Storage

  The Plextor PlexWriter 40/12/40A CD-RW Drive Cutting CDs as fast as you can play them 3/10/02 - By  Dave Altavilla As of late, CD-R technology has been keeping pace with the type of blinding speed of technological development that exist in the PC Graphics market.  One could easily draw a comparison between the product development cycle times of nVidia and Plextor, as well as a few others in the CD-R arena.  It was only a few short months ago that we exposed you to the features and performance of the Plextor 24X CD-RW drive.  Now, less than 6 months later, we're here to... Read more...
  The Plextor PlexWriter 16/10/40A CD-RW Drive Quick cuts and speedy reads... 4/4/01 - By  Dave Altavilla You've got to love the PC and PC Peripherals Market.  I don't know of any other industry that releases new products and technology with such a fevered pace, such that obsolescence is a way of life, with next generation product always waiting in the wings to perform the proverbial "leap frog" maneuver.  There is one thing for certain.  In this business, you skip a beat and you might as well hand in your pink slip, because the game can be over in the blink of... Read more...
  The Plextor PlexWriter 24/10/40A CD-RW Drive The perennial CD Burn King steps it up a notch 10/8/01 - By  Dave Altavilla It seems like only yesterday we were showing you the performance and quality of Plextor's 16X Burner.  However, like most PC technologies, perpetual and incremental performance enhancement, is a requirement to survive in the High Tech jungle.  Plextor, world renowned for top quality high performance recordable drives, is not about to sit on its collective laurels while the competition passed by.  Soon after the release of the Plextor 16X recorder, we... Read more...
  The Plextor PlexWriter 8/4/32 CD-RW Drive Turning and Burning CD Recordable Drives have matured greatly in the past few years and have become an extremely cost effective and viable back-up, storage and duplication solution for professional and home use.  Plextor has been known for highly reliable leading edge products ranging from standard CD drives to CD-R and CD-RW drives.  With a standard CD-R drive you can only write to a CD once and if there is an error during the process, you have made yourself and expensive drink "coaster".  CD-RW is a fairly new type of Recordable... Read more...
  Shuttle's SDVD-101 10X DVD-ROM Drive Is it time to dump your CD-ROM Drive? By - Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta 8 / 24 / 2000 Shuttle, along with many other companies generally recognized as motherboard manufacturers, actually has a very diverse product line. They offer everything from CD-ROM drives to Video cards and a wide variety of motherboards for almost any application. Today we'll be taking a look at their newest DVD-ROM drive, the SDVD-101.  DVD-ROM drives are quickly becoming the de-facto standard for most mainstream PC users. They offer all of the functionality of a standard... Read more...
  Shuttle's SD-561 56X CD-ROM Drive A Frugal and Nimble Solution 3/14/00 - By, Marco ?BigWop? Chiappetta I?ve been around PC hardware for quite a while and have used just about every ?speed? CD-ROM since my trusty ol? Creative Labs 1X. Having used all these different drives I?ve learned a couple things:  1.) The speed on the box is usually not what you should expect and  2.) One company?s 50x is another?s 20x! With that being said, I introduce to you the Shuttle 56x CD-ROM.  Is it really a 56x Drive?  Let?s find out.  I?m not going to go too deeply into the specs of... Read more...
  Quantum's Atlas 10K II Ultra160 SCSI Drive Taking advantage of all that bandwidth 8/27/00 - By  Dave "Davo" Altavilla Interface Speed, Spindle Speed, Access Times and Data Buffers, these are the major components driving the performance levels of any given Hard Drive technology.  Not long ago we brought you a full detailed review of the latest technology in SCSI Interfaces, Ultra160 and the Quantum AtlasV Ultra160 SCSI Drive.   The months have rolled on and so has the product development cycle for Quantum. In addition to this new found interface speed, Quantum... Read more...
  Quantum's Fireball Plus AS 40 Mainstream ATA100 performance @ 7200 RPM 3/5/01 - By  Dave Altavilla The first two Quantum drives we reviewed here at Hot Hardware, were very high end products with SCSI interfaces and targeted at the Server/Professional market.  Today we are going to look at one from Quantum's "Desktop" offering.  This drive is still targeted at the high end of the segment but with an ATA100 interface, it will most likely find its way to a system the likes of which are configured by many of you loyal Hot Hardware readers. As we all know, both spindle... Read more...
  Quantum's Atlas V Ultra160 SCSI Hard Drive SCSI One-Ups EIDE Again! 3/17/00 - By, Dave "Davo" Altavilla We've said this before and we'll say it again, your hard drive is one of the slowest parts of your computer.  Or is it?  Let's take a look at today's computer technology and the speed ratings for various types of components.  Let's see, your main system memory is rated in Nanoseconds.  Your Processor's clock frequency is rated in MHz  Your Graphics card is also measured in MHz for the processor and Nanoseconds for the memory.  Then there is the Hard... Read more...
Back-Up Storage for the masses! The OnStream SC30 SCSI Digital Tape Drive     Ahh yes... the proverbial "cover your butt" of the home and enterprise computer user, the tape backup drive. I know what you are thinking. You're thinking "I don't really need to backup my system" ! These are famous last words. A few weeks ago we received the OnStream SC30 for review here at the Hot Hardware Test Labs. At that time, things were extremely busy and the box lay dormant... Read more...
Quantum's Fireball CR EIDE Hard Drive ATA/66... Hot Hardware or Hype? A close look at a new ATA/66 Hard Drive from Quantum   Hard Drive technologies seem to leap frog themselves faster than any other techonolgy in the PC Hardware Arena. What is leading edge technology today will be "old hat" in a matter of months when the next level of performance or density is surpassed and brought to the marketplace. It seems as if 6 month design cycles are common place for drive makers. One of the main bottlenecks in traditional drive systems is the bus interface. SCSI has its advantages over... Read more...
Kenwood's 72X True X CD-ROM Drive No "specsmanship" just performance!       Once in a blue moon, we get a product in here at Hot Hardware that absolutely knocks our socks off. It doesn't happen very often and we test a lot of product every month. This is one of those times. For many of us, CD-ROM drive technology has matured to the extent where we are beginning to reach diminishing returns on our investment in next generation technology. Today's 48X and 52X drives are hardly faster than there 32X siblings from days gone by. DVD ROMs and Re-Writable Drives are still making... Read more...
The Maxtor DiamondMax 4320 - 17.2G EIDE/UDMA Hard Drive     A JUMBO Drive For The Hungriest Of Users               Are you feeling a little thin on space these days with the ol' workhorse 2 Gig drive you are running? Time to put that poor thing out to pasture... Have we got some room for you! I'm talking "fit a small tribe of Gypsies" size room here! 17.2 Gig ! Holy Mackerel! Do you remember being excited about your new shiny Mode 3 drive, a whole 540 Meg? Guess what? Drive Technology just leap frogged you and it doesn't show any signs of ending... Read more...
IBM's DDRS34560D - 4.5 Gig Ultra 2 SCSI LVD Drive   SCSI for the masses!       SCSI, use to conjure up memories of difficult set up and lots of time spent tweaking with settings in the SCSI BIOS trying to get a drive to run at peak performance. Not so with many of today's SCSI Drives. IBM has a full arsenal of high performance SCSI drives all of which are all easily configured and set up due to Ultra 2 LVD SCSI Features. I had this drive in, up and running in about 15 minutes. This drive also has built in SCSI Termination. You have to terminate the end of the cable in the chain... Read more...
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