Cloud storage provider Backblaze continues to share the wealth of information (not to mention hardware designs) it’s learning as it operates its 40,000-hard-drive, 100-petabyte storage service. On Wednesday, it shared its analysis of the 70-plus SMART data attributes that all hard drives report about their performance. Of those, Backblaze’s Brian Beach explained in a blog post, the company use five to predict failures, and the strongest might be related to uncorrectable read errors. “[O]nce SMART 187 goes above 0, we schedule the drive for replacement,” he wrote.
Cloud storage provider Backblaze is at again, this time detailing which models of hard drives last the longest in its open source storage pod arrays. If money were no object, it would probably be Hitachi all the way.
Backblaze has shared the designs of its 180-terabyte storage pods, and now it’s sharing some details about how long the drives inside those boxes last. According to the company, nearly three-fourths of all the drives it has deployed are still running.
HGST is now selling helium-filled hard drives that can hold more capacity (and more disks) while using less energy than traditional hard drives. One early use of the tech is CERN, which is impressed even if helium won’t solve all its capacity problems.
How much storage do you want in your next Android tablet? Will 500GB work for you? Seagate wants to be inside your slate.
Researchers have developed a technique to create and destroy skyrmions, which are stable even when densely packed in a hard drive.
A storage startup called SageCloud is looking to deliver low-cost backup storage to the masses who want Facebook-like cold storage without resorting to tape, cloud services or building their own gear.
When last year’s hard drive shortage threatened Backblaze’s all-you-can-store cloud backup service, the company had to get creative to keep up its 50TB-a-day hard drive habit. The solution: external hard drives from retail stores and an army of volunteers making sure they kept coming.
The new Echo Thunderbolt to ExpressCard/34 adapter from Sonnet allows you to plug in ExpressCard/34 accessories and then use them via your Mac’s Thunderbolt port. When it arrives in October, it’ll be a way for users to connect Thunderbolt-equipped Macs to USB 3.0 drives and more.
The new Mac mini does away with the optical disc drive, leading to a price reduction for Apple’s diminutive desktop. Without it, and with the addition of Thunderbolt and dedicated graphics, how does the mini stack up as a desktop and as a home theater PC?