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

Plextor intros high-end PCIe solid-state drive

Plextor announced today the M6e solid-state drive (SSD). Unlike the standard SATA SSDs, such as the Plextor M5 Pro Xtreme (512GB), the M6e comes designed as a PCIe add-in card and requires an available PCIe slot (such as the one used by your video card) to work. Needless to say, it fits only in a desktop computer.

PCIe has much faster bus speed than SATA, and hence, the M6e is designed to offer much faster performance than even the fastest SATA SSDs. According to Plextor, it delivers the maximum sequential read/write speeds of 770/625 MBps and random read/… 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!

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

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

Apple issues SSD firmware update for MacBook Air

Apple has released a firmware update for its MacBook Air systems, which addresses a problem with the SSD drives on these systems that could lead to data loss. Apple apparently issued a small batch of faulty drives with its mid-2012 MacBook Air, and this firmware update should correct the problem.

The update should be available via Software Update for relevant systems, and being that this addresses a potential data loss issue, this update is highly recommended. If you do not see the update available in Software Update, but believe your system is an affected one (mid-2012 MacBook Air), then you … 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