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Western Digital Launches PC SN5000S SSD: Low-Cost Meets High Performance

Western Digital has introduced its new series of SSDs aimed at mainstream PCs, which combine high performance and low cost. The Western Digital PC SN5000S family of DRAM-less drives uses the company’s 3D QLC NAND memory and an in-house-developed platform, so the SSDs promise to be relatively inexpensive. Meanwhile, their sequential read performance reaches 6,000…

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First DNA Data Storage Specification Released: First Step Towards Commercialization

The DNA Data Storage Alliance introduced its inaugural specifications for DNA-based data storage this week. This specification outlines a method for encoding essential information within a DNA data archive, crucial for developing and commercializing an interoperable storage ecosystem. DNA data storage uses short strings of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) called oligonucleotides (oligos) mixed together without a specific…

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Western Digital Ships 24TB Red Pro Hard Drive For NASes

Nowadays highest-capacity hard drives are typically aimed at cloud service providers (CSPs) and enterprises, but this does not mean that creative professionals or regular users do not need them. To cater to demands of more regular consumers, Western Digital has started shipments of its Red Pro 24 TB HDDs, which are aimed at high-end NAS…

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LaCie Rugged Mini SSD Review: Power-Efficient Flash Storage at 20 Gbps

LaCie’s portable storage drives have enjoyed a loyal consumer base, particularly among creative professionals valuing both performance and product design / appearance. After Seagate’s acquisition, the brand has continued to cater to this segment with new products. The company has both USB 3.2 Gen 2 and Thunderbolt 3 SSDs under the LaCie brand, and is…

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You’ll be paying much more for SSD cards this year

Thanks to skyrocketing TLC NAND costs (up 120% in two years), you can expect the price of SSD and HDD cards to increase dramatically as well, which means pain at the register when buying new technology.TLC (Triple-level cell) is a type of NAND flash memory for SSD and HDDs that, as reported by Wccftech, has…

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Western Digital to Split HDD and NAND Businesses

Western Digital has announced its decision to split its hard disk drive and NAND memory businesses, creating two separate public companies. According to the company, the change is aimed at refining the focus and operational efficiency of each business segment. The separation, planned to be tax-free, is slated for completion in the second half of…

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The best cheap SSD deals and prices for October 2023

We’ve tested a lot of hard drives of all sorts over the years from premium to budget options. So, we’re here to help you find the top cheap SSDs for your storage needs. You’ll find a lot of choices out there that don’t sacrifice performance in whichever budget range you’re looking for. Whether you’re searching…

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Crucial Unveils X9 Portable SSD: QLC for the Cost-Conscious Consumer

Crucial entered the portable SSD market relatively late, with their X6 and X8 PSSDs being the mainstay for many years. Based on QLC NAND, they were marketed for read-intensive use-cases, though the generous amount of SLC cache ended up delivering good write performance too for mainstream consumers – particularly in the X8. Recently, the company…

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Samsung T9 Portable SSD Review: A 20 Gbps PSSD for Prosumer Workloads

Samsung’s portable SSD lineup has enjoyed significant market success since the launch of the T1 back in 2015. Despite the release of the Thunderbolt-capable X5 PSSD in 2018, the company has been focusing primarily on the mainstream market with its T series drives. The first set of PSSDs from Samsung incorporated a SATA SSD behind…

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Seagate Releases Game Drive PCIe 4.0 SSDs for PlayStation 5

Western Digital’s WD_Black SN850P was the first officially PlayStation 5-licensed SSD to hit the market. Seagate wants a piece of that and has hopped on the PlayStation 5 train with the new Game Drive PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD series, officially licensed for Sony’s current-generation gaming console. Unlike Microsoft, which uses a proprietary SSD expansion card for the Xbox…

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