I'm just hoping to avoid the worstVendors and large users won't tell us who makes the best hard drives. So I decided to figure it for myself.
Robin Harris writes about storage and other tech with a focus on the SOHO/SMB market. And fun stuff, too, like PS3 supercomputers and Google's technology.
Robin Harris is Chief Analyst at TechnoQWAN LLC, a storage research and consulting firm he founded in 2005. Based in Sedona, Arizona, TechnoQWAN focuses on emerging technologies, products, companies and markets. Robin has over 35 years experience in the IT industry and earned degrees from Yale and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
Ricardo Bilton writes for ZDNet's The ToyBox.
What is the primary determinant of drive life? I've read the latest research and talked to insiders.
When you "archive" your Outlook email you probably suppose that your data is now safer than it was. After all, isn't "archiving" all about placing something important in a safe place?
It even happens to storage bloggersThings are quiet today at Mojo manor. My external 160 GB disk died.
I survived the Google Seattle scalability conferenceAnd Seattle's "summer" weather! The conference was titled "The Seattle Conference on Scalability".
They roll out new applications for millions of users with surprising speed, especially compared to corporate IT. They build data centers with hundreds of thousands of servers - and millions of disk drives - and run it all on free software.
Blu-ray wonThe sturm und drang over the Blu-ray vs HD DVD battle has come to naught. After a bit of jostling Blu-ray has taken an unassailable lead over HD DVD.
A new version of HDerase.exe has been releasedGo direct to UCSD's Center for Magnetic Recording Research website to download version 3.
You're Apple, Inc. You have a new kick-butt file system, ZFS, that blows away Microsoft's aging NTFS and complements see-and-gotta-have storage tools like Time Machine.
Flash drives only look like disks. In fact, nothing works the way you'd think.
Helping Mozy help MacsI'm a big fan of the remote backup concept embodied in Carbonite and Mozy. As a Mac user though I couldn't use either until recently, when Mozy released a beta Mac client.
IIRC, it was just 15 years ago that Maxtor shipped the first 1 GB, 3.5" drive.
Intel can't seem to catch a break. First their highly-touted FB-DIMMs deliver nothing beyond cost and heat.
Storage Bits speaks and Microsoft listensRight.In Why is Vista lame?
Home RAID and LOCKSSGreat discussion here and on StorageMojo on home RAIDOver on StorageMojo the discussion is converging on a low-overhead (in human cycles) solution consisting of local NAS + some kind of automated remote backup. Anybody holding a piece of Mozy or Carbonite should feel good.