Items tagged with Solid State Drive

Crucial, the Micron-owned maker of memory and storage products, made good on its promise to fix a strange issue plaguing some M4 solid state drive owners. Earlier this month, Crucial said it was hard at work on new firmware that would address an issue causing some M4 SSDs to stall out Windows and kick out a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) with an error code that reads 0x00000f4. What made the bug so strange is that it manifested itself after 5,200 hours of use, and it only seemed to affect 64GB models. Nevertheless, firmware revision 0309 is available for all four M4 SSD capacities (64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB) and includes the following fixes, according to Crucial's release notes: Changes made... Read more...
Remember when Plextor ruled the optical drive market with premium ODDs that typically performed better than the competition? That was long before the price of CD/DVD burners fell to around the cost of a case of water, and these days Plextor appears fully focused on solid state drives (SSDs). Announced at CES 2012 is Plextor's new M3 Pro Series, an improved version of the original M3. The M3 Pro Series uses high-grade 24nm Toggle Flash memory, includes updated firmware, and boasts a new 7mm height form factor for use in ultra-slim notebooks. Sequential read and write speeds have been bumped up to 540MB/s and 450MB/s, respectively, and random read/write speeds have gone up about 7 percent to 75,000/69,000... Read more...
Marvell is doing some magnificent things in the storage space lately. Hot on the heels of co-developing the "Kilimanjaro" native PCIe to NAND flash controller platform with OCZ (demonstrated via OCZ's new Z-Drive R5, which we covered the announcement here), Marvell on Monday unveiled its 88SE9230 6Gbps SATA controller powered by HyperDuo embedded processor technology. This new controller replaces Marvell's previous one and offers twice the performance, capacity, and scalability as before. What's neat about this controller is that it supports up to four ports for SSD and HDD connectivity, and if you hook up both kinds of drives, it will intelligently manage your data so that you receive up to... Read more...
Users over on Crucial's support forum have been complaining about a strange error that manifests on certain M4 solid state drives (SSDs) after precisely 5,200 hours of use. It appears to only affect the 64GB models, with affected drives kicking Windows systems into a BSoD with an error code that reads 0x00000f4. Crucial acknowledged the error exists on a "small number" of drives and said it's working on a firmware fix. Here's the official statement. We are aware of an issue that is currently affecting a small number of users whereby their M4 causes their system to require a restart. This issue occurs after approximately 5,000 hours of actual 'on time' use. Following the initial reboot, the system... Read more...
We've been chomping at the bit to play with Razer's upcoming Razer Blade gaming notebook ever since it was revealed in August, and like everyone else, it looks like we'll have to wait just a little bit longer to find out if it lives up to the hype. A last minute storage upgrade prompted Razer to delay the release until Janaury 2012. Razer made the announcement on its Facebook page and split it into good and bad news portions. The good news? Razer decided to yank the 320GB mechanical hard drive and plop a 256GB solid state drive in its place, and do so without raising the price. We already knew about this actually, since Razer CEO Min-Liang Tag broke the news in an interview with Kotaku earlier... Read more...
Hunting down a new SSD? Who isn't, right? Plextor has just issued their latest, the M3S. It's a 2.5" solid state drive that's available in three capacities: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.  The M3S delivers sequential read/write speeds of up to 525/445 MB/s and random read/write speeds of up to 70,000/65,000 IOPS. The M3S features exclusive firmware with True Speed technology, including Plextor’s proprietary Bad Block Management, Global Wear Leveling, and Instant Restore technologies that optimize performance.  True Speed is designed to prevent drastic drops in read/write speeds that normally occur with SSDs after prolonged use or when data becomes heavily fragmented.  True Speed... Read more...
Fusion-io reminds us why we love technology so much. How so? Well, it's awfully hard not to perk up and get excited when you learn about a 10TB storage device with multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory. Yes folks, that's ten freaking terabytes Fusion-io managed to cram onto its ioDrive Octal, or twice as much as was previously available on the single double-wide PCI Express device. "The 10TB ioDrive Octal packs increased raw flash capacity in a server, enabling customers to accelerate even very large data sets with an intelligent and efficient ioMemory solution," said David Flynn, Fusion-io Chairman and CEO. "Previously, a 4U server could contain 10 ioDrive Duos for 20 TB of total capacity,... Read more...
