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  1. I was debating the use of date too, right now it's with the family but would it be more appropriate with the product model? Maybe not, since they typically use the same or similar hardware. As it stands, I don't want to change the framework much, if at all, but we should feel free to discuss making this better, so we can address these issues progressively. Step one is adding a SSD switch, right now the database assumes they're all HDD.
  2. We just added the Seagate Barracuda 2TB drive to the reliability database. Is anyone using these, would love to test with real data. Submit your info here.
  3. We'll work on a submission form for the database pages. First order is to get the database updated with drives that you guys will submit reports for
  4. This one is the SATA version. The SAS version isn't available yet.
  5. This is a nice deal on a 60GB SSD from OCZ. The price is normally $259 - $40 instant off - $40 rebate takes this drive down to $179. General Brand OCZ Series Vertex Series Model OCZSSD2-1VTX60G Device Type Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Architecture MLC Expansion / Connectivity Form Factor 2.5" Capacity 60GB Interface Type SATA II Features RAID Support Performance Max Shock Resistance 1500G Sequential Access - Read Up to 230 MB/s Sequential Access - Write Up to 135 MB/s Sustained Write: Up to 70MB/s MTBF 1,500,000 hours Manufacturer Warranty Parts 3 years limited Labor 3 years limited
  6. Toshiba claims to be first, Panasonic claims to be first. Well. they're both equal on the announcements, the real winner will be the first one to ship these cards. Toshiba has announced the world’s first 64GB SDXC flash memory card, also claiming the world’s fastest data transfer rate. Toshiba is also introducing 16/32GB SDHC cards with the same data transfer rate. Full Story
  7. Highpoint Technology today announced the industry’s first SATA 6 Gbps SATA RAID host adapter, the RocketRAID 620 series. The RocketRAID 620 has a PCI-e 2.0 interface and supports RAID 0/1/5/10 and JBOD. Full Story
  8. We moved the URL of the forums today, please report any problems here.
  9. It's good to see Kingston voluntarily stepping up and replacing these drives. If anyone here has one of these drives, please post about the return experience. Kingston has announced that owners of secure USB drives that were affected by a security flaw are eligible for a replacement drive with an updated security suite. The affected drives include the DataTraveler BlackBox (DTBB), DataTraveler Secure – Privacy Edition (DTSP) and DataTraveler Elite – Privacy Edition (DTEP). Full Story
  10. Brian

    Who uses ReadyBoost?

    Spod, good summary. For those of us with tiny notebooks, more RAM isn't always a viable option. I have 2GB in the Sony which is probably why I've never seen much help.
  11. I have to say, I'm not terribly familiar with IronKey. But if you need that level of safety and security, it sounds great, very Jack Bauer Les, there's another secure card from MXI that we covered news on this week. Have you encountered them? They claim to be the most secure.
  12. Brian

    Reliability database gone?

    Alright, there's a new forum explicitly for the reliability database and performance testing metrics. Please take a look here and add drives you wish to be included.
  13. The Reliability Database has not been added to in some time. I have added a few drives tonight to ensure all it working well, and it is. The nav item has been added back to the site and we're ready to start populating data again. It's nearly impossible to get all the drives inputted with a magic wand, but we'll get to work on it as best we can. To facilitate the process, please use this forum for suggesting new drives. Note - we are not adding drives that have been out of production over 3 years. To do this, start a new thread with the drive name and provide as much of the following detail as possible. The more you can help us with, the faster a drive will be added: Manufacturer: Family: Released: Notes: Model Name (product family): Model Number: Capacity: gigabytes URL: Interface: Spindle Speed: rotations per minute Seek: milliseconds Buffer: kilobytes Density: gigabytes per platter
  14. I'm really at a loss. I'd probably go so far as to put each in an external case to try to isolate a hardware problem. After that firmware updates...but if the drive can't be read. I'd normally call drive failure, but the timing is really odd, feels like something else is amiss. Perhaps those smarter than I can help
  15. Brian

    Reliability database gone?

    Good news, we got the code issues resolved today and it's back in the most recent form. The database needs updating, but it's back.
  16. AnandTech has a detailed take on the OCZ Vertez 2 Pro SSD. They call it the "Fastest MLC SSD" they've tested. Pretty cool - tops the Intel drive too, making this early edition from OCZ a very promising player in the SSD space.
  17. Forget about showing up then, go back to the basics. Do they power on and spin to warm up?
  18. Brian

    Any of you guys ride motorcycles?

    My wife would harm me if I tried to get a motorcycle. I did have a moped from ages 14-16 though. At the time, it was pretty hot. I have been trying to talk her into letting me get a Vespa, so far no go with that either.
  19. scud, thanks for joining. Your post is a bit difficult to sort through though, how about some paragraph breaks next time have you tried each drive individually to try to isolate the one(s) that is having trouble?
  20. NewEgg has a $10 coupon, making this the best price on the EcoGreen F2 1.5TB drive. Use coupon code EMCLMMN53 for $10 off. Good through 1/18. Product Page
  21. VIA today introduced its M’SERV S2100 home mini server. It features a VIA Nano 64-bit processor, dual gigabit LAN ports, two onboard RAM slots, a Compact Flash slot, and a low-noise 8cm fan. Full Story
  22. Brian

    Who uses ReadyBoost?

    It was only $8. I cry at the price I paid for mine...3 years ago....sob. At least I've used it a lot, that makes me feel somewhat better.
  23. Brian

    Who uses ReadyBoost?

    I have a Lexar 8GB express card flash drive on my Sony TT. I slammed it in there and gave the system the 4GB ready boost. Does it help? I can't notice a difference. In real world usage, if I run a few apps with it in, then do the same with it out, I wouldn't know. What I would miss though are the files, I use the 4GB that's not Ready Boost for storing most of my work files. The SSD that comes with this Sony is tiny.
  24. Intel's value-line 40GB SSD "boot" drive has started shipping. NewEgg has it for $130. That's quite a bit more expensive than the Kingston version, which is only 30GB, but $80 after rebates when it ships next month. Even so, options are a good thing.
  25. Brian

    Reliability database gone?

    Well, we we get it figured out, I'll probably start a forums thread for drive requests and we'll add them that way. Unfortunately we can't just import every drive released in the last several years.