That didn't take long! Less than a month after Hitachi introduced their 2 TB enterprise disk drive, Xyratex has announced that they will offer the drive in their OEM storage systems. The A7K2000 is 7200 rpm 5-platter design with a 3 Mb/s SATA interface: Not exactly high-end, but backed by the reputable folks at Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. But the era of the 2 TB … [Read more...] about 2 TB Enterprise Drives Are Here?
The inexorable march of areal density continues with this week's release of two breakthrough two-platter hard disk drives: First up is Seagate, with their next-generation 3.5" "7200.12" drive family. Boasting 500 GB per platter, the drives are initially offered in 500 GB, 750 GB, and 1 TB versions, but we expect a 1.5 TB three-platter and perhaps a 2.0 TB 4-platter version … [Read more...] about I’ll Have Two Platters of Sheer Storage Madness, Please!
Reports are filtering in today that Western Digital has reached an agreement to purchase Fujitsu's hard disk drive development and manufacturing assets. Already the world's second-biggest drive manufacturer, Western Digital would edge closer to market-leader, Seagate, with the acquisition. The move would give WD even greater manufacturing capacity in Japan, the Philippines, and … [Read more...] about Western Digital + Fujitsu = More Competition for Seagate and Hitachi
This should not come as a shock to anyone, as it has been proven before, but let me take this moment to say that, yes, despite their rated speeds, 400-megabit FireWire S400 (aka IEEE 1394) is faster than 480-megabit USB 2.0. While swapping out disk drives (first to upgrade the internal drive in my MacBook Pro and later to give Time Machine more room), I took some quick … [Read more...] about Yes, FireWire is Faster Than USB
The relentless march of hard drive capacity is about to reach its next cantonment as 500 GB 2.5" drives begin to arrive this month. These little half-terabyte wonders will continue the downward pressure on price and challenge flash-based drives just as they stake their claim in the main stream of the market. … [Read more...] about Big Little Disks Are On The Way