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Monday, May 30, 2011

Is This The Coolest Hard Drive You've Ever Seen?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 06:30 PM

http://www.bitrebels.com/geek/geek-...ean-hard-drive/

"Omg, I love this! Are you familiar with Flash Rods? They hand build flash drives and hard drives into the coolest cars ever. This time, they've outdone themselves."

OK. You will either think this is the coolest thing you've seen in some time, or you will think it's the dumbest idea ever. What you see above is a customized hard drive. Made by Flash Rods, this is a replica of the Delorean time machine from the classic Back to the Future movies. This model offers a useful 500 GB of storage. You have to admit, if you had this sitting on your desk it would be a definite conversation piece. Hit the Read link for some additional views of the, er, drive, and if you have a few spare moments, head on over to the Flash Rods site to see some of their other custom designs.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hey Developers, Get Your Hands Off My Documents Folder!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 07:00 AM

See that screenshot above? That's an incredible 10.1 GB worth of file bloat that I had no idea was there. The culprit? Cyberlink PowerDirector 9, a video editing application that I've been using quite a bit over the last month. I've developed a real love/hate relationship with this software; when it works, man, does it ever work well! It leverage's my Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA 460 GTX GPU in ways I've never seen any other app do...it's SHREDS HD video, both exporting and editing it. What's not so good is the stability and corrupt output problems I've been seeing. More on that later though; back on topic... Read more...


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Win 1 of 2 Western Digital Caviar Green 1 TB Hard Drives

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 04:30 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO6bYZQo82Y

Want to win one of two 1 TB hard drives? Then jump over to this YouTube video and read the contest rules. Enjoy!


Friday, March 12, 2010

That Hard Drive Upgrade May Not Make XP Faster

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/ne...or-xp-users.ars

"512-byte sectors have been the norm for decades. The 512-byte size was itself inherited from floppy disks, making it an even older historical artifact. The age of this standard means that it's baked in to a lot of important software: PC BIOSes, operating systems, and the boot loaders that hand control from the BIOS to the operating system. All of this makes migration to a new standard difficult."

Upgrades apparently does not a faster computer make. In order to keep up with our insatiable need for storage and to squeeze every last bit out of hard drives, manufacturers are making changes and these changes will negatively impact Windows XP machines. I am sure there will be plenty of people saying that you should no longer be using XP, but if someone has a computer that does everything they need it to, why upgrade? At least when your hard drive dies, and there are bound to be some computers out there that have 9 or 10 year old disks that are on the brink of failure, you will have a very good excuse to get a fancy new computer instead of just replacing the hard drive! I suppose this is the price of progress. In order to get more out of our systems, we need to keep everything current. I still have a few XP machines laying around, mostly because the cost of upgrading the OS is not worth it, but as much as I enjoy the aging OS, there will come a time when I must learn to let go.


Going Green With a New Windows Home Server

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

Since first hearing about the Windows Home Server operating system a few years ago, I've been intrigued with Microsoft's efforts in this space. I was fortunate to be included in the first beta, for which I used my old software/hardware testing computer, cobbled together from an assortment of parts. I called this my "Frankenbox"; the machine was a standard mid-sized tower with a 400 watt power supply, a 3 Ghz Celeron CPU, and 2 GB of RAM. When I deployed it as my Windows Home Server, I added a few new parts to it: an Intel gigabit Ethernet card, a SATA card for installing extra hard drives, and of course a bunch of hard drives. It's easiest to show the hard drive arrangement with a screen shot. Read more...


Friday, August 28, 2009

Hard Drive Giveaway #2: I've Got 3350 GB of Storage to Give Away

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 01:00 PM

OK, here we go with contest #2! If you haven't already read up on why I'm giving these hard drives away, please check out the first contest giveaway.

All you have to do is post a message telling me how you'd use the hard drive. Will you replace the hard drive in a current computer? What size is your current drive? Or add it to a current system as a backup drive? Or will you put the drive in an enclosure? Post one message in the discussion thread (it can be the same text from the first content).

I'll select the winner at random. Once you win one of the contests, you're out of the running for the next contests in this series. Each winner will be contacted via private forum message and they'll have 72 hours to respond to claim their prize - so be sure email notifications are turned on for your forum account. The last contest I ran someone missed out on winning a prize because they didn't reply to my message for two weeks!

The drive I'm giving away in this second contest is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500 GB (SATA). This contest will close on Friday the 4th of September at 12 noon GMT -7. Enter now!

UPDATE: The contest is now over, and the winner is...cmchavez. Here's what he posted:

"Currently I have a 200 gig system drive that I back up only the personal documents and settings folders to a separate, external 160 gig drive; basically my CYA drive to prevent my wife from killing me over digital photos that haven't yet been burned to backup disks. I'd probably swap out the main system drive for a larger drive, then use the 200 gig drive as a secondary storage drive with a recurring Robocopy task to provide a secondary backup copy of all the essential files. Definitely would make things better on the family computer!

