Farming hard drives: 2 years and $1M later

By | November 26th, 2013

We are two years removed from the horrific flooding that caused the Thailand Drive Crisis that created a worldwide shortage of hard disk drives. Prices for hard drives spiked and have remained stubbornly high, only returning to pre-crisis levels in the last couple of months. The market and competitive forces that over the past 30….

The Real Story Behind Drive Farming

By | April 1st, 2013

We try to be really honest and up-front here at Backblaze online backup, but we have a few things that we keep close to the chest. Even though we told the story behind our drive farming a few months ago, there were some things we didn’t tell you. We’re sorry. So, we created this video….

Honoring Our Drive Farmers

By | January 17th, 2013
Drive Farmer Drives

Back in November our Drive Farming Brigade was asked to farm hard drives for us over the Thanksgiving holiday. Hundreds of drives showed up and we dutifully sent them to our warehouse. They joined our drive stockpile and patiently waited for their chance to reach their hard drive destiny and be part of a Backblaze….

Crowdsourcing Hard Drives

By | November 30th, 2012

It was 12:10am on Black Friday. Dave sat clicking the refresh button on his browser; waiting for the page to reveal Costco’s Black Friday deal… Earlier in the day, Dave had signed up to be a drive farmer for Backblaze — a Black Friday drive farmer. He joined about 50 others who signed up to….