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A Western Digital partner has implied a 3TB drive is coming . Veracity makes the Coldstore video surveillance array, using a "linear array of idle disks technology and sequential filing system in order to offer reliability and file access". It has announced a partnership with Western Digital following "the realization by the two …

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Or maybe they will also do Seagate drives in the future?

Could mean anything... like pointing to the fact that all drive manufacturers will probably go 3TB, or that they will do Seagate 3TB as well.

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Reading too much into it?

The upgrade to 45TB may not be done with fifteen 3TB drives -- the key part of the tech they're promoting is the amount of storage they can cram into a 19" rack mount. I wonder how many 1TB 2.5" drives you could fit into the same volume if you were willing to pay the price?

Quick estimate: 15 x 2TB 3.5" drives at 80 quid each = 1200 smackers. 45 x 1TB 2.5" drives at 100 quid each = 4500 quid. Not cost-effective right now in terms of price per gigabyte but as the 2.5" drive prices fall it will become more and more affordable. Of course if there are 1.5TB 2.5" drives around the corner then that would add another possibility to the mix.

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Or they really are coming out with a 3TB model. It's been long enough having only a 2TB model at the top of the food chain, even a moderate step of 2.5TB would have been more than appetizing.

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Crash and Burn, Girl

Now I can lose 3x as much data when it crashes.

Quality!

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Ah, A/V disk drives.

The new Snake Oil.

The disk in my Sky+ box turned its toes the other day. On dismantling I found a Seagate drive which turned out from the part number to be a specialist A/V drive designed to run quieter and cooler while offering optimal I/O for A/V applications.

I looked up the cost of a replacement A/V spec drive and swore. Then I stuck in a spare shonky old Maxtor IDE of indeterminate vintage that I had knocking around. This has proved to be a damned sight quieter and cooler than the original with no performance problems.

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@Crash and Burn, Girl

Having had my fair share of dead disks in my time (and several from other people, mostly without backups of any sort) my first question is always "can my RAID card take them?"

Generally I use proper hardware RAID cards like the Areca ARC-1200 or ARC-1210 in spite of their cost because you can easily dual-boot windows and LINUX on the same disk set, which you can't do with fake & software RAID solutions.

Also the ARC-1210 allows periodic background (i.e. low priority) disk-scrubbing in RAID-5 mode which is a reassuring check that your disks are still OK for reading every sector of every disk. It would be nice if LINUX MD did the same without having to mess around.

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