The beauty of an external hard drive lies almost completely in its simplicity. It's designed to do one thing, and it better do it well: transfer data as fast as possible from a host computer, allowing the user to spend as little time waiting as possible. While other drives add automatic backup solutions or brag about their indestructibility, the $175, 500GB Transcend StoreJet 25f portable hard drive only does what it's supposed to, and on the cheap to boot.
More and more these days, I find myself reaching for my flash drive. Whether it's to copy a few files from one PC to another or rescue an ailing system with emergency tools, the little guys are incredibly handy.
Of course, the higher the drive's storage capacity, the more you can do with it. Buy.com has a Kingston 8GB DataTraveler drive for $16.99 shipped. No rebates; that's your out-the-door price.
The drive includes a loop for attaching to a keychain (my preferred method of transport) and promises "secure cap storage," though in my … Read more
Most people won't have any use for this thing, but if you need to analyze evidence from a hard drive without changing its content, you'll probably be interested in the Forensic RTX.
Basically, it's an external hard-drive enclosure that can house four 3.5-inch hard drives at a time. However, it differs from any regular external enclosure in many ways.
First, the device supports both the currently popular SATA and the older IDE interface standards. This … Read more
As its name suggests, Prevent Restore keeps others from restoring deleted files by filling in unused sectors on your hard drive. It worked as promised, but it took a long time to do its job.
Each time we tried to access the program through the desktop icon, we received an error message. We were able to bypass it and move on to the user interface, but it was a mark against the program. Prevent Restore comes with a wizard that makes it especially easy to get started. First, it asked us to select which disk we wanted to run the … Read more
After a technology review site claimed Intel solid-state drives slow considerably after extended use, Intel said it has not been able to duplicate the results.
SSDs have been gaining in popularity because independent testing done to date has typically shown that SSDs--especially the newest generation of drives--outpeform hard disk drives.
A review, however, entitled "Long-term performance analysis of Intel Mainstream SSDs" on technology Web site PC Perspectives claimed, among other things, that the Intel X25-M solid-state drive may degrade in performance as a result of "internal fragmentation" and that "a 'used' X25-M will always perform … Read more
SanDisk is disclosing at a San Francisco technology conference Tuesday that it will begin mass production of memory chips that will allow consumers to store up to 64GB of data on tiny flash cards.
The Milpitas, Calif., company's X4 technology will pack four bits of data into each memory cell. To date, flash memory chipmakers typically stored one bit or two bits per cell.
SanDisk--the largest supplier of retail flash cards--is making the disclosure jointly with Toshiba at the 2009 International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). The two companies will use 43-nanometer manufacturing process technology to make the chips. … Read more