What is the Best Hard Drive?

By | January 21st, 2015

Check out the latest Hard Drive Stats. It was one year ago that I first blogged about the failure rates of specific models of hard drives, so now is a good time for an update. At Backblaze, as of December 31, 2014, we had 41,213 disk drives spinning in our data center, storing all of….

Our 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

By | December 15th, 2014

Backblaze is transitioning from using 4 TB hard drives to 6 TB hard drives in the Storage Pods we will be deploying over the coming months. With over 10,000 hard drives needing to be purchased over the next several months, the choice of which 6TB hard drive to use is critical. Let’s take a look….

Hard Drive SMART Stats

By | November 12th, 2014

I’ve shared a lot of Backblaze data about hard drive failure statistics. While our system handles a drive failing, we prefer to predict drive failures, and use the hard drives’ built-in SMART metrics to help. The dirty industry secret? SMART stats are inconsistent from hard drive to hard drive. With nearly 40,000 hard drives and….

Hard Drive Reliability Update – Sep 2014

By | September 23rd, 2014

At Backblaze we now have 34,881 drives and store over 100 petabytes of data. We continually track how our disk drives are doing, which ones are reliable, and which ones need to be replaced. I did a blog post back in January, called “What Hard Drive Should I Buy?” It covered the reliability of each….

Storage Pod 4.0: Direct Wire Drives

By | March 19th, 2014

To get the latest updates and informationon ALL of the Storage Pod versions. Click Here. For the first time since the original Storage Pod, Backblaze is announcing a completely redesigned approach with the introduction of the first “direct wire” Storage Pod. This new Storage Pod performs four times faster, is simpler to assemble, and delivers….

100 Petabytes of Cloud Data

By | March 18th, 2014

Wow. Backblaze is now storing 100 petabytes of customer data in our cloud storage. 100 petabytes is a hard number to wrap our heads around, so… How much data is 100 petabytes? 100 petabytes 100,000 terabytes 100,000,000 gigabytes 100,000,000,000 megabytes Here are a few comparisons to help contextualize what 100 petabytes: * 1/4th as much….