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New Seagate Savvio Drives

Seagate have announced the availability of the next generation of Savvio 2.5″ drives running at 15K. Capacity is increased to 146GB (I’m waiting for confirmation this is the case as there are no data sheets online yet). The capacity increase is overdue to keep up with the roadmap of 3.5″ drives and co-incidentally I’m in the process of reviewing the ... Read More »

How Many IOPS?

A question I get asked occasionally is; “How many IOPS can my RAID group sustain?” in relation to Enterprise class arrays. Obviously the first question is to determine what the data profile is, however if it isn’t known, then assume the I/O will be 100% random. If all the I/O is random, then each I/O request will require a seek ... Read More »

Recycling Drives – Update

Last week I posted about wasted hard drives, removed from arrays and crushed to prevent the leak of sensitive data. I contacted HGST and Seagate to get some additional background. Here are their responses, slightly edited to correct any spelling mistakes but otherwise intact. Seagate (a) when will the technology be deployed in Enterprise FC drives? Our OEMs are currently ... Read More »

Seagate Raises the Bar with 1.5TB Drive

Seagate announced yesterday version 11 of their Barracuda hard drive range, to be released next month (August 2008) with a maximum capacity of 1.5TB. The news link has all the speeds and feeds if you’re interested in how they have achieved this remarkable milestone. I’ve trawled the ‘net to plot the release of previous versions of the drive and their ... Read More »

The Case of Decimal v. Binary

We all know that disk drive manufacturers have been conning us for years with their definition of what constitutes a gigabyte. There are two schools of thought; the binary GB, which is 1024x1024x1024 or 1,073,741,824 bytes and the decimal GB which is quoted as 1000x1000x1000 or 1 billion bytes. The difference is significant (7.4%) and something that has annoyed me ... Read More »

Analysis: Seagate

This is the first of a series of posts looking at storage companies and their investment potential. ** DISCLAIMER: This and related blog entries are for fun only and do not represent investment advice. You should make your own opinions on investments or consult a financial adviser ** Background Seagate’s main business is the manufacture and distribution of hard disk ... Read More »