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Intel SSD 545s Series Review - Tom's Hardware
Intel isn’t trying to break any speed records with the new 5-Series SSDs. As a mainstream product, the 545s just needs to be good enough rather than the best. Companies will buy this product at a discount to fill notebooks and other systems based on Intel’s reliability record alone. I would only use Intel SSDs if reliability were my main concern. More informed users may opt for the Samsung 850 EVO due to its increased performance, but we are the minority compared to the millions of units that go to large corporations.
intel  ssd  gadgetluv 
yesterday by jasonsamuels
Icy Dock flexiDOCK MB524SP-B Review Killer IT Service Desk Hot Swap Bay
As we have come to expect from Icy Dock, the quality of the flexiDock MB524SP-B is outstanding. Installing the dock was also easy to do, and we had no issues doing so. Using the flexiDock opened up drive accessibility on our workstation which made swapping OS and data drives very easy to do.

The flexiDock is also hot-swappable which can allow the transfer of large data sets between workstations to happen faster. We have used an EZ-Dock USB docking bay in the past which is easy to use but slow on data transfer, with the flexiDock we now transfer data at SATA speeds.

If you are looking for a solution to add traditional hot swap bays, we prefer other designs with latches and locks. The eject buttons are also rather stiff and require a little extra force to push to eject a drive. The power buttons are also recessed into the front just enough to require your finger to push hard into it to turn off or on each bay. We are nit-picking here though, it is a fine unit that will be amazing for those who service 2.5″ drives constantly.The flexiDock is also hot-swappable which can allow the transfer of large data sets between workstations to happen faster. We have used an EZ-Dock USB docking bay in the past which is easy to use but slow on data transfer, with the flexiDock we now transfer data at SATA speeds.

For SMB service providers and IT service desks this will be an awesome tool. One can simultaneously image four different drives and easily insert them without having to go through USB. If you are looking for the fastest, easiest swapping out there, this is it.
sata  ssd  drives  DIY 
2 days ago by bdarcus
Samsung Demos Its First BGA SSD: 1500 MB/s Read Speed and Tiny Package
Solid-state drives in BGA packaging are considerably smaller than SSDs in M.2 form-factor and for a couple of years platform developers like Intel have been promoting such drives among PC makers
Storage  Tech  SSD  Anandtech 
6 days ago by Polyphonie
Aligning disk partitions to prevent SSD wear | Page 2 | MacRumors Forums
Nate seems to have the definitive answers:

natesymer
Nov 19, 2012

You don't need to manually align your partitions, Apple's Disk Utility does all that you really need it to do.

Disk utility automatically aligns partitions, to a degree. It doesn't do anything in the way of NAND page size or NAND erase size. It's not an issue. What does matter is File Allocation Unit Size. You can confirm that it does indeed align the partitions. All you need is a utility called gdisk (GPT fdisk).

Open a shell window and execute gdisk:
Code:
sudo gdisk /dev/diskX

X is the number disk you want to check. This information is available using Disk Utility or the command-line utility called diskutil (diskutil list).

You should get something like at the bottom Get the number under start for the largest partition. Multiply this by the Logical Sector size, which should be 512 bytes for most SSDs. Don't worry if yours isn't though. Now you have the partition offset in bytes.

Now you have to divide the partition offset by the file allocation size. With all modern SSDs, the File Allocation Unit Size is 4096 bytes. The number that gdisk reports is a number of sectors, not bytes. Multiply the number of sectors by the Logical sector size and then divide the result by 4096. If its an integer, then the disk is aligned.

Disk Utility partitions drives (I don't know about HDDs, I only use SSDs) like the output below.
Tech  SSD  Apple  MacBook_Pro 
7 days ago by mcbakewl
Testing out snapshots in Apple’s next-generation APFS file system | Ars Technica
We brave beta software and do some cautious testing—and it looks like it works.
Storage  AppleTech  Apple  SSD 
7 days ago by Polyphonie

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