Seagate recently released NAS specific Ironwolf SSD drives. So what makes them so special that they are specifically for use in a NAS?
If you need to get an 8TB disk and fancy a Seagate, we have a way for you to save $50 per drive, while getting a free enclosure and a 100% void warranty. The disk in question is the Seagate Barracuda Internal Hard Drive 8TB SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5-Inch. Long name, I know. The 8TB flavor sells (new) for $180 on Amazon, or you can get the faster spinning 005 flavor for $319.95 over at B&H. Either way, there is a way to get this drive for $139.99 and still have some spare parts.
I was surprised when Seagate reached out and asked me if I’d like to review some of their Ironwolf hard drives. I mean, how much is there really to write about hard drives? I’ve generally been pretty agnostic about which drives I use for my editing and backup. But once I started reading about the feature of these drives, I found there was a fair bit of info I hadn’t considered before. It’s worth remembering that storage is more and more important for us creative types.
With higher megapixel cameras and 4K footage becoming the norm, Raw files and videos are taking up more space than ever before. Large capacity memory cards are cheap enough that you can afford to buy a bunch to keep you going all day. If you own a camera with a dual card slot, then you can shoot your stills backups as you go, but video tends to only save to one card. It’s a lot of data to risk.
Seagate have announced that its popular Backup Plus Portable line of external drives now comes in a 5TB flavour. The company claims that this makes it the world’s highest capacity 2.5 portable hard drive. Based around the same technology as their recently released 5TB BarraCuda hard drive, it fits a lot of data into an even smaller package.
When I upgraded from 386 to 486, my hard drive went from a measly 40MB to a whopping 240MB. Totally blown away. Look at all this extra space I have! That was 22 years ago. Since then, memory cards that store a thousand times as much are the size of a fingernail and cost relatively little. 2-4TB hard drives are now also pretty commonplace and inexpensive. So, I’m kind of indifferent to the storage capacity race these days.
Then Seagate come along and announce a monster 60TB 3.5″ drive. This would be impressive even if it were just a regular old hard drive, but this thing is an SSD. To give you an idea of just how ridiculous this capacity is, Seagate put together a list of highlights. Right at the top, they mention that you can reach 1PB (1 Petabyte) with only 17 of them.
When it comes to hard drives, failure rates are usually separated by mere percentages. This means the decision usually comes down to personal preference and availability of the speed and size you’re looking for.
If you’ve opted for any Seagate hard drives as of late though, specifically the 1.5TB and 3TB models, you might want to listen up, because these break the usual percentages and are failing at incredibly high rates, some not lasting more than a day.
As a result, Seagate is now on the defending side of a class action lawsuit due to the high failure rate and failure to replace the broken drives with working ones.[Read More…]
Market research and analysis firm BCN announced the annual BCN Awards 2015.
Winners are determined based on sales volume, calculated from data gathered from thousands of sellers throughout Japan.
Canon seems to be doing better than ever, while Nikon is just barely holding its ground.
Sony gets its first taste of victory (and a painful failure) and SanDisk maintains its top spot.
A bit of digging reveals why names like Think Tank, Lowepro and Manfrotto won’t make the list.
Earlier today it was revealed by Kaspersky, a leading software security group, that the NSA has been using leading brand hard drives to spy on targets worldwide. In fact, they have been doing so since 2001.
While you most likely use a hard drive manufactured by one of the companies involved, chances are that you haven’t been a victim. Not that you’ve got any way of knowing…
Infected computers were found in over 30 countries, including Iran, Russia, Pakistan and China.