Have you ever wondered if mounting a hard disk drive on its side or even upside-down affects its lifespan or reliability? According to every drive manufacturer, it's perfectly acceptable to mount a hard disk drive in any orientation as long as it's not tilted and has sufficient cooling. File this under "now you know"... My new server case, the NZXT H440, has five drive … [Read more...] about It’s Fine To Mount Hard Drives On Their Side Or Even Upside-Down
I've written a few times about my quest to build the ultimate home storage/server rig. But one issue was surprisingly vexing: What kind of case has room for a dozen or more hard disk drives? In this update, I'll talk about the various options as well as the one I ultimately picked: The NZXT H440 (and a Corsair power supply). 2017 Update: After owning and using this case … [Read more...] about 14 Drives For 14 Ports: A Case For FreeNAS
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?
I imagine every home computer hacker one day finds they have one too many hard drives to deal with. Maybe you are migrating to a new system or installing a new OS. Or maybe you're upgrading the disk in your new Mac Mini. Whatever the reason, a universal way to connect any hard drive to a PC is a very handy thing to have on hand! Send in the Inland USB to IDE/SATA Adapter. As … [Read more...] about Handy Gadget: USB to IDE/SATA Adapter
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (hereafter referred to as HGST) just bought Fabrik, the company that produces and distributes consumer storage devices as SimpleTech and pro/AV storage using the G-Technology name. We in the enterprise storage sector are all too familiar with the epic battles between Hitachi Data Systems (let's call them HDS) and EMC, both providers of … [Read more...] about Does Hitachi+SimpleTech = EMC+Iomega?