Reports are filtering in today that Western Digital has reached an agreement to purchase Fujitsu's hard disk drive development and manufacturing assets. Already the world's second-biggest drive manufacturer, Western Digital would edge closer to market-leader, Seagate, with the acquisition. The move would give WD even greater manufacturing capacity in Japan, the Philippines, and … [Read more...] about Western Digital + Fujitsu = More Competition for Seagate and Hitachi
One of the new features in Xen 3.3, released this week, caught my eye: Paravirtualized SCSI (PVSCSI), which allows a guest OS to directly interact with a SCSI (or Fibre Channel) HBA. This should allow more specialized applications to be virtualized in Xen environments that use SCSI or FC storage without requiring the addition of a dedicated physical storage port per … [Read more...] about Xen 3.3 Update Brings Paravirtualized SCSI
This should not come as a shock to anyone, as it has been proven before, but let me take this moment to say that, yes, despite their rated speeds, 400-megabit FireWire S400 (aka IEEE 1394) is faster than 480-megabit USB 2.0. While swapping out disk drives (first to upgrade the internal drive in my MacBook Pro and later to give Time Machine more room), I took some quick … [Read more...] about Yes, FireWire is Faster Than USB
Well, that happened pretty quickly! After upgrading the internal hard drive on my MacBook Pro to 320 GB, I moved the 120 GB disk Apple shipped with the machine to my Verbatim SmartDisk FireWire+USB enclosure to use as a Time Machine backup target. Despite applying some tricks to reduce the amount of data backed up by Time Machine, I filled up the 120 GB drive pretty quickly … [Read more...] about How To Move OS X Time Machine Backups To A New Disk
I know I'm not the first to do this, but it does make me chuckle to have upgraded a brand new machine less than a week after buying it. That's right, my brand new MacBook Pro now has 4 GB of RAM and a massive 320 GB of disk space. If you're thinking of upgrading your disk, whether you have a Mac or PC, now might be a good time, as prices have recently hit a new low … [Read more...] about Upgraded! 320 GB in a MacBook Pro!