The only place I like seeing a beach ball is at a beach or in a stadium during a baseball game or concert. The one place I least like to see a beach ball is on my aging MacBook Pro, where the spinning beach ball has become an altogether too familiar a sight. If your Mac has become frustratingly slow, there are a number of ways you can speed it up again.
Before you engage in any maintenance, I would urge you to take caution and back up your data. For Macs, it's easy: grab an external drive and run Time Machine. With your Mac's drive freshly backed up, you may proceed.
A new survey from data recovery firm Kroll Ontrack has found that SSDs suffer from a worryingly high failure rate.
The research, which encompassed some 1,850 customers across North America, Europe and Asia, found that 92% were using SSDs now, but the number reporting failures had grown.
Almost four in 10 – 38% of respondents – said they had encountered a failure with an SSD. And as a result of those failures, 23% were unfortunate enough to have lost data.
South Korean tech giant announced its incredibly tiny 512GB SSD, which is smaller than a stamp. The PM971-NVMe comes in at 20mm x 16mm and weighs a gram. Despite its size this hard drive has enough space to come with sixteen 48-layer 256-gigabit V-NAND flash chips, mobile DRAM chip and a high-performance controller. It takes only three seconds to transfer a 5GB video that is up to 1500 times faster than a standard hard drive. Impressive, isn’t it?
Intel has revealed some blazingly fast new SSDs, including models which are the first drives to utilise its 3D NAND technology.
Those 3D NAND-toting beasts are the DC P3520 and P3320 series of solid-state drives. The P3320 will be offered in 2.5-inch (pictured) and PCIe card flavours, and it's optimised for cost-effective performance, with Intel claiming it delivers no less than five times the performance of a mainstream SATA SSD, with 3.2 times faster sequential reads.
Admit it! You never have enough space to store all that you hold dear to you and to store all that you think important for you. But things are going to change from now on and Samsung is going to do that for you. The company has started shipping its 15.36 terabyte SSD- the largest capacity SSD till date.
It is becoming a cliché, but the best upgrade you can make is moving from a mechanical HDD to an SSD. In 2016, however, all solid state drives are not created equal. While it used to be that having any SSD was awesome, this is simply not the case anymore. As higher capacities become less expensive, and interfaces become speedier, that SATA SSD you bought a few years ago may not be so great anymore.