Another week, another SSDs. You've heard that one before, but it's true; solid state drives are becoming more and more commonplace, and for those waiting for prices to reach a point that makes sense for most consumers, it's always music to the ears. Kingston has just announced the next generation of its entry-level, budget SSDNow V Series. It's the SSDNow V200, which offers SATA Rev 3.0 (6Gb/s) support and promises to be nearly twice as fast as the previous V100 SSD. It is also up to 20 percent less in price than its predecessor SSDNow V100 drive, and will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities as either a stand-alone drive or as an upgrade kit. The desktop bundle kit includes the SSD,... Read more...
With a name like Patriot Memory, you'd think the company would be all about equality and, well, you'd be right. In addition to a full line-up of Windows friendly storage devices you're already familiar with, Patriot just announced a couple of product lines aimed at Mac users, including its new Mac Series XT solid state drives and Mac Series notebook memory lines. "Patriot Memory’s Mac Series XT SSDs will provide users with a great alternative to traditional mechanical hard drives," says William Lai, Patriot Memory’s Product Manager. "Offering an easy solid state and memory upgrade, Mac users will be able to maximize their computing experience almost instantly." Patriot's new Mac Series... Read more...
Need a 1TB solid state drive? OCZ Technology's new Octane line might be just what you're looking for. These new drives will be available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities, the latter of which is the first 2.5-inch SSD in the world to offer such a copious amount of storage. OCZ is making use of its Indilinx acquisition and has outfitted these drives with the Indilinx Everest controller. "OCZ has reached an important milestone in the development of its own controller technology," said James E. Bagley, Senior Analyst with Storage Strategies NOW. "The high sustained performance, even with compressed files, the rapid boot feature and high access speeds using SATA 3.0 protocol puts their controller... Read more...
OCZ just made available new firmware that's supposed to fix a handful of stability issues with certain SandForce-based solid state drives (SSDs). Affected SSDs include the Vertex 3 series, Vertex 3 Max IOPS series, Agility 3 series, and Solid 3 series. According to the release notes, the firmware addresses the following: Fixed a rare condition that may cause Windows Blue Screen error when the primary-configured drive woke up from either a SATA slumber mode or S3/S4 modes. Fixed a rare condition that may cause Windows Blue Screen error when the drive was configured as primary with OS installed. Fixed a corner-case issue that may cause the drive to stutter or Windows freezing screen when a media... Read more...
Regardless of how many are introduced, we still get the tingling sensation in our spine when a new solid state drive crosses into our view. Kingston's the latest to do so, with the unveiling of their new SandForce-based, business-centric SSD. It's the SSDNow KC100, the company's first SATA Rev. 3 (6Gb/sec) business-ready SSD. It's built with SandForce's DuraClass technology, promising "world-class" integrity as well as a few other tricks. KC100 is the only business-equipped SSD to offer enterprise-level S.M.A.R.T attributes. The SSD’s usage statistics, health and life stage can be monitored with industry standard and publicly available S.M.A.R.T monitoring tools.   The new KC100... Read more...
Corsair's Force Series GT solid state drive (SSD) line pushes the high-speed storage pedal to the metal, but until today, you couldn't purchase one larger than 120GB. That all changes with the introduction of new 180GB and 240GB models, both of which are available for purchase immediately. "Force Series GT is our fastest, most flexible line of SSDs," said Thi La, Vice President of Memory Products at Corsair. "The new 180GB and 240GB models are ideal for premium systems which require large amounts of high-performance storage." And by high-performance, Corsair means up to 555MB/s read and up to 525MBs/ write speeds, and up to 85K random write IOPS. The drives reach such high speeds by paring the... Read more...
The Serial ATA International Organization (let's just call them SATA-IO for short) announced this week it's developing a new standard called SATA Express. This is exactly what it sounds like, in that the new specification takes the Serial ATA standard and PCI Express, tosses them into a high-tech blender, and what comes out is a faster interface for SATA devices called SATA Express. Doesn't that sound groovy? It should, because this technology sidesteps the SATA bottleneck that could come into play as solid state drives continue to get faster. According to SATA IO, the new spec is a cost friendly way of increasing device interface speeds to 8Gb/s and 16Gb/s. "SATA Express enables the development... Read more...
The cool thing about having friends is you know they'll have your back (and loan you money). But with Samsung and Symantec hooking up BFF style, these best buds promise to have your back when it comes time to upgrade your slow-as-molasses mechanical hard drive to a smoking fast Samsung 470 Series solid state drive (check out our review here). Samsung said its 470 Series consumer SSDs now come bundled with Symantec's Norton Ghost 15 backup and restore software. This is the full version too, and not some gimped trial. Using the included software, Samsung and Symantec are making it easy for enthusiasts to migrate their existing system data by making an exact copy of the HDD. "SSDs have long been... Read more...
