Plextor M7V released

Plextor M7V review

Plextor has announced the launch of its new line Plextor M7V , a line of SSD drives profitable consumer happening to those already launched the Plextor M6V series last July and how good analysis and praise received by of its members. Available form factors of 2.5 inches and M.2, the units take advantage of the SATA interface 6 Gb / s.

Available in capacities of 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB, the M7V series is equipped with the latest Marvell controller, a leading manufacturer of chips SSD controllers. It Includes LDPC (Low Pressure Die Casting) latest technology to ensure data accuracy and a fast and reliable performance.

Plextor M7V review (2)

According to cross-coretech.com, the M7V series also features the highest quality NAND flash memory in TLC manufactured by Toshiba 15nm node, which generates cycles up to 2000 P / E, beating all its competitors. In addition, the exclusive firmware PlexNitro, performance can be optimized in SLC mode without sacrificing space of the SSD; extending the maximum performance.

The new Plextor M7V series represents the newest generation of standard SSDs, tailored to the needs of the general user and offering flawless performance and transfer speed of incomparable data. The M7V series also comes with a longer life time compared to other products of the same level, with the addition of optimal components and the development of a unique firmware combined with advanced manufacturing technology.

Plextor M7V review (1)

All Plextor SSDs undergo rigorous inspections teams most advanced SSD test in the world.not a single mistake or failure (error zero) is not allowed to offer the user the highest level of quality and stability. Through professional reading conditions simulation / actual writing, both M7V series as all Plextor SSD drives offer a measured time between failures (MTBF) of up to 1.5 million hours, significantly outperforming the reliability of long use term and ensuring the security of valuable data.

The units offer speed sequential transfer rates up to 560 MB / s reading in three models, with up to 500 MB / s write for the model 128 GB, 530 MB / s write for the model 256 GB and 530 MB / s write for the 512GB model.

Plextor has not disclosed the prices that will have these new models.

Renice X9 review: first 2TB SSD RSATA connector

Renice X9 review. Renice Technology, a Chinese march focused on storage systems , high – end, has launched the first SSD market with 2 TB capacity that has connection RSATA (Rugged SATA), a type of connector especially designed for use in situations where there a lot of vibration, undesirable movements or current peaks.

Renice X9 review. The usual SATA connector consists of a line of pin planes is very easy to connect and disconnect, but it is also quite sensitive to movements or vibrations that could cause the connector to move. The RSATA connector is specially designed for situations in which there is unwanted movements, resolving intermittent contact between the connector and the result of vibration and shock device.

Renice X9 review

Basically it is intended for use in cars or industrial systems moving as it solves these potential problems using a two-layer connector with elongated pin instead of the flat line standard SATA connector pins. Certainly this connector is single side SSD to the motherboard connects to the SATA connector standard so it is compatible with any motherboard with a standard SATA connectors. Of course the manufacturer provides the necessary connection cable.

The launch of Renice X9 RSATA provide a reliable storage solution for high capacity and the situations we have explained above. The device employs a controlling own SATA3 RS3502-IT and NAND chips manufactured by Toshiba to ensure, according to the manufacturer, durability and lifetime of the device between 2 and 3 times higher than current market SSDs (non-industrial).

The manufacturer that itself has not disclosed device performance data, but would be expected the usual 500 MB / s reading and writing (there will be around the thing). Nor has it said anything about the price or release date, a fact that would be interesting to know since the end of the day increasingly are becoming more common devices solid state these capabilities and is expected fierce competition in the market.

Netac Z1 is an external USB 3.0 SSD with 512 GB for 145 euros

Netac Z1 review

If you are looking for an external storage of large capacity, endurance and speed at a good price you’re in luck, because the manufacturer Netac has just launched its new Netac Z1 solid state device SSD with 512 GB capacity with interface USB 3.0 and protected by an aluminum housing at a price that you are not going to be able to believe.

Of course an external SSD has many advantages over an external mechanical hard drive, starting performance. While the USB 3.0 interface is able to provide up to 5 Gbps of bandwidth, mechanical hard disks neither come nowhere near that figure and therefore are largely wasting the capacity of the interface. External SSDs are much faster, approaching the limit of the USB 3.0 interface, so in terms of performance are unmatched. But also no moving parts are much more resistant, silent and barely heated. The disadvantage? Clearly the price. Until now.

Netac Z1 reviews

And the manufacturer Netac has launched its new SSD external Netac Z1, an external SSD with USB 3.0 interface that provides theoretical speeds of up to 460 MB / s read and 370 MB / s writing course with all these advantages with SSDs over traditional mechanical hard drives and emphasizing the section of the resistance due to the inclusion of a brushed aluminum casing of black color also gives it a great aesthetic. The best? The price, because now you can get by just over 145 euros in its model 512 GB capacity.

