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  1. SSD shipments outpaced HDDs by 3:2 last quarter, but hard disks still lead the storage race 99 million solid-state drives were shipped in Q1 In brief: We’ve come a long way since solid-state drives were the expensive alternative to traditional HDDs, making up only a small part of the market. Falling prices and increasing capacities have seen their popularity rise in recent times, to the point that in Q1 2021, SSD shipments outpaced their hard disk drive counterparts by 3:2, while in 2020, SSDs saw 28% more unit sales than HDDs. According to a Trendfocus report (via
  2. Intel announces new SSD that combines Optane Memory and NAND flash Intel has announced the latest iteration of its Optane Memory sticks for laptops, the Optane Memory H20 with Solid State Storage. If the name doesn't give it away, it's exactly what it sounds like - a storage drive that combines Intel's Optane Memory technology with a traditional QLC SSD, offering higher capacities and speeds in a more compact form factor. Optane Memory is a proprietary Intel technology that's designed to improve performance in applications, specifically when runnin
  3. M1 Mac Users Report Excessive SSD Wear Over the past week, some M1 Mac users have been reporting alarming SSD health readings, suggesting that these devices are writing extraordinary amounts of data to their drives (via iMore). Across Twitter and the MacRumors forums, users are reporting that ‌M1‌ Macs are experiencing extremely high drive writes over a short space of time. In what appear to be the most severe cases, ‌M1‌ Macs are said to be consuming as much as 10 to 13 percent of the maximum warrantable total bytes written (TBW) value of its SSD.
  4. Microsoft Announces Standalone SSDs for the Surface Pro 7+ The Surface Pro 7+ supports removable SSDs Microsoft has just announced SSD commercial spares for the Surface Pro 7+, a device specifically aimed at businesses and launched earlier this year. With this upgrade, companies can purchase SSD kits that allow IT admins to replace the storage in a Surface Pro+ in a matter of minutes and without paying for professional services. Currently available in the United States exclusively, the kits come with a single certified refurbished SSD and t
  5. SSD shipments outpaced HDDs in 2020, but capacity still favors mechanical drives 2020 was a banner year for solid-state drives Why it matters: Solid-state drive shipments surpassed those of traditional hard drives by a significant margin in 2020 but spinning media retained the crown in terms of overall capacity served. As pricing continues to plummet and capacity increases, we can expect to see the ratio become even more skewed. According to data storage research and consulting firm TrendFocus (per Storage Newsletter), manufacturers shipped 333.12 mill
  6. Silicon Motion says it will debut its PCIe 5.0 SSD controller in 2022 Faster SSDs are on the horizon Why it matters: Silicon Motion is looking to cash in on the huge demand for fast storage in the enterprise space, so it's scrambling to be among the first companies to launch a PCIe 5.0 SSD controller. And while that may not mean much for consumers today, it signals that significantly faster SSDs might arrive a bit sooner than expected. PCIe 4.0 has brought little performance improvement on the graphics card end, as we've shown through our testing using
  7. Samsung 870 EVO review: Quality mass storage for the masses Samsung's first new SSD of the year is, as you might expect, very good. Seeing a product announcement a week after CES 2021 closed its virtual doors may be a little peculiar, but here we are with Samsung's first new SSD of the year. The 870 EVO isn't a superfast PCIe 4.0 SSD that will break performance records, instead, it's back down to the now, quite old hat, SATA standard. But Samsung is always there when talking about the best SSDs whatever you're looking for. SATA SSDs do continue to be i
  8. Kyle_Katarn

    HDDExpert 1.18.2

    HDDExpert + Portable Multilingual HDDExpert gives you a crystal-clear vision of your Hard Drive (HDD or SSD) health and performance and translates S.M.A.R.T. attributes into readable indication. It then recommends maintenance (fans upgrade, spare purchase, backups and more) depending on the amount of failures detected on your hard drives. Features: Clear S.M.A.R.T. attribute decoding S.M.A.R.T. attribute classification : failures, health, performance, temperatures,.. Maintenance recommendations : Fans upgrade, Spare purchase, backups...
  9. straycat19

    SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD

    I was lucky enough to have our IT department give me a couple of these devices that they received for testing but that they didn't want. I took one and used WintoUSB to create a portable windows drive using a virtual machine vhd file of Windows 10 LTSC as the source. I was surprised when I booted the drive how fast it was compared to actual windows to go devices. The device is small enough to be carried in a pocket and lightweight. I would consider buying several, but larger than the 250GB I was given, if they continue to perform as they have initially performed. Here is the da
  10. Hello guys, I need a solution to clone my entire HDD of an old computer which has installed Windows XP Professional SP3 in it to a SSD. I tried Macrium Reflect 7.2 to clone it, but the whole process ended up with an Error code "0". Thanks.
  11. Kyle_Katarn

    HDDExpert 1.18.3

    HDDExpert + Portable Multilingual HDDExpert gives you a crystal-clear vision of your Hard Drive (HDD or SSD) health and performance and translates S.M.A.R.T. attributes into readable indication. It then recommends maintenance (fans upgrade, spare purchase, backups and more) depending on the amount of failures detected on your hard drives. Features: Clear S.M.A.R.T. attribute decoding S.M.A.R.T. attribute classification : failures, health, performance, temperatures,.. Maintenance recommendations : Fans upgrade, Spare purchase, backups
  12. Hi all Yesterday I mounted a SSD drive on my mobo to accelerate my computer. And a strange thing happened : - I switched off my computer, put the SSD in its slot, screwed it and rebooted. - The pc booted fine. I entered the bios to verify that my new disk was there and... no, it was not. The M2.1 slot - where i put the SSD - was marked "empty". Argg... Never mind, I launched Windows 10. The OS found a new drive and asked me to initialize it for future use, what I did. I then ran the samsung utility (Samsung Magician). All worked fine. The speed is ok as you can see
  13. Kyle_Katarn

