Sabrent USB 3.0 SATA Docking Station

I recently replaced my old Acomdata SATA hard drive enclosure with a new enclosure. The Acomdata is no longer working. I replaced it with the Sabrent USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Flat Docking Station. The docking station can accommodate both 2.5 and 3.5 inch drives. It works on both PC and Mac with transfer speeds up to 5Gbps. It support hard drives over 3 TB.

Here’s how the docking station looks like:


Mac Mini With USB 3.0

Along with the iPad mini being introduced on October 23rd, Apple also plans to upgrade the Mac Mini with USB 3.0 ports. Will there be processor and storage upgrades for the Mac Mini? There is no telling at the moment. I guess, we just have to wait until the October 23 announcement. Regardless, the USB 3.0 upgrade is good news for prospective Mac Mini buyers, like me.

Install Linux on USB

Now that I have a new motherboard that supports booting from a USB, installing and booting Linux on a USB should be a reality. This article details how-to install one using a software tool called UNetbootin, but you need a BIOS that’s able to boot from a USB. That’s where my new motherboard comes in the picture. You can also use the USB drive as a rescue drive for Linux. With USB 3.0, there is plenty of promise in the future. It will be so much faster compared to booting from a CD drive. Read the article.

Best Features of Linux 2.6.31

SVN writes about the best 5 features of Linux 2.6.31. The latest kernel has support for USB 3.0. It has improved desktop speed by a whopping 50%. I can’t wait to see this. There are also file system improvements with ext4 file system. I’m already running ext4. It also has graphics support for the Intel i915 and ATI Radeon graphics family. I have an old nVidia 5200. Finally, the last but not least, it supports Wireless-n or 802.11n. I can’t wait to see this on the latest Linux Ubuntu distribution. Karmic, are you close?

Linux First Driver for USB 3.0

I wrote a brief post about USB 3.0 back in September 2007. In less than two years, Linux becomes the first operating system to have a driver written for USB 3.0. Thanks to Sarah Sharp for her groundbreaking work. True to word, USB 3.0 transfer speed tops at 5 GBps. Expect USB 3.0 support to be included in future Linux kernels possibly by September 2009.