Congrats cmchavez! Stay tuned for more contests everyone...


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hard Drive Giveaway: I've Got 3350 GB of Storage to Give Away

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 11:00 AM

In a discussion thread that started talking about my collection of old RAM, I mentioned that I had a bunch of "small, old hard drives" that I didn't have any use for, and the response when I stated the capacities was quite amusing - my definition of "old" is any hard drive older than two years, and "small" is anything under 500 GB or so. A few people in that discussion thread are still using sub-100 GB hard drives, so it seemed like it was time for a giveaway!

I have seven hard drives in total to give away, ranging from a new 750 GB drive down to a 300 GB drive. All told, I have 3350 GB in storage up for grabs. The drives in this giveaway are:

  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 750 GB (SATA)
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500 GB (SATA)
  • Western Digital Caviar 500 GB (SATA)
  • Western Digital Caviar 500 GB (SATA)
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 400 GB (SATA)
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 400 GB (SATA)
  • Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300 GB (PATA)

So here's how this going to work: every week for seven weeks I'm going to give away one of the drives. Each contest will be the same as this one: all you have to do is post a message telling me how you'd use the hard drive. Will you replace the hard drive in a current computer? What size is your current drive? Or add it to a current system as a backup drive? Or will you put the drive in an enclosure? Post one message in the discussion thread. I'll select the winner at random. Once you win one of the contests, you're out of the running for the next contests in this series. Each winner will be contacted via private forum message and they'll have 72 hours to respond to claim their prize - so be sure email notifications are turned on for your forum account. The last contest I ran someone missed out on winning a prize because they didn't reply to my message for two weeks!

The drive I'm giving away in this first contest is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 400 GB drive. This contest will close on Thursday the 27th at 12 noon GMT -7. Enter now!

UPDATE: The contest is completed, and the winner is dirtboy. Thanks to everyone for entering! Many more hard drive giveaways coming up...


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I've Gotta' Whole Lotta' Hard Drives Goin' On

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 09:12 AM

http://www.westerndigital.com/en/pr...asp?driveid=576

Four of these 1 Terrabyte Western Digital Caviar Green hard drives arrived for me yesterday - aren't they pretty? The key benefit these hard drives offer is power-related: they use only 6 watts when in use, 4 watts at idle, and only 0.8 watts at sleep or idle. They achieve this through a variety of technologies, including a variable RPM of 5400 to 7200. Clever stuff! Would anyone like to guess what I'm going to be using them for?


Friday, February 6, 2009

SSD Wars: Intel Cuts Prices

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 09:30 AM

http://www.dailytech.com/Intel+Cuts...rticle14188.htm

"Intel has announced a series of price cuts on its lineup of SLC (Single Level Cell) and MLC (Multi Level Cell) Solid State Drives. Their NAND flash is produced by IM Flash Technologies, an Intel joint venture with Micron Technologies. Lower sales due to the global economic slump are a key reason for the price cuts. However, declining NAND flash prices are lowering production costs for Intel's competitors, many of which are entering the market with a new generation of products. Intel launched their 160GB X-25M for $945 just under two months ago."

This is the kind of competition I like to see: a bunch of compeditors fighting for a new market, each trying to release the best product at the lowest price, all competing with each other. I don't own any device with an SSD yet, but I'm pretty sure that by the end of the year, I'll have slapped an SSD into something I own - the temptation is too great, though what's keeping me away is the poor price/storage ratio. As that improves, SSDs will become impossible to resist...


Monday, July 7, 2008

Myth: Flash Hard Drives Improve Battery Life

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 04:00 AM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...ttery,1955.html

"Flash-based solid state drives (SSDs) are considered to be the future of performance hard drives, and everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon. We are no exception, as we have been publishing many articles on flash-based SSDs during the last few months, emphasizing the performance gains and the potential power savings brought by flash memory. And there is nothing wrong with this, since SLC flash SSDs easily outperform conventional hard drives today (SLC = single level cell). However, we have discovered that the power savings aren't there: in fact, battery runtimes actually decrease if you use a flash SSD."



Raise your hand if you thought Flash Hard Drives improved the battery life of your laptop. I fell for the same myth and am slightly disappointed, but Tom's Hardware has run a few SSD (solid-state drives) through the paces, and their results show that, even though these drives don't have moving parts, the battery life isn't any better compared to old-fashioned spinning hard drives. Their review is extremely thorough, so if you're wanting to get the low-down on SSD performance and battery life, check out the linked article!


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