In addition, another advantage of using an external SSD like this Netac Z1 is the size, as with dimensions of just 8 x 5.3 x 0.9cm and weighing 43 grams (without cable) is even smaller and lighter than a normal external hard drive, thus being even easier to transport and carry from one place to another with the addition that we can smoothly carry in a purse or backpack without fear of spoiling to suffer some impact.

Certainly the Netac Z1 uses MLC chips manufactured by Toshiba (the famous Toshiba A19) and a controller itself. In addition, another advantage is that despite being sold in an online Chinese store that obviously does not offer the European warranty of three years, in this case Netac gives the Z1 a guarantee of three direct years with the manufacturer, so We not have to worry about where we buy as we keep the purchase invoice if we have any problems we will be covered directly by the manufacturer.

Intel DC PC3608 SSD Benchmark and Specifications

Intel DC PC3608 is the newest solid state drive that is targeted towards business market whose function is to replace the current family of PC3600 and even surpasses the PC3700 in certain benchmark tests.

Intel DC PC3608 SSD Benchmark

To achieve such spectacular results, Intel has decided to combine two of their former PC3600 units in a same PCB and increase data interface transmission to 8 tracks. It may not be the most refined way to increase the performance of these units, but the reality is that it meets the target. However, in the Intel DC PC3608 SSD benchmark, we did see the very high increase in the consumption.

DC PC3608 specifications

Once installed on the system, the drive appears as two separate SSDs after a PLX PCIe switch, which means that to really be able to use the full capacity, one must have a motherboard that supports RAID 0 configurations. Such motherboards load balance the two controllers simultaneously.

intel DC PC3608 specs

However, this need for balancing means that the controller will never be able to double the performance of the PC3600 as you might initially think as always, a certain amount of overhead is generated.

Intel DC PC3608 price

The prices are obviously, very high. 1.6 TB unit costs $ 3,009, the 3.2 TB goes up to $ 7009 and the 4 TB costs $ 8,759. The 5-year warranty that comes standard is nothing – they should give it lifetime warranty.

Toshiba XG3 PX04P BG1 specifications and speed

Toshiba Corporation has announced three new families of SSDs with PCIe interface using the protocol NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express). All are imed at various applications including high performance portable storage, tablets, computers 2 in 1 and server applications and mass storage. The top SSD models are able to deliver speeds of up to 3250 MB / s. Let us take a look at Toshiba XG3, PX04P, BG1 one by one.

Toshiba XG3 reviews

Toshiba XG3 for high performance laptops

It is available in M.2 2280 that supports up to four PCIe 3.1 lanes and bandwidth delivering six times higher than usual SATA 3 format (in this case reaches 2516 MB / s read and 1572 MB / s write speeds). This XG3 family is equipped with QSBC (Quadruple Swing-By Code) technology which is owned by Toshiba and it ensures maximum energy efficiency. You can see their specific technical features in the table shown below.

Toshiba XG3 review

Toshiba PX04P is for servers and mass storage

Toshiba PX04P reviews

This family of SSDs has several technologies specifically designed for servers where the device is one 24 x 7. Therefore Toshiba has layed particular emphasis on energy efficiency without neglecting performance since it assumes that these SSDs will be used in critical environments. That said, it does not disappoint on the performance front, offering up to 3250 MB / s read and 2464 MB / s writing.

Toshiba PX04P review

Toshiba BG1 is for ultrabooks and tablets

Toshiba BG1 review

The BG1 is the world’s smallest (16 x 20 mm) solid state drive. In the table below, you can find its technical specifications. As you can see, there are three models: M.2 Type 1620, 2230 and 2280.

Toshiba BG1 reviews

So far,Toshiba has not disclosed the prices but we have been told that they will be launched in October this year.

Adata Premier SP550 specs, a TLC SSD

ADATA Technology has announced the latest addition to its range of solid state devices, the Premier SP550 and it has great specifications and offers good performance at low cost. It is a TLC (Triple Level Cell) type SSD and is offered in up to 960 GB capacity.

Adata Premier SP550 specs

The ADATA Premier SP550 is the first brand that integrates the SM2256 Silicon Motion controller which uses technology that allows data shaping and LDPC ECC RAID for creating RAID configurations for multiple disks hardware without using an external software or by the RAID controller integrated on the motherboard of the PC. This of course greatly increases the reliability of these SSDs, as well as its stability and durability.

Adata Premier SP550 review

LDPC ECC technology allows correction of errors which helps in increasing the life of the SSD. It will be offered in 120, 240, 480 and 960 GB capacities. Adata has not spilled out any detail on its price tag or release date.

Samsung 850 Pro SSD 2TB variant launched

Samsung has announced the inclusion of 2TB variant for Samsung 850 Pro and Evo SSDs. Thanks to their V-chip NAND memory ( NAND 3D Vertical ), Samsung’s product line now features 20 different models with capacities ranging from 120 GB to 2 TB.

