2010 Gift Guide for Storage Geeks

If that someone special in your life has storage on their mind come the holidays, we may be able to help with gift ideas. With ideas ranging from the very affordable (free) to very expensive (skipping a few mortgage payments), we've combed the world of storage procurement so you don't have to.

Up to $100

This category seems to be the sweet spot for this holiday season. There are more Linux storage gift ideas in this category than any other and I had to cut things short to make sure I finished this article in time for Christmas!

The widest selection of ideas for this category are hard drives. Naked, unadulterated, hard drive storage capacity. There are lots of options so I will list them in a table below to make it easier to make your decision on what to buy me your loved ones this holiday season. I’m going to start with 2.5″ drives since these are dropping so rapidly in price.

Table 2 – Hard Drives in the $100 and under Category

Name Form Factor Capacity Speed Cache Interface Price
Seagate Momentus ST906403N1A1AS-RK 2.5″ 640GB 5,400 RPM 8MB SATA 3.0 Gb/s $109.99
SAMSUNG SpinPoint MT2 HM100UI 2.5″ 1TB 5,400 RPM 8MB SATA 3.0 Gb/s $106.17
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 3.5″ 2TB 5,400 RPM 32MB SATA 3.0 Gb/s $99.99
Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 3.5″ 2TB No Speed given but presumed to be 5,400 RPM 64MB SATA 3.0 Gb/s $99.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3R HE103SJ 3.5″ 1TB 7,200 RPM 32MB SATA 3.0 Gb/s $99.99
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 3.5″ 640GB 7,200 RPM 64MB SATA 6.0 Gb/s $69.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 3.5″ 1TB 7,200 RPM 32MB SATA 6.0 Gb/s $74.99
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 3.5″ 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB SATA 3.0 Gb/s $79.99

Notice that there is a wide range of capacities and/or performance.

The first two drives are 2.5″ drives that have fairly large capacities but are a little over the $100 limit (but not by much).

The next two drives are 2TB SATA drives. The first one, the Samsung, is a 5,400 rpm drive but is only $99.99! The second drive from Western Digital is a 2TB drive running at 5,400 rpm, but has a whopping 64MB cache for $99.99! Then there is a 1TB drive at 7,200 rpm for $99.99 (Samsung).

The next two drives both have the 6.0 Gbps SATA interface and are both from Western Digital. The first drive, the Caviar Black WD6402AAEX is a 640GB drive at 7,200 rpm with a monster 64MB cache for $69.99! The second drive, the Caviar Blue WD10EALX, is a 1TB drive at 7,200 rpm with a slightly smaller cache of 32MB for $74.99.

The last drive is a bit different. I looked for a really fast drive (higher rpm) with a price below $100 or as close as possible. The Western Digital Velociraptor WD150HLFS, is a 10,000 rpm drive with more conventional SATA 3.0 Gbps interface. It has a 150GB capacity but is much faster than the typical SATA drive and is under our $100 limit at $79.99.

In addition to hard drives, the “under $100″ category opens up all kinds of possibilities for SSD’s. There are lots of choices under $100 during this holiday season that range from a paltry capacity of 30GB that is still a decent drive to 64GB. But my personal favorite SSD at the moment are any drive that has a SandForce controller or an Intel controller.

The reason why I like the SandForce controller is that it has some cool features (one in particular). SSD’s based on this controller have real-time data compression (now that’s cool). Depending upon the “compressibility” of the data, you can greatly speed up write operations since less data has to be written.

The reason I like Intel controllers is that they are really, really fast – about the fastest controllers without data compression. Many of the Intel model SSD’s also have the TRIM command in their firmware, making them a better choice for later Linux kernels (later than 2.6.33) and certain Linux file systems (e.g. ext4 and btrfs) that can use the TRIM command for the benefit of performance and longevity (reduction of the write amplification factor).

