Scan's TekSpek

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To provide you with an overview on New And existing technologies, hopefully helping you understand the changes in the technology. Together with the overviews we hope to bring topical issues to light from a series of independent reviewers saving you the time And hassle of fact finding over the web.

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TekSpek Hard Drives
Intel PCI-E SSDs
Intel PCI-E SSDs
Date Issued: 07/04/2015

Perhaps the best PC innovation in the last 10 years has been the solid-state drive (SSD) used to store the operating system and programs on your computer. SSDs have begun to replace the older mechanical disks as the primary storage for the PC and it's not hard to see why.

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INTEL Enterprise SSDs
INTEL Enterprise SSDs
Date Issued: 07/04/2015

One of the greatest advances for PCs in recent years has been the introduction of solid-state drives (SSD). These storage drives hold information on flash memory that is managed by a processing chip called a controller. Advantages of SSDs over traditional spinning disks are numerous, from silent operation, lower power to significantly faster performance.

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SSDs - SLC vs MLC
SSDs - SLC vs MLC
Date Issued: 28/09/2011

You've learnt all about the virtues of solid-state drives in a previous guide, but today we're delving deeper by taking a look at the two types of NAND flash memory typically available in modern SSDs; SLC and MLC.

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Hard Drive Interfaces
Hard Drive Interfaces
Date Issued: 04/07/2011

HDDs, SSDs, PCIe, SATA II and SATA 6Gbps - what do they all mean, and which is right for you?

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SSDs
SSDs
Date Issued: 07/05/2010

Solid-state drives (SSDs) are fast becoming the must-have PC components of 2010. Serving as primary storage space for high-end computers, SSD's super-fast transfer rates and near-instant accesses offer genuine advantages over traditional spindle-based magnetic drives.

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Solid State Drives
Solid State Drives
Date Issued: 20/10/2008

This TekSpek explains what a solid-state drive is, how it works, where you’ll find it, and what the future holds for the increasingly popular storage medium.

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Perpendicular Recording
Perpendicular Recording
Date Issued: 20/10/2008

With hard disk capacities reaching some tough physical limits with longitudinal recording, as manufacturers struggle to improve aereal density of HDDs as they approach 1TB in capacity, the disk vendors have had to come up with better ways to pack data onto a disk’s platters.

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Intel Robson Technology
Intel Robson Technology
Date Issued: 20/10/2008

This TekSpek explains what Intel’s Robson technology is, why it matters and what currently supports it.

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PATA -vs- SATA
PATA -vs- SATA
Date Issued: 02/07/2008

Serial ATA, or SATA, is a relatively new storage technology that is now being adopted in computers. It is the successor to Parallel ATA. SATA allows for faster transfers between the hard disk and the system, uses thinner cables and is easier to physically install

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Filesystems
Filesystems
Date Issued: 19/06/2008

OK, so you’re savvy to hard disks. You know what interfaces they have, you know whether one will work in your computer or not, you even know the difference between a Gigabyte and a Gibibyte, but what are filesystems about?

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DAS & NAS
DAS & NAS
Date Issued: 14/06/2008

This TekSpek covers DAS and NAS, what they mean, what they’re used for and how they’re different. We’ll start by looking at the technology, then move on to the players in the market and how the market is moving forward.

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RAID
RAID
Date Issued: 14/06/2008

In this guide we will be examining a popular method used for increasing the performance and reliability of your hard drives and data storage

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