity and less cost than the SSD. The SSD on the other hand costs more, is much faster, and has smaller capacity than a HDD. The capacity issue is changing with Fixstars rolling out a new 2.5-inch SSD that crams 13TB of storage inside.

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Envoy Pro mini SSD packs 480GB in thumb drive form factor

Envoy Pro mini SSD packs 480GB in thumb drive form factor

OWC has unveiled a new and small form factor storage drive that is highly portable and crams a lot of storage space inside. The device is the Envoy Pro mini and inside its normal thumb drive form factor is a tiny SSD that has 480GB of storage space. This new version doubles the previous highest capacity in the Envoy mini line of 240GB.

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SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD is secure and water resistant

SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD is secure and water resistant

Business users who want to protect their data from theft and damage due to spills or rain might want to check out the SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD. The SSD is designed to be rugged and is water resistant. It has an IP55 rating for water and dust resistance securing data against spills.

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New LaCie hard drives bring chrome to USB-C external storage

New LaCie hard drives bring chrome to USB-C external storage

LaCie, the external storage maker known for extravagant hard drive creations, has unveiled its latest artistic creation: the Chrome, created in collaboration with designer Neil Poulton. The desktop sculpture is encased in hand-polished chromed zinc, has 1TB of storage, and features its own dock that uses magnets to hold the drive upright, making it look like a VHS cassette. It's also priced at a steep $1,100, so those looking for extra storage interested in this better have deep pockets.

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Samsung’s new SSD T3 employs USB-C

Samsung’s new SSD T3 employs USB-C

This week Samsung has revealed a brand new external SSD made for portability and future-proofing your data. The body of this portable piece of storage is a dark gray and silver, and inside you'll roll with the same controllers and flash used in Samsung's 2.5-inch SATA SSDs. This is the successor to the Portable SSD T1 (with a 3, as strange as that may be), and the biggest changes are a switch to USB-C (instead of USB 3 Type B), and a switch from plastic to metal.

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Samsung 950 Pro SSD uses PCIe Gen.3 x4 slot for 2500 MB/s read

Samsung 950 Pro SSD uses PCIe Gen.3 x4 slot for 2500 MB/s read

Samsung has trotted out its latest storage solution called the 950 Pro SSD and this storage solution promises very impressive read and write performance. The storage device is aimed directly at use in consumer and business laptop computers and uses a M.2 2280 form factor. That form factor is aimed at ultra slim notebooks and workstations looking more like RAM than a storage drive.

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Toshiba announces new SSD, SATA HD options

Toshiba announces new SSD, SATA HD options

Toshiba has just debuted a handful of new PC storage options in the form of solid state drives (SSD) and traditional SATA hard drives (HDD). The Q300 SSDs are the flagship offerings, boasting of speed and performance improvements. The SATA HDDs are targeted for a number of purposes, including high performance, low energy usage, and mobile laptop users. With the new hard drives available in a number of size configurations, those looking for extra storage for their computer will easily be able to find one that fits their needs.

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Brinell debuts external SSDs with wood, leather, steel trim

Brinell debuts external SSDs with wood, leather, steel trim

In this day and age, we've come to expect premium material options like leather and bamboo on our smartphones, and German storage accessories maker Brinell feels its we apply the same standard to external hard drives. The Red Dot design award-winning company has expanded its Evo line of portable SSDs to include leather, steel, wood, and faux-carbon finishes. Prices start at about $220 for 250GB of storage, and in terms of premium look storage device, that's hard to beat.

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Samsung’s 16TB SSD is the world’s largest hard drive

Samsung’s 16TB SSD is the world’s largest hard drive

If you need so much storage for your computer that a 1 or 2TB hard drive sounds paltry, you might be interested in Samsung's latest solid-state drive (SSD) announcement: the PM1633a, which offers an incredible 16TB of space, yet still features a 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure. Well, technically it only has 15.36TB, which is why Samsung is billing it as "about 16TB," but even then it's being called the world's largest capacity hard drive.

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Samsung’s new SSD 3D V-NAND chips boast 256 Gigabits

Samsung’s new SSD 3D V-NAND chips boast 256 Gigabits

Before you get too excited, that wasn't a typo in the title. It's really gigabits, not gigabytes. That means 8 bits for every byte, meaning that a 256 Gb (gigabit) NAND chip equates to a 32 GB (gigabyte) capacity. But now before you go belittling Samsung's announcement because of the numbers, what the consumer electronics company came up with is still a notable achievement. In practice, Samsung's new storage chips can double the capacity of existing SSD drives without doubling the size, which is definitely a huge win.

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