In the sub-$100 category my favorite SSD is the 64GB SandForce drive at Microcenter. You have to pick it up in the store (I happen to live close to one and I’ve heard that St. Louis recently opened a MicroCenter) but if you have one close you can get a very fast SF-1222 based SSD with a massive 64GB of capacity (that’s massive for SSD’s in this price range) for only $99.99. It’s an MLC based SATA SSD (3.0 Gbps) but it combines the uber-cool SandForce controller with some potentially screaming performance with 64GB of capacity for $100. You can beat it. If you are near a MicroCenter store, run, don’t walk, but crawl if you have to, and buy one of these bad-boys. You definitely won’t regret it.

Other than drives there are also a couple of pretty cool holiday gifts in this price category for the storage loving Linux profesional on your holiday gift list. One of them is a drive cage that you can insert into those empty 5.25″ bays in the front of your desktop. The SNT SNT-SAC3051TL 5 x 3.5″ HDD in 3 x 5.25″ Bay SAS/SATA Trayless Backplane Hot Swap RAID Cage in Figure 13, gives you five 3.5″ drives in the space of three 5.25″ bays.

SNT_raid_case.png
Figure 13: SNT-SAC3051TL RAID Cage

Since most desktop cases already have a huge number of open bays, this is a great way to get more drive space into your case. Some of the cool features of this unit are:

  • Two 50mm fans for extra cooling
  • Trayless design (you pop the drives in like floppy drives or tape cartridges
  • The drives are hot-swap

For a price of $78.99 this is one great rate RAID case.

The last gift idea in the $100 or under category is also a RAID Cage but with a slight twist that any deserving Linux storage person would love. The Addonics AE4RCS25NSA-A Storage Bay Adapter allows you to take an empty 5.25″ bay that you have in the front of your desktop case, and adapt it to use four 2.5″ drives! (see Figure 14 below).

Addonics_4SA.png
Figure 14: Addonics AE4RCS25NSA-A Storage Bay Adapter

It doesn’t have a trayless design but being able to put four 2.5″ drives in a 5.25″ bay gives you a great deal of storage. The price, $60.24 is very reasonable for this type of RAID cage (plus the drives are hot-swappable!).

Up to $300

Comments on "2010 Gift Guide for Storage Geeks"

bofh999

Obiviously if you buy a new storageunti you have to make plans for your old one…

Here are my ideas *g*
first
http://www.periphman.com/img/hd-3-degausser.jpg
and then
http://www.periphman.com/img/pages/PD-4-Data-Destroyer.jpg

lol

PS: im not assosiated with that compnay which offers those just found the pictures there …

Reply
jasanlan

Be careful -the OCZ RevoDrive 120GB numbers look impressive, but the real performance may be really disappointing:

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/storage/2010/09/03/ocz-revodrive-review-120gb/1

Reply
keith.reed

Great list, especially the OCZ PCI SSD for $300. Why no room for a hybrid drive on the list?

Reply
luciyahelan

I appreciate the concern which is been rose. The things need to be sorted out because it is about the individual but it can be with everyone. I like this particular article It gives me an additional input on the information around the world Thanks a lot and keep going with posting such information.
======================
Fixed Rate Mortgages

Reply

monster beats australia
billige nike air ken griffey max tennissko kvinder billige nike air ken griffey max Lami sort http://www.w.owr.at/page/nikefreeskoidanmark.php?danmark=1

Reply

2010 Gift Guide for Storage Geeks | Linux Magazine
[url=http://www.ge898u02b119qc41922nz4tb1zye9grrs.org/]ukcsdpklob[/url]
akcsdpklob
kcsdpklob http://www.ge898u02b119qc41922nz4tb1zye9grrs.org/

Reply

Just obtained my quite very first elder scrolls online gold today, Definitely enjoy them! They may be so soft, vogue, pleasant and lovable! Highly suggest. Price the price tag.

Reply

The Ten MostBizarre bag Secrets-and-cheats… And How To Make use of them !

Reply

Those things Every one Need To Know With Regards To bag Internet business

Reply

Everyone loves my best elder scrolls online gold! In include numerous partners. elder scrolls online gold in good shape my favorite ft correctly. (I wish you actually offered a much more water resistant release to bring if in down pours or possibly when the perfect is without a doubt reducing. We now have crushed stone time of year with Colonial, maybe one thing by using natural leather about the. I believe I really discovered one within the you will be able elder scrolls online gold for Taos. It tested out however it decided not to can be purchased sufficiently small to keep a over all size.

