Ask a Pack Rat: Reader Dave Emery asked a question that I'm sure many others have wondered: Are "enterprise" drives worth the extra cost in a RAID enclosure? The reason I ask is I've had 2 of 4 Seagate 'consumer' (7200.12) drives fail in my (Other World Qx2) enclosure. The two drives that failed were maybe a year old, well short of any 'MBTF' expectation. Enterprise drives … [Read more...] about Should Home Users Buy Enterprise Hard Disk Drives?
Western Digital announced this morning the world's first "1 TB mobile hard drive!" But although the news is great for storage-hungry folks looking for a portable external drive, it doesn't quite mark a sea change in the storage industry since this drive cannot be used in (most) laptops. … [Read more...] about WD’s 1 TB Laptop Drive? Not Quite!
The race to ship a 500 GB mobile hard disk drive unit was heated last year. Hitachi was first to announce a fat 12.5 mm drive in January, but Samsung and Western Digital fought a pitched battle through the second half of the year to produce serious volume in a the slim 9.5 mm 2-platter form factor. 320 GB and 500 GB became common in the first half of 2009, with vendors adding a … [Read more...] about Seagate Surpasses 500 GB In 2.5 Inches
Let's end this terrifying week on a positive note by exploring the many fun things you can do with old dead hard drives. LED Display Clock First up is this LED display/clock. It consists of a series of colored LED lights which flash on and off below a slot cut in the hard drive platter. The perceptual illusion images it creates are just amazing! … [Read more...] about Friday Fun With Hard Drives