DAS

The emergence of NVMe SSDs in the compact M.2 form-factor, coupled with the rising popularity of Thunderbolt 3, has enabled a new class of portable high-performance flash storage devices. External SSDs with a Thunderbolt interface have been around for a few years now, but, the price to performance ratio had prevented them from getting wide acceptance. Things are changing with the portable Thunderbolt 3 SSDs, and wallet-friendly choices are emerging, thanks to Phison's reference designs that went public at the 2018 CES. We recently reviewed TEKQ's Rapide, a portable Thunderbolt 3 SSD using a Phison controller (but, not the 3D TLC-based low-cost reference design). It proved to be quite easy to disassemble. We set out to determine the performance of the Rapide with the...

OWC Ships ThunderBlade External SSDs, Touts SoftRAID Tech for 3800 MB/s Speeds

OWC this week began to ship its ThunderBlade external SSDs with a Thunderbolt 3 interface. The new DAS can deliver up to 2800 MB/s read speeds, which is beyond...

10 by Anton Shilov on 4/13/2018

G-Technology Unveils G-Speed, G-Drive Pro External SSDs: High Speed DAS For Workstations

G-Technology this week introduced its new families of external SSDs featuring a Thunderbolt 3 interface, up to 16 TB capacity, and 2800 MB/s sustained throughput. The new DAS from...

6 by Anton Shilov on 4/12/2018

TEKQ Rapide Thunderbolt 3 External SSD Review

Flash-based external direct-attached storage (DAS) devices have evolved rapidly over the last few years. Starting with simple thumb drives that could barely saturate USB 2.0 bandwidth, we now have...

33 by Ganesh T S on 2/20/2018

Western Digital Introduces New Portable Flash Solutions, Brings Alexa Support to the My Cloud Home NAS

LAS VEGAS, NV — At CES 2018, Western Digital introduced some new products and feature updates to existing ones across both their SanDisk and WD brand of external storage...

4 by Ganesh T S on 1/9/2018

Seagate Launches Portable Storage Solutions at CES 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV — Seagate introduced a number of portable storage solutions at CES 2018. We were provided details of the LaCie DJI Copilot, the China-only JoyDrive, LaCie Rugged...

4 by Ganesh T S on 1/8/2018

HighPoint RocketStor RS6114V 4-Bay USB-C RAID Enclosure Review

Storage enclosures come in many varieties to target different market segments. They usually have one or more downstream SATA ports, with USB being a popular interface in the low-end...

11 by Ganesh T S on 10/19/2017

Samsung Portable SSD T5 Review: 64-Layer V-NAND Debuts in Retail

​Samsung has been an active participant in the high-performance external SSD market with their Portable SSD series. The T1 was introduced in early 2015, while the T3 came out...

37 by Ganesh T S on 8/15/2017

TerraMaster D2-310 Storage Enclosure (2x 2.5"/3.5" SATA to USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C) Mini-Review

Storage bridges come in many varieties within the internal and external market segments. On the external side, they usually have one or more downstream SATA ports. The most popular...

34 by Ganesh T S on 7/5/2017

Western Digital My Passport SSD Mini-Review

Flash-based external direct-attached storage (DAS) devices have evolved rapidly over the last few years. Starting with simple thumb drives that could barely saturate USB 2.0 bandwidth, we now see...

24 by Ganesh T S on 6/28/2017

Lexar Professional Workflow HR2 4-Bay Thunderbolt 2 / USB 3.0 Reader Hub Review

​Content creators in the field often have to deal with large amounts of data spread over multiple flash media. Importing them into a computer for further processing has always...

33 by Ganesh T S on 6/22/2017

ADATA SD700 512GB External SSD Capsule Review

​Flash-based external direct-attached storage (DAS) devices have been rapidly evolving over the last few years. The USB Type-C interface standard has prompted vendors to release updates to their lineup...

10 by Ganesh T S on 6/8/2017

Axtremex Micro SSD Gen2 mSATA - USB 3.1 Gen 2 Storage Bridge Review

Storage bridges come in many varieties within the internal and external market segments. On the external side, they usually have one or more downstream SATA ports. The most popular...

6 by Ganesh T S on 12/13/2016

CRU ToughTech Duo C Storage Enclosure (2x 2.5" to USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C) Review

Storage bridges come in many varieties within the internal and external market segments. On the external side, they usually have one or more downstream SATA ports. The most popular...

25 by Ganesh T S on 11/18/2016

G-Technology G-DRIVE slim SSD USB-C 500GB External SSD Capsule Review

Flash-based external direct-attached storage (DAS) devices have been rapidly evolving over the last few years. The emergence of USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C has led to external peripherals adopting...

5 by Ganesh T S on 11/16/2016

ADATA SE730, SV620 and SC660 External SSDs Review

We have seen rapid developments in flash technology over the last few years. Performance has been going up at one end (with various new options for interfacing with the...

10 by Ganesh T S on 11/4/2016

Inateck FE2010 and UA1001 SATA - USB 3.0 Storage Bridges Review

Storage bridges come in many varieties within the internal and external market segments. On the external side, they usually have one or more downstream SATA ports. The most popular...

14 by Ganesh T S on 10/21/2016

Western Digital My Book 8TB and My Passport 4TB External HDDs Review

Western Digital has a number of direct-attached storage (DAS) products based on hard drives. They cater to different market segments. These DAS units usually employ a USB port to...

32 by Ganesh T S on 10/16/2016

G-Technology G-Drive with Thunderbolt 8TB Capsule Review

G-Technology started using HGST's helium-filled hard drives in their direct-attached storage (DAS) products earlier this year. The product lines utilizing these 8TB and 10TB drives include: G-Drive with Thunderbolt (single...

7 by Ganesh T S on 10/7/2016

Satechi and StarTech USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C HDD/SSD Enclosures Review

Storage bridges come in many varieties within the internal and external market segments. On the external side, they usually have one or more downstream SATA ports. The most popular...

33 by Ganesh T S on 9/26/2016

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