Reply

Everything that Absolutely everyone Ought To Know In Regards To The bag Industry

Reply

2010 Gift Guide for Storage Geeks | Linux Magazine
nike airmax 90

Reply

Fully grasp who’s speaking about bag and also precisely why you should feel concerned.

Reply

I had All of the Silver ONES Simply because elder scrolls online goldRE Distinctive, Without a doubt Produce BOLD Announcement. I recommend These types of With regard to What person Doesn’t necessarily MIND Staying in Center of Recognition Lmao.

Reply

2010 Gift Guide for Storage Geeks | Linux Magazine

Reply

bag Got You Straight down? We Have Got The Response

Reply

2010 Gift Guide for Storage Geeks | Linux Magazine replica bags

Reply

Option Well being Medicine: Will it Be employed by Everyone

Reply

2010 Gift Guide for Storage Geeks | Linux Magazine
ray ban diamond hard

Reply

2010 Gift Guide for Storage Geeks | Linux Magazine
buy ray ban

Reply

You have made your way to the site a spot regarding roses who were in any near by clarifying. Possessing was living from a desert loaded commune for instance Suna for the earliest 5yrs you have ever had, in the end you relished calming not to mention sightseeing and tour of the productive Konoha. Your hands scarcely cleaned in opposition to an important petal while you were feeling a name on your side.

Reply

2010 Gift Guide for Storage Geeks | Linux Magazine
nike air max blue

Reply

2010 Gift Guide for Storage Geeks | Linux Magazine
nike air max classics

Reply

2010 Gift Guide for Storage Geeks | Linux Magazine
ray ban rose

Reply

2010 Gift Guide for Storage Geeks | Linux Magazine
blouson air jordan

Reply

2010 Gift Guide for Storage Geeks | Linux Magazine
ray ban rx 5228

Reply

2010 Gift Guide for Storage Geeks | Linux Magazine
air jordan 3 femme

Reply

2010 Gift Guide for Storage Geeks | Linux Magazine
ray ban nouveaut?

Reply

Ultimate X-mas I just recieved a schokohrrutige kind of Memorable Talls, and I LOVE All of them! Actually zero regrets with all of these eso gold. I had acquired it to have a modest more than a year right now, and are also nevertheless SO gentle in just. Impressive! I recently splurged and then ordered another number of eso gold, primarily this period Manged to get typically the chestnut typical Minis. These products got here recently, plus i has to state that I prefer these products, although i just like my Talls superior! I just are sure about a particular piece that would top rated my personal Year 2011 The holiday season wishlist ;)

Reply

the social networks declined to provide us with their own
green snakeskin 11s

Reply

Do the following to learn more about women well before you are left behind.

Reply

no medications, including over the counter non steroidal
nike blazer homme

Reply

at 10 percent. I also had an ex con ask for a cover up a
air jordan 11 low

Reply

There is nothing like a little in depth analysis and self examination of the HR function to rile up the community and this topic certainly has been poked and prodded for the last several weeks.

Reply

you have an incredible blog here! would you like to create some invite posts on my blog?
jordans outlet

Reply

An impressive share, I just given this onto a colleague who was performing just a little analysis on this. And he the fact is bought me breakfast considering that I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to talk about this, I really feel strongly about it and love reading a lot more on this subject. If doable, as you become expertise, would you mind updating your weblog with extra details? It’s highly useful for me. Major thumb up for this blog post!
cheap air jordans

Reply

quite nice post, i surely enjoy this webpage, maintain on it
jordans for women

Reply

Wonderful Post.thanks for share..much more wait ..
cheap jordan shoes

Reply

One can find some interesting points in time in this article but I do not know if I see all of them center to heart. There is certainly some validity but I will take hold opinion until I appear into it further. Good write-up , thanks and we want far more! Added to FeedBurner at the same time
jordans for cheap

Reply

Right after study a few of the blog posts on your webpage now, and I really like your way of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark web page list and will probably be checking back soon. Pls have a look at my internet web page also and let me know what you think.
jordans outlet

Reply

You will discover some interesting points in time in this article but I don’t know if I see all of them center to heart. There’s some validity but I will take hold opinion until I appear into it further. Great post , thanks and we want far more! Added to FeedBurner also
jordan shoes

Reply

Can I just say what a relief to get somebody who in fact knows what theyre talking about on the web. You definitely know how you can bring an concern to light and make it essential. Alot more people should read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not even more well known because you absolutely have the gift.
retro jordans

Reply

Status Indicator The quickest device in order to detect imperceptable people upon internet and is also in no way along!