Samsung 850 Pro SSD 2TB

Un-Soo Kim, general manager of marketing at Samsung said

“The company has experienced high demand for its 500 GB SSDs forward since we introduced the V-NAND technology. The launch of models 2TB Samsung implies a commitment to this growing demand for higher storage capacities, and continue to expand our catalog with models better performance and greater capabilities. ”

Samsung 850 Evo SSD 2TB

And it’s true, the demand for devices of high capacity SSD is growing and it will continue to grow even further in coming months. Despite having a large capacity (2 TB) capacity, the new Samsung 850 Pro and 850 EVO SSD maintain 2.5-inch format while being only 7 mm thick so that they remain compatible with Ultrabooks and small form factor laptops. Samsung has had to change its internal layout to make room for the 2 TB capacity though. The company has included 128 chips in 32 layers.

Huge amount of chips are managed by MHX high performance controller as well as four 4GB LPDDR3 (Gigabit) chips manufactured with 20 nanometer process. With all this technology, Samsung ensures the operation of the 850 Pro 2 TB SSD for at least 10 years or 300 TBW (terabytes written). The 850 EVO 2TB variant has lifespan of five years or 150 TBW.

The company also announced that it will soon launch larger capacity models of 850 Pro and 850 EVO SSDs in M.2 mSATA format.

Macbook Pro: How to clone hard disk to SSD including operating system

So you just bought an SSD a k a solid state drive for your Macbook Pro and now you are looking to clone that old and slow hard disk and move all that data including the operating system to the new drive. Believe us, the Macbook Pro are still the best of Apple laptop line up and they become unbeatable after adding in an SSD.

How to clone hard disk to SSD

The one I personally recommend getting for your Macbook Pro is Samsung 850 Evo SSD. I have been using its predecessor, the Samsung 840 Evo for over an year now and it has been superb and trouble free so far. The Samsung 850 Evo solid state drives come with good enough warranty and it really hits a sweet spot when it comes to price.

Clone Macbook Pro HDD to SSD

Anyway let us get back to topic, that is how to clone the Macbook Pro hard disk to SSD. For the cloning I personally like the SuperDuper utility. This simple-to-use tool is a simple, powerful piece of software and its free version is good enough for the most users.

clone macbook pro hdd

You can use the SuperDuper to clone the HDD’s contents to your new SSD. Make sure you have partitioned it through Disk Utility using any generic USB to SATA adapter. This way, you can make sure the drive is ready to go before you start opening up your computer and moving things.

usb to sata adapter

Click on Copy Now button to start cloning.

Crucial BX100 specifications, affordable SSDs for the consumers

Crucial has launched some really good solid state drives that an average consumer can afford and buy. Called the Crucial BX100 it will be made available in four capacities –  120 GB, 250 GB, 500 GB and 1 TB. The BX100 makes use of Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller.

Crucial BX100 specifications

Specifications include read speed is of up to 535 MB/s and write speed of 185 MB/s. The 250GB, 500GB and 1TB solid state drives offer 370 MB/s and 450 MB/s write and read speeds respectively. Random performance is of 70,000 4K read/write input/output operations per second (IOPS).

It features a standard 2.5 inch form factor that can be used in any laptop or mini laptop and will retail for $70 for 120GB model, $110 for 250GB, $200 for 500GB and $470 for the 1 terabyte model.

Crucial BX100 comparison

Shipments of Crucial BX100 will commence in first quarter of 2015. The company will be bundling an app called Storage Executive tool that will allow you to monitor SSD’s health, temperature and status.

Micro SATA 1.8 inch SSD HDD to 2.5 SATA converter review

The Micro SATA 1.8 inch SSD-HDD to 2.5 inch converter is for using 1.8 inch SSD drives in laptops with 2.5 inch HDD bay. In simple words, it lets you use a small SSD or hard disk into your conventional laptop.

I bought one for just $5 from Amazon to try it out and it works like a charm. I had a 128GB 1.8 inch SSD from Toshiba lying around and I thought of using it on my Lenovo ThinkPad X120E laptop that is slow snail when it comes to performance. I came to the conclusion that only an SSD can rescue it but I did not want to buy one since I already had one at home.

Micro SATA 1.8 inch SSD HDD to 2.5 SATA converter review

This Micro SATA 1.8 inch SSD HDD to 2.5 SATA converter worked like a charm. It adds around 1 inch to the length of the SSD. Here is how it looks like with the 1.8” SSD attached.

micro sata converter

After attaching simply slide it into the 2.5 inch connectors of your laptop. You may need to add some padding on the bottom so that it does not rattle. I added thermocol for padding. It works perfect and has solid construction.

laptop 1.8 inch converter to 2.5

It shall be noted that this converter does not works with mSATA drives.

Conclusion: It is cheap and it is functional. It lets you use your 1.8 inch SATA SSD drives in your big laptops. Buy it from amazon for just $5.