PCR's guide to storage

Storage devices include SSDs and external bays
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With files becoming increasingly larger, consumers and businesses are looking for better ways to store their data – Jade Burke rounds up the latest SSDs and NAS drives...

MUSHKIN 120GB ATLAS DELUXE SSD

Distributor: Spire Technology

Designed for notebooks and ultrabooks, the Atlas Deluxe can be used on any device with an mSATA slot. It has an optimal data flow and has also been approved by the SandForce Driven quality program.

Specs: mSATA form factor, read speed of 555MB/s, write speed of 525MB/s, TRIM support.

SRP: £59.99, subject to change


MUSHKIN 480GB SCORPION DELUXE SSD

Distributor: Spire Technology

Eight PCIe 2.0 ports are included with this Scorpion Deluxe SSD and it has a sustained random 4K R/W of 67000/107000 IOPS. The SSD also has read speeds of up to 2160MB/s and write speeds of up to 1960MB/s.

Specs: 480GB, SandForce driven, optimal data flow, read speed of 2160MB/s, write speed of 1960MB/s.

SRP: £525, subject to change


SSHD INT LAPTOP THIN 1TB/500GB 2.5” SATAIII

Distributor: Tech Data

This SSHD has been designed as an all- in-one for easier installation and has a SATA 6 Gbps with NCQ for interface speed. It utilises Seagate flash management technology to deliver SSD-like performance.

Specs: QuietStep, Native Command Queuing, buffer speed of 64MB, Spindle speed of 5400rpm, 1TB/500GB capacity.

SRP: From £55.99


FREECOM USB 3.0 EXTERNAL MINI SOLID

Distributor: Entatech Combining a small form factor and fast transfer speeds, this mSSD from Freecom also features USB 3.0 technology. It has a read and write speed of 430MB/s and is up to four times faster than traditional HDDs.

Specs: Read and write speeds of 430MB/s, USB 3.0, no cooling fan, brushed aluminium.

SRP: £79.99

SANDISK EXTREME PRO SSD (INTERNAL)

Distributor: Peak Development

SanDisk’s Extreme Pro SSD comes in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB variants, providing faster game loading speeds. It has a low power consumption and comes with read speeds of up to 550MB/s and write speeds of up to 515MB/s.

Specs: Read speed of up 550MB/s, write speed of up to 515MB/s, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB variants.

SRP: £164.99

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DROBO 4 BAY

Distributors: CMS Distribution, Computers Unlimited

BeyondRAID storage technology is used within the Drobo, which helps to protect data against hard disk crash. It also comes with four drive bays and a USB 3.0 port, plus a USB cable is also included. There is an instant capacity expansion of up to 24TB and also has a power fail protection with battery backup.

Specs: Four drive bays, USB 3.0, power fail protection, drive re-ordering, BeyondRAID storage technology.

SRP: Around £310 for bare unit

CRUCIAL MX100 SSD
Distributor: Northamber

Crucial’s SSD has write speeds of up to 500MB/s and read speeds of up to 550MB/s. It is available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB variants. Users can also keep their files safe due to the AES 256- bit encryption.

Specs: Read speeds of up to 500MB/s, write speeds of up to 550MB/s, SATA 6GB/s, 1.5 million hours life expectancy.

SRP: From £57.59

AKITIO PALM RAID

Distributor: Smithie UK

The Akitio has a tethered Thunderbolt cable that can deliver transfer speeds of up to 10 Gpbs and can also run on bus power alone. It is also fanless and has a read speed of 713MB/s and a write speed of 414MB/s.

Specs: Two mSATA SSDs, Thunderbolt transfer speeds of 10Gbps, compatible with Windows 7 and 8, bus powered.

SRP: £549.99


WESTERN DIGITAL RED NAS DESKTOP HD

Distributor: Entatech

Available in capacitates ranging from 1TB to 3TB, the WD Red is designed for home and small office NAS systems. Western Digital’s NASware firmware technology also enables a more balanced performance.

Specs: 1TB to 3TB variants, NASware firmware technology, 64MB cache speed, lower power consumption.

SRP: £80

SSHD HYBRID 1TB/2TB DESKTOP 64MP 6GBS 3.5”

Distributor: Tech Data

This SSHD is available in either 1TB or 2TB capacities. NAND flash and HDD technology work together, while Seagate Adaptive Memory technology identifies the most frequently-used data and stores it in the NAND flash.

Specs: SATA 6 Gbps, 1TB/2TB capacity, 8GB flash memory capacity, compatible with Windows 7.

SRP: From £65.99


KINGSTON HYPER X FURY SSD

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Distributor: Simms

With a slim 7mm form factor, the SSD can fit into notebooks and desktops, and comes in 120Gb and 240GB capacities. The SandForce SF-2281 controller with SATA Rev 3.0 performance delivers faster boot up.

Specs: Slim form factor, 120GB and 240GB capacities, read speeds of up to 470MB/s, write speeds of up to 220MB/s.

SRP: From £62, subject to change


MUSHKIN 120GB CHRONOS G2 SSD

Distributor: Spire Technology

Mushkin’s shock-resistant SSD comes with a capacity of 120GB and provides users with next-generation responsiveness by utilising asynchronous NAND Flash technology.

Specs: TRIM support, shock-resistant, 120GB, read speed of 555MB/s, write speed of 525MB/s.

SRP: £49.99, subject to change


SAMSUNG SSD 850 PRO

Contact: Samsung

Samsung’s flash memory features 3D V-NAND architecture and is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB variants. It has a SATA 6Gb/s interface that is compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s. A maximum read speed of 550MB/s and write speed of 520MB/s is included along with a Samsung 3-core MEX controller.

Specs: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB variants, read speeds of up to 550MB/s, write speeds of up to 520MB/s, 3D V-NAND architecture.

SRP: From £88.99


WESTERN DIGITAL SE 4TB INTERNAL HDD

Distributor: Entatech

Western Digital’s SE HDD has been designed for bulk cloud storage, replicated environments, content delivery networks (CDNs), large-scale network attached storage (NAS), backup and archiving.

Specs: Dualprocessor, 4TB, 64MB SATA 6GB/s, internal HDD for servers and NAS, StableTrac, RAID-specific.

SRP: £142.45

CONTACT

CMS Distribution ........ 020 8960 6000

Computers Unlimited.020 8358 5858

Dynamode................... 0845 375 2023

Entatech......................03331011000

Northamber..................020 8296 7000

Peak Development......01489 796979

Samsung...................... 0330 726 7864

Simms...........................01622852800

Spire Technology........ 01202 828 444

Smithie UK....................01256 844028

Tech Data .................... 01256 788 000

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