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Hard Drive Stats for Q3 2017

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

…always, you can download the hard drive statistics data we use to create these reports. Q3 2017 Hard Drive Failure Rates Since our Q2 2017 report, we added 9,599 new hard drives and retired 6,221 hard drives, for a net add of 3,378 drives and a total of 86,529. These numbers are for those hard drives of which we have…

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Hard Drive Stats for Q2 2017

By | August 29th, 2017

…and retired 4,286 old drives as we migrated from lower density drives to higher density drives. We cover more about migrations later on, but first let’s look at the Q2 quarterly stats. Hard Drive Stats for Q2 2017 We’ll begin our review by looking at the statistics for the period of April 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017 (Q2 2017)….

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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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Hard Drive Reliability Review for 2015

By | February 16th, 2016

…of growth, it was also a year of drive upgrades and replacements. Let’s start with the current state of the hard drives in our datacenter as of the end of 2015 and then dig into the rest later on. Hard Drive Statistics for 2015 The table below contains the statistics for the 18 different models of hard drives in our…

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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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