Storage

The first Xbox Series S/X 1TB storage expansion card costs $220

A visualization shows how the expansion storage-card slots into the back of the Xbox Series X. Microsoft / Eurogamer It really does resemble an old PlayStation memory card in size and general shape. Seagate Seagate is already advertising its own version of the storage-expansion format. Seagate Back in March, we warned you that the proprietary …

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Apple’s braided Thunderbolt 3 cable costs $129

Apple Apple has started selling a high-end certified 40 Gbps Thunderbolt cable that’s either a real bargain or ridiculously expensive, depending on your point of view (via The Verge). The braided $129 Thunderbolt 3 Pro Cable supports the full Thunderbolt 3 spec, including DisplayPort video and 100 watt charging, while allowing for USB 3.1 Gen …

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TrueNAS Core will soon replace FreeNAS—and we test the beta

Enlarge Earlier this week, network-storage vendor iXsystems announced the release of TrueNAS 12.0-BETA1, which will replace FreeNAS later in 2020. The major offering of the new TrueNAS Core—like FreeNAS before it—is a simplified, graphically managed way to expose the features and benefits of the ZFS filesystem to end users. In the most basic environments, this …

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Western Digital adds “Red Plus” branding for non-SMR hard drives

Enlarge / The newer SMR-equipped small drives remain “Red”—while the CMR models will all become “Red Plus.” Western Digital Last night, a Western Digital executive reached out to Ars to let us know of a blog post concerning their controversial Red drives. The company is taking a new branding initiative to clarify the technology used …

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ZFS 101—Understanding ZFS storage and performance

Enlarge / No, you can’t actually buy Ironwolf disks with an OpenZFS logo on them—but since they’re guaranteed SMR-free, they are a solid choice. Jim Salter As we all enter month three of the COVID-19 pandemic and look for new projects to keep us engaged (read: sane), can we interest you in learning the fundamentals …

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