Reply

Excellent blog site you have right here although I got wanting to know if you realized connected with virtually any community forums that concentrate in making the identical subject areas spoken of here? I would love to become a section of team where I will obtain thoughts from other skilled individuals that discuss the identical interest. Should you have virtually any recommendations, you should time to share realize. Thanks a lot!

Reply

Great, excellent products person. I’m an avid follower. Keep it up.

Reply

Course-plotting while using computer keyboard along with sensitive mouse feels difficult throughout Microsoft windows eight. Only when that they just got reduce the standard pc and their data file supervisor just isn’t in any respect touch optimized.

Reply

My spouse and i uncertainty this can be a put with this, yet… I have trouble with our own current the laws of copyright, i assume that the way each of our current system of authorities makes use of the lobby may be the reason behind that. Our laws and regulations never equally protect everyone, they will just shield typically the passions of any loaded few. Can there be not some way to switch the way things are? Exactly what portion in the people might be beat up ahead of genuine adjust is usually moved to take place? The laws have already been contorted along with sprained to learn the abundant fraction. Example: I’m a new area surveyor. My children worked to carry out online surveys for folks regarding four decades. We have generally put money on extremely competitively often falling in value to obtain jobs wanting that we will make our own gains insurance agencies often the records in order that we might get the work for foreseeable future studies as well as to be able to perform these individuals simply simply by updating what info most of us currently had with data. This exact same approach to lawmaking that may be protecting often the RIAA is allowing the title industry as well as others which were amassing copies of our surveys for you to distribute those to persons accepting affidavits with regard to closings making use of the be employed by their very own benefit along with excluding you by earning profits for the own sebaceous work as well as job. What disturbs us almost all about it is the fact that, at some point, there will be case for a customer survey most of us performed generations before, that had been employed for a later on final next to the will probably as well as the legal courts may edge towards people for any task most of us failed to actually receive money intended for. Toy trucks created many people in authorities getting assist in some way just to get passive design template responds or any respond whatsoever. Romans possessed the idea much better 2200 yrs ago. Good all of us stay in some sort of democracy, nevertheless I actually fear it is not a republic. All of us political election that will put a team of Republicans or maybe Democrats throughout government, just to have our own rules composed and also cool to learn a wealthy small section, by lobbyists funded by as well as which represents some sort of rich few. This kind of same government many of us voted for positions an affordable goal within the tendencies on the the vast majority, within the idea that the loaded few are far more smart as well as much more suitable versus the the greater part. I’m scared each of our federal government happens to be more of a good Birth.

Reply

I do believe I will fix an exam prefer that. A new co employee users WSS together with the iSCSI focus on program to give storage area to get his / her area. No later than this find out if the guy can operate a standard for the WSS moreover originating from a Electronic device to view what the variation within effectiveness is usually.

Reply

Long time The planet pandora fan, but as talked about, really vastly outdone by means of additional expert services regarding articles. At this time activated to MOG that is certainly rather awesome, however a piece beginning in many regions. Like you’ll still can not ban/dislike artisan, photos or even trails with stereo method (You could miss out towards your heart’s written content, but who wants to do that all the time? )

Reply

watch was absurdly simple previously, however right now it’s impossible

Reply

Sick of the men headlines? We’re at this website to meet your requirements!!

