Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive STAC3000101 The other day, I bought 6 TB of storage for under $300. This statement alone is startling to folks like me who have been following the storage and hard disk drive industry, but there is another fact that is more difficult to swallow: It will take days to copy data to these huge 3 TB drives, since the … [Read more...] about How To Open a Seagate GoFlex Desk Hard Disk Drive Case
Apple is once again on the cutting edge of PC design, reportedly ditching traditional storage controllers and turning to motherboard mounted flash storage for the new MacBook Air. Although most discussion so far has focused on the merits of this particular solution, the repercussions of such a move go far beyond Apple's sub notebook and point to a new era when SCSI and ATA … [Read more...] about Implications of the 2011 MacBook Air’s Unconventional SSD
The VMware ESX hardware compatibility list is awesome but it's kind of hard to wade through. It's super-detailed, but difficult to navigate if one is browsing for compatible hardware. Although SATA and especially PATA aren't exactly mainstream in enterprise datacenters, they're the most-likely storage attachment for labs and tinkerers like me. So I decided to put together a … [Read more...] about VMware ESX SATA and PATA Compatibility Cheat Sheet
As I considered the possibilities of the new Apple/Intel interconnect technology known as Light Peak, an odd parallel with 10 Gb Ethernet popped into my head. Much of the confusion around Light Peak revolves around connectors, power conduction, and backward-compatibility. Then, like the Grinch, I thought of something I hadn't before: Why use optical at all? 10 GBASE-T does just … [Read more...] about What If Light Peak Was Electrical Rather Than Optical?
It's hard to stand out in the world of external storage devices, and doubly-hard to compete with the hard disk drive makers themselves. This hasn't stopped folks like Iomega, Verbatim, and LaCie from trying to impress customers with flashy cases, software bundles, and clever functionality. But clever new twist on the external hard drive concept just rolled into the Pack Rat … [Read more...] about ioSafe SoloPRO Review: Is It The Safest Place For Your Data?