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  1. As we're about to scale up the reviews engine again, I want to throw out there a starting point for a new review methodology. Thoughts on what should be included in reviews?

    Battery tests (notebook drives only):

    -Running movie from hard drive until battery reaches certain %

    -Idle until battery reaches certain %

    -General usage until battery reaches certain %



    -HDTune Pro (full diagnostics/analysis)

    -Crystal Disk Mark

    -Boot time

    -Time it takes to copy one large folder on the drive


    -Temperature measurement w/ HDTune

    -Subjective noise measurement @ idle/load

    -Warranty comparison to other brands

    -Brief review of included software (if applicable)

  2. This is interesting for those who follow the home theater space. LG is integrating a hard drive into their BD590 player due out this spring/summer. The 250GB drive is designed almost as a home server light. No pricing has been announced yet.

    With its built-in 250GB hard drive, LG’s BD590 enables consumers to consolidate their digital media files in a single device for exceptional high-resolution enjoyment. Consumers can quickly copy and archive their CD music collection onto the BD590 by making use of the product’s MusicID® feature powered by Gracenote®.

  3. It's amazing to me that Sony is still so stubborn with their Mem Stick format. At least they're now admitting that other formats exist ;)

    They've announced a line of SD cards today:

    SF-2N1 2GB SD Class 4 $14.99

    SF-4N4 4GB SDHC Class 4 $29.99

    SF-8N4 8GB SDHC Class 4 $44.99

    SF-16N4 16GB SDHC Class 4 $79.99

    SF-32N4 32GB SDHC Class 4 $159.99

    SR-2A1 2GB microSD with adapter $14.99

    SR-4A4 4GB microSDHC Class 4 with adapter $29.99

    SR-8A4 8GB micro SDHC Class 4 with adapter $44.99

    It's not huge news, but potentially a sign that they may transition off the MS platform some day. Their notebooks and other devices support other cards, the big holdout is their digital camera line.

    Sony Press Release

  4. Thanks for the CNET link cont.

    I love the last line:

    I've asked Microsoft for more details on the feature and how it came to be. But so far, Redmond is silent on the topic.

    Yeah, I'm sure MSFT wishes most people didn't know about this. All they need is a bunch of people who shouldn't be messing with their systems, messing with their systems.

  5. SR members -

    I'd like to update you all on an important change at After a long run, the site has transitioned to a new ownership team.

    The plan is to restore SR to its former leadership position in the storage space. To that end, we already have gear en route from Hitachi for review, and plan on getting much more post-CES. It will take several weeks, but we'll be working to get the site cleaned up and better than ever.

    In case you're wondering about me, I used to be part owner the Technology Guide network which included and others. So I have a good foundation in the industry and look forward to bringing my experience to this community.

    You'll also notice several new mods and authors. Many have been with me for a long time, please welcome them to SR.

    Of course, we want to improve the site and forums, please voice your opinions so we can give you everything you want from the site.


  6. Hah...Jacksonville could be on the move soon, would that help you?

    I do know how it's hard to follow "local" sports though. TV coverage makes it easier however. I watch every Arsenal game (soccer you know?)....only they don't come in HD yet. That part is the worst.

  7. This is pretty fun - if you need SSD storage that's protected from fire and uh, falling buildings.

    AUBURN, Calif., January 5, 2010 -- ioSafe today announced the availability of the new ioSafe

    Solo SSD - a solid state, highly ruggedized model of the award-winning ioSafe Solo desktop

    external hard drive. Combining ioSafe's new proprietary ArmorPlate, a military grade steel outer

    casing with SSD technology, the new ioSafe Solo SSD adds unprecedented shock, drop and

    crush protection to the existing fire and water protection.

    The ioSafe Solo SSD combined with ArmorPlate helps to protect data in a two story building

    collapse, 5000 lb. crush forces, 20' drop into rubble and up to a 1000g shock. In addition the

    original HydroSafeâ„¢, FloSafeâ„¢ and DataCastâ„¢ work to keep the drive cool during normal

    operation and protect the data from fires up to 1550°F for 1/2 hour and complete water

    submersion of 30' for 30 days in fresh or salt water. Like all ioSafe products, the ioSafe Solo

    SSD comes with ioSafe's Data Recovery Service, a "no questions asked" policy to help

    customers recover from any data disaster including accidental deletion, virus or physical disaster.

    "The new ioSafe Solo SSD is the world's most rugged and versatile desktop external hard drive.

    In addition to the USB interface, the new eSATA connection allows for fast data transfers and

    full compatibility with almost any Microsoft, MS Server, Linux or Mac operating system. The

    ioSafe Solo SSD can be used alone or in conjunction with any offsite or online backup strategy

    to add real time, zero data loss, synchronous disaster protection to any data that sits vulnerable,"

    said ioSafe CEO, Robb Moore. "Businesses, especially small businesses, struggle with disaster

    recovery and regulatory compliance such as HIPAA, PCI or Sarbanes Oxley, can use ioSafe

    hardware to add simple, inexpensive and secure protection. The ioSafe Solo is one of the easiest,

    fastest and least expensive ways to protect your data."

    Pricing and availability

    Prices are $499 for 64 GB, $749 for 128 GB and $1250 for 256 GB. The ioSafe Solo SSD will

    be shipping in February 2010 and available through the ioSafe website, ,

    Ingram Micro and international distributors.

