B&H has the Seagate 8TB Backup Plus USB 3.0 external hard drive with a built-in USB 3.0 hub for $149.99 (reg. $199.99) as a Cyber Monday deal. I sent out the news of the white version of this drive on sale yesterday in the Deals Newsletter and it quickly sold out at the special price. Get it while it lasts here at B&H Photo.
A week ago, I wrote about the new 12TB drive from Seagate that was a single 3.5″ drive. But check this out; Western Digital also announced a 14TB 3.5″ drive, the HGST Ultrastar Hs14. The new HGST drive was actually announced last week as well (thanks Oberoth).
The storage industry is scaling like crazy. Every time a new barrier is passed, I can’t help but reminisce about my first Gateway 2000 computer with a 4GB hard drive from 1998. Of course, everyone that had a home computer in the 90s thought that we would never fill all the space on a 4GB drive.
Don’t expect the 14TB capacity to stand at the top of the mound for long though. Seagate has an 16TB planned for 2018 and expects to launch 20TB drives in 2020. As we continue to shoot higher resolution images and video though, we’ll fill these up faster than we would have previously expected.
You can geek out on all the specs for the new Hs14 here on Extremetech.
Seagate has increased the capacity in its IronWolf, IronWolf Pro and BarraCuda Pro hard drives up to a whopping 12TB.
The Barracuda Pro delivers 7200-RPM spin speed along with sustained data rates up to 250MB/s and burst data rates of 6Gb/s and is marketed toward creative pros and gamers. The Iron Wolf and IronWolf Pro models are built for NAS use with 3-year and 5-year warranties, respectively.
Online backup service Backblaze continues to post an enormous amount of data concerning its experience with over 40,000 hard drives from all the major manufacturers. This data is unique in that it demonstrates the real world failure rates from hard drives that are being pushed on a daily basis. That’s something I can’t do in a review of a single hard drive. [Read more…]
Backblaze just posted its data on failure rates of hard drives that it uses in its data center. At the end of 2014, it had 41,213 drives active for storing all of the data in its unlimited backup service.
It uses a variety of hard drive capacities across HGST (formerly Hitachi), Seagate and Western Digital. There is everything from 1.5TB to 6TB drives in operation. [Read more…]
Photographers are data hogs. We go through terabytes upon terabytes of storage as our cameras continue to produce higher image quality. And, if you work with video, it gets even worse. [Read more…]
Amazon has a Seagate 2TB USB 3.0 external HD for $80 right now. The last time this deal was up, it only lasted for a day.
If you’re still only sporting USB 2.0, you’ll be OK since USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with it too.