Being one of the few remaining mechanical components of the computer system, the hard disk drive is also one of the major power consumers. A spinning hard disk platter effectively turns power into heat, working contrary to user expectation. Not surprisingly, most hard disk drive manufacturers have implemented a number of power saving features, reducing the impact of disk drives … [Read more...] about Western Digital IntelliPark: Feature or Design Flaw?
Ask a Pack Rat: Another great question, this time on Twitter: Just purchased an empty DroboFS, do you have a preferred HD to use with Drobo? TIA! Stephen's Stance I just love my Drobo, though I'm thinking of upgrading it to a Drobo S since it's getting pretty full! The ability to add and replace drives as you use it is very powerful, and I've taken full advantage of it! … [Read more...] about Which Hard Disk Drives Should You Use In A Drobo?
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
Hard disk drives, like the engines in our cars, have been massively upgraded over the last two decades. Although massive IOPS and horsepower get all the headlines, energy-efficient designs deserve a look as well. Manufacturers have recently introduced some new tricks to coax out a little more performance and capacity from a lot less energy, and we are going to examine three … [Read more...] about What Is The Secret To Efficient Hard Disk Drives?