Friday, August 30, 2013

ICY News: Recover Data Launches Windows Data Recovery Software 3.0

"Selective recovery, find files and resume recovery
Recover Data Pvt. Limited has launched Windows Data Recovery Software version 3.0.

The software incorporates features to perform selective file recovery, find feature to locate the files, and resume the recovery process at a later stage.

It helps in retrieving data lost due to accidental formatting, power failure, HDD crash, registry corruption, boot record corruption, processor inconsistency, RAM errors, motherboard malfunctions, OS inconsistency, logical errors, physical damage, and system application errors. In addition, it possess ability to recover data lost due to emptying of recycle bin or by using Shift+Delete keys."

Link to the entire Article(StorageNewsLetter): Recover Data Launches Windows Data Recovery Software 3.0

Thursday, August 29, 2013

ICY News: History: Milestones in HDD Capacity

From 5MB in 1956 to 4TB today 
 Year Maker Model  Capacity More Than
 1956 IBM 350 Ramac    5MB    1MB
 1961 Bryant 4240   90MB   50MB
 1965 IBM 2302-3  100MB  100MB
 1974 IBM 3330-11 Iceberg  200MB  200MB
 1975 STC 8800 Super Disk  880MB  500MB
 1981 IBM 3380 1.26GB    1GB
 2001 Seagate Barracuda 180  182GB  100GB
 2005 Hitachi GST 7K500  500GB  500GB
 2006 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10  750GB  750GB
 2007 Hitachi GST 7K1000    1TB    1TB
 2008 Seagate Barracuda 7200.11   1.5TB   1.5TB
 2009 WD Caviar Green WD20EADS    2TB    2TB
 2010 Seagate External GoFlex Desk    3TB    3TB
 2012 Hitachi GST 7K4000    4TB    4TB

 (Source: Disk/Trend and
Now everybody is at 4TB, Tohiba, Seagate, WD as well as its subsidiary HGST; The first 5TB and 6TB HDDs are expected next year in 3.5" form factor.

     First HDD Form Factor Introduction

Form factor Year introducedCompany
 39-inch 1961 Bryant Computer
 24-inch 1956 IBM
 14-inch 1963 IBM
 10.5-inch 1981 Fujitsu
 9.5-inch 1988 Hitachi
 8.8-inch 1984 Hitachi
 8.0-inch 1979 Shugart Associates
 6.5-inch 1993 Hitachi
 5.25-inch 1980 Seagate
 3.5-inch 1983 Rodime
 3.0-inch 1996 JTS
 2.5-inch 1988 PrairieTek
 1.8-inch 1991 Intégral Peripherals
 1.5-inch 1991 Ecol.2
 1.3-inch 1992 HP
 1.0-inch 1999 IBM
 0.85-inch 2004 Toshiba
  (Sources: Disk/Trend and

Hard drive industries are growing rapidly with more capacity and smaller form factor. Almost every user have high capacity HDD nowadays that its not a necessity to purchase multiple small capacity drives since it would be a waste of space for extra drive. To keep safe and secure with high capacity HDDs, getting an enclosure to protect the drives may be the best solution to prevent loss of any data. 

Link to entire Article from StorageNewsletter: History: Milestones in HDD Capacity 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

ICY News: Kingston SSDNow E50 for Data Centers Announced

"Kingston is announcing the forthcoming SSDNow E50, the company’s latest enterprise-class SSD engineered with affordable NAND for applications that do not have heavy endurance requirements. The SSDNow E50 will be positioned as the less-expensive sibling to the previously announced SSDNow E100, which features 30K NAND that is more suited for write-intensive server environments than the E50. According to Kingston, the SSDNow E50 is oriented towards caching, transactional processing, and improving the performance of virtualized applications - all while reducing the overall cost of ownership. "

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

ICY News: Intel Set to Enable Overclocking of Solid-State Drives.

"It is possible to overclock nearly everything these days. Microprocessors, graphics cards, memory; even game consoles and smartphones can be overclocked. As it appears, it is also possible to overclock solid-state drives (SSDs). In fact, Intel Corp. plans to demonstrate how to boost performance of SSDs yourself at the upcoming Intel Developer Forum next month."
How reliable will it be to overclock SSDs? Will you over clock your SSDs?

 Link to the entire Article: Intel Set to Enable Overclocking of Solid State Drives

Monday, August 26, 2013

EZ-DOCK MB981U3S-1S review - posted by

ICYDOCK EZ-Dock MB981U3S Storage

Docking Station Review

For those of you that have stacks of hard drive laying in archive, the single greatest invention to come in the last ten years is the docking station. There is also no shortage of these solutions, as each manufacturer has put their own personal spin on it.

