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Synology flagship DSM 5.0 NAS operating system now live

Two months after the beta was announced, Synology's DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0 is now live.

Since its inception, DiskStation Manager has been by far the most advanced operating system for NAS server and helped Synology NAS sever to win many of CNET's Editors' Choice awards, such as the Synology DiskStation DS1513+.

The new upgrade brings in a totally revamped user experience. The interface has been overhauled with lots of improvement with a Control Panel that incorporates a new ease of use collectively found in other native operation system, such as Windows, Mac OS, and even iOS. It … Read more

Get a 250GB Samsung SSD for $139.99 shipped

Quick housekeeping note: CNET is in the midst of some site updates, which is why the comment system is currently offline and why you didn't receive a Cheapskate newsletter on Friday. (Here's the post in case you missed it.) Pardon the dust; I'm told things should be settling down shortly.

On to business. I'll never buy another laptop that has a traditional hard drive. Having experienced the joys of SSD, I simply can't go back to slower, noisier, hotter drives that consume more power and are subject to mechanical failure.

Yep, from now on, I'… Read more

Scientists capture first super-res X-rays of living cells

Typically, to view super small objects like molecules, the samples must first be dipped in a chemical preservative bath of death that keeps all parts entirely locked in place and thus viewable via very sophisticated tech such as X-ray devices and electron microscopes. The problem, of course, is that those molecules don't behave the same in death as they do in life, so while our current views of life at the nanoscale level are extremely detailed, they're technically speaking views of death, or at the very least, life frozen.

Now scientists at the University of Göttingen … Read more

WD ships new Purple hard drive for surveillance applications

Answering Seagate's latest surveillance hard drive (HDD) that was introduced yesterday, WD announced today the availability of the WD Purple HDD, the company's first 3.5-inch, high-capacity internal drive for surveillance applications.

The new WD Purple drive is very much a traditional desktop hard drive that supports the latest SATA3 (6Gbps) standard. However, designed specifically for video surveillance units, the drive can work 24/7 for always-on environments. Most other hard drives are designed to work about 8 hours per day.

WD says the Purple HDD comes equipped with AllFrame and Advanced Format Technology (AFT). The former is … Read more

Get a Toshiba Canvio Connect 1TB portable hard drive for $59.99

The day of the desktop hard drive would appear to be over -- at least for terabyte-size drives. Now, for about the same money, you can get a smaller, USB-powered model that's just as fast and way more travel-friendly.

To wit: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Newegg has the Toshiba Canvio Connect 1TB portable hard drive for $59.99 shipped. That's after applying coupon code EMCPWWP25 at checkout. (If you're not already a signed-in Newegg newsletter subscriber, you'll need to be.)

That's a full $40 off the regular price of this drive, … Read more

Top 5 most upgrade-worthy internal drives of 2013

If you have an aging computer, the best way to bring new life (speed, that is) to replace its internal hard drive.

Older computers generally run on a regular hard drive, whose performance degrades over time, just like any mechanical parts. Replacing that with a solid-state drive (SSD) will prove to be the most satisfying update you ever make to your system. In fact, the outcome is often better than getting an entirely new budget computer.

While it may seem intimidating to open a computer's chassis, this process is quite easy. Check out this How-To post if you need … Read more

Ask the Experts, Episode 6: Upgrading a PS4 hard drive

So you've got your shiny, brand-new PS4 and you're thinking about swapping out the system's built-in 500GB hard drive. Is it worth putting in a larger-capacity drive? How about a solid-state drive? Find out if it's really worth tweaking in this episode of Ask the Experts.

The first round of Ask the Experts wraps up tomorrow, so be sure to check back then!

Backblaze: Enterprise drives aren't worth the price premium

Backblaze recently concluded that its use of consumer-grade hard drives makes economic sense. The online backup company has now gone a step further, determining that enterprise-grade drives aren't even more reliable -- at least in its circumstances.

Enterprise drives are designed to work amid the vibrations common in fan-cooled machines bolted to metal racks and are tested to work for many, many hours. But in a study published Wednesday, Backblaze decided they don't actually offer better reliability than their consumer-grade counterparts.

"Are enterprise drives worth the cost? From a pure reliability perspective, the data we have says … Read more

How to set up an external hard drive for use with OS X

When you first attach a new external hard drive to your Mac, it should mount and be ready to use; however, before relying on it, consider first taking a couple of precautionary steps to ensure that the drive continues to work as expected.

One of the first things to take into account is that the drive is likely preformatted to FAT32 instead of a more OS-specific format. Since FAT32 is readable and writable on both Windows and OS X systems, this is quickest way for a drive to work on each platform; however, it does have some limitations, including the … Read more

How to upgrade or replace your PS4's hard drive

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are both equipped with a 2.5-inch 500GB hard drive that spins at 5,400 revolutions per minute. Only the PlayStation 4's hard drive, however, can be replaced or upgraded.

Sony previously allowed gamers to upgrade their hard drives in the PlayStation 3, and with some games taking up more than 50GB of space, we are thankful the company kept the same philosophy with the PlayStation 4.

The process is relatively simple and should only take you a couple of minutes to complete.

Here's what you need to know:

The tools The … Read more