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Review, Tested: Verbatim Lifetime Archival (Millenniata/M-Disc) 4x BD-R 25Gb

Consumer grade optical storage has always been a bit of a gamble when it comes to reliability, especially when it comes to cheap commodity media and your ‘average’ drive compatibility, resulting in burns with uncertain lifetime if care isn’t taken … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Samsung 850 Pro 1TB (MZ-7KE1T0) Solid State Drive

One night, staying up late after doing some work, I caught the fact that eBay was having a 15% off “everything” sale. A few minutes later, a bright idea popped in my head, and almost equally as quickly, over AU$500 … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Lexar Professional Workflow DD512 (512Gb) USB 3.0 Storage Drive

One thing I really dislike is slow portable storage. While many manufacturers continue to pump out smaller and smaller USB flash drives at ever diminishing price points, one thing that never seems to satisfy is their performance. Even with advertised … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Fellowes Neato 2000 CD Labeler Kit

It’s the year 2000 and CD recording at home is a new development. Discs are expensive, and individually wrapped in retail packaging. These discs will have branding all over their faces and inserts. Printable discs didn’t really exist yet in … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: iomega ZIP 100 Parallel Port Drive (Mint in Package!)

My fellow readers who have been following for a while would know that I’m literally swimming in Zip disk gear. Amongst the things I’ve done include taking one apart, looking at the performance of the drive compared to its contemporary … Continue reading

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Mega Tech Flashback: Writable Optical Discs: MO, PD, DVD-RAM

[As it turns out, this is one of those posts I’ve always meant to do but never got around to it. It’s been sitting in my drafts box since March 2013, and I’m glad that I have now actually finished … Continue reading

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Project: Physically Damaged USB Drive Repair & Data Recovery

A while back, on 16th July, I was contacted by a fellow Sydneysider, and a fan of my blog with a request for help. While, ordinarily, I don’t respond to these, there was a rather long story behind this particular … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Astone ISO DOC-130 2.5″ & 3.5″ SATA II to USB 3.0 Dock

When you have a pile of small bare hard drives to use, giving them all a SATA port to use or an individual enclosure is prohibitively expensive. Maybe you have a hard drive to quickly test, or an occasional back-up … Continue reading

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Salvage: HTS541680J9SA00 80Gb HDD, Duracell AAA, Optus Cable Card & Alcatel-Lucent Home Cell

I’ve been occasionally accused of being a hoarder, which I suppose is true. The result of this is that I do end up collecting interesting tidbits, mostly broken things, which I can take apart and explore … or just admire … Continue reading

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Salvage, Teardown: ST3250310AS 250Gb & WD1600AAJS 160Gb Hard Drives

This post is a bit of a follow-on from last salvage posting. The undisclosed location provided many bits and pieces, including a large number of hard drives from (mostly) HP branded computers. Well, I suppose provided might not be the … Continue reading

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Salvage, Teardown: Seagate Cheetah 10K6 & 10K7 SCSI Ultra320 Hard Drives

A few weeks back, an undisclosed location had a technology waste “clean-up” which was definitely a golden opportunity for any tech-salvagist and word-inventor like myself. Interestingly, this salvage opportunity netted a few desktop computers, a sizable number of sticks of … Continue reading

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Review: Emtec Click 3.0 32Gb (ECMMD32GB103) USB 3.0 Flash Drive

The other day, when collecting a parcel from the post office, I came across a $10 or less “bargain bin” clearance. Within the bin, I managed to grab a Logitech K400r for $10, a Logitech m353 for $5 and this … Continue reading

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Slow Hard Drive? Things to Check

Since I posted my review article on the Seagate 8Tb Archive HDD, which uses SMR technology, I have had several readers complain that I was getting much better results in benchmarks than they were, and their numbers were much worse … Continue reading

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Review: Seagate Archive 8Tb 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive

Hard drive storage space is one thing which always seems to run out regardless of how much you have. Hard drive manufacturers have been working to push the capacity of perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) drives constantly, but have lately hit … Continue reading

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Warning: Don’t store Blu-ray discs in Sleeves & Heat Gun Revival Technique

Towards the end of last year, I posted a warning about not stacking Blu-ray blanks in sleeves, after being devastated at losing a good number of “fresh” blank TDK BD-R DL discs I paid a good amount for. It seemed … Continue reading

