A solid state drive is often the most important component for making a PC feel fast and responsive; any PC still using a mechanical hard drive as its primary storage is long overdue for an upgrade. The SSD market is broader than ever, with a wide range prices, performance and form factors.
The big news in the storage market right now is the Chia cryptocurrency craze. That has been driving up storage prices, but it's had more of an impact on hard drive prices and availability than on SSDs. We are seeing reduced supply and increased pricing mostly on larger (multi-TB) NVMe SSDs, but in other segments of the market pricing over the past several weeks has been flat or only slightly increasing.
Our first look at Western Digital's third-generation Raptor.
Gary Key on 2/8/2006
Ricoh's EncryptEase media allows password protection and compression on a normal 650MB CD-R with no extra software. Take a look at how it works.
Purav Sanghani on 2/7/2006
Before Seagate jumps in to manufacturing drives using the perpendicular magnetic recording, it takes a stab at boosting current platter densities. Take a look at their 7200.9 model with...
Purav Sanghani on 1/31/2006
With digital photography, personal audio, and personal digital assistants in full force these days, we look at one type of flash media to accompany these devices for added storage...
Purav Sanghani on 12/23/2005
We promised a 3-way comparison between Hitachi’s 500GB 7K500, Western Digital’s 400GB WD4000YR, and Seagate’s 7200.9 500GB drive and we keep to our promises. Take a look at how...
Purav Sanghani on 12/2/2005
AXIOMTEK, a 15-year-old storage solution company, takes on the desktop market of storage devices with their ExBoot line of 3.5" external hard drives.
Purav Sanghani on 11/10/2005
After looking at the last few Sony drives at our labs, the above average performance of the DRU-810A was pleasantly unexpected!
Purav Sanghani on 10/28/2005
After the October 10, 2005 announcement of the new 7200.9 line from Seagate, we have our hands on the 500GB SATA model and ran it through our desktop drive benchmarks.
Purav Sanghani on 10/24/2005
Seagate officially introduces the long awaited 7200.9 series of hard disk drives, including their 500GB competition to Hitachi. Take a peek at Seagate's latest offerings!
Purav Sanghani on 10/10/2005
Seagate has a line of external drives meant for personal desktop uses. We take the 120GB version of their storage-only device and run it through our external storage tests.
Purav Sanghani on 9/29/2005
Pioneer keeps up with the DVDR market with the DVR-110D and its updated dual layer write speeds.
Purav Sanghani on 9/15/2005
Why should we limit ourselves to internal storage devices when the same high capacities can be had in a portable case? AcomData has squeezed 320GB of hard disk space...
Purav Sanghani on 8/27/2005
We take a look at the inner workings and performance of Plextor's newest dual layer DVD writer.
Purav Sanghani on 8/2/2005
After seeing it at Computex, we were intrigued. And now, we've had a week to play with Gigabyte's new i-RAM. How does 4GB of solid state storage fare...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/25/2005
With current hard disk capacities inching toward their ceiling, R&D teams from the big name manufacturers have come up with a new technologies to write data to the platter...
Purav Sanghani & Kristopher Kubicki on 7/19/2005
The new generation of 16x DVDR drives are here, now with -R DL write capabilities and updated DVD+/-RW write capabilities. Take a look at how 6 drives perform.
Purav Sanghani on 7/12/2005
The SATA International Organization's 3.0Gbps updates finally show up in retail drives; see how they perform in our benchmark filled review of offerings from Hitachi, Samsung, and Western Digital.
Purav Sanghani on 6/25/2005
Should you be worried that your next SATA hard drive might not feature the data rates or features you had anticipated? The SATA Organization attempts to clairify some...
Kristopher Kubicki on 6/20/2005
Seagate brings on its 400GB 7200.8 Barracuda mammoth with Native Command Queuing a year after Hitachi's 7K400 and Maxtor's MaXLine III with NCQ. Take a look at how the...
Purav Sanghani on 4/20/2005
Since our eight-way 16x roundup, almost all of the manufacturers have updated their units to burn -R and +/-RW media at twice the speeds of their predecessors. We'll take...
Purav Sanghani on 3/6/2005