solid-state drive

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

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

Crave giveaway: 240GB SanDisk Extreme II SSD

Congrats to Adriana D. of Miami, Fla., for winning a Panasonic Link2Cell home handset in last week's giveaway. Want to speed up your computer's hard drive? Read on.

This week, we're giving away a fast replacement for any hard drive, a 240GB SanDisk Extreme II solid-state drive.

The SanDisk Extreme II is 2.5mm thinner than the previous SanDisk Extreme, but it has a lot more than that going for it, according to CNET reviewer Dong Ngo. … Read more

Get a Toshiba 256GB SSD for $149.99 shipped

Well, yesterday's freebie was kind of a disaster. Was anyone able to actually get one of the games? I realize the whole thing was frustrating, but keep in mind the Interwebs tend to go crazy when there's a truly sweet giveaway like this. Traffic jams and server issues are not uncommon. Have patience, and realize no one's trying to take advantage of you.

Anyway, on to today's business. Want to squeeze a couple more years out of your aging laptop? (And by "aging" I mean 3-4 years old.) I suspect a lot of people … Read more

Seagate intros 5mm Ultra Mobile HDD for tablets

So far, tablets generally use flash memory as their internal storage. That's about to change.

Seagate announced today a new Ultra Mobile hard drive (HDD), designed exclusively for mobile devices. The storage vendor says the new hard drive, with up to 500GB, will enable tablets to have PC-like storage space, while offering the same reliability as does flash memory.

The Ultra Mobile HDD is integrated with Seagate's Mobile Enablement Kit that includes Seagate's Dynamic Data Driver software technology to address key areas to make it function beyond a standard laptop HDD. These areas include shock management, heat … Read more

WD ships new NAS-specific Red internal hard drives

WD has some great news for people with a network attached storage (NAS) server, such as the Synology DS1513+ or the QNAP TS-469 Pro: new Red internal hard drives.

These SATA hard drives are specifically designed for home and small office NAS systems that come with one to five drive bays. The new drives are available in both 2.5-inch (750GB and 1TB capacities) and 3.5-inch (4TB) designs.

The WD Red lineup is a family of regular internal hard drives that work wherever other SATA hard drives are used. WD Red drives are compatibility-tested with top NAS systems and … Read more

Is this the worst ad Samsung's ever made?

Some ads, like some movies, can be so bad that they become a peculiar sort of good.

Then there are ads that maintain a deep worthlessness and cause only pain to the senses.

You must decide how you feel about this opus, created by Samsung.

Released a couple of weeks ago, it sat in the Internet's ether, hiding in plain sight. Then the critics at Reddit got hold of it and mused whether the world had ended early.

The ad, for Samsung's 840 EVO Series Solid State Drive, seems to have enjoyed a very strict casting brief: please … Read more

Samsung unveils 1TB 840 Evo solid-state drive

Following up on the SSD 840 series that came out in November 2012, Samsung today announced its new entry-level solid-state drive, the 840 Evo.

The main difference between the two is the fact that the 840 Evo offers up to 1TB of storage space, double that of the 840 series, and significantly faster performance.

Like the previous drive, the 840 Evo comes in the 7mm-thick, 2.5-inch design and supports the SATA 3 (6Gbps) I/O standard.

Samsung says the 840 Evo uses its compact 10-nanometer class 128GB NAND flash memory, which the company started mass-producing in April, and is … Read more

Samsung mass-producing speedier solid-state drives

Apple's new MacBook Air has adopted faster solid-state drives made by Samsung. But Apple won't be the only beneficiary.

Samsung announced Monday that it has started mass-producing new PCIe solid-state drives aimed at the next generation of ultrabooks. SSDs that use a PCIe connection offer faster speeds than those outfitted with SATA (Serial ATA) connections.

As one example, Samsung's XP941 SSD can read data sequentially at 1,400 megabytes (1.4 gigabytes) per second, the highest speed offered by a PCIe 2.0 interface. In the real world, that means the drive can read 500GB of data … Read more