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August 31, 2017  10:55 PM

How to Destroy a Hard Drive? Ask Terry Pratchett

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Hard disk, hard drive, Storage

If you really want to make sure that nobody’s going to be able to read your data, the late author Terry Pratchett just showed you how it’s done: Per his instructions, his executor just ran over his hard disk drives with a steamroller. “Pratchett’s

August 29, 2017  12:41 PM

Nerd Out on Backblaze Hard Drive Statistics

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Backblaze, hard drive, Storage

Periodically, I like to pass on what Backblaze is reporting about the hard drives that make up its cloud backup service. This is for two reasons. First, Backblaze uses a truly massive number of hard drives, and so they come up with a lot of statistically significant results. Second, the company is...


March 9, 2016  3:53 PM

Time for Backblaze’s Hard Drive ‘Swimsuit Issue’

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Backblaze, hard drive, HGST, Seagate, Storage, toshiba, western digital

The rest of the world has the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. The storage world has the Backblaze annual hard drive status report, but which is drooled over and argued over just as passionately, ever since the company


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