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Consumer HDD reliability report praises drives by HGST, again

Backblaze, a cloud-storage provider that uses consumer-class hard disk drives and extensive replication mechanisms to store data for its customer, has published yet another HDD reliability report. Just like the previous issue, Backblaze found that that desktop hard drives from HGST, a division of Western Digital Corp., are generally more …

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Toshiba launches largest-capacity 2.5-inch 3TB HDD

Toshiba Corp. has introduced the world’s highest-capacity 2.5” hard disk drive. The offering can hold 3TB of data and sets up a record, however, the drive may not be suitable for mainstream laptops. The Toshiba MQ03ABB300 hard disk drive with 3TB capacity is based on four perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) 750GB …

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Seagate to release 10TB hard disk drive next year

Seagate Technology is on track to rapidly boost capacity of hard disk drives for datacenters and will release a 10TB model in 2015. The company currently has no plans to manufacture helium-filled HDDs since such technology is too expensive. However, Seagate intends to use shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology next …

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Seagate preps Archive HDDs: 5TB, 6TB and 8TB at low price-points

This year both Seagate Technology and Western Digital Corp. introduced hard disk drives with breakthrough capacities designed for near line storage applications. Since those hard drives are based on enterprise-class platforms, they are too expensive not only for consumers, but even for cold-storage applications. This week Seagate quietly added the …

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Seagate unleashes Enterprise NAS lineup of hard disk drives

Seagate Technology on Tuesday introduced an all-new family of hard disk drives designed for enterprise-class network area storage (NAS) storage devices. The new HDDs will provide enhanced performance and reliability for NAS applications and will compete against Western Digital’s Red Pro series HDDs. Seagate’s Enterprise NAS hard drives feature 7200rpm …

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Industry consortium predicts 100TB hard drives in 2025

At the recent Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM) conference Advanced Storage Technology Consortium (ASTC), which unites numerous makers of hard disk drives as well as developers of storage solutions, demonstrated a new HDD roadmap. Apparently, rapid increases in areal density of hard drive media will allow HDD makers to create …

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Does your PS4 have this guy’s name in it?

Easter Eggs and calling cards have been common in gaming for just about forever. They first came to light in 1979’s Adventure (which should be familiar to any Ready Player One readers) that saw the developer, who was was not going to receive credit for his work, leave his name in a hidden …

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HGST’s 8TB hard disk drives are now available in retail

HGST began to ship its 8TB helium-filled hard disk drives to partners among makers of servers and storage equipment back in September. By now the new drives with unprecedented capacity have made it to retail, but their prices are so extreme that even computer enthusiasts will hardly buy them. HGST’s Ultrastar He8 …

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Seagate introduces Kinetic HDDs with Ethernet interface

Seagate Technology has introduced its first Kinetic-series hard disk drives for cloud storage applications. The Kinetic HDDs come with their own built-in operating system and can be plugged directly to Ethernet ports, thus, eliminating multiple layers of legacy software and hardware infrastructure. Seagate Kinetic hard drive features 4TB capacity, dual …

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Toshiba debuts ‘world’s first’ 7200rpm 5TB HDD for consumers

Toshiba Corp. has introduced the world’s first hard disk drive with 5TB capacity and 7200rpm spindle speed designed for consumer desktop computers. This year all leading manufacturers of hard disk drives unveiled HDDs of extreme 5TB or 6TB capacities for enterprise, nearline storage or NAS applications. Such hard drives feature ~5400rpm …

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TDK: HAMR technology could enable 15TB HDDs already in 2015

At the Ceatec trade-show in Japan last week TDK demonstrated its new heads for hard disk drives that support the heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology. Such heads could enable next generations of hard drives with rather extreme capacities already next year. Capacities of modern hard drives are – among other …

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Showa Denko begins to produce 1.3TB platters for high-end HDDs

Showa Denko (SDK), an independent producer of platters for hard disk drives, has begun to manufacture its seventh-generation 1.10TB – 1.30TB platters for high-capacity hard drives. The move will allow Seagate Technology, as well as other makers of HDDs, to introduce storage devices with up to 9TB capacity. Showa Denko’s …

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HDD Expert: Reliability of HDDs depends on manufacturing process

Failure rate of consumer-class hard disk drives is a point of concern for many, if not all computer enthusiasts who build PCs themselves. Apparently, failure rate of hard disk drives heavily depends on manufacturing processes of particular manufacturers. Last week a report from Backblaze, a cloud-storage provider that uses consumer-class …

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HGST: Mass production of 10TB HDDs to start in Q1 2015

Although HGST, a subsidiary of Western Digital Corp., introduced its 10TB hard disk drive earlier this month, the company has never revealed when it plans to release the product commercially. This week a representative for HGST finally said that the company will start mass production of behemoth HDD in early 2015. …

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Seagate ships its 10 millionth solid-state hybrid drive

Seagate Technology on Wednesday announced that it has shipped its 10 millionth solid-state hybrid drive. While the number is rather respectable, it just proves that hybrid drives that combine rotating media and large NAND flash cache are not really popular among end-users. Seagate introduced its first SSHD in 2010 (although it …

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WD’s HGST introduces new 6TB, 8TB and 10TB hard disk drives

HGST, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Western Digital Corp., has introduced three new Ultrastar-series hard disk drives with 6TB, 8TB and 10TB capacity designed for data centre storage infrastructure. The new HDDs utilize WD’s latest technologies – including HelioSeal, new platters featuring perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology as well as all-new …

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Seagate reveals world’s first 8TB hard disk drives

Seagate Technology on Tuesday unveiled the world’s first hard disk drives with 8TB capacity. The HDDs are designed for scale-out data infrastructures that require maximum capacities at minimal footprints. Seagate did not reveal a lot of technical details about its 8TB hard disk drives, but it said that the HDDs …

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HGST reveals ‘world’s fastest SSD’

It looks like we have a new contender for the world’s fastest SSD as HGST just unveiled its new PCM solid state drive at the Flash Summit event in California. The new drive uses a completely brand new architecture when compared to current commercial models. The SSD uses a PCIe …

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Seagate ships 8TB ‘customer development’ hard drives

Seagate Technology on Thursday said that it had shipped the first samples of hard disk drives (HDDs) with 8TB capacity to its customers. The company did not reveal any peculiarities regarding the product or the name of its clients. “We have also delivered 8TB customer development units to major customers …

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WD’s HGST debuts world’s first 1.8TB 10K HDD

HGST, a subsidiary of Western Digital Corp., this week introduced the industry’s first hard disk drive with 1.8TB capacity, 10K rpm spindle speed and SAS-12Gb/s interface. The drive will be used in mission-critical applications that do not require maximum possible performance offered by solid-state storage solutions, but take advantage of …

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