It seems like my Drobo is always hungry. I've got all four slots stuffed with 1.5 TB drives right now, and the Western Digital Caviar Green is one of my favorites. It's quiet and draws just a little power, yet is fairly quick thanks to 64 MB of cache. If you've got data to store, I just spotted this deal at Amazon.com: [exp]Western Digital Caviar Blue SATA2 16MB Cache … [Read more...] about Feed Your Drobo: 1 TB WD Green SATA Drive, $55.49
Fast-forward 6 months into the future! You just bought a new hard disk drive from Seagate or Western Digital. Rather than sticking to the basic 1 TB model, you opted for a brand-new 3 TB whopper. You take it home, unbox it (on camera for YouTube, of course) and slap it into your home-brewed PC. Watch out! A combination of factors is conspiring to wreck your newfound storage … [Read more...] about Taming Monster Disk Drives: 3 TB and Beyond!
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the new generation of hard disk drives that use 4K sectors rather than the historic 512 byte size. As I noted in that piece, although PC and Mac users with recent OS versions had nothing to fear from these, embedded devices like the TiVo and Drobo I use and love might not be compatible. I tried reaching out to these vendors, but only one has … [Read more...] about Drobo Adding 4K Drive Support – What About Everyone Else?
Personal computer hard disk drive access methods have repeatedly been forced to adapt to ever-expanding capacity. Physical (CHS) addressing and 28-bit LBA have been abandoned, but the disk drives themselves retain the tiny 512-byte sectors they have had since IBM introduced fixed-block addressing in the 1970's. But time marches on, and Western Digital is leading the change to … [Read more...] about Drobo, XP Users: Beware of 4K “Advanced Format” Drives!