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  1. It doesn't matter to a hard drive if it's kept full, empty, or anywhere in-between. I don't know what SMART parameter you are referring to exactly, but if it's 0xE8 that's specifically relevant towards SSDs and is not relevant for hard disks, nor is it a predictive sign of failure.
  2. Advice to buy new SSD

    What exactly are you doing with this laptop? If you want maximum performance, a Samsung 850 Pro or 860 Pro is about as fast as a SATA SSD gets, but you pay it. Samsung 850 EVO and 860 EVO are quite a bit cheaper and something like 99% of the performance in virtually all use, although there are some sustained scenarios where they are significantly slower-- but no sane desktop user is likely to encounter any of those scenarios. Similar applies for the Crucial MX500 and a few others. And virtually all modern SSD controllers will suffer from reduced performance on SSDs smaller than 500GB or so, since the smaller SSDs don't have enough active NAND dies to provide sufficient parallelism for maximum performance... so instead of forking out for a top of the line Samsung 850 Pro 128G, you're very likely to be better off forking out for a cheaper 850 EVO 250GB. Paging through your link, it looks like they only carry an older, slower Crucial model and a lower-end, slower Samsung model... Kingston has wide variety of models with very different controllers, I'm no longer familiar enough with Kingston's various families to remember what performs better or worse. You're probably going to have to dig through reviews, or at least enough spec sheets to figure out what controllers specific SSDs use-- since you can reasonably count on SSDs using the same controller, same capacity, and same type of NAND to perform similarly.
  3. Samsung 860 EVO SSD Review Discussion

    Being a consumer-aimed SSD, any chance of seeing the 860 EVO reviewed on the consumer testbed/benchmarks instead of the enterprise/workstation one?
  4. Samsung 860 PRO SSD Review Discussion

    That's pretty much what all of the review sites say. Same or similar performance, better power consumption, no reason to upgrade from an existing 850 PRO.
  5. Quiet hard drive

    I don't think there's significant noise differences in any contemporary hard disk make/models, at least as far as I've noticed. Some models do thermal recalibration or whatnot more often, are you referring to those noises, or just plain ol' sustained idle noise? That said our labs here are not particularly quiet-- after hours does get more quiet-- but if you are truly looking for a low noise floor unfortunately I'm not exactly in a place to say.
  6. Were there any planned performance measurements for monitor reviews here? Power consumption? Brightness, contrast, color accuracy? Just curious, since it seems a bit lighter than I expected for a site that's so through in things like SSDs and enterprise storage gear...
  7. Samsung 860 PRO SSD Review Discussion

    I assume the 860 EVO is probably more relevant to most end-users, since they don't need the performance of the 860 PRO (or 850 PRO). Will be curious to see how long it sticks around... I think with QLC we might be surprised?
  8. Samsung 860 PRO SSD Review Discussion

    The point is so Samsung can phase out production of older generation controllers and V-NAND, and migrate their factories all to the latest controllers and V-NAND. Simplifies production and inventory. Probably lets them optimize production in a significant manner too, since I assume the newer 64-layer V-NAND is cheaper to produce per GB than the older 48-layer V-NAND. That said, SR appears to be only ones calling it "unsurprisingly, another impressive release" ... all the other reviews I've read say it's more of the same, just with better power consumption, since the 850 PRO was already limited by the SATA 6Gbps interface and that's a hard limit no SATA SSD is going to be able to fix.
  9. 14TB performance reviews

    With the HGST Ultrastar Hs14 being a host-managed SMR drive, i suspect you're not going to see much of it in the general public.
  10. SSD Currently unreadable (pending) sectors

    I'm pretty sure as a Red Hat derivative, CentOS supports TRIM... but honestly I'd have to check.
  11. In your case, you're bottlenecked by the harddisk, which is much, much slower than your SSD or what USB 3.0 is capable of.
  12. New Samsung 850 and new Samsung 860

