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What Happens When You String 24 Samsung 256GB SSD Drives Together?

By Luke Anderson

My main computer is pretty fast, with a nice overclocked Core 2 Duo, speedy RAM  and a kick-ass video card. Unfortunately it does have one piece slowing it down. While my hard drive is SATA (none of that ancient IDE crap here), I’d love to switch it out for a faster SSD drive. My main issue is that the speed gain just doesn’t justify the price. But what if price was no object? Just what could you do with say, 24 top-of-the-line SSD drives? You can open the entire Microsoft Office suite in half a second. You’d have transfer speeds topping out at 2GB. You’d even be able to make the kick-ass video seen above.

VIA [ Dvice ]

Upgrade Your iPod Video With A 240GB Hard Drive


By Luke Anderson

I have a fairly large music collection, enough that my 16GB can’t hold it all. For the sake of functionality, I was willing to cut out a few tracks here and there. Now if your collection is enough to fill even the largest iPods, you might consider this offering from Rapid Repair.

The company is offering a 240GB hard drive for 1st and 2nd generation iPod Videos. That’s double the size that even the current iPod classic can hold. I’m really not sure why you would need that much music and video with you at all times, but hey, if you’ve got $300 burning a hole in your pocket be my guest.

[ Rapid Repair ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Hitachi Announces New CinemaStar DVR Hard Drives

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I am a DVR nut and record everything — even if I plan to watch it right then. I like to let the show get about 15 minutes ahead of live TV so I can skip all of the commercials. I also have kids so we tend to collect gobs of Dora episodes as well. When we start running out of space on the DVR, everyone gets nervous that their programs will be deleted.

Hitachi has announced some new hard drives that are aimed at the DVR user in its CinemaStar line. The more interesting of the two new drives is the CinemaStar 7K1000.B. This drive has a massive 1TB storage capacity and can hold 247 hours of MPEG-4 encoded HD video and support ten simultaneous data streams. My pathetic DVR drive can only hold 30 hours of HD programs.

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Hard Disk Crusher – That’s What It Is, That’s What It Does

Hard Disk Crusher (Images courtesy EDR Solutions)
By Andrew Liszewski

Whenever I replace a hard drive I usually dismantle the discarded drive for security reasons, and because you can never have too many really strong magnets kicking around. Other slightly easier methods for wiping the data off a hard drive include degaussing machines or software solutions that write over the original data until it’s unreadable. But both of those can take a long time, particularly when compared to what the Hard Disk Crusher can do in just 10 seconds. It basically ‘drills’ through the hard drive’s spindles which physically creates ripples in the platters making it impossible to recover any data.

The site claims the Crusher can destroy over 60 disks an hour (at 10 seconds per crush that doesn’t seem to add up) but they also mention that they’ve had customers destroy over 800 drives in a single day. It runs off a standard 110V outlet but there’s also an emergency hand-pump accessory that allows you to use the Hard Disk Crusher without an electrical power source. About 15 pumps creates enough power to destroy a single drive. Not surprisingly the Hard Disk Crusher has a price tag of $11,500 which includes a one-year warranty. Extending that warranty will cost you $995 per year (yikes!) and the aforementioned emergency hand-pump option is another $895.

[ EDR Solutions Hard Disk Crusher ] VIA [ Gearlog ]

Addonics Snap-In ExDrive25

Snap-In ExDrive25 (Image courtesy Addonics)
By Andrew Liszewski

The Snap-In ExDrive25 is kind of like those hot-swappable SATA hard drive readers that have become popular as of late. But instead of being a large, clunky reader that sits on your desk, the ExDrive25 comes in the form of a portable external drive case. Installing a drive is as easy as opening the access door on the front and sliding almost any 2.5 inch SATA drive inside. If you find yourself even occasionally having to swap 2.5 inch drives in and out of a case, you’ll appreciate the ExDrive25’s screw-free approach.

The case is made from aluminum for maximum head dissipation and includes a patented shock mount mechanism allowing you to travel with the case without the risk of damaging the drive inside. It also includes both USB 2.0 and eSATA connections on the back for connecting to a laptop or even a desktop with an easily accessible eSATA port.

And at just $29 from Addonics, I’m tempted to replace the external cases I’m using right now.

[ Addonics Snap-In ExDrive25 ] VIA [ I4U News ]

Transcend StoreJet Keeps Your Mobile Data Safe

Transcend StoreJet

By Luke Anderson

When I travel, I tend to pack as lightly as possible. However, being a geek doesn’t make that very easy. In order to cut down on the amount of clutter in my gadget bag, I usually forgo the inclusion of my external hard drive. My laptop hard drive is usually large enough to accommodate most of my files, and I’m afraid that as hard as I am on my gadgets, I’ll end up killing an external drive (I’ve done it before). If you’re worried about protecting your data when you’re away from home, the StoreJet 25 might put your mind at ease.

The new drive from Transcend features an extra-rugged silicone case that stands up to US military drop-test standards by utilizing a two-stage anti-shock technology. The drive will come in capacities of up to 250GB, which is about as large as you’d expect for a 2.5-inch drive. The highest capacity will set you back $176.99.

[ Transcend ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

BiTMICRO Set To Unveil 832GB SSD At CES


By Luke Anderson

I’ve been saying for a while now that I’d love to switch the main hard drive in my PC to a SSD drive. There are two very obvious reasons why I haven’t taken the plunge yet. Namely, they aren’t very large, and you pay an arm and a leg for what little you do get. BiTMICRO is looking to change both of those things with a new drive that they’ll be unveiling this week at CES.

Their new SSD will be sporting a whopping 832GB of storage space. That’s a huge leap from the 64GB drives that we’ve been seeing lately. What’s even better is that they’re using a new proprietary technology called MLC which they promise will bring the price down below the market average. We’ll look forward to hearing more about this later in the week.

VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Speed Up Your Computer With A PCIe Hard Drive


By Luke Anderson

In the computer industry people are always trying to find ways to speed up their PC. Usually when they think of increasing the performance of their computer, they immediately think about switching out their CPU or adding more memory. One bottleneck that is often overlooked is the hard drive.

One of the reasons that the hard drive is often overlooked is because there aren’t a lot of good options for improvement on the market. One that will give you a considerable boost is the ioDrive PCIe card. That’s right, it’s not a SATA or an ATA (eek!) drive, but rather it takes full advantage of your PCIe bus speeds to transmit data. It will feature sustained read/write speeds of 700MB/s and 600MB/s respectively and 3.2 Gbps bandwidth.

Of course such an upgrade will cost more than most people’s computers. A 640GB model will set you back around $2,400 when it comes out in Q1 of 2008.

[ Fusion io ] VIA [ PC Launches ]

Turn Your SD Card Into An IDE Drive

IDE to SD/MMC Adapter

By Luke Anderson

If you’ve ever wanted to use a flash memory card to run your PC’s operating system, you’re not alone. Flash memory has proven itself to be fast, quiet and less susceptible to damage due to shock and vibration. The easiest way I have found to do this with an SD/MMC card would be to use this IDE to SD/MMC adapter.

This adapter is awesome because the BIOS actually detects your card as a regular IDE drive. Just hook it up and you’re ready to install your favorite OS. The adapter is cheap, as you’ll only pay around $25.

[ GizFever ] VIA [ RedFerret ]