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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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DIY 118GB floppy drive makes those A drives useful again

DIY 118GB floppy drive makes those A drives useful again

Anyone who has been around computers for very long will remember the good ol' A drive. Back in the day, the 3.5-inch floppy drive sat at the top of the drive hierarchy and if you venture into BIOS, you can still find remnants of that drive, even if you have never owned one. Computer geeks who hoard their gear probably have a slew of 3.5-inch floppy drives sitting around and if so, you can make yourself this floppy drive with 118GB of storage.

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Samsung’s 256GB memory chips ready to roll into smartphones

Samsung’s 256GB memory chips ready to roll into smartphones

Many people are wont to say how smartphones these days are nearly as powerful as our computers. Well, Samsung has just added another notch to that checklist. It has just announced that it started the mass production of its newest, fastest, and biggest UFS 2.0 embedded memory, able to reach 256 GB in capacity. The ridiculously biggest size we're seeing on a single chip for a smartphone, the storage also boasts of sequential reading and writing speeds that Samsung claims is twice, even thrice, faster than a SATA-based SSD for PCs.

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SanDisk outs microSD card with 275 MB/s transfers

SanDisk outs microSD card with 275 MB/s transfers

SanDisk has unveiled a new microSD card that it claims to be the fastest storage solution of its kind in the industry. The new memory card is the SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-II card and it is designed specifically for cameras that need high capacity and fast data transfers such as 4k resolution action cameras. The memory card is offered in 64GB and 128GB capacities.

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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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Seagate 8TB HDD is aimed at NAS solutions

Seagate 8TB HDD is aimed at NAS solutions

Seagate has rolled out a new line of hard drives for network attached storage applications or NAS. There are multiple HDDs in the new family and the highest capacity drive is an 8TB unit. That 8TB HDD is the first of its capacity in the industry that is targeted at small and medium business and home use in NAS units with 1-8 bays.

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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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Canon’s 5DS camera replica is a functional flash drive

Canon’s 5DS camera replica is a functional flash drive

Canon has launched its own miniature DSLR, a scaled replica of the Canon 5DS camera with a removable 'lens' and all the tiny details. The big difference, of course, is that the replica isn't a camera -- it's a flash drive, satisfying your mobile storage needs. Remove the lens, and you’ll have access to the USB connector.

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Microsoft does a U-turn, returns 15GB to old OneDrive users

Microsoft does a U-turn, returns 15GB to old OneDrive users

Running a cloud storage, of course, costs money and offering some amount of that space for free will incur some amount of loss. It can also be prone to abuse, whether free or paid, and sometimes you just have to set your foot down. But when you punish well-meaning, innocent users along with the bad, you're bound to get some very unhappy, not to mention vocal, people. It's a lesson Microsoft learned the hard way when it nerfed its OneDrive storage space for existing free users, which It is now returning with an apology.

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Synology DiskStation DS716+ powered by quad-core 1.6GHz CPU

Synology DiskStation DS716+ powered by quad-core 1.6GHz CPU

Synology has announced a new network attached storage solution called the DS716+. The new storage solution is an encryption-oriented, scalable dual bay NAS server that has a quad-core 1.6GHz CPU under the hood. The device is aimed at the small business that needs a reliable and efficient storage and app server.

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