“Solid-state drives have recently become more prominent on the mobile front, where their low power consumption and robust shock tolerance are clear advantages over the mechanical monarchy. Densities are up and prices are falling, too, allowing for budget models that won’t have you pondering auctioning off a kidney. The latest mechanical mobile drives are hardly dinosaurs, though. Perpendicular recording has done wonders, enabling the latest 2.5″ disks to spin an impressive 320GB at 7,200 RPM, with 16MB of cache riding shotgun—that was a well-equipped 3.5” desktop drive a couple of years ago.
The obvious questions, then, are how these two competing storage technologies stack up and which is right for you. In search of answers, we’ve rounded up seven 2.5″ mobile drives, including SSDs from OCZ, Samsung, and Super Talent, and traditional mechanical drives from Seagate and Western Digital. Read on for the enlightening results of this battle between machines and memory.”
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- External Hard Drives: How To Carry Your Life With You (And Why You’d Want To) @ TechwareLabs
- WD My Passport Studio 250GB USB Mac Review @ ASE Labs
- Patriot Xporter XT 4 GB Ruggedized Flash Drive @ TechwareLabs
- Crucial 32GB Solid State Drive Review @ DriverHeaven
- The State of Solid State @ TweakTown
- QNAP NVR-1012 @ Bjorn3D
- Ineo NA307 & NA302Ue Hard Drive Enclosures Review @ Hardware Canucks
Source: The Tech Report
Gifted with an overabundance of energy, The Tech Report rounded up 7 mobile drives. There are three SSDs; OCZ’s 64GB SATA II, the Samsung FlashSSD 64GB and Super Talent’s MasterDrive MX 60GB, plus four platter based drives, the 250GB Seagate Momentus 5400.4 and 320GB versions of the Seagate Momentus 7200.3 and Western Digital’s Scorpio Blue and Caviar Scorpio Black 320GB. See which drives will give you the best mobile experience in their full review.