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RAID 101 - Introduction to RAID

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Storage

Read more: RAID 101 - Introduction to RAIDWe've been publishing quite a few reviews on NAS units lately here on DigitalReviews.net  -- and we're not done yet!

In them we always talk about RAID configurations and provide a brief explanation when we do so.

But sometimes it's good to get more than just a quick reminder and dig into a solid overview of all the RAID possibilities. 

Well, our friends at OZHardware did just that and here's the link to an excellent article.

They haven't mentioned RAID 10 yet but there are two more advanced write-ups coming!

Thanks, guys!

Cavalry Pelican 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) - Reviewed

Written by Richard on . Posted in Storage

Read more: Cavalry Pelican 2.5There have been quite a few reviews around the web touting the fastest and biggest solid state drives (SSD), but you have probably been turned off because of the hefty price tags associated with them. 

In this review, we take a look at a SSD that is actually affordable.  With a reasonable size of 32GB and a price tag potential of just under $100, this is a product that seems to be just right for a consumer looking to take advantage of this technology.

Promise SmartStor NS4600 NAS Review - First Impressions

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Storage

Read more: Promise SmartStor NS4600 NAS Review - First ImpressionsIt won't be long before every business and most households will have Network Attached Storage for a number of good reasons we will explain later.  It is no surprise that NAS systems are proliferating faster than rabbits do their thing....
One of the top suppliers is Promise Technology, Inc.  We had some in-depth write-ups on one of their earlier models (see here)  but now we are fortunate enough to be the first to bring you the scoop about the Promise NS4600 4-Bay Network Attached Storage System.
The box with four Western Digital hard disk drives arrived at our office the day before yesterday and here are our first impressions. 
This will be followed by our usual in-depth review by Paul Moons a few weeks later.

MTRON Mobi SSD Installation in a Notebook - Reviewed

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Storage

Read more: MTRON Mobi SSD Installation in a Notebook - ReviewedMost of the tests that you come across on websites like ours deal with bits and bytes as well as speeds and specs.  Sometimes these seem far removed from real life issues...


So, how about a perspective from a user on installing an SSD in a notebook and letting us know the pitfalls and the difference it makes in speed and other matters?

Iomega StorCenter ix2 - Reviewed

Written by Kevin Cheng on . Posted in Storage

Read more: Iomega StorCenter ix2 - ReviewedWith the phenomenal growth of data and a better awareness of the need to back it up, there is always a market for a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device.  Last I really knew of Iomega was back in the ZIP drive days where they ruled the home storage world.  But with EMC bringing their enterprise level experience to the SOHO arena, can it revive this company's fortunes with the Iomega StorCenter ix2 NAS?  Thanks to the good people at Iomega, DigitalReviews gets up close and personal with a 2 Tb edition of the ix2.

Nero 9 - Reviewed

Written by Kevin Cheng on . Posted in Storage

Read more: Nero 9 - ReviewedCall me carbon-dated but I can still remember when Nero Burning Rom was still in digital diapers and Easy CD Creator ruled the ROM burning world.  Those were the days when Nero had a decent product but was always playing second fiddle in hardware support.  About the time when the main competitor changed names was when Nero gain ascendency and Nero 9 is the latest in the pedigree.  Nero 9 has evolved into a powerful suite of tools that encompasses the cycle from the birth to distribution of your multimedia creations, whether it is music, video, photos or data.

Imation M-Class SSD Upgrade Kit - Reviewed

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Storage

Read more: Imation M-Class SSD Upgrade Kit - ReviewedWhat a brilliant idea!  Most people who want to upgrade to the speed and performance of a solid-state drive might be put off by the daunting task of either a fresh install or ghosting their HDD.  I know that I'm in that category: I hate going through a fresh install all the time because I do it several times a year and every time it takes ages to get it back to a workstation, personalised to my needs.

However, Imation have come out with a simple upgrade kit that contains everything except a screwdriver to make upgrades to their SSDs a non-event.
I tried it out today and the big question is: how did I go?

Synology Diskstation DS207+ - Reviewed

Written by Richard on . Posted in Storage

Read more: Synology Diskstation DS207+ - ReviewedNot too long ago, we had a good look at the Qnap Network Attached Storage Drive.  We liked its overall construction and performance. 

Today, we turn our attention to another one, except it is made by Synology.  You may have never heard of the company, but they have been making these kinds of products for quite a while now. 

 

Let's take a look at what makes this product different from the nearby competition.

The Rebit Reviewed - Backup & Recovery System for Dummies

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Storage

Read more: The Rebit Reviewed - Backup & Recovery System for DummiesIt was with great anticipation that the Rebit finally landed on my desk.
First question you might ask: what is a Rebit?  It has nothing to do with a rabbit of course -- the company logo features a frog so that might give a clue.  It's not that croaking sound you might hear from the unit when it is doing its job but maybe it is related to the fact that this unit shines when your computer has croaked it...  Anyway, let's hop to it and tell you what this is all about!

A Rebit allows you to back up your system without going through the hassles of backing up.  Clear?
Didn't think so.  What would you think of the claim that a Rebit totally eliminates backing up?  And still protects your system in a continuous, transparent and complete way -- fully automatic?
Hard to believe, so let's check it out.

Promise SmartStor NS2300N and NS4300N RAID Network Attached Storage Devices - Reviewed

Written by Paul Moons on . Posted in Storage

Read more: Promise SmartStor NS2300N and NS4300N RAID Network Attached Storage Devices -...Like many, my family's data storage requirements are increasing at an exponential rate. High Definition home movies; work documents; 10+ megapixel photographs, etc. all require ever growing amounts of hard drive space.

 

And raw storage space isn't the only problem: Keeping all this data safe from hardware failures as well as maintaining easy access are important too.

In creating the SmartStor range, Promise Technology Inc. have come up with not one, but two plausible answers to this growing problem.

Read on to find out more

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