As arstechnica.com reports, the Intel corporation has officially launched the new X18-M and X25-M solid-storage devices that are customized for portable computers and desktops. Intel’s SSD is uses NAND flash memory built on MLC technology instead of a single level cell (SLC) design. At the moment, X18-M (1.8 inches) and X25-M (2.5 inches) have 80 Gb capacity. The reading speed of the device is 250 Mb/sec; recording speed is 70 Mb/sec. The device is connectible to a computer via a Serial ATA interface. These new Intel’s SSDs demonstrate very high level of operating speed results. In addition, these SSDs substantially decrease power consumption and are more reliable than machines which contain moveable parts. By the end of the year, Intel plans to introduce 160 Gb SSDs. Furthermore, in the near future the X25-E Extreme model for high-end servers will be released. This SSD will be built on single level cell technology, with reading speed 250 Mb/sec and 170 Mb/sec.

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Corner Bowl Software Corporation a new version of a powerful software product intended for hard drive monitoring has been released. The program is intended for system administrators and enables to track performance of several hard drives simultaneously. DiskMonitor enables to automatically locate all available networks, and then displays a list of all the hard drives. One can choose from the list the monitors to be monitored, and specify the events, the occurrence of which should be treated by the program as a system failure. The notifications about incorrect functioning can be e-mailed, as well as stored as reports that are exportable to such formats as CSV and XML. The program can also track the folders a user works with, as well as the disk objects one uses. The new version of the product has a new interface, supports new types of reports and actions. The engine of the program has been optimized.

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Western Digital has been flaunting its VelociRaptor for some time now, but the drive you’ve been slamming into towers is now available for low-power, high-performance blade server applications. The 2.5-inch, 10,000RPM enterprise SATA drive (WD3000BLFS) is specially designed to fit snugly within 1U and 2U rack servers, and aside from consuming 35% less power than the previous Raptor drive, this one is available with up to 300GB of capacity. You’ll also find 16MB of cache and a 1.4 million mean time before failure rating, though you won’t be able to procure one until later this month for an undisclosed price.

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SanDisk introduced new write-once memory cards Secure Digital (SD). These unusual devices were named SD WORM (Write Once Read Many). According to developers, the new SD cards will impact industries where unalterable content is essential, and can be applied in anything from police investigations, to court testimonies, electronic voting, etc. SanDisk assures customers that there is “no physical way to alter or delete individual recorded files”. The SD Worm cards will be compatible with any computer gear that supports the Secure Digital format. In the right storage conditions, the cards will last up to 100 years. Some analysts predict that the SD WORM will replace analogue storages like photofilm. SanDisk is eager to get a support from SD association to approve the new specification as an industry standard. At the moment, only 128MB iteration is available although larger versions are well on their way to the market.

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Kroll Ontrack, the leading provider of data recovery and legal technologies, conceived and developed capabilities specifically designed to recover folders and files on all types of VMware systems, a capability that is invaluable in cases of data loss. Virtualization allows a single system to run several operating systems simultaneously, increasing usage and flexibility. While there are space-saving, environmental and cost benefits to virtualization and server consolidation, having a set of complete data in one place can leave businesses vulnerable to substantial data loss. Kroll Ontrack can successfully recover lost data on the following VMware systems VMware Infrastructure 2 & 3 (ESX Server, VMFS), VMware Server, and all versions of VMware® Workstation. In addition, Kroll Ontrack has also developed tools to successfully recover from flash media, SSD’s and LTO tapes. For example, Kroll Ontrack can bypass end of tape markers, which often hinder successful recoveries from these storage devices.

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According to bit-tech.net, Western Digital is working on a 20,000 RPM Raptor hard drive to combat the ever-increasing pressure from SSD manufacturers. As the experts claim, SSDs are going to be affordable in the next year. HD manufacturers are starting to get concerned about what such SSD’s could do to the market in the near future, especially in the sectors where performance is more important than storage capacity. Western Digital’s Raptor will be very similar to the recently-released VelociRaptor (a 2.5in drive with a custom 3.5in housing system). The drive will be ’silent,’ in spite of the impressive spindle speed (20,000 RPM). The device manages to be so quiet thanks to new improvements in housing technology, which work both as a heatsink and as a noise inhibitor.

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DiskInternals Access Recovery repairs corrupted Microsoft Access databases, and restores or recovers Access 2000-2007 .mdb and .accdb database files from damaged disks. Unlike other database recovery tools, DiskInternals Access Recovery’s capabilities aren’t limited to fixing database headers or repairing damaged structures; the program actually reconstructs the entire structure of a database by splitting it record by record, and assembling the records into a new database. The built-in Uneraser engine makes it possible to automatically restore deleted databases. The PowerSerch engine thoroughly scans the surface of the hard drive to locate all MS Access files on the disk. Even if the disk is damaged, reformatted, or its file system is corrupted, the program is capable of detecting and recovering Access files. One of the new features of the program is the support of Microsoft Money .mny databases.

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Samsung introduces a new 256GB solid-state drive. Simply called the 256GB FlashSSD, the Serial ATA drive reads in-order data at 200MB per second, or double the rate of Samsung’s past 128GB drive. It also boosts write speeds, often a bottleneck on solid-state drives, from 70MB per second to 160MB. The real advancement, Samsung says, is in the manufacturing process. Past drives, including the 128GB model, have depended on flash memory using a single-level cell storage technique. The 256GB drive is a switch to multi-level cell storage that apparently solves the problems of the format. The new drive controller not only gives it the same speed as single-level storage but also adorns it with longevity (about a million hours worth). As it’s more efficient in storing data, the multi-level cell technology is also “considerably” less expensive to produce, though Samsung has stopped short of revealing the exact difference. Samsung plans a 1.8-inch version of the 256GB drive that will ship before the end of the year, and has been Apple’s sole choice for the MacBook Air’s solid-state drive to date: a 64GB drive is used inside Air models configured with the SSD storage option.

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Seagate released the first of a 1.5TB hard drive for desktop computers. The jump from 1TB to 1.5TB is the “largest capacity hard drive jump in the more than half-century history of hard drives”, according to Seagate. The revolution was possible thanks to the perpendicular data recording technology (PMR). The hard drive Barracuda 7200.11 works with desktops, workstations, RAID-massives, game/hi-end computers and external memory devices that support USB/FireWire/eSATA interfaces. The Serial ATA interface (3GB/sec) provides high speed of data transferring (up to 120 MB/sec for fast downloads, launching of applications and access to information. The hard disk’s capacity varies from 1.5TB to 160 GB with cash memory capacity 32Mb and 16Mb. The 1.5Tb disks Momentus 5400.6 and Momentus 7200.4 with spindle speed 5400 RPM and 7200 RPM are designed for notebooks, external harddrives and other solutions that require physically small disks.

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Avira announces the new release of its AntiVir products with an incredibly fast virus scanner, AntiVir Scan Engine 8. The new versions boast a graphical user interface with a vertical menu system that provides easier and faster access to the features. The new antivirus engine has increased performance by 20%. The new versions are also strengthened by the new WebGuard module intended for examination of the http-based Internet traffic; the module automatically blocks phishing and malware URLs. The update process has also has been simplifed: a reporting function informs the user about new updates to choose from. The new AntiBot function of the Avira Premium Security Suite tracks all email content, preventing against the improper usage of the computer. The business solution AntiVir Professional also boasts great performance results: the integrated MailGuard tests incoming and outgoing e-mail for viruses and has an option to create white lists.

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