Andy Samberg, Kiv Schaffer, and T-Pain aren't the only ones who got to ride on a boat. Kingston Technology's HyperX solid state drives set sail for U.S. shores and are now shipping starting at $270, the memory maker announced today. These SandForce-based drives are Kingston's first SATA 6Gbps SSDs. They're available in 120GB and 240GB capacities and offer sequential read and writes speeds of up to 555MB/s and 510MB/s , respectively. Kingston's shipping them as standalone drives with a HyperX branded 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch desktop mounting plate included, or as part of a HyperX Upgrade Kit that also tosses in Acronis True Image HD migration software, external drive bay, multi-head screwdriver, and... Read more...
We have some semi-good news for Intel 320 Series solid state drive owners who might be suffering from the notorious 8MB bug. No, we don't have a fix, and neither does Intel. However, the Santa Clara chip maker is fully aware of the problem and is promising a new firmware update that will supposedly stomp out the annoying bug for good. "Intel has been investigating the ‘Bad Context 13x Error’ as seen on select Intel® SSD 320 Series drives," Intel said in a statement. "This was previously noted in the Intel community post as 'SSD Power Loss.' To summarize the error: In certain circumstances, after an unexpected power loss, a small percentage of SSDs may experience this error on... Read more...
SanDisk recently launched a new line of SSD drives that is designed to breathe new life into aging computers. The SanDisk Ultra SSD is a SATA II-based drive that supports both TRIM and SMART. The drive offers up to 280 MB/sec sequential read and 270 MB/sec sequential write speeds. The Ultra SSD is available in capacities of 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB. The drives are currently available. SANDISK ULTRA SOLID STATE DRIVE (SSD) SHIPS TO RETAILERS New SSD Extends the Life of Desktop and Notebook PCs—Faster and More Reliable Than a Hard Disk Drive MILPITAS, Calif., July 25, 2011—SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today introduced the SanDisk... Read more...
OCZ Technology unveiled the Indilinx Everest SATA 3.0 SSD platform. The new Indilinx Everest platform combines a 6Gbps SATA Revision 3.0 host interface, a dual-core ARM CPU, and support for MLC NAND components and next generation three bit per cell NAND Flash. The Everest platform supports maximum capacities up to 1TB. The Indilinx Everest SSD platform is now available to OEMs for validation. OCZ Technology Unveils Indilinx Everest Series Solid State Drive Controller Next Generation SATA 6Gbps SSD Platform Allows up to 1TB of Storage per Controller and is the First ASIC-Based Controller to Enable State-of-the-Art Triple-Level Cell NAND Flash SAN JOSE, CA - July 20, 2011 - OCZ Technology Group,... Read more...
Laptops like the MacBook Air and Samsung Series 9 are redefining what it means to be a thin and light laptop, sort of in the same way Hollywood redefined what it meant to be skinny (only not as gross -- seriously, does anyone find Nicole Richie attractive anymore?). Combined with the emerging tablet market, there is a strong need for good solid state drives. Super Talent has noticed and aims to deliver with the release of its new MasterDrive KX3, a 1.8-inch solid state drive aimed squarely at thin notebooks and tablets. "As laptops get thinner and lighter, the demand for smaller, thinner components follows suit," Super Talent states. "The fact that this product is also silent, more... Read more...
Just in case you found yourself lamenting the lack of SandForce-driven solid state drives (SSDs), what with there only being about a million different options and all, SuperTalent this week added another one to the pile. It's the TeraDrive CT3, a SATA 6Gb/s drive designed to fill the gap between SuperTalent's PT3 and CT2 products and take its place as the price/performance leader among the pack. "As with the PT3, the CT3 features the new SandForce SF-2200 SSD processor and the SATA III interface. You can think of the new TeraDrive CT3 as the PT3 with asynchronous Flash or as the CT2 with a SATA III interface; either way the CT3 is a perfect combination for price and performance," SuperTalent... Read more...
An unfortunate trend related to SSDs: companies announce them, but they don't tell us anything about an expected price and release date. That's no way to be! But for whatever reason, getting specific details surrounding solid state drives has been am occasional challenge. Corsair is a company known for cutting-edge gear, and thankfully, they can also be known as a company to buck this trend. They just announced that their hot-red Force GT 120 SSD will be going on sale this month, and for a price that even the casual enthusiast may be able to justify. It uses the new SandForce SF-2280 SSD Processor, with native support for SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3), combined with ONFI synchronous flash memory.... Read more...
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