GIGABYTE Announces 3TB+ Unlock Utility

Gigabyte 3tb unlock utility

Gigabyte announced the availability of the 3TB+ Unlock Utility that allows GIGABYTE motherboards without Hybrid EFI Technology to recognize and use unallocated space on new 3TB and larger hard disc drives (HDDs). The utility is freely available from the utilities page of the official GIGABYTE website.

GIGABYTE 3TB+ Unlock optimizes HDD storage space by allowing the user to create a virtual drive with space that exceeds 2048GB, the maximum amount of storage recognized by 32bit versions of operating systems such as Windows XP. The virtual drives are limited to 2048GB, and the user can create up to 128 partitions, as long as there is additional unallocated space on the HDD. 3TB+ Unlock supports both GPT (GUID Partition Table) and MBR (Master Boot Record) partition styles, however with MBR the number of partitions are limited to 8.

3TB+ Unlock currently supports new high-end motherboard models based on the Intel® X58, Intel® 6 series and AMD 8 series chipsets, and is in the process of being ported to older chipset models so that it will support all motherboards that are currently shipping.

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Kingston new SSDNow V+ SSD Series

Kingston has just launched SSDNow series of 2.5” SSDs drives. Available in 64 GB, 96 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB capacities, these new Kigston’s SSD drives use MLC memory chips, have SATA-300 interface and provide read and write speeds of up to 230 MB/s and 180 MB/s, respectively.Main Features:

– Silent — runs silent and cool with no moving mechanical parts
– Shock-Proof — no moving mechanical parts so the SSD handles rougher conditions
– Guaranteed — three-year warranty, live 24/7 tech support

Main Specs:

– Form factor — 2.5″
– Interface — SATA 1.5Gb/s and 3.0Gb/s
– Capacities1 — 64 GB, 96 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
– Sequential Read Throughput 2 — 230 MB/s
– Sequential Write Throughput 2 — 180 MB/s
– MTBF (Mean time between failures) — 1,000,000 Hrs

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Samsung announces 2TB EcoGreen F3EG HDD

Samsung recently announced the F3EG, its new high-performance environmentally-friendly HDD (hard disk drive) for the desktop market. The EcoGreen F3EG, a higher capacity model from its predecessor the F2EG, features 2TB capacity with 500GB per disk that is capable of storing up to 880 hours of DVD video or 500,000 or more songs in MP3 format.

With increased recording density, the EcoGreen F3 drive is more power efficient by supporting a capacity up to 2TB with four disks. The F3EG incorporates a 3.0Gbps SATA interface, Native Command Queuing features and a 16MB/32MB buffer memory. The 3.5” F3EG drive is available in 1.5TB and 2TB capacities in the United States and EU markets with a MSRP of $179.99.

Note: Eco-friendly components are used to build the HDD (eliminating halogen compound and brominated flame retardant). The HDD requiring less power (40% less power consumption in idle mode, 10% lower in reading/writing mode) comparative with other HDDs.

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Seagate: Groundbreaking SSD And HDD Solutions

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Seagate

Seagate announced its latest enterprise solutions designed to deliver storage for the widest range of application environments. Joining the industry’s most award-winning enterprise lineup, these solutions include: two new members of the Pulsar® Solid State Drive (SSD) family that deliver the ultimate enterprise performance, endurance and reliability; two next-generation Savvio® 15K and 10K hard disk drives (HDD) optimized for a balance of high performance and capacity; and the latest Constellation® ES.2 3TB HDD for pure capacity-optimized mass storage needs.

Pulsar.2 and Pulsar XT.2 – Pure Performance with Enterprise-Class Endurance

The Pulsar.2 SSD is the first MLC-enabled, (up to 800GB) SSD from an enterprise HDD vendor delivering the price/performance, data integrity, and endurance needed for performance-hungry enterprise applications. Unlike other MLC SSDs that have been designed for consumer applications and lack the robust data integrity and endurance feature set required for enterprise applications, the Pulsar.2 SSD has been designed from the ground up for the enterprise. It has the intelligence to automatically detect and correct a multitude of data errors than can occur during normal drive operations to deliver the highest levels of enterprise-class data integrity and endurance. By enabling MLC NAND technology for the enterprise, this drive addresses the market concerns on SSD cost and endurance and will enable adoption of SSDs in the enterprise. The Pulsar.2 supports both native 6Gb/s SAS and SATA 6Gb/s interfaces. (More on Pulsar XT. -2 here)

Savvio 15K.3 and Savvio 10K.5 – Greater IT Storage Efficiency

The Savvio 15K.3 is the highest performing HDD available and is optimized for tier 1 storage applications. With capacities available at 300GB and 146GB, Savvio 15K.3 is well-suited for performance-oriented systems that can remain cost-effective to IT budgets and fit a wide range of applications.

The Savvio 10K.5 and Savvio 15K.3 both deliver a record reliability rating of .44% AFR/2 million hours MTBF and include a 5-year warranty. They also feature Protection Information for enhanced data integrity and a Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) option for the protection of data-at-rest. Both Savvio models are currently shipping to OEMs, with channel availability for Savvio 10K.5 beginning Q1 and Savvio 15K.3 to follow in Q2.

Seagate Constellation ES.2 3TB HDD

The Constellation ES.2 HDD leverages Seagate’s unparalleled expertise in enterprise technology by delivering the highest capacity, fifth-generation 3.5-inch drive at the lowest operating power, helping to maximize energy efficiency in the data center. Building on Seagate’s enterprise leadership with its 3 rd generation SAS interface, the Constellation ES.2 also features the SAS-based Protection Information feature for end-to-end data protection, Self-Encrypted Drive (SED) option for protecting data-at-rest, best-in-class Rotational Vibration Feed Forward (RVFF) technology that sustains performance when placed in closely-packed multi-drive system environments, and PowerChoice™ on-demand low power options that keeps drives and systems running cool.

