Category: Storage

Kingston DC1000M U.2 Enterprise NVMe Review: A high-performance alternative to SATA or SAS SSDs

The Kingston DC1000M was launched back in March, it is a U.2 enterprise NVMe so quite a bit different than my usual content though some SOHO/SMB users may appreciate it. The is a new affordable U.2 drive which aims to be an alternative to SAS, or SATA SSD drives in an enterprise environment. Pricing is attractive, not costing much more than competing SATA drives yet offering substantial gains in performance that NVMe has over SATA. Specification  Kingston DC1000M Form factorU.2, 2.5” x 15mm InterfacePCIe NVMe Gen3 x4 Capacities1960GB, 1.92TB, 3.84TB, 7.68TB NAND3D TLC Sequential read/write960GB – 3,100MBs/1330MBs 1.92TB –...

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TerraMaster D4-300 4-Bay DAS launched at an affordable £129.99

If you find yourself in need of a lot of storage and want something that is both fast and affordable, the new TerraMaster D4-300 4-Bay DAS could be a good solution. While network attached storage may be the more popular solution, NAS devices cost more and are often reliant on gigabit ethernet. With the new 4-bay D4-300 you connect with USB3.1 which offers up to 5Gbps of bandwidth and is compatible with 3.5” SATA hard drive/2.5” SSD, can support up to 4 hard drives, support total storage capacity up to 72TB (18TB x 4). With this being direct-attached storage...

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TerraMaster TD2 Thunderbolt3 Plus 7-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 Dock with RAID & Ethernet Announced

If you are an Apple Mac user or have a PC with Thunderbolt3 and require lots of data storage then the new TerraMaster TD2 could be the perfect option. This direct-attached storage features a Thunderbolt3 port allowing it to offer connectivity that surpasses other USB equipped counterparts. I previously reviewed the excellent 5-bay TerraMaster D5-300C but this offers far more functionality, albeit in a 2-bay system. Similar to the other DAS drives from TerraMaster, you have the option to run your two drives in either RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD, and Single mode. All of which are enable via...

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Kingston KC2500 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD Review vs Samsung 970 Evo – High end performance at a reasonable price Score 95%

Kingston KC2500 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD Review vs Samsung 970 Evo – High end performance at a reasonable price

Kingston has recently refreshed their lineup of NVMe drives with the new KC2500 series which promises improved performances over the already excellent KC2000. The new range offers an increase of almost 10% to the sequential read speeds going from 3200 to  3500MB/s and an impressive 32% increase for sequential write, going from 2200MB/s to 2900MB/s. I recently migrated my OS drive from the highly regarded Samsung 970 Evo, which was 500GB to the KC2500 1TB. So how does it perform in comparison? 50 Reviews Kingston KC2500 NVMe PCIe SSD -SKC2500M8/1000G M.2 2280 £188.42 Buy on Amazon Specification SSD Endurance:...

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TerraMaster D5-300C USB3.0 5-Bay RAID Direct Attached Storage Review – NAS vs DAS Score 85%

TerraMaster D5-300C USB3.0 5-Bay RAID Direct Attached Storage Review – NAS vs DAS

I have covered quite a lot of NAS devices recently, which are a fantastic investment for both business and home users providing network-attached storage and a range of useful applications built-in. TerraMaster has quickly become one of the stands out brands, offering superb value for money with better hardware specs at a lower price point than much of their competition. Most recently they sent me a DAS enclosure to review, which is quite a bit different than the more popular NAS. Sale TerraMaster D5-300C USB3.0(5Gbps) Type C 5-Bay RAID Enclosure Support RAID 0/1/Single Exclusive 2+3 RAID Mode Hard Drive...

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Toshiba Canvio Advance 4TB USB3.0 Portable Hard drive review – HDTC940 XK3CA Score 80%

Toshiba Canvio Advance 4TB USB3.0 Portable Hard drive review – HDTC940 XK3CA

I have previously reviewed the Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB last year, and recently I have been checking out the advanced model which comes in 1TB, 2TB, 4TB sizes, with my sample being the 4TB model. This is a USB3.0 drive with a theoretical transfer rate of 5 Gb/s2, though, in reality, it will be nowhere near that due to the transfer speeds of mechanical hard drives. Functionality-wise there is not a great deal of difference between his and the basic model, they are both portable hard-drives, and they will both perform about the same. The Advanced model has a...

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