Archive for March, 2007

NAS Basics

March 22nd, 2007 No comments

SmallNetBuilder has a writeup of the different types of prebuilt NAS devices available.

Categories: Comparisons

Prebuilt NAS Benchmarks

March 22nd, 2007 No comments

SmallNetBuilder has a list of NAS devices benchmarked by different criteria. A homebuilt Ubuntu NAS device make an appearance in several benchmarks.

Categories: Benchmarks

Software RAID5 and LVM with the Etch Installer

March 22nd, 2007 No comments

Debian Administration looks at setting up Software RAID5 with the new Debian installer.

Battle for 160GB: Hard Disk Drive Roundup Part I

March 17th, 2007 No comments

X-bit labs benchmarks eleven 160 GB hard drives.

Categories: Benchmarks, Hard Drives

NAS too slow? Try DAS

March 16th, 2007 1 comment

SmallNetBuilder takes a look at the Norco DS-500, a five drive eSATA attached drive enclosure.

Categories: Benchmarks, Chassis, Reviews

How-To: Ubuntu Media Server

March 15th, 2007 1 comment
Categories: How-To, Samba, Ubuntu Linux

Network File System (NFS) Server and Client Configuration in Debian

March 13th, 2007 No comments
Categories: How-To, NFS

Cheap RAID Ravages WD Raptor

March 12th, 2007 No comments

Tom’s Hardware benchmarks a couple of 7200 drives in RAID 0 and compares them against the 10,000 RPM Western Digital Raptor. For fun they put the Raptor in a RAID 0 array too.

Categories: Benchmarks, Hard Drives

SATA-IO Releases SATA Revision 2.6 Specification

March 10th, 2007 No comments

DailyTech reports on the SATA update. Included with the new connectors are updates to NCQ which benefit desktop and laptop systems.

The latest SATA revision 2.6 adds new physical and performance features to the previous SATA revision 2.5, also referred to as SATA 3.0Gbps, specification.

Categories: News

The Hard Drive as Eye Candy

March 10th, 2007 1 comment

The New York Times takes a look at the hard drive market.

Strong demand for external hard drives was one of the highlights in consumer electronics last year. Americans spent $600 million on external hard drives in 2006, an increase of 53 percent over 2005, according to NPD, a market research firm. Put another way, consumers bought 739.7 million gigabytes of hard-drive storage space last year, more than 11 times as much as they did in 2003.

Categories: News

Understanding Hard Drive Performance

March 9th, 2007 No comments

Tom’s Hardware takes a look at hard drive performance, focusing mainly on 7200 RPM drives.

This article will give you an overview of all parameters that are relevant to hard drive performance. These are the drive form factor, platter diameter and platter count, recording technology and data density, rotation speed and access time, interface and buffer memory.

Categories: Benchmarks, Guides, Hard Drives

The Sytrin SHF1 Hard Drive Cooler

March 7th, 2007 No comments

Toms Hardware reviews the Sytrin SHF1 Hard Drive Cooler.

Categories: Drive Cooling, Reviews

Store, Swap and Organize: Storage Accessories

March 3rd, 2007 No comments

Tom’s Hardware has a review of some storage accessories, including a dock which turns a standard 5.25″ drive bay into a hot-swap housing for four 2.5″ laptop drives.