    It has been confirmed to be a 750 EVO replacement. Beyond that I don't know. As far as replacement of the 850 EVO, no one seems to know. So far, Samsung's only released the 850 in a 120GB capacity and I think only in a few overseas markets. Maybe keep an eye on CES news (since CES is running right now) and see if any other Samsung 850 capacities have been released?
  13. Netstor NA611TB3 Review Discussion

    "tested both drives simultaneously"... does that mean in RAID0 or in RAID1? Or...? Just curious since it doesn't seem clear to me, although from the write numbers it smells like RAID0?
  14. Reliability of ST2000LM007

    Given how big a factor poor handling during the picking and packing process is in drive failures, I wouldn't place too much stake in Newegg reviews. As far as hard drive reliability data, that's generally very closely held. The only major drive maker, major distributor, major retailer, or major end-user that discloses such data is Backblaze, and even their volume is tiny compared to many. However, I'd look them up, they do a pretty through analysis of their data.
  15. New Samsung 850 and new Samsung 860

    The links above explain it thoroughly, I recommend you go through 'em. Particularly Anandtech's Samsung 850 120GB review above as well as a more in-depth on 3D V-NAND basis in Anandtech's Samsung 850 PRO review linked above.
  16. SmallNetBuilder has excellent reviews. As others have said and my own experience mirrors, tho, I have relatively little knowledge or experience with combo cable modem + router units.
  17. New Samsung 850 and new Samsung 860

    Higher density (more layers) TLC V-NAND in the 850 vs. the earlier 850 EVO. Samsung 850 uses 64 layers, 850 EVO uses 48 layers.
  18. Storage Spaces vs unRAID

    Shipping assembled is fine, but if you’re a system builder re-using the box the empty case came in... yeah, definitely be aware that that box and packaging are usually designed for the weight of an empty case and not that of a fully configured system. Morals of the story: use appropriate packaging.
  19. New Samsung 850 and new Samsung 860

    Samsung 850, (64 layer TLC V-NAND) as the article says, is probably a 750 EVO (16nm planar TLC NAND) replacement. It does not appear to be an 850 EVO replacement. Lets them shift everything away from planar TLC NAND to TLC V-NAND, which is better performing and cheaper to produce. QLC (4-bits per cell) vs. TLC (3-bits per cell) when it does hit will further reduce the cost of NAND per bit, although it will come at the expense of durability, which is why only companies with established 3D NAND manufacturing processes (such as Samsung) are currently trying to tackle it in products ready for sale to end users. The Anandtech review has a nice spec sheet and discussion on the 1st page: This is an old article and it's on planar SLC vs. planar MLC vs. planar TLC (and hence doesn't address why 3D NAND is such a big help), but you should get the idea and be able to mentally scale it up to QLC... Not the in-depth primer on 3D NAND I was trying to find, but you might find the first few pages useful:
  20. Any plans to including 4K IOPS in the reviews? I realize that's not a common use case and it would not be expected to be good, but with even microSDXC cards now coming with "A1" ratings for application use, it might be a fun thing to include.
  21. Age of newly purchased disks

    With proof of purchase, the manufacturer warranty should be from date of purchase. However... 2012 to 2016 is extremely abnormal, and I would wonder what the hell happened there.
  22. Cache settings are pretty low-level for a controller, and very much abstracted from the actual application you're talking about. As Kevin is asking, what's the back-end being used? As it is, insufficient information has been provided to be helpful.
  23. As Brian said, mSATA is a physical interface. By 2015 it was obsolete and today in 2017 it's basically impossible to find mSATA products, which is why everyone is so surprised to find it. The Crucial m550 that you have or are purchasing was (almost) one of the last consumer marketed models with an mSATA option released in 2014, and while I think the later Samsung 850 EVO has or had an mSATA version (the spec sheet shows it), I'm pretty sure that was the very last one in consumer space. Connectors (as you found) are incompatible, even if multiple physical interfaces do carry the SATA interface electrically.
  24. That appears to be an obselete mSATA setup. FWIW I've never heard of mSATA described as "M1". That's extremely confusing terminology. mSATA's also been mostly dead/obsolete for a few years now, how old is the hardware in question?
  25. I'm not familiar with an M1 drive. What make/model of laptop do you have?