Eee PC 900 SSD is slow

Eee PC 900 SSD is slow

EeeUser Forums have tested the read/write speeds of the solid state drives (SSDs) shipping with the EeePC 900 and found one of them to be lacking in performance.

The EeePC 900 comes with two SSDs: a 4GB one with the operating system and a 8GB (XP) or 16GB (Linux) one for your data – they system drive performed adequately (faster than the older EeePC 700) but the data drive was slower than a retiree in an oldsmobile “out for a leisurely drive”.

Head on over to EeeUser forums for their full testing results, and don’t go planning on using that 8/16GB SSD for efficient dual booting.

Eee PC 900 SSD is slow via liliputing

Laptop hard drive shortage coming?

digitimes has reported that shortages of 1.8″ and 2.5″ hard disc drives are expected later this year due to the fast growing demand for ultra-portable laptops:

“Global supply of 2.5-inch hard disk drives (HDDs) may fall short in the third quarter of 2008 due to fast growing demand for use in Eee PCs, mini notebook PCs and UMPCs (ultra-mobile PCs), in addition to demand from traditional applications such as notebook PCs, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

In light of the popularity of Asustek Computer’s Eee PCs in the global market, other international PC vendors including Hewlett-Packard and Acer have offered or will offer low-priced portable laptop PCs or UMPCs, causing a related increase in demand for 2.5-inch HDDs, the sources pointed out.

There are only a few global suppliers of 2.5-inch HDDs, including Seagate Technology, Western Digital (WD), Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Fujitsu and Toshiba, and makers of HDD components have not expanded their production capacities, the sources noted. Consequently, global supply of 2.5-inch HDDs may not be able to meet fast growing global demand in the third quarter, a traditional strong sales period for PCs, the sources pointed out.

WD’s production capacity of 2.5-inch HDDs has been booked up until September 2008, the sources cited WD Taiwan as saying. “

It sound to us that all the Eee PC clone manufacturers are going to have a hard time sourcing hard drives for their machines which can only benefit the more established players (HP, MSI, Asus) who probably already have supplies organized.

Mtron claims fastest SSD ever

Mtron claims fastest SSD ever

It seems like we have new solid state drives (SSDs) coming out weekly, and the latest one from Mtron also claims to be the fastest SSD ever.

The Pro 7500 series SSDs from Mtron are said to have a read speed of up to 130MBps and a write speed of up to 120MBps through a SATA II interface in capacities from 32GB to 128GB.

It’s great that they’re speedy but what is the point of speedy when they are so costly that no average joe can afford one. Wake me up when the prices drop.

Full press release follows.

Mtron claims fastest SSD ever (via akihibaranews)
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Fujitsu 400GB Handy Drive

Fujitsu 400GB Handy Drive

Fujitsu has come out with a 400GB version of their “handy drive” portable 2.5″ hard drive.

This thing is about 5.6″ x 3.3″ x 0.9″, weighs 9oz and gets it power through it’s USB 2.0 connector. What’s the downside? it’s only a 4200rpm drive: usable for backups not so good for something you access regularly.

It’s out in Japan now for about $335.

Fujitsu 400GB Handy Drive at Akihibaranews

Corsair 32GB Flash Survivor USB Drive review

Corsair 32GB Flash Survivor USB Drive is the subject of a new review posted at OhGizmo.

Here’s what they thought of this ultra rugged USB flash drive:

“There’s no question that the Corsair Flash Survivor delivers on all of its promises. The overall build quality and use of aircraft-grade aluminum makes the drive feel like it will survive whatever tortures or trials you put it through. While it might be overkill for the average commuter, if your job has you traveling to areas that are a bit more extreme than the subway or an office tower, you can rest easy knowing your files are extremely safe. Of course I have to point out that 32GB of flash storage in your pocket doesn’t come cheap at this point in time ($180-$200) but Corsair also sells versions of the Flash Survivor in 16GB, 8GB and 4GB capacities that are considerably more affordable.”

They forgot the best part of the review: throwing it off stuff and running over it with trucks to see just how tough it really is. One other thing we would add is that no matter how rugged your storage is your #1 priority should still be regular backups.

Corsair 32GB Flash Survivor USB Drive review at OhGizmo

Is it a book or an external HDD?

Is it a book or is it an external HDD? well the ventilation slots, the led lights, and the power and USB cables coming out the back will probably give away the fact that it is a new 3.5″ external hard drive called the WIZPLAT W-31 from Korean company Sarotech.

It supports up to 1TB hard drives but it isn’t clear what configurations it is offered in and what comes with the 315,000 Won price tag (approx. $300)

We have to admit though: it looks a lot classier than most hard disk drives on the market.

Sarotech Hardbox via aving

Upgrading the hard drive in HP2133 mini-note

Upgrading the hard drive in HP2133 mini-note

Hp Mini-Note PC Blog has posted a how-to with some photos of how to upgrade the hard drive in the HP2133 mini-note PC.

Compared to some of the upgrades posted for the eee pc and the min-note this one is easy, all you need is a new 2.5″ hard drive (like the nice new hitachi 320gb ones) plus some basic tools (small philips screwdriver, small torx screwdriver, pliers).

This is a great upgrade for people that got the basic 4GB mini-note and need more storage space.

Don’t have the right tools? worried about causing damage to your mini-note? hand in your “man card” right now and go take up a more relaxing hobby, knitting maybe.


Memoright 32GB SSD reviewed

Memoright 32GB SSD reviewed

Toms Hardware has reviewed the Memoright 32GB solid state disk (SSD).

Here’s what they thought of it:

“The benchmark results for the Memoright flash SSDs (we used four 32-GB models MR25.2-032S) speak for themselves. A sequential throughput of 115 MB/s is a new record for flash-based drives, and Memoright even managed to sustain almost the same throughput for write operations as well. I/O performance is stellar and the drive’s power consumption is lower than the power requirements of the direct competitor, the Mtron Flash SSD. The only benchmark sections where it cannot beat everything else is the PCMark05 Windows XP startup benchmark and the IOmeter Webserver benchmark. In every other test, Memoright slaps the other drive manufacturers in the face by providing bone-crushing storage performance. Server administrators should especially study the benchmark results carefully, as we’re talking about many hundreds to thousands of I/O operations per second on an individual drive.”


How to hide a USB drive inside a phone outlet

How to hide a USB drive inside a phone outlet

So this guy was looking for a way to hide his “sensitive” files (also known as stopping mom finding his adult movie collection), so he decided to rewire a phone outlet so you could use it to access a hidden 4GB USB drive.

He soldered some wires to the USB drive, opened up the outlet and connected the USB drive to the phone plug, built a USB to phone cable, and hooked everything up.

Personally I would have just encrypted my files with some free software like TrueCrypt, but one area where this idea has potential is in security camera recording:

A thief gets into your house and steals the computer where the video from your security cameras is stored, what he doesn’t know is that the video is really being stored on a 1 terabyte linkstation mini hidden in the wall behind a phone jack.