But then, people buying the cheapest CF cards will moan how slow they are.
I'm sure they will make their own way into Europe, via ebay... from Hong Kong
Want to replace your system hard disk with an solid-state drive? Want to take advantage of RAID? Want to use the cheapest Flash? Thanks to Taiwan's Raidon, you can. It's rolled out what it calls the "RAID ready SSD enclosure", and you can't get a more apt moniker than that. Raidon RAID SSD enclosure Raidon's RAID-able SSD …
Over here (UK) I just very quickly found 16GB CF cards from crucial for <£80, so it ain't that expensive.
Presumably though, the performance of this device will be somewhat lacklustre, probably not even equivalent to first generation SSD's. So it's only advantage is low power?
I think this is excellent... only wish the cards were $5 each and at least 1 TB in size....
Now that would be pretty good.
I am still looking for the day, when a PC has an atomic battery the size of a peanut, runs for a thousand years on one charge and the whole PC is the size of a matchbox, with a holographic 21" screen..
I'd keep my old buckle spring IBM keyboard tho... it's a champion.
Western Digital has confirmed the board is considering "strategic alternatives" for the storage supplier, including spinning out its flash and hard disk businesses.
This follows calls last month by activist investor Elliott Management, which has amassed a $1 billion investment in WD equating to a six percent share stake, for a "full separation" based on those product lines.
In a statement, CEO David Goeckeler said: "The board is aligned in the belief that maximizing value creation warrants a comprehensive assessment of strategic alternatives focused on structural options for the company's Flash and HDD businesses.
Samsung has dished up a new variety of SD card that can, it claims, sustain 16 years of continual writes.
The Korean giant's calculations for the longevity of the PRO Endurance Memory Card – for that is the new tech's name – assume their use to record 1920×1080 video content at 26Mbit/sec (3.25MB/sec).
At that rate, the 256GB model is rated to endure 140,160 hours of use. Smaller capacity models won't last as long because they'll be overwritten more often, so the 128GB, 64GB and 32GB each halve their larger sibling's lifetime.
A new Linux kernel patch from a Google engineer resolves a problem caused by a condition that many of us might quite like to experience – having too many NVMe drives.
The problem is caused by the relatively long time it takes to properly shut down a drive: apparently, as much as four-and-a-half seconds.
Remember Sun's X4500 storage server, originally codenamed Thumper? It was truly radical when it appeared: a 3U dual-processor server, but with a stonking 48 drive bays. These days Google has a bunch of boxes with a still-fairly-impressive 16 NVMe drives attached to each one. And when they have to reboot, they take a long time.
Backblaze has published the first SSD edition of its regular drive statistics report, which appears to show that flash drives are as reliable as spinning disks, although with surprising failure rates for some models.
The cloud storage and backup provider publishes quarterly and annual Drive Stat reports, which focused exclusively on rotating hard drives until last year. Backblaze said it will initially publish the SSD edition twice a year, but that this may change depending on how valuable readers find it. The 2021 Drive Stats report was published in February.
In a blog post detailing the latest probing, Backblaze cloud storage evangelist Andy Klein said the SSDs are all used as boot drives in the firm's storage servers, and that Backblaze only began using SSDs this way from Q4 of 2018. He pointed out the drives do more than just boot the servers, they also store log files and temporary files produced by the servers, and so each SSD will read, write, and delete files depending on the activity of the server during the day.
Updated Users of Windows 11 are complaining about slow write speeds on NVMe SSD drives, a problem which persists even though it was acknowledged by a Microsoft engineer three months ago.
A team of researchers claim they can make SSDs impervious to ransomware attacks by detecting infections and reverting unexpected encryption within a matter of seconds, at the cost of a small increase in latency.
The group includes engineers from South Korea’s Inha University, Daegu Institute of Science and Technology, and the Cyber Security Department at Ewha Womans University (EWU) as well as a researcher from the University of Central Florida in the US.
"I came up with the idea of firmware level detection because I know that many [users] don't install anti-ransomware software," DaeHun Nyang, PhD, at EWU told The Register of the origin of the team's research project. "So I thought that it would be good if we can protect people not having anti-ransomware installed on their computers by providing them with an anti-ransomware-intrinsic SSD.
YouTuber tech whizz Jeff Geerling has found it is possible to spend $5,000 on a Raspberry Pi build.
He did this silliness because he's a self-described "creative person who builds great software" with a sponsorship from Lambda that keeps him from redirecting his own paycheck to quirky projects.
He's also undoubtedly generating some income from Amazon referral links throughout his post and hawking wares from his merch store, but you know, capitalism. Can't blame the guy for seizing an opportunity.
Samsung has altered the parts used to make its 970 EVO Plus 1TB SSD card, leading a version manufactured in June 2021 to perform differently than an older formulation from April 2021.
In a video posted to the channel YouTube channel 潮 玩 客 ("Trendy Player"), Chinese video blogger Jian Ge recently compared two versions of the product – one from April labelled with part number MZVLB1T0HBLR and another from June labelled MZVL21T0HBLU – and found the performance characteristics have changed, some for the better and some for the worse.
To judge by the performance figures Samsung cites in its spec sheets, nothing has changed. But that's not necessarily the case for specific operations.
It sounds like a "dog ate my homework" excuse for the cloud age, but Euro-cloud Scaleway says one of its solid-state disks was stolen from a truck, turned up in the hands of a YouTuber, and has now made its way back home.
A Saturday post by CEO Yann Lechelle revealed that over a year ago, a disk was stolen while in transit between two Scaleway data centres.
Fast forward to 2021 and a YouTuber bought the disk on a classified ads site called Leboncoin. Specifically, a YouTuber called Micode who creates content about the persistence of data even after disks are formatted.
The European Commission has approved SK Hynix’s acquisition of Intel’s NAND flash and solid-state drive businesses, bringing the Korean semiconductor biz one step closer to officially closing the $9bn takeover.
The deadline for the European regulators to decide on the merger passed this week with no issues, and SK Hynix also confirmed the approval in a statement on Friday.
“SK Hynix has received unconditional clearance from the European Commission for its proposed acquisition of Intel’s NAND and SSD business,” it said. “The proposed acquisition will help SK Hynix expand its global footprint, adding complementary memory technology. SK Hynix expects to enhance its expertise through the acquisition, to deliver more breakthroughs and higher value products for customers.”
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