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Secret's out: Small 15K disk drive market is 'growing'

The market for small and fast disk drives is actually growing – rather than shrinking, as flash array vendors are enthusiastically implying. At Western Digital's executive forum event in Vienna today, a person close to WD said: "In our business 15,000rpm drives are not all dead. In the 2.5-inch, 15K enterprise disk drive area …
Chris Mellor, 8 May 2012
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Storage pros: Big or small, you still have to hit the sweet spot

You the expert We talked to four Reg-reading storage gurus on where and when to use 3.5-inch hard disk drives and when to use 2.5-inch ones. They each admit a role for the smaller form factor drives – with one view being that they could take over completely as their capacities increase. But not one of our quartet thinks that 2.5-inch drive use …
Chris Mellor, 5 Jan 2011

Storage experts: Does size matter?

You The Expert There has been much ado about 2.5-inch, small form-factor (SFF) hard disk drives of late and how they are better than the larger 3.5-inch drives. Does size matter? Several storage array vendors have started using SFF drives in their arrays. The VSP from Hitachi Data Systems is one such drive. HP has OEMed this from HDS's …
Chris Mellor, 4 Jan 2011

Seagate takes a terabyte of the storage apple

Seagate has announced the industry's first 7200rpm internal-fit 1TB capacity 2.5-inch hard drive, the Constellation 2. The drive is made for server storage applications, including direct-attached, network-attached and SAN storage, and, as expected, has a 6Gbit/s interface, both SATA and SAS, and capacity points of 250GB, 500GB …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2010

Has Seagate added a 1TB SFF drive to its Constellation?

Some online disk drive sites are listing a 1TB 2.5-inch Seagate Constellation drive, which shouldn't exist. Seagate certainly has 1 and 1.5TB small form factor (SFF) drives inside its FreeAgent GoFlex external drives but has not announced such capacities for internally-mounted SFF drive product. Span lists a drive with a …
Chris Mellor, 9 Dec 2010

Seagate takes skinniest single platter to Vegas

Seagate is introducing the world's thinnest 2.5-inch laptop hard drive for netbooks and ultra-thin laptop PCs at CES in Las Vegas next month. This is a single platter Momentus Thin drive, 7mm in height, which makes it 25 per cent slimmer than traditional 2.5-inch notebook drives. It has 160GB and 250GB capacity points, an 8MB …
Chris Mellor, 9 Dec 2009
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Toshiba plans new enterprise: High capacity 3.5-inch HDDs

Toshiba is planning to enter the high-capacity enterprise 3.5-inch hard disk drive market. Toshiba Storage Division Europe hosted a press event in London yesterday, following on the completion of its acquisition of Fujitsu's hard disk drive (HDD) business. Following the acquisition Toshiba has a portfolio of HDDs that are …
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2009
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WD dives into SAS enterprise drive pool

Western Digital has jumped into the enterprise-class hard drive market with a 10,000rpm, 300GB capacity drive. The WD S25 is built on WD's popular Velociraptor drive base, having a similar 2.5-inch form factor, spinning at 10K and with a capacity of up to 300GB. The capacity points are 150GB, with one platter, and 300GB with …
Chris Mellor, 3 Nov 2009

Hitachi GST whacks Seagate in the Savvios

Updated Hitachi GST is taking on Seagate by launching a fast and small hard drive that matches the Savvio's capacity and SAS 2 interface but has four times the cache. In the enterprise 2.5-inch drive market Seagate has a 15,000rpm Savvio 15K.2 drive - two meaning second generation - that offers 73 and 146GB capacity points and has a …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2009

WD to sink teeth into enterprise drive market

Comment Western Digital's coming enterprise hard drive is likely to be built on a Velociraptor base. WD has said it is going to enter the enterprise hard drive market, building on its existing enterprise-class SATA 3.5-inch drives, as it terms them. These are bulk storage drives and not fast response ones. Seagate currently dominates …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2009
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Toshiba claims 2.5-inch disk leadership

Toshiba claims it has launched "the highest capacity 2.5-inch drive to date", at 640GB. Well, maybe not. Seagate quietly launched a 640GB, 2.5-inch FreeAgent Go in June and Western Digital's Scorpio Blue is a 1TB 2.5-inch drive which was announced in July. As Reg Hardware notes the new MK6465GSX Tosh drive has two platters, …
Chris Mellor, 2 Sep 2009

Dot Hill punts array of disk arrays

Dot Hill is adding iSCSI RAID storage offerings to its small-form factor 2.5-inch disk array product line, as well as three new products to its mainstream 2000 series disk arrays. The 2322 iSCSI SAN array uses 2.5-inch disk drives, while the 2532 DAS host-SAS array, 2332 iSCSI, and 2732 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel SAN arrays use 3.5 …
Chris Mellor, 1 Sep 2009
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Seagate to whip out 1TB 2.5-incher

It seems that you can buy a 1TB 2.5-inch FreeAgent Go drive from for £150, including VAT. The only small problem is that Seagate hasn't announced it yet. According to morecomputers, the drive spins at 5,400rpm, has a USB 2.0 connection, and its model number is ST910004FAD2E1-RK. Don't bother searching for it …
Chris Mellor, 1 Sep 2009
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Mixed fortunes for Hitachi disk division

A profitable 2008 for Hitachi has been followed by a miserable 2009, with two loss-making quarters and a possible fall behind in the areal density stakes. In April last year, and after much high-level debate within Hitachi, it was decided that Hitachi GST would remain as part of Hitachi, not be sold off in whole or part, and …
Chris Mellor, 9 Aug 2009
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Recession ending for Western Digital

Western Digital results for its fourth fiscal 2009 quarter are signalling the possible end of the recession in the hard disk drive market, and it is poised to overtake Seagate in unit drive shipments. World number 2 hard disk drive manufacturer WD saw fourth quarter revenues of $1.928bn, down 3 per cent from the previous year' …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2009

Seagate forced to think about the next small big thing

Comment Western Digital has pipped Seagate in the small form factor (SFF) areal density hard disk drive stakes with today's 1TB Scorpio Blue, which, in My Passport Essential SE form, compares to Seagate's 640GB FreeAgent Go. However the Seagate product is a two-platter one, meaning 320GB/platter, whereas WD's has three. That means …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2009

WD unfurls 1TB Scorpio

Leapfrogging Seagate again, Western Digital has announced the world's first 1TB 2.5-inch drive, a 3-platter Scorpio Blue. The company says it has the industry's highest areal density for such drives, 333GB/platter. Two drives are available with these platters: a 750GB one, available now from certain distributors and resellers …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2009

HP launches SMB storage blitz

HP is blitzing small and medium businesses with SAN, direct-attached and unified shared storage product offerings, upgrading its own products and taking on all comers. The StorageWorks X1000 storage system replaces HP's All-In-One low-end storage product. It combines network-attached storage (NAS) and iSCSI SAN (Storage Area …
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2009

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