There has been much speculation that a new generation of hybrid flash/hard disk drives was right around the corner, and Provantage confirmed it today: The reseller posted a family of "Momentus XT" 2.5" laptop drives for sale on their web site, shipping in 3-4 weeks. Many other sites began listing the drives as well, and The Register got the scoop, benchmarks, and official … [Read more...] about Smoking-Fast Laptops: Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid SSD Disk Drive Confirmed!
Last week I reported my progress upgrading my Mac Mini's RAM and hard drive to extract much more performance out of Apple's little desktop. And indeed, adding a 7200 rpm high-performance laptop hard drive did make a noticeable difference in system responsiveness. But a question came in via email asking, will Western Digital's killer 10,000 rpm VelociRaptor SATA drive work in … [Read more...] about How Far Can You Push a Mac Mini?
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