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Data Technology

Each year, computer storage technology advances considerably, allowing for faster access speeds and higher storage capacities. This section of our blog features information about new types of hard drives, solid-state drives, hybrid drives, RAID systems and much more.

External Hard Drive

What To Look For When Buying An External Storage Drive

With many systems upgraded to smaller internal SSD storage devices and the proliferation of USB capable tablets and smart devices, the need for external hard drives has increased significantly. All you need to know going forward is the type of drive and how it will connect to your system.

PCI Express Port

PCIe Solid-State Drives: What’s the Hype About?

With the proliferation of SSD storage devices into every aspect of the PC and storage markets, many manufacturers are attempting to push the limits of data transfer and access speeds. The first break from existing storage media technology is the introduction of PCIe based SSDs. The new PCIe SSDs will hope to double read and write times over the current technology.

AMD RAMDisk

RAM Disks and You: Alternative to SSDs?

Are you looking to increase the speed of one or two smaller applications or programs, but aren’t interested in buying a new SSD? Do you have more than enough system memory installed on your PC? If you answered yes to both questions then you may be interested in using a RAM disk. All you need to start seeing significant speed increases in your programs and files is a 3rd party RAM disk program, a little bit of time.

Holding a computer hard drive disc

Is the end of mechanical drives near?

The announcement of the discontinuation of Seagate’s 7200-rpm laptop drives comes at an interesting time. The current price of flash hardware had the cost of full SSD storage drives dropping to, and past, the $1.00/GB threshold, which allowed high-speed storage drives to become more and more affordable. When you consider that mechanical HDD are a mature product with very little price fluctuation per/GB and flash drives are continuing to drop in price as new and cheaper manufacturing processes are deployed, the days of the mechanical hard drive look to be limited.

WD Slim

Western Digital Offers Up the New WD Blue 1TB Hard Drive

With the storage drive market continuing to embrace the flash technology that makes SSD and SSHD drives fast and increasingly less expensive, the storage device market has become easier to navigate. Now we have the Western Digital WD Blue 1TB 7mm drive. The people at WD have shrunk a huge amount of storage capability into a very small package, making this new Blue 1TB drive compatible with most ultrathin applications and their larger PC brethren.

Death of the Netbook

The Death of the Netbook

Earlier this year, the last two major netbook manufacturers announced that they each would no longer produce netbooks. This is not much of a surprise with the increasing amount of smartphones, tablets, and cheap-throwaway laptops that have flooded the market making the little netbook weak in the very market it was created to fill. What about people who want produce data on the go?

Encrypted File System

Getting to Know Microsoft’s Encrypting File System (EFS)

One of the most important steps a person can take to protect the valuable information stored within their computer is to encrypt their data and use strong passwords. Encrypting File System, or EFS, is an encryption technology that was introduced by Microsoft with version 3.0 of it’s NTSF or New Technology File System.

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