 

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DVDFab Blu-ray Copy 8.0.8.2 supports to create .miniso files

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DVDFab Blu-ray Copy was updated to 8.0.8.2 version with an added option: Create .miniso file in output folder to be mounted by DVDFab Virtual Drive . It can produce a new format (.miniso) from now on, then DVDFab Virtual Drive 1.2.0.0 or later version can mount this one with image file, and the output Blu-ray folder with .miniso file in it can be played by PowerDVD or other Blu-ray software player since just simulates a normal ISO image file.

The new feature has been implemented because some Blu-ray player software cannot play Blu-ray movie by folder, such as PowerDVD. But if you just copy Blu-ray movie to folder on hard drive for backup, it is hard to watch it. So in this update, Blu-ray Copy supports to copy Blu-ray movie to the folder on your hard drive with a file in the format of .miniso included. Then you can use DVDFab Virtual Drive to mount the .miniso file in, and play the Blu-ray folder content by PowerDVD, just like playing a normal ISO image file.

For further details about DVDFab Blu-ray Copy read our review or download the application from here.

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New SuperSpeed USB 3.0 500GB and 750GB Plextor portable HDDs

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Plextor introduces a new portable hard disk drive, equipped with a high-speed USB 3.0 connection. The PX-PH500U3 is a strikingly compact 500GB portable hard disk. Formed of perfect aluminum it incorporates the latest SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface for exceedingly fast connection and data transfer rates. It is the fast new professional standard in portable hard disks from world renowned storage manufacturer Plextor. Power to the hard disk is also provided through the USB connector, eliminating the need to carry an additional power adapter.

Protecting the advanced drive mechanism an elegant casing crafted from aircraft grade aluminum results in a mere 162 grams total weight. The complete package includes a USB 3.0 cable and a stylish leatherette case provides additional protection during transportation. Complementing this well-balanced hardware, a range of powerful software applications comes preinstalled on the hard disk. Users can backup and restore valuable data using FNet PC Clone EX and maximize the read and write speeds with the Turbo HDD utility.

The exceptional quality of the PX-PH500U3 is fully supported by the reassurance of Plextors ‘Fast Warranty Service’, a comprehensive 2-years collect and return warranty in the EU, Norway and Switzerland (other countries 1-year carry-in).

The PX-PH500U3 is a high-performance SuperSpeed USB 3.0 with refined design – a compact hard disk for those that require professional quality and highly portable data storage.

Besides the 500GB PX-PH500U3, Plextor will also release a 750GB version: the PX-PH750U3. The 500 GB version will be available in Europe in March for a recommended end user price of EUR 99. The PX-PH750U3 will be available in April for a recommended end user price of EUR 135.

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OCZ Vertex 3 Pro Solid State Drive (SSD) – an amazing data transfer rate

OCZ have released the SATA 6Gbps MLC-based Vertex 3 Pro SSDs, built with the next generation enterprise SandForce controller technology with incredible new performance of up to 80,000 IOPS* and 550MB/s transfer rates.

OCZ strives to push the envelope by delivering higher performance, reliability and storage capacity to meet the demands of the enterprise market. The follow-up Z-Drive “R3” PCI-Express SSD is OCZ’s first SandForce-Driven PCI-Express SSD for Tier-0/1 data applications, and offers staggering performance at over 1GB/s and 135,000 IOPS and up to 1.2TB of capacity in a small and elegant footprint. An on-location technology demo includes the IBIS “XL” based on OCZ’s proprietary High Speed Data Link (HSDL) interface unveiled last quarter, featuring 4TBs of storage capacity at over 1.8GB/s transfer speeds and 200,000 IOPS.

Along with the latest storage solutions, OCZ will introduce the ZX Series power supplies, featuring 80-Plus Gold efficiency and available in 850W, 1KW, and 1.2KW configurations for high-end gaming, multimedia, and professional systems. Furthermore, OCZ will highlight the newest PSU offerings from its subsidiary, PC Power & Cooling, with the refreshed line of the renowned Silencer PSU series.

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Toshiba Introduces STOR.E ART 4 External HDDs with USB 3.0

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Toshiba HDD

Toshiba today unveiled the new STOR.E ART 4 external hard disk drives featuring SuperSpeed USB technology (USB 3.0) for super-fast data transfers with a transmission rate of up to 5 Gigabit per second. The sleekly designed external hard disk drives will be available during the first quarter of 2011 throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Backup technology and password-protection on board

Coming pre-loaded with NTI Backup Now EZTM, STOR.E ART 4 allows users to easily organize their backup routines. NTI BackupNow EZ software provides fully-customisable backup capabilities, including the option to backup specific folders, certain file types, and to conduct a system backup. In addition, complete password-protection with up to 256-bit data encryption prevents unauthorized access to data.

Designed to give storage a personal touch

Available in a selection of three models with red, blue, and white coloured graphical accents on a high gloss black finish STOR.E ART 4 gives customers the choice to express their personal style. It provides a capacity of up to 1TB. Thanks to the small dimensions and light weight of less than 190g, rubberised edges, a power supply via the USB connection and an embedded shock sensor protecting data stored on the disk in case of an accidental drop or shock, STOR.E ART 4 is ideal for mobile usage. It is also suitable for stationary usage, making a very smart desk accessory.

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