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Teardown, Optimization: Comsol 8Gb USB Flash Stick (AU6989SN-GT & SDTNRCAMA-008G)

A while back, I received a Comsol 8Gb USB Flash Stick for a test. As it turns out, I’ve managed to grab another, so I felt less bad about breaking one apart to work out what’s inside – and as … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Toshiba 32Gb UHS-I/Class 10 SDHC Card (SD-K032GR7AR30)

Just this week, I had a need to get some more 32Gb SDHC cards, preferably full size cards, at a good price for some short-haul work. I would expect these to be subjected to a lot of insertion/removal cycles, so … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Corsair Flash Voyager LS 32Gb USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Corsair has been a trusted name in DRAM memory for a long time, which resulted in a brand expansion into peripherals, accessories, power supplies and more. It seems like whatever Corsair puts their brand on is a product you can … Continue reading

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Opinion: Secure Digital – A Valuable but Frustrating Flash Card Format

Given how many devices nowadays rely on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards, it’s not expected that I could say anything bad about them right? Well, as valuable as the format is, there are some frustrations with it, which I will … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Comsol 8Gb USB 2.0 Flash Stick (UF4-8000)

USB flash drives are one of the most ubiquitous storage devices, this one was anonymously donated to me for some testing. It’s not a particularly special looking drive, but it is one that’s available on the market today – it … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Sandisk Cruzer U 16Gb USB Flash Drive

This one comes courtesy of my aunt, who offered this to me as a gift. As part of commissioning my gear, I always give it a test, so I thought I might as well document it in case someone’s interested … Continue reading

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Notes: Transcend SSD340 Vendor Specific SMART Attributes

Having reviewed the Jmicron JMF667H based Transcend SSD340, one of my biggest frustrations was the lack of documented SMART data variables. Even to this date, CrystalDiskInfo still does not understand the vast majority of the attributes which are Vendor Specific … Continue reading

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Notes: Transcend SSD340 Firmware Update SVN423c

Since my review of the Transcend SSD340 back in August, it seems that Transcend has offered a firmware update. My SSD shipped with firmware SVN423b, and the latest version available from Transcend’s website is SVN423c. Unfortunately, Transcend have not elected … Continue reading

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Warning: Don’t Stack Blank BD-R DL Discs in Sleeves!

Normally, I do posts reviewing products, random thoughts or experimenting with things. But this time, this is probably one of my first cautionary articles based on what just happened to me. The Story On 25th December 2013, about a year … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Sandisk Ultra 128Gb UHS-I microSDXC Card

I was pretty disappointed to have been dudded in my first attempt to get a hold of a 128Gb microSDXC card, but I won’t let an eBay fake stop me. After all, Sandisk products are supposed to be high quality. … Continue reading

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Quick Review: *FAKE* Sandisk Ultra 128Gb UHS-I MicroSDXC Card

The holiday periods around Christmas are a big time for shopping and spending, and one of the hottest items is undoubtedly electronics. Unfortunately, for those who aren’t as wise or careful, it’s also an opportune time to be scammed with … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Toshiba Exceria 64Gb UHS-I Class 3 microSDXC Card (SD-C064GR7VW060A)

Our demand for storage is pretty much insatiable, but companies continue to roll out new products which are larger, faster and sometimes even cheaper than before. Of note is the proliferation of microSD-slots in Android and Windows phones, tablets as … Continue reading

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Real or Fake? The Lexar 600x 64Gb MicroSDXC Card Mystery

A few weeks back, eBay had a 15% off everything sale on a Sunday, and I was feeling like I needed to make the most of it. There wasn’t too many things I could really need but I did decide … Continue reading

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An SSD in a USB 3.0 Enclosure: Part 3 – Sandisk Extreme II & Transcend SSD340 (again)

For those who are interested in the topic, they might also want to see Part 1 and Part 2 to better understand the caveats and limitations, as it will put this article in a better context. So far, I’ve been … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Sandisk Extreme II 480Gb Solid-State Drive (SDSSDXP-480G)

I think there’s no doubt that I love solid state drives. Can’t have enough of them. While on a “per gigabyte” basis, they look expensive compared to hard drives, their true economy is in saving time and improving performance. To … Continue reading

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