  8. Rocstor Unveils Its Newest Line of Encryption Products the COMMANDER 2UE; Highly Secured and Encrypted by Hardware Based and Real-Time AES-256 Encryption. In Addition to Performance, it is enclosed in a Ruggedized Aluminum and Shock-Absorbent Casing for Secure Mobile Storage Applications

    For Immediate Release: Canoga Park, (Los Angeles County) California – January 4, 2010 – Rocsecure a division of Rocstor, a leading provider of fast, high-capacity data storage and encryption solutions, is announcing its new line of COMMANDER 2 encrypted external hard drives. The COMMANDER 2 Pocket Drives deliver exceptional security, performance, and reliability. Designed and engineered in USA to meet the needs of secure mobile data storage market, The COMMANDER 2UE 2.5” external hard drive is also compatible with both Windows® and Macintosh® Operating Systems.

    “The COMMANDER 2 series contains unique features over the last generation of our Rocbit series TDES drives with the AES-265 bit Hardware, Real-Time encryption and key-token authentication,” according to Mr. Asher, Director of Business Developments. “Additionally, the encryption contains “ECB”, which is one of the most secure encryption modes. This drive is both bus‐powered and bootable.” The new COMMANDER 2UE with Key-Token authentication Pocket Drives contain a fast, high capacity 2.5” SATA drive mechanism, with up to 3,000Mbits/sec transfer speeds and silent operation.

    Design Technology:

    The first of its kind in Ruggedized design; The COMMANDER 2 series Pocket Drives are designed to satisfy the sophisticated Military and Government requirements, and they provide unprecedented quality for the consumer as well. The COMMANDER 2UE, with its High Speed USB 2.0 and eSATA is cross platform compatible with Mac and Microsoft® Windows®” OS.

    The ruggedized and enduring Aluminum chamber and shock‐absorbent (patent in process) casing protect the drive against impact damage, accidental drops and bumps. These outstanding design features prolong product life and protect data integrity under toughest working environments.

    Wide Range of Applications

    Operating with Mac OS, Linux®, and Windows®, this external drive offers storage capacities ranging from 160GB to 640GB. In addition to encryption security, this will allow users the ability to quickly, and with no down time in encryption or decryption, archive valuable data, large video or audio files or simply backing up important data. The bootable features of this hard drive allows the user to boot, access and operate all programs and data via any another computer under the same OS environments.

    Special Features:

    Ruggedized Pocket size external storage drive


    AES-256 bit, ECB Mode

    Hardware based (not a software imbeded in a chip)

    Real-Time (No, down time in encryption or decryption)

    No software is required

    Independent of Operationg Systems

    Robust and tough Aluminum Casing

    Enhanced Shock-Absorbent casing despite its small size

    Incorporates SATA Hard Drive

    USB and eSATA connections

    Enables USB bus powered and bootable

    Speeds up to 3,000 Mega Bytes per second

    Cross‐platform compatibility (Mac or Windows® or Linux® …)

    Includes all necessary cables


    Capacities: 250GB, 320GB and 500GB (750GB and 1TB will be available in 2nd and 3rd Quarter, 2010)

    Rotational Speed available with 5,400 or 7200 rpm

    Interface: High Speed USB 2.0 (1.1 Compatible) and eSATA

    Transfer Rates: Up to 480Mbits/s USB and up to 3,000Mbits/s eSATA

    Dimension: ~2.95 x 5x 0.63 (0.75) inch ~75 x 12.7 x 16 (19) mm

    Weight: ~0.5 lb (~0.2Kg)

    System Requirements

    Mac or PC computers with USB (1.1 or 2.0) or eSATA

    Apple: PowerPC ®or Intel® Core Duo® processor

    PC: 266MHz or faster Intel or equivalent processor

    Recommended Memory: 512MB RAM

    Operating System requirements:

    Apple: PowerPC ®or Intel Core Duo® processor running Mac OS 9, X or Snow “Leopard®”

    PC: Microsoft®, Windows®, 2000, Me, XP, Vista or Windows 7®

    Power Requirements: USB Bus Power

  9. Normally these IP lawsuits are about as exciting as watching paint dry. Trying to define who owns what, even when things are patteneted is not even close to clear-cut law. Seagate is being sued by Convolve for stealing their HDD technology. Convolve is also after Dell, Western Digital and others too. But the Seagate case got interesting last week when a former employee came forward and dropped this litlle bomb on the court:

    A decade-long lawsuit pitting a tiny company called Convolve against Seagate Technology has taken an unexpected turn after a whistle-blower claimed that Seagate had appropriated Convolve technology and later destroyed evidence in the case.

    Hard to prove, since the evidence was allegedly destroyed, but is it that hard to believe? Eh, who knows. Fun reading at NYT -

  10. This is pretty cool. NatGeo is offering every edition ever published in digital form on an external 160GB drive.

    I'd say the $199 asking price is actually not bad considering.

    Access all of the maps, photos, and magazine issues found on the DVD collection in one external hard drive. Browse and search the entire collection without needing to swap out DVDs. Lightweight and travel-friendly, the hard drive is just 3" x 5" and requires only a USB connection. We’ve left plenty of hard disk space to accommodate future upgrades. We’ve also allocated approximately 100GB of hard disk space for your own personal use.

    More info at the NatGeo Store -

  11. Widescreens became popular due to cost and user acceptance of widescreen being "better." I've been told several times by those in the business that cutting widescreen panels out of the glass is more efficient use of the glass than the 4:3 and therefor cheaper.

    Widescreens became popular due to cost and user acceptance of widescreen being "better." I've been told several times by those in the business that cutting widescreen panels out of the glass is more efficient use of the glass than the 4:3 and therefor cheaper.