Reply

The businesses Used to Laugh at the japan – However Right Now I laugh at all of them

Reply

What kind of digicam is that? That is definitely a decent top quality.
best ray ban uk

Reply

Adored the pictures, i truly like the among 2010 Gift Guide for Storage Geeks | Linux Magazine, perfect.|
oakley snowboarding uk

Reply

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Reply

What kind of digicam did you use? That is a really good high quality.
ray ban usa uk

Reply

Adored the images, i actually like the among 2010 Gift Guide for Storage Geeks | Linux Magazine, perfecto.|
mirrored ray bans uk

Reply

Really….this is a beneficial websites.|
rayban 4068 uk

Reply

Thanks extremely useful. Will certainly share site with my good friends.|
sunglasses rayban uk

Reply

http://carmine6sforsale.webstarttoday.com/ http://carmine6sforsale.webstarttoday.com/ [url=http://carmine6sforsale.webstarttoday.com/]http://carmine6sforsale.webstarttoday.com/[/url]

Reply

Good buy… Fast delivery!!!

Reply

Traffic is the key to my website business. I found a company that has been an amazing resource in building our traffic and the communication back and forth has been great. I use most of the services offered by this site and I am now getting hundreds of targeted visitors to my website every day. Take a look here: http://jtayl.org/qfm9

Reply

Sustain the helpful work and generating the crowd!|
ray bans ray bans uk

Reply

supplies and called the kids over to the table.
jordan 11 low aqua

Reply

I simply want to tell you that I’m all new to weblog and actually loved your blog. Probably I’m going to bookmark your site . You actually come with great writings. With thanks for sharing your blog.

Reply

Routing while using the keyboard in addition to mouse senses cumbersome within House windows main. If only these people became rid of the original computer and the file office manager isn’t in any way touch enhanced.

Reply

Exactly how would certainly an individual use this solution yet develop inside the redundancy of the SAN? Can you create only two of these along with make use of VMWare and/or Windows capabilities in order to copy files across the 2 in in close proximity to current?

Reply

It seems that my cell phone is superior to apple ipad,,, the fact which i cannot stand is, it’s not going to help support obtainable,,,

Reply

Very well your own personal article has been really worth how much work it took a little time for my family to essentially visualize it. You would definitely not consider just how many nets I put to bounce to look at your personal post.

Reply

Simply no USB?? It Sucks! . -= Chethan’s final blog site… They have interesting features of Marketing! The ability of Connection =-.

Reply

I’ve been striving which has a important data file too. We emailed the idea along with replicated it over to discover this did not do the job. Now I can’t take away the important We included. Have you had any kind of good fortune together with ssh secrets?

Reply

This can be valuable. Some realize there was clearly Very much wrong as well as undesirable with the iPad. After all, I it absolutely was one of those anyone terribly lack a new make use of with regard to, you should discover a employ because of it. . -= backlinks’s very last site… Acquire. edu Inbound links: Ways to get. edu One way links via. edu Web Sites =-.

Reply

Love the website– very user friendly and lots to see!|
clubmaster ray bans uk

Reply

What kind of digicam did you use? That is a really good good quality.
best ray ban sunglasses

Reply

Many thanks fantastic write-up. I actually tried that and yes it wonderfully worked.

Reply

http://jordan11lowconcordforsale.loveblog.com/ http://jordan11lowconcordforsale.loveblog.com/ [url=http://jordan11lowconcordforsale.loveblog.com/]http://jordan11lowconcordforsale.loveblog.com/[/url]

Reply

Some fantastic pictures. Amazing shades.|
designer inspired handbags

Reply

considered news It doesn bother you that these GMO products
nike blazer pas cher

Reply

Relating to that Grey Classic Extra tall for the purpose of employment. My spouse and i commute a school Shuttle. 448628.pink2.net keep on this foot trend but yet never ever too vogue, Simply ideal. I found memorable Black colored extra tall for moving out!!!!

Reply

http://jordan11lowconcordforsale.dietblog.com/ http://jordan11lowconcordforsale.dietblog.com/ [url=http://jordan11lowconcordforsale.dietblog.com/]http://jordan11lowconcordforsale.dietblog.com/[/url]

Reply

http://concor11s.sportsblog.com/ http://concor11s.sportsblog.com/ [url=http://concor11s.sportsblog.com/]http://concor11s.sportsblog.com/[/url]

Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>