Seagate’s 600GB Server Drives Boast 2M Hour MTBF

seagate-600gb-driveSolid state drives might be all the rage right now, but traditional magnetic-based storage still rules the roost. Many corporations are moving to a tiered storage approach utilizing SSDs, but they still require massive capacities at a relatively economical price.

Most server farms have moved to the 2.5-inch hard disk drive format in order to increase storage density and decrease power consumption. These smaller drives have less capacity, but you can fit many more of them into a blade server.

Seagate is one of the biggest suppliers of 2.5-inch HDDs spinning at 10k RPMs. The company is introducing its latest Savvio 10k.4 drive today at 450GB and 600GB capacities. It uses 3 platters to achieve this, which is a little strange considering that it is already using a higher areal density in some of its mobile offerings. Competitor Western Digital is also planning to launch a 600GB version of its next-generation Velociraptor 10k drive within the next few months.

The reason is that its customers have been clamoring for more capacity, according to a well-placed source within Seagate. The company is working on another enterprise drive that will use 300GB platters, but that won’t be available until later this year.

Instead of waiting, the company went ahead with the technology it had. Enterprise level drives require extensive testing and verification before acceptance, so Seagate was able to collect a lot of data on the new drive.

The Savvio 10k.4 manages to achieve a 2 million hour Mean Time Before Failure and a 0.44% annualized failure rate, making it the first to do so. This gives it 20% higher reliability than any other drive, according to the company. It also has a very high Unrecoverable Error Rate of 1 sector in 10E16.

The drive will be available with either a 4Gbps Fiber Channel or 6Gbps SAS interface, along with a five-year warranty.


You can now get a Surface Laptop 2 for $800 at the Microsoft Store

Along with deals on other variants, starting configurations of Microsoft's Surface Laptop 2 are now going for $800 online at its retail store, cutting $200 from its usual $1,000 starting price. 

Need a quick battery boost? Try one of our favorite portable chargers

Battery life still tops the polls when it comes to smartphone concerns. If it’s bugging you, then maybe it’s time to snag yourself a portable charger. Here are our picks of the best portable chargers.

Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which console is more powerful?

Far from cooling down, the console wars are only getting more intense. We compare Microsoft's Xbox One X to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro to help you decide which premium console is right for you.

5G’s arrival is transforming tech. Here’s everything you need to know to keep up

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.

How do Nintendo Switch, Xbox One X compare to each other? We find out

The Nintendo Switch is innovative enough to stand apart from traditional consoles, but could it become your primary gaming system? How does the Switch stack up against the Xbox One?

Need a monitor for professional photo-editing? These are the very best

Looking for the best monitor for photo editing? You'll need to factor in brightness, color accuracy, color gamut support and more. Fortunately, we've rounded up the best ones for you, to help you make an educated purchase.

Canada’s winters inspired a startup to warm homes with cryptomining heat waste

Cryptomining may be the key to untold riches and the future of currency, but it’s also an environmental nightmare. Heatmine, thinks it has the answer, but it could mean bolting a mining rig onto every home and business in the country.

HDR monitors are beginning to have an impact. Here are the best you can buy

HDR isn't the most common of PC monitor features and is often charged at a premium, but the list of available options is growing. These are the best HDR monitors you can buy right now.

You’ll soon be able to scribble all over PDFs on your Chromebook

Chrome OS users may soon be able to doodle all over their PDF documents with the possible addition of a new feature in Chrome OS' PDF viewer. The annotation feature is expected to allow users to hand draw or write over their documents.
Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: Prices drop, but our favorite stays the same

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the two big names in the virtual reality arena, but most people can only afford one. Our comparison tells you which is best when you pit the Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive.

Microsoft’s Windows 95 throwback was just an ugly sweater giveaway

Microsoft's "softwear" announcement wasn't what we had hoped for. Thursday's announcement was not the new line of wearable tech or SkiFree monster sweater we wished for. But it did deliver the 90s nostalgia we wanted.
Home Theater

Confused about LED vs. LCD TVs? Here's everything you need to know

Our LED vs. LCD TV buying guide explains why these two common types of displays are fundamentally connected, how they differ, what to look for in buying an LED TV, and what's on the horizon for TVs.

The best MacBook deals for December 2018

If you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop, let us make your work a little easier: We hunted down the best up-to-date MacBook deals available online right now from various retailers.

How to connect AirPods to your MacBook

If you have new AirPods, you may be looking forward to pairing them with your MacBook. Our guide will show you exactly how to connect AirPods to MacBook, what to do if they are already paired with a device, and more.