The MB981U3S is the latest in ICYDOCK's EZ-DOCK line-up of, you guessed it: docking stations. The ICYDOCK MB981U3S is single bay docking station that offers dual connectivity through eSATA at 3Gbps and USB 3.0 at 5Gbps. With support for both 2.5" and 3.5" SSDs and HDDs, the EZ-Dock employs a unique two part dust cover to keep the internals clean. ICYDOCK warranties the EZ-Dock for a period of three years..........Read More

Thursday, August 22, 2013

ICY News: Introducing SSD Endurance Test

"Despite the perks, SSDs have a dirty little secret. Their flash memory may be inherently robust, but it's also fundamentally weak. Writing data erodes the nano-scale structure of the individual memory cells, imposing a ceiling on drive life that can be measured in terabytes. SSDs are living on borrowed time. The question is: how much?"

To read this article from The Tech Report, click on:
Introducing the SSD Endurance Experiment

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

ICY News: Faster than Flash Memory Cells?

"The device is based on the principles of resistive memory, which can be used to create memory cells that are smaller, operate at a higher speed and offer more storage capacity than flash memory cells, the current industry standard. Terabytes, not gigabytes, will be the norm with resistive memory." 

Link to entire Article: Advancing Resistive Memory Faster & More Capacity Than flash Memory Cells

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

FatCage MB153SP-B video review - posted by CazuaLLUK

Published on Aug 19, 2013

Icy Dock MB153SP-B Hot-Swap 3.5" SATA HDD Backplane Module [Review]

Youtub link:

Monday, August 19, 2013

ICY News: Special Reports on Annual Flash Memory Summit

"The annual Flash Memory Summit convened at the Santa Clara Convention Center on August 13-15 in Santa Clara, CA. There were more exhibitors and attendees this year with the unofficial attendee count at around 5,000. All of the major players were present in one form or another, and took the opportunity to showcase their latest products and technology."

Samsung has introduced that their upcoming Samsung 3D NAND SSD which will provide "2x the density in the same lithography, 20% faster write speed, 40% improvement in power consumption, and 10x in endurance cycle". Samsung has not release any real performance data until the production in 2014.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

EZConvert Pro MB982IP-1S-1 review (Tested with Toshiba 12Gb/s SSD) - posted by

Icy Dock MB982IP-1S-1 Review - Tested with Toshiba 12Gb/s SSD

The migration to smaller 2.5" HDD's and SSD's has created a need for quality converters for enterprise applications. In many cases, extensive existing infrastructure would require a large investment to replace, and that is not always an option.

Utilizing SSDs in the server has become far more commonplace as complex caching and tiering systems are becoming more widespread. Placing SSDs on the other end of a networking connection in NAS and SAN environments is not always the best option. The key to getting the most performance out of flash solutions is to keep the SSD's as close to the processor as possible, maximizing performance, and keeping latency as low as possible.

The same approach with more energy efficient 2.5" HDD's also necessitates the use of drive bay converters to continue the use of existing servers.

In order to deliver a solution that allows the easy placement of the SSDs into the server requires a product that does not hamper the performance of the underlying storage. Many of the available drive-bay converters on the market can hamper the performance of the HDD or SSD, defeating the purpose of keeping the flash in the server in the first place.

The Icy Dock MB982IP-1S-1 is designed to provide that easy conversion from a 2.5" to a 3.5" drive with absolutely no impact to the performance of the underlying storage solution..........Read More

EZConvert Pro MB982IP-1S-1:

Friday, August 16, 2013

ICY News: New USB 3.1 & SATA 3.2 Specification Announced

Both USB and SATA have become the most common connectors on almost every computer. Finally both USB and SATA have stepped up to meet consumers' demand for faster transfer speed. Ever since 2008, the USB 3.0 was able to obtain up to 5Gb/s transfer rate, now USB has gladly announced the new USB 3.1 specification that is able to reach 10 Gb/s transfer rate. On the other hand, the SATA 3.2 introduces SATA Express, boosting the transferring speed for storage devices from 6Gb/s to a blazing speed 16Gb/s. The product release date has not been announced yet; however, based on their previous release dates, rumors have been spreading around that it will probably take around 2 years to make an appearance in the market.  Let us know what you think about the new USB 3.1 & SATA 3.2.

Link to USB 3.1 Announcement - USB 3.1 Press Announcement

Link to SATA 3.2 Announcement - SATA 3.2 Press Announcement