Posts Tagged 'hard'

Largest … for now

Is the WD 3 TB hard drive the largest? Yes, for now at least. 2 terabytes is sooo last year, hurry up and upgrade already. This bad boy has 750GB of storage per platter and will be available for around $240 (street price may vary). It’s from the Western Digital Green series of hard drives so it’s environment friendly, low power consumption, blah blah blah. The flip side is that it will probably be slower than say the Blue series or Black so be aware. Let’s wait and see what Seagate comes up with in a month or so.

Anything you can do …

Western Digital came out with their FIRST 1TB portable hard drive a few months ago so Seagate has answered with it’s own 1.5TB portable hard drive. And the pissing contest continues, stay tuned! Based of its GoFlex design the unit is USB 3.0 compatible and works for both Macs and PCs. Do you like movies? Because these units come pre-loaded with Paramount Pictures movies that can be unlocked by buying a license online. Available in an assortment of colors to the tune of $250. So if portability is an issue be sure to check out the Seagate lineup.

3TB External is hot … literally

Look out storage nuts, 3 terabytes is on the horizon. And it’s hot, literally. Anandtech reports that the 3 TB drive gets a little hot when put to work for extended periods. That what happens when you cram 5 platters into a 3.5″ plastic shell with little ventilation. Temperatures sometimes getting as hot as 69 degrees Celsius. Performance suffered as well. The heat issue could come back to bite you in the butt if you have any important data on the drive and happens to fail at a critical moment. However with this external unit available for sale the OEM 3 TB hard drive should be showing up at local retailers shortly.

I would take a pass on this one. Pickup two 1.5TB drives instead. USB 3.0 is nice but not worth the design risk. Also, who carries around 3 TB of data with them? There HAS to be a better way to transport data.

Toshiba HDs with Wipe Technology

Data security is always on the minds of corporate America, especially when it comes to top secret trade information. Encryption not good enough for you? Let me introduce you to the new line of Toshiba hard drives. A new quick wipe technology built in to Toshiba Self Encrypting Drive (SED).

“Wipe is a technology that can automatically invalidate an HDD security key when its power supply is turned off, instantly making all data in the drive indecipherable.”

Meaning? The data is scrambled into pieces using an algorithm. The algorithm is locked in a box. The box needs a key to open. If the security senses a breach, the key is destroyed. No key = no box = no algorithm = no data. That’s taking security for the regular joe to a whole new level. Now just be sure to remember your login password.

Thin Is In

No surprise here. Thinner components mean smaller technology and everybody knows the more tech you can haul around with you, the better. Data storage going from punch cards, to tapes, to hard drives, to nand flash chips making your life better and your wallet lighter. I remember when compact flash memory was the bomb and then was shortly replaced by secure digital memory cards, which has been replaced by microSD cards. It’s beginning to get a little insane just how much data can be stored on the tip of a finger.

Hard drives are shrinking in size … physical that is. 3.5″ to 2.5″ and now smaller. Hitachi has come out with a laptop hard drive that is a mere 7 mm (millimeters) thin. The Z series comes in 160/250/320 GB flavors all spinning at 7,200 RPM. Encryption is optional. Me thinks this will be showing up in cheaper Macbook Air’s in the near future. Keep on rocking thin tech.

The reality of an hd crash

When your computer crashes it can point to major problems. I’m not talking about a simple problem that’s resolved by a reboot or reinstall. I’m talking about a physical hard drive crash. Heads fully contacting the platter surface, scraping and spreading debris inside your hard drive at 7,200 RPM. While the drive itself is no better than a doorstop or paperweight at this point, it may still be possible to recover your data.

Why you (or me for that matter)? Hard drives will fail over time. The physical wear and tear that occurs on a regular basis every time you turn on your computer, copy a file, or even when your screen saver is running adds up to hard drive wear. Managing your system files in a proper environment can also factor in to whether your drive lasts 5 years or 1. There are several disk utilities that can help you monitor the health of your hard drive but in the end it’s still up to you to back up your important files on an ongoing basis.

The repairs that occur within a clean room environment are delicate and require a certain expertise. It’s not something you can learn in college. Managing data storage will become the next hottest job trend as new data centers open and expand their capabilities. There will be plenty of opportunities if you know anything about maintaining massive amounts of servers and hard drives and being able to do it the most efficiently as possible.

As for the hard drive, whether it’s the platter, the motor, the heads, or the electronics that fail the problem cannot be fixed by the average home user. Even IT professionals aren’t trained to perform these types of repairs. Talk to a data recovery expert and get the facts. The more information you are able to provide the more accurate a quotation can be. Don’t rely on the guy who can’t even explain what a servo is. Get the right data and make an informed decision.

Not enough storage

If you are a data whore you probably already own a NAS where you store all of your home made porn. Well this begs the question what do you do if you have a lot of porn? 2 TB NAS not good enough. 8 TB still not good enough. Heck why not build your own 16 TB NAS from scratch? All you need is some handy welding tools, 8 x 2 TB WD hard drives, ATOM N270 processor and board, and some free time to watch the video. Performance times should look something like 88MB/sec (write) and 266MB/sec (read) rivaling that of most current top end SSD’s. Enjoy!

Perhaps the DIY is not for you. Well meet the new lineup of Seagate’s GoFlex external hard drives. Basically the idea behind this is they are flexible (hence the name). Got a drive with a USB 2.0 connection and have a computer with USB 3.0? No need to buy a new drive with these drives. Simply buy the USB 3.0 adapter/cable and voila, that Seagate GoFlex magically works with whatever connection you require. eSata, Firewire, tv connection, wifi, whatever you need. Expect the other hard drive manufacturers to follow suit.

Seagate 3 TB hard drives will require new motherboards. Should be coming out later this year so hold off on buying those 1.5 TB and 2 TB drives if you can.


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