Posts Tagged ‘hdd’

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

AltrixSoft released an update for the program designed for monitoring of hard drives. The program is built on the S.M.A.R.T. technology, which is supported by practically all HDDs. Hard Drive Inspector analyzes hard drives and warns a user about possibilities of problem occurrences. If an emergency in the system is about to occur, the program will suggest the user either to backup the files, or to replace the hard drive. There is an option to enable automatic backup procedure. Other program features but limited to creation and emailing of the reports, automatic shutdown in cases of system failure. The data about disks’ performance can also be saved as a log files and printed out.

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Corner Bowl Software Corporation a new version of a powerful software product intended for hard drive monitoring has been released. The program is intended for system administrators and enables to track performance of several hard drives simultaneously. DiskMonitor enables to automatically locate all available networks, and then displays a list of all the hard drives. One can choose from the list the monitors to be monitored, and specify the events, the occurrence of which should be treated by the program as a system failure. The notifications about incorrect functioning can be e-mailed, as well as stored as reports that are exportable to such formats as CSV and XML. The program can also track the folders a user works with, as well as the disk objects one uses. The new version of the product has a new interface, supports new types of reports and actions. The engine of the program has been optimized.

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Western Digital has been flaunting its VelociRaptor for some time now, but the drive you’ve been slamming into towers is now available for low-power, high-performance blade server applications. The 2.5-inch, 10,000RPM enterprise SATA drive (WD3000BLFS) is specially designed to fit snugly within 1U and 2U rack servers, and aside from consuming 35% less power than the previous Raptor drive, this one is available with up to 300GB of capacity. You’ll also find 16MB of cache and a 1.4 million mean time before failure rating, though you won’t be able to procure one until later this month for an undisclosed price.

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

According to, Western Digital is working on a 20,000 RPM Raptor hard drive to combat the ever-increasing pressure from SSD manufacturers. As the experts claim, SSDs are going to be affordable in the next year. HD manufacturers are starting to get concerned about what such SSD’s could do to the market in the near future, especially in the sectors where performance is more important than storage capacity. Western Digital’s Raptor will be very similar to the recently-released VelociRaptor (a 2.5in drive with a custom 3.5in housing system). The drive will be ’silent,’ in spite of the impressive spindle speed (20,000 RPM). The device manages to be so quiet thanks to new improvements in housing technology, which work both as a heatsink and as a noise inhibitor.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Seagate released the first of a 1.5TB hard drive for desktop computers. The jump from 1TB to 1.5TB is the “largest capacity hard drive jump in the more than half-century history of hard drives”, according to Seagate. The revolution was possible thanks to the perpendicular data recording technology (PMR). The hard drive Barracuda 7200.11 works with desktops, workstations, RAID-massives, game/hi-end computers and external memory devices that support USB/FireWire/eSATA interfaces. The Serial ATA interface (3GB/sec) provides high speed of data transferring (up to 120 MB/sec for fast downloads, launching of applications and access to information. The hard disk’s capacity varies from 1.5TB to 160 GB with cash memory capacity 32Mb and 16Mb. The 1.5Tb disks Momentus 5400.6 and Momentus 7200.4 with spindle speed 5400 RPM and 7200 RPM are designed for notebooks, external harddrives and other solutions that require physically small disks.

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

Probably one of the main features of MacBook Air is the usage of a solid state drive. It’s expensive, but it’s faster and more reliable than a hard drive mechanism. SSDs use high density Flash RAM chips to store data in place of a conventional HDD’s magnetically read platters. SSD includes both Flash RAM chips and an ATA interface, so the computer treats the device just like a hard drive. Upgrading from the Air’s standard 80GB HDD to a 64GB SSD costs a steep $999. The biggest downside after cost is the drop in capacity. Formatted, the 64GB SSD has a capacity of 55.6GB. In disk reading and particularly random access reads, the SSD was dramatically faster: as much as 18 times faster. That means faster booting, faster application launching, and faster open file operations. SSD read speeds won’t make the overall system dramatically faster all the time, but they are noticeable any time a lot of data is being read.