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Hard Drive Stats for Q3 2017

By | October 26th, 2017
Q3 2017 Hard Drive Stats

…donjjcarroll Is there any way to tell exactly what model hard drive is inside an enclosed product. For example, a local Best Buy store has the following drive on sale. Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB 3.5″ USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive (STEL8000100). I am wondering if the enclosed HD would be a model that is on your Backblaze…

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Hard Drive Stats for Q2 2017

By | August 29th, 2017

…In this update, we’ll review the Q2 2017 and lifetime hard drive failure rates for all our current drive models. We also look at how our drive migration strategy is changing the drives we use and we’ll check in on our enterprise class drives to see how they are doing. Along the way we’ll share our observations and…

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Hard Drive Cost Per Gigabyte

By | July 11th, 2017
Hard Drive Cost

…For hard drive prices, the race to zero is over: nobody won. For the past 35+ years or so, hard drives prices have dropped, from around $500,000 per gigabyte in 1981 to less than $0.03 per gigabyte today. This includes the period of the Thailand drive crisis in 2012 that spiked hard drive prices. Matthew Komorowski has done…

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Yes, Backblaze Just Ordered 100 Petabytes of Hard Drives

By | October 5th, 2017
100 petabytes

…Backblaze just ordered 100 petabytes’ worth of hard drives, and yes, we’ll use nearly all of them in Q4. In fact, we’ll begin the process of sourcing the Q1 hard drive order in the next few weeks. What are we doing with all those hard drives? Let’s take a look. Our First 10 Petabyte Backblaze Vault Ken clicked…

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What is HAMR and How Does It Enable the High-Capacity Needs of the Future?

By | December 14th, 2017

…technologies like Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) from Seagate are very relevant to us here at Backblaze and to the storage industry in general. In today’s guest post we are pleased to have Mark Re, CTO at Seagate, give us an insider’s look behind the hard drive curtain to tell us how Seagate engineers are developing the HAMR technology and making…

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An Invitation for CrashPlan Customers: Try Backblaze

By | August 22nd, 2017

…happy to pay B2 storage rates after the initial 30 days. allenhuffman “Back Up Multiple USB External Hard Drives” … that, and encryption, are very appealing. Modern laptop drives are tiny so most everything I have is on an external drive. Le Balladeer I don’t think they are going to do it. If they had to they would have done…

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Strategies for Backing Up Windows Computers

By | September 12th, 2017

…it is called cold storage. An archive could be stored with a cloud storage provider, or put on a hard drive or flash drive that you disconnect and put in the closet, or mail to your brother in Idaho. What’s the Best Strategy for Backing Up? Now that we’ve got our terminology clear, let’s talk backup strategies for Windows. At Backblaze,…

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Sync vs. Backup vs. Storage

By | June 20th, 2017

…at least 1 copy offsite. The best setup is data on your computer, a copy on a hard drive that lives somewhere not inside your computer, and another copy with a cloud backup provider. Backblaze Cloud Backup is a great complement to other services, like Time Machine, Dropbox, and even the free-tiers of cloud storage services. What is The Difference…

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