SLS Walkabout 11th September

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Our SLS walkabout once again after going on hiatus for a few weeks! Read on to find out the latest happenings in SLS!

We found Hitachi’s latest 7K100 100GB 7200RPM 2.5” Laptop PATA hard drive at Storage studio.
Priced at $ 399, it’s definitely a premium price, but consider the fact that
one can only fit a single hard drive into a laptop, it’s actually reasonably
to pay for such a capacity. The 120GB version was also available but was sold
out when we made our rounds around SLS last Saturday.

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We spotted the Western Digital 4000KD giant at Storage Studio too. Priced wayyy
over a buck per GB, WD 4000KD features a 16MB Cache, spinning at 7200rpm on
a SATA-II interface.

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The 3.5” Hitachi 7K500 SATAII 7200RPM 16MB cache 500GB drive was also available
at Storage Studio. Priced at about $ 650, this is the first Hitachi SATA drive
to be using 16MB cache. Currently the fastest drive in the market, I am sure
many will be aching to know what this drive can do when you have a pair of these
on RAID 0.

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This device is excellent for those of you who want to expand your storage capacity.
Normally these devices are popular via a LAN connection but somehow the transfer
rate is usually limited by the LAN bandwidth for NAS. With this device you can
hook up to 5 SATA hard disks and connected via a SCSI interface. SCSI is still
the preferred interface for high-speed data transfer (other than Fibre Optics
which belongs to another genre altogether). A mini operating system is available
in this device and you can partition and do whatever you want with the hard
drive via a LAN connection. Users can set the device to automatically notify
them in times of hard drive failure. It’s priced at about $ 1600 without any
hard drives included.

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