Posts Tagged ‘hard disk’

Analysts Predict Rising PC Prices

January 15, 2010

The general rule on hardware is that it gets cheaper as you go, and for the last six years or so, that’s always been the case. Now though, new research indicates that we could see PC prices rise again this year.

Rising disk prices could drive PC prices higher still

According to research from Gartner, one of the biggest reasons for this will be the rising cost of memory. Due to increased demand for flash memory in mobile devices (let’s not forget the vast and quickly growing smartphone market), memory has been something that’s already seen price hikes in recent months, and that’s a trend that looks set to continue if the folks at Gartner are to be believed.

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Special Offers – Christmas Week

December 21, 2009

Good afternoon all, it might be a little too late to order for delivery and get things in time for Christmas, but the show must go on, so we’re still here and writing away to make sure that we have a post up detailing our special offers for this week.

For those ordering for pickup, your orders will still arrive in time for Christmas as long as you get in before 1300 tomorrow, so you guys will be able to take advantage of some of our offers this week, if you’re so inclined.

Packard Bell Carbon 1TB:

Packard Bell’s Carbon is one of the few drives that we see giving Western Digital’s Elements 1TB a serious run for its money when it comes to people shopping for external drives to act as a backup or just as media storage.

Click through to see our page for the Packard Bell Carbon 1TB :)

Generally, the Western Digital wins that fight on the basis that it’s a few euro cheaper than the Packard Bell, but this week we have the Carbon knocked down by 7%, which makes it that bit cheaper than the Elements. It’s one of those cases where every little counts, and it’s hard to argue with something as simple as the Carbon being cheaper and the two being practically equal in every other respect.

The Packard Bell Carbon is, as well you may have guessed, a 1TB external drive. It’s mains powered, so you should to be aware that wherever you’re using it you’ll want to have a plug nearby. Remember, a hard drive isn’t just for Christmas… it’ll be months before you need to consider deleting anything again.

As we said earlier on, there’s nothing like giving someone the gift of an external backup for Christmas, for two reasons. The first is that if, and when, their machine falls over, you’ll be the one who gets some of the credit for making the backup possible. Second… you’ll get to sit around and look a bit smug, because you’re the only reason their system is still intact ;)

Still, 1TB for €71, you can’t really say fairer than that.

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Installing Windows 7 an SSD

December 16, 2009

A while back, we wrote up a piece on installing Windows to a solid-state drive and the reasons why everyone should at least consider doing it for the speed boost you’ll get from it.

Windows Vista:

Back then, we went through a list of reasons why Windows users might be better off using Windows XP than Windows Vista when it came to installing to an SSD, not least of which the fact that Vista, well apart from the fact that a lot of people just didn’t enjoy using it, wasn’t really built for use with SSDs.

Thanks to the fact that Vista wasn’t really made for use with SSDs, users who did opt to throw an install of it onto an SSD ended up seeing less of a performance boost than they might otherwise have. Moreover, because of the way that Vista uses the disk (which seems always assumed to be a standard hard drive) the OS itself can decrease the lifetime of the drive. It’s not a dramatic difference, but it’s something that most should be aware of.

So, in short, installing Windows Vista to an SSD probably isn’t the best idea.

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Seagate Moving into SSDs

December 8, 2009

Seagate has announced that it’s moving into the solid-state storage market, showing off a 2.5” drive that’s only seven millimetres thick, which makes it that bit thinner than the vast majority of SSDs.

Engadget is reporting that Seagate’s Momentus will likely top out at around the 320GB mark, which isn’t too bad for an SSD at all, and is likely what keeps it so thin. It’s already been pointed out, at some length, by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, that netbooks might well be the bee’s knees when it comes to portable computing for now, but that times are likely to change relatively soon. Ballmer seems to be of the opinion that netbooks will be succeeded by what he terms, “ultra-thin” notebooks.

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OCZ Reveals 1TB SSD

November 18, 2009

OCZ has taken time to show off its latest solid state drive
(SSD), which ups the solid state storage ante, weighing in at fully 1TB of flash memory, though it’ll cost you an arm and a leg.

SSDs have long been capped at lower sizes due to the very simple combination of prohibitive cost and the fact that making something with that much storage out of flash memory is just a touch impractical. Still, now that OCZ has managed to smash its way up to the 1TB mark, it’s worth killing off the hopes and dreams of anyone looking to pick one up… it’ll set you back something in and around the princely sum of €2392.

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Intel To Release Low Cost SSDs

October 19, 2009

Reports indicate that Intel is to release a “value-based” solid state drive range in the fourth quarter of this year, which would hopefully see increased adoption of SSDs among consumers.

intel-logo

Aside perhaps from maximum capacities available, price has long been the biggest barrier to widespread adoption of solid state drives in the PC sector, now though, it seems that Intel could well be setting out to reverse that inequality. According to TomsHardware, sources close to the company (listed as “an Intel partner) have informed the publication that Intel is to launch a new range of SSDs under the name X25-X.

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HDDs versus SSDs – Which do you need?

June 22, 2009

We got some feedback from readers of our piece on installing Windows on a solid state drive (SSD) asking if we’d do a bit of a beginners’ guide to the SSD vs. HDD debate, so that’s what we’ll be doing today. The fact is, there are a number of reasons to move on up to an SSD that you might already be familiar with, but there are also plenty of reasons to stick with a HDD that aren’t often considered.

For anyone reading who doesn’t yet know the physical differences between a HDD and an SSD, don’t worry, we’ll explain those shortly, so nobody will be entirely lost. A hard disk (or HDD) is the drive you’re most likely to find if you cracked open the machine you’re using now (unless you’re reading this from a netbook). It is, as the name suggests, fundamentally a spinning disk (or platter), to which data is written or read by a head. The arrangement doesn’t look entirely unlike an old vinyl record player.

This lovely example shot of a HDD comes courtesy of the folks at Wikipedia

This lovely example shot of a HDD comes courtesy of the folks at Wikipedia

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