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Western Digital’s 314GB drive offers RPi a low-power solution

Western Digital’s 314GB drive offers RPi a low-power solution

The Raspberry Pi, in all its incarnations, have become a darling within the hacker and hobbyist community. That's due to the little board's potential and affordability. The RPi alone, however, isn't capable enough for all the magical things you might want to make it do. That's were all the connectors and accessories and extra storage space comes in. Western Digital, one of the bigger names in the digital storage industry, is trying to woo this growing market of makers and tinkerers and has announced a 314GB PiDrive designed specifically with the Raspberry Pi's constraints in mind.

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Intel’s super fast Optane SSDs could make their way into MacBooks

Intel’s super fast Optane SSDs could make their way into MacBooks

With increasingly more capable CPUs and GPUs, the bottlenecks of computing have lately been relocated to memory, both in RAM to some extent but especially in persistent data storage. The race is on among chip makers to produce not just the highest density storage technology but also the fastest. Intel, a name you'd more commonly associate with CPUs rather than storage devices, is also taking part in that race alongside storage maker Micron. And the first fruit of their friendship, the blazingly fast Optane SSD, might even be first seen in Apple's next MacBooks.

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Synology launches the new DS216j home NAS

Synology launches the new DS216j home NAS

There used to be a time where virtually all of your files were stored on a single computer. Maybe you'd have CDs or floppy disks with some backups, but that was generally it. In today's world, you don't necessarily want all of your media and important documents sitting on a desktop or a laptop. Instead, you might look to a NAS to help you out.

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OWC Aura SSD upgrade for mid-2013 and later Macs lands

OWC Aura SSD upgrade for mid-2013 and later Macs lands

Owners of mid-2013 MacBooks who are needing to boost their storage space can now get a new upgrade flash drive from OWC called the Aura SSD for Mid 2013 and Later Mac Laptops. The SSD upgrade is offered in 480GB and 1TB capacities and are the only PCIe-based flash storage device upgrades for the MacBook Pro with Retina display and newer MacBook Air devices.

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Seagate boasts of the fastest SSD flash drive at 10 GB/s

Seagate boasts of the fastest SSD flash drive at 10 GB/s

Samsung may have just recently revealed the world's largest single SSD drive, with a capacity of 16 TB, but Seagate is trying to compete in a different arena. Instead of data capacity, what it is showing off is an SSD drive that is considerably faster than the fastest SSD in the market. With a throughput performance of 10 GB/s, Seagate plans on further expanding its empire with blazingly fast storage solutions to answer the ever growing needs of businesses, especially those running servers and other data services.

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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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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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