DAS

The external storage market has experienced rapid growth over the last few years, particularly in the retail consumer segment. It has been fueled in part by advancements in bus-powered flash-based storage devices. Thunderbolt SSDs are at the top in terms of both performance and price, but the last few years have seen various high-end portable SSDs with a USB interface. The USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20Gbps) ecosystem has been slowly gaining traction, with Kingston's XS2000 portable SSD being the latest to join the device lineup. Based on Silicon Motion's new SM232x family of UFD (USB flash drive) controllers, the product family offers full Gen 2x2 performance while consuming a fraction of the power needed by similar solutions currently in the market. Silicon Motion sent across the...

Samsung Launches Portable SSD T7 Touch with Fingerprint Security

Samsung's mass-market external drive, the Portable SSD T-series, was last updated in August 2017 with the introduction of the T5 with 64-layer V-NAND. The Portable SSD T5 came with...

8 by Ganesh T S on 1/8/2020

Seagate Expands External Flash Storage Lineup with FireCuda Gaming SSD and BarraCuda Fast SSD

Late last year, Seagate had launched the FireCuda Gaming Dock, a 4TB external hard drive / Thunderbolt 3 dock with a Titan Ridge controller. It stood out in the...

13 by Ganesh T S on 1/6/2020

OWC Launches ThunderBay 4 Mini DAS: 4 SATA Bays With SoftRAID, Up to 1.5 GB/s

OWC has introduced a new small form factor high performance, high redundancy DAS for the professional market. The ThunderBay 4 Mini incorporates 4 2.5-inch storage bays, allowing it to...

29 by Anton Shilov on 12/16/2019

WD My Passport 5TB DAS Review: Compact and Consistent Capacity Champ Gets SMR Right

Cost-conscious consumers with bulk storage requirements need to rely on hard drives. On the portable front, HDD vendors have been using 2.5" drives in external bus-powered enclosures to serve...

27 by Ganesh T S on 10/3/2019

CRU ioSafe Solo Hawk Rugged SSD Review

ioSafe's disaster-resistant solutions cater to an important niche in the storage market. In mid-2018, the company was acquired by CRU. The Solo Hawk Rugged SSD is one of the...

14 by Ganesh T S on 9/4/2019

ADATA’s HM800 DAS: Up to 8 TB, Up to 250 MB/s, Smart TV Recording

ADATA has introduced a new external hard drive that combines high capacities, high performance, as well as advanced functionality. The ADATA HM800 DAS supports Smart TV recording capability, one-touch...

12 by Anton Shilov on 6/28/2019

Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB & Backup Plus Slim 2TB Review: SMR for the Consumer Market

Hard drives continue to remain the storage media of choice for cost-conscious consumers with bulk storage requirements. HDD vendors have typically used their 2.5" drives for bus-powered high-capacity models...

63 by Ganesh T S on 6/18/2019

LaCie d2 Professional 10TB Direct-Attached Storage Capsule Review

Seagate has a number of direct-attached storage (DAS) products for content creators under the LaCie brand. The LaCie d2 Professional, introduced last year, is an external hard drive with...

14 by Ganesh T S on 4/29/2019

LaCie Portable SSD and WD My Passport SSD Capsule Review: 2TB SATA SSDs Behind a USB Bridge

The emergence of 3D TLC flash has enabled a new class of budget-friendly bus-powered external SSDs. Flash memory has also seen a recent drop in prices, and this has...

5 by Ganesh T S on 4/19/2019

Quick Look: Using WD's Black SN750 SSD as a Thunderbolt 3 External Drive

External SSDs with a Thunderbolt 3 interface are still the only option for users looking to get high-end performance in a bus-powered portable device. These SSDs have become possible...

9 by Ganesh T S on 1/18/2019

Western Digital at CES 2019: External Flash Storage Solutions Showcased

In addition to the SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD and the 4TB thumb drive prototype demonstration, Western Digital also had announcements related to a couple of additional external flash...

5 by Ganesh T S on 1/8/2019

SanDisk's Mainstream Extreme PRO Portable SSD Goes NVMe

At CES 2019, Western Digital demonstrated a number of direct-attached flash solutions. Out of all the showcased items with imminent retail availability, one deserves separate mention. Under the SanDisk...

8 by Ganesh T S on 1/8/2019

MyDigitalSSD Pocket Vault Express (PVX) Thunderbolt 3 1TB SSD Capsule Review

The emergence of NVMe SSDs in the compact M.2 form-factor, along with the increasing popularity of Thunderbolt 3, has enabled a new class of portable high-performance flash storage devices...

12 by Ganesh T S on 10/5/2018

Kingston HyperX Savage EXO External SSD Capsule Review

Kingston had announced plans at the 2018 CES for a high-performance external SSD targeting the gaming market. The HyperX Savage EXO USB 3.1 Gen 2 SSD went on sale...

3 by Ganesh T S on 10/2/2018

Seagate Fast SSD and SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD 1TB USB 3.1 DAS Review

The advent of 3D TLC flash and high-speed interfaces such as USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Thunderbolt 3 has resulted in a number of economical high-performance direct-attached storage devices...

17 by Ganesh T S on 9/27/2018

The Samsung Portable SSD X5 Review - Thunderbolt 3 and NVMe in a Premium Enclosure

Samsung is launching their first Thunderbolt 3 SSD, the Portable SSD X5, today. It places an OEM version of their 970 EVO NVMe SSD behind an Alpine Ridge controller...

23 by Ganesh T S on 8/28/2018

The Patriot Evlvr Portable Thunderbolt 3 1TB SSD Capsule Review

Phison introduced a reference design for entry-level Thunderbolt 3 SSDs at the 2018 CES. Patriot was one of the first to announce a product based on the reference design...

19 by Ganesh T S on 7/23/2018

A DIY Portable Thunderbolt 3 SSD with the TEKQ Rapide and SanDisk Extreme Pro

The emergence of NVMe SSDs in the compact M.2 form-factor, coupled with the rising popularity of Thunderbolt 3, has enabled a new class of portable high-performance flash storage devices...

14 by Ganesh T S on 7/10/2018

OWC Ships ThunderBlade External SSDs, Touts SoftRAID Tech for 3800 MB/s Speeds

OWC this week began to ship its ThunderBlade external SSDs with a Thunderbolt 3 interface. The new DAS can deliver up to 2800 MB/s read speeds, which is beyond...

10 by Anton Shilov on 4/13/2018

G-Technology Unveils G-Speed, G-Drive Pro External SSDs: High Speed DAS For Workstations

G-Technology this week introduced its new families of external SSDs featuring a Thunderbolt 3 interface, up to 16 TB capacity, and 2800 MB/s sustained throughput. The new DAS from...

6 by Anton Shilov on 4/12/2018

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