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June 27, 2016  11:08 PM

Fun With Hard Drive Statistics

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Backblaze, Hitachi, Seagate, Storage, toshiba, western digital

Backup service Backblaze has released the quarterly report on its hard drive statistics. While there wasn’t anything new that particularly leapt out of this report, the company noted that it has now passed one billion hours of disk drive operation. Or, as Backblaze director of product marketing...

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


October 28, 2015  8:02 PM

More on the Western Digital-SanDisk Dynastic Marriage

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
SanDisk, Seagate, Storage, western digital

Back in the day, kings used to forestall a potential war from another country by marriage. Thus merged, the theory went, the countries would henceforth work together instead of competing. In the computer industry, that’s not really an option. This is why we’re seeing alliances like the


January 25, 2015  4:22 PM

BackBlaze Releases Drive Reliability Data, and Seagate Has a Sad

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Backup, HGST, Seagate, Storage, western digital

“If you are looking for good drive at a good value, it’s hard to beat the current crop of 4 TB drives from HGST and Seagate.” On the other hand, if you’ve got a 1.5 TB or 3.0 TB Seagate Barracuda, you might want to stop reading this, go back it up, and replace it. That’s the conclusion...


September 16, 2014  1:22 PM

‘Size Matters,’ Storage Vendors Say

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Hitachi, SanDisk, Storage, western digital

Okay, it's official: Storage vendors are all a big bunch of size queens.

Just a couple of weeks after Seagate announced an 8TB drive, Western Digital has...


August 29, 2014  2:49 PM

BackBlaze Tests 6TB Drives in Storage Pods

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Backup, Seagate, Storage, western digital

As you may recall, there are a number of vendors using a monstrous lot of hardware by buying a lot of commodity hardware, stripping off everything extraneous, and then stuffing boxes full of them. In addition, many of these vendors are also being nice and sharing information with us about their...


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