Storage

  Maxtor's DiamondMax Plus 9 Serial ATA Drive Serial ATA Drives Mature By Dave Altavilla March 20, 2003   Our first look at a Serial ATA drive, quite frankly, was a little less than inspiring.  That is to say that, even though the SATA 150 standard offers a higher bandwidth interface and those tidy, thin little cables,  the performance of the first drive to hit our bench, a Seagate Barracuda V, was about on par with the average ATA100 or ATA133 drive on the market.  However, as we all know, in this game of technological leapfrog, it doesn't always pay to be too early to... Read more...
  The MSI CR52-A2 - 52X CD-RW Drive Breaking the speed barrier at 52X By Tom Laverriere March 14, 2003 The first CD-RW drive I ever bought was an 8X4X32X unit for around $200 beans and I thought it was amazing how fast that thing could burn CD's.  It took me only about 10 minutes to burn a full disc of songs.  I was loving life.  Back in the day (not so long ago actually), that was fast  It's amazing how far and how fast CD-RW drive technology has evolved.  First we saw a few 24X drives out there and then only a few months later we're looking at 40X and then 48X and... Read more...
  Seagate's Barracuda V and SATA 150 Controllers Welcome to Serial ATA - A Performance Analysis By Dave Altavilla January 14, 2003   The day has finally come, where we have Serial ATA Hard Drives becoming available on the market.  Never has there been such anticipation regarding a new Hard Drive technology.  In kind, never has there been such an overwhelming "seeding" of a technology by various OEM partners with a new standard like this.  The Serial ATA standard has a ton of horsepower behind it with the likes of Intel, Dell, Maxtor, IBM, Seagate and the list... Read more...
    The Plextor PlexWriter 48/24/48U External Hi-Speed USB 2.0 CD-RW Drive Speedy Burning On The Go Jay Gibson December 29, 2002 Since their debut in 1990, Plextor has been striving to make a name for themselves as one of the top-producing optical storage device manufactures in the market. Their introductions of generations of award-winning devices, has enabled them to generate an annual revenue of approximately $500 million per year, while providing some very stiff competition for their fellow combatants. As we're sure you would agree, Plextor is sort of the bellweather of... Read more...
  The Asus CRW5224A - 52X CDRW Drive The fastest rated burn speed on the planet.. for now. By Dave Altavilla December 13, 2002 It seems as though CDRW Drive technology is evolving as fast, if not faster, than Hard Disk technology these days.  It's amazing to think that CD Burning speeds are now on par with Read speeds.  However, that's exactly what the Asus CRW5224A is proposing it brings to the market.  With 52X Write, 24X Re-Write and 52X Read speeds, this drive should by all rights serve you as not only a speedy CD Burner but also a fast CDROM reader as well.  Asus historically... Read more...
  The Plextor 48x24x48 CD-RW Drive Burning CDs Faster Than Ever Before... By, Marco Chiappetta November 12, 2002 Plextor recently released their newest flagship CD-RW drive, the PlexWriter 48/24/48A.  Obviously, just by looking at the name, it's clear that this drive should offer increased reading and writing speeds over Plextor's previous top-of-line PlexWriter 40/12/40A.  The maximum CD recording speed has been raised to 48X (7.2MB/s), from 40X (6MB/s) and by conforming to the new Ultra-Speed CD-RW standard, re-writing speeds have doubled from 12X (1.8MB/s) to 24X (3.6MB/s). ... Read more...
   The HighPoint RocketRAID 404 (HPT374) 4 Channel PCI IDE RAID Controller... By, Marco Chiappetta October 10, 2002 Over the past few years, one of the most prolific integrated accessories found on high-end consumer class motherboards has got to be an IDE RAID controller. Virtually every OEM from Abit to Soyo now ship motherboards that are outfitted with a RAID controller.  These integrated solutions give users the ability to inexpensively boost drive throughput, or ensure data security by "striping" or "mirroring" their data across multiple drives.  They... Read more...
  Plextor PleXCombo 8/8/24-8U Review CD-R, CD-RW, DVD and USB 2.0 By -Chris Angelini September 18th, 2002 Not long ago, CD-RW drives were considered a luxury.  Then, the MP3 craze swept college dorms and came to rest in the average household.  The ability to play music on demand through a computer sound system was novel, but taking that music on the road seemed far more practical.  Of course, the only way to get a custom mix was to convert the music into .wav format and burn the large files onto a disc.  Writable optical drives quickly became popular, simultaneously decreasing... Read more...
  The Plextor PleXCombo 20/10/40-12A Review Covering All of the Bases With a Single Drive By, Jeff Bouton July 10, 2002 As CD-Writers have matured, so has the technology that is integrated into their design.  Back when the first CD-R drives were introduced, users were routinely plagued by "buffer underruns."  Initially, manufacturers began incorporating new processes, like larger on-board memory buffers, into their drives to help combat this problem, but the results were mixed.  Fortunately, there were a select few manufacturers who made the "buffer underrun"... Read more...
  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...
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