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Physical failures to HDDs

Over the many years I’ve been working in a clean room, I’ve grown quite familiar with hard drives and the many pros and cons they can present. Generally speaking, hard drives can be a pretty resistant medium when used correctly and a technology I confidently use for storing my personal files. However, I know bad things can happen to good data as I have witnessed countless damages and failures to …Read More

Using SMART tools to predict HDD failure

In a previous blog – MTBF: Can it help predict hard drive failure? – we noted that the best-known methods for predicting hard disk drive (HDD) failure aren’t what you’d call scientific. Grinding and thrashing noises are a reliable indicator that a HDD is about to give up the ghost, for example, but that’s cold comfort when your drives are sitting in a remote data centre and therefore out of earshot. Hard drive manufacturers, …Read More

The shrinking data center

Remember when we used to need an entire rack for our tunes? Just as stereo systems have shrunk over the years, so has the modern data center.  This change began with the high density storage and larger capacity drives and now is accelerating with the increase use of software defined storage (SDS), hyper-converged storage and cloud storage. Soon, the need for the endless isles of racks in the data center …Read More