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Neutrino Thunderbolt with SSD

When choosing an external storage drive, the "best" solution is not simply the fastest or the one with the biggest storage capacity but the product that is most suitable for how you intend to use it. In this article, we will have a look at the Neutrino Thunderbolt with its built-in solid state drive (SSD).

Thunderbolt, with theoretical transfer rates of up to 10Gbps, is currently the fastest interface available for our storage drives. Clearly, the Neutrino Thunderbolt is built for speed but why use a SSD? Does it make a difference for the transfer rate compared to a normal HDD?

Advantages

  • HDD: Large storage capacities and low cost in comparison to SSD
  • SSD: Noiseless, lower power consumption, low temperature, not affected by movement and about 4-5 times as fast as HDD

MyCloud Duo vs MyCloud Pro

As often is the case with computer related products, software and hardware gets upgraded and the question for the user is, do I need this upgrade and what are the advantages. In this article, we will have a look at the performance of two 2-bay network drives in our MyCloud series of personal cloud storage devices.

The test results seen here are intended as a comparison between the MyCloud Duo and the latest Intel based MyCloud Pro. Please keep in mind that these results only address a small part of what these devices can do. The results do not necessarily show the fastest possible transfer rates or even guarantee that you will get exactly the same at home. The test environment is close to what you might find in an average home but the actual results you will get at your own home will depend on many different factors and might easily be different.

Before we go into the details, the software and the GUI is mainly the same for both products. The big difference is in the hardware, whereas the MyCloud Pro is using the more advanced and more powerful processor.

MyCloud Media Server

The free MyCloud App for our personal cloud servers allows you to manage and view your media files on the network drive no matter if you are at home or somewhere else. You can upload, download, manage or simply view the files that are stored on the MyCloud.

As convenient as the MyCloud App is, if you are at home and just want to listen to some music or watch some videos, there is an even simpler and faster way to playback your media files. You don't need to login to your personal account and you don't have to first locate the files you are looking for. Instead, you can make use of the built-in UPnP media server and stream the media files directly to your mobile device.

All you need is an app that supports UPnP or DLNA servers. As an example, you could install the free MLPlayer Lite App. Alpha Systems describes their Media Link Player Lite as a media player application that supports playing many digital content files, which are stored in DLNA servers and UPnP servers.

Tomy Lim

Congratulations to the two lucky winners of our October lucky draw for a FREE AKiTiO Neutrino Thunderbolt Edition with a 120GB SSD and Thunderbolt cable. The winners were notified last week.

Tomy Lim of Singapore was one of the lucky winners. When notified of his being selected as a winner Tomy replied:

It is a real pleasant surprise to receive your email on winning the AKiTiO Neutrino Thunderbolt Edition. I am so glad to hear this. This item has been sitting on top of my wish list ever since I came across it. Now, I am so eager to see the package in hand. Thank you AKiTiO! You have made my wish come true.

In the meantime, Tomy has received his prize and from his reply to us, he appears very satisfied with both the design and the performance of our little Neutrino Thunderbolt.

Boot Time Benchmark

As many Mac users already know, backing up your files to an external storage drive is not the only thing you can do with an external hard drive.

If your are like me, you like to have your computer setup a certain way. Keeping it that way saves a lot of time, because you don't have to hunt for the files by opening one folder after the other and you can work with the programs that you are familiar with. This means that if you want to work outside your home, you have to carry your own computer, which can be inconvenient at times.

Instead of having to carry the whole computer, as a Mac user, you can easily install your system on a external drive. All you have to carry now is the external drive and as long as you have access to a Mac computer at your workplace, you can boot from the external drive and work with your very own system.