    HDDExpert 1.18.1

    HDDExpert + Portable Multilingual HDDExpert gives you a crystal-clear vision of your Hard Drive (HDD or SSD) health and performance and translates S.M.A.R.T. attributes into readable indication. It then recommends maintenance (fans upgrade, spare purchase, backups and more) depending on the amount of failures detected on your hard drives. Features: Clear S.M.A.R.T. attribute decoding S.M.A.R.T. attribute classification : failures, health, performance, temperatures,.. Maintenance recommendations : Fans upgrade, Spare purchase, backups...
  14. Hi guys.A couple of days a go i profited of black friday and bought my self a SSD drive.See more about the product here : http://www.kingston.com/us/ssd/v#sv300s3 I know some minor things about ssd's but not so much. What will be my main purpouse in using this ? Well i wanna use this as installing the OS and some programs along with it.Besides this i have a mechanical 1 of 1TB wich i plan to use it as storage for all the other things. Can u guys give me some tips or other info about and how should i use my ssd ? I plan on reinstalling my OS these days.How should i go with this ?
  15. source Flaws in Popular SSD Drives Bypass Hardware Disk Encryption By Lawrence Abrams November 5, 2018 01:56 PM 8 Researchers have found flaws that can be exploited to bypass hardware decryption without a password in well known and popular SSD drives. In a new report titled "Self-encrypting deception: weaknesses in the encryption of solid state drives (SSDs)", researchers Carlo Meijer and Bernard van Gastel from Radboud University explain how they were able to to
  16. The Retina MacBook Air was refreshed last week with a new price and the addition of a True Tone display. The refresh was minor, with the same CPUs as 2018, but a $100 cheaper price point: the 2019 MacBook Air starts at $1099 from Apple, with $999 student pricing. It turns out that one downside to this latest revision is that the laptop actually features slower solid state storage than the 2018 model. As tested by Consomac using the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, the 2019 MacBook Air can attain read speeds of 1.3 GB/s read and 1 GB/s write perform
  17. Micron and Intel co-developed 3D XPoint memory as a high-performance alternative to flash, but so far only Intel has brought products to market, under their Optane brand. Despite owning the fab where 3D XPoint memory is produced, the closest Micron has come to commercializing that tech for themselves was their announcement in 2016 that upcoming Micron products using 3D XPoint memory would be branded as Micron QuantX, their counterpart to Intel's Optane brand. Years later, we finally have a concrete product announcement, and they seem to have abandoned the QuantX name. The new Micro
  18. Seagate backs up a truckload of flash, and introduces a gaming dock, too. Seagate is blazing up a firestorm with the release of two new storage products for gamers, a new gaming dock, and a PCIe 4.0 x4 FireCuda SSD. The company is also refreshing a few of the other SSDs in its lineup, too. FireCuda Gaming Dock Seagate’s FireCuda Gaming Dock is a high-end gaming hub that integrates a docking station and external storage into one device. It’s meant to be a perfect fit for laptop gamers who aren’t ready to jump on the desktop gaming PC bandwagon yet
  19. SSDs are on track to get bigger and cheaper thanks to PLC technology Storage of five bits in every NAND cell is coming, courtesy of Intel and Toshiba. Enlarge / This listing image is honestly a bit of a bait-and-switch: Optane isn't a NAND technology at all, and is about as far away from PLC as you can get. Intel Corporation Wednesday, Intel announced it's joining Toshiba in the PLC (Penta-Level Cell, meaning 5 bits stored per individual NAND cell) club. Intel has not yet commercialized the technology, so you can't go and bu
  20. Claims years-in-dev tech doubles speed Toshiba has claimed its new consumer NVMe SSD blasts the performance cobwebs off SATA SSDs. The RC100 is an M.2 card format SSD and was previewed at CES in January. Toshiba has positioned it as a budget drive and hopes it will spread NVMe adoption outwards from the enterprise market to the consumer one. Comparing it with Toshiba's two-year-old Q300 Pro shows what a difference two years can make in storage tech. The Q300 Pro came in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacity points. It used 15nm MLC (2bits/cell) flash wit
  21. Incredible vinyl-like super SSDs could make hard disk drives obsolete Wafer-level SSD could offer major improvements all round (Image credit: MS Mikel / Shutterstock) Modern hyperscale datacenters have infinite appetite for storage performance, capacity, and density, which is why multiple new SSD form-factors designed to maximize performance and capacity were introduced in the recent years. But Kioxia believes that there is a faster and cheaper way to deliver desired solid-state storage solutions to cloud customers: waf
  22. Samsung announces the QVO 870 SSD with double the capacity of its predecessor Samsung today announced the QVO 870 consumer SSD, its second-generation SSDs using quad-level cell (QLC) technology. The company debuted QLC SSDs in late 2018 with the QVO 860 SSD, which came in sizes up to 4TB. The new model doubles the maximum capacity, with an "industry-leading" 8TB of storage space. In addition to a significant bump in storage capacity, the new model also promises enhanced performance and reliability. The drive uses a single-level cell (SLC) buffer to help maint
  23. PS5-like SSD speeds could be coming to PCs in August thanks to Samsung 980 Pro Showcasing the benefits of PCIe 4.0 (Image credit: Anandtech / Samsung) Samsung’s 980 Pro SSD, the manufacturer’s first SSD to use PCIe 4.0, should be out before the end of August, according to a fresh rumor. This comes courtesy of Ice Universe (as spotted by HWBattle), who is a fairly prolific leaker on Twitter, although they mainly deal in smartphone rumors (but seems to have expanded into the PC arena more, of late, having floated a Ryzen 4
  24. This 8TB SSD is the biggest you can fit in a (normal) laptop Largest SSD capacity for an NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 consumer drive (Image credit: Sabrent) An up-and-coming storage challenger has managed to do what the likes of Samsung and Micron have yet to achieve; launch a consumer 8TB NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSD. Sabrent quietly unveiled the Rocket Q (SB-RKTQ-8TB) to the unsuspecting masses, doubling the capacity of its previous chart topper. This is not the largest solid state drive out there - the ExaDrive DC10
  25. This 30.72TB SSD brings something exciting to the table Ever heard of SAS? No, not that SAS (Image credit: Kioxia) In the race to build the largest SSD, Kioxia (formerly known as Toshiba Memory) is playing catch up with Samsung Semiconductor as it brings the CM6 and PM6 to market. Both are 2.5-inch 15mm drives, with the former sporting a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface and the latter a dual-port 24G SAS (Serial-Attached SCSI) - a popular connector usually found in data centers and servers that delivers a staggering 24Gbps.
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