A hard drive and media player in one?

November 27th, 2014


Have you ever thought of bringing a portable video player on the road? Of course, you may think I might be talking about portable DVDs, but no. If you have a wide collection of movies at home, will you bring your CDs with you to your destination? Of course not! That would be too much of a hassle.

To the movie buffs, here’s a treat for you. Chinavasion is again trying to catch up with the big names in the hard drive industry as they have come up with a portable external hard drive that can be used a media player. The player has a 120GB capacity and a 2.5 inches wide screen for viewing. It also has an earphone jack, so you can basically bring it everywhere you go—even in places that value silence.

Photo taken from http://chinavasion.manufacturer.globalsources.com

Deframenting Hard Drive Myths part 1

November 20th, 2014

Stressing the needle because of defragmenting has some truth in it, though gone astray. Defragmenting the hard disk might require a lot of searching and looking as the hard drive reorganizes its data in a contiguous style. Defragmenting lets the read-and-write heads to scan huge amounts of data without searching over the platters.

On the other hand, right after defragmentation, the hard disk is no longer required to search for all the platters for your data. In this way it lowers the amount of head actuator actions as well as intensely increases the performance of the hard drive. For that reason and technically, defragmenting the hard drive will reduce the workload of the head actuator.

Secure Erase Program

November 12th, 2014

If the user is smart enough to go through the Storage Bits it is safe to them to play along with the Secure Erase program safe. In this program, secure erase, it overwrites ivery single block on the hard drive. Even those data on the bad blocks are being overwritten. The information left at the end is partly overwritten directories and blocks. Remember there is no data recovery from Secure Erase!

The National Security Agency together with the National Institue for Standards and Testing gave the Secure Erase, complying with legal requirements, a higher Security rating than external block overwrite software that is available anywhere in the market.

Hard Drive – Size does matter

November 5th, 2014

idedriveHard drives come in many forms and shapes, the most common are the 5 1/4″ and the 2 1/2″ the first appearing on desktops and the later on laptops. As of this year, the highest capacity hard drive has topped the 2TB capacity and is set to improve further as data storage technologies improve. The smallest hard drive ever made was a 0.85″ hard drive developed by Toshiba for use as if it were an SD/MMC card for data storage on a computer or mobile devices. The two forms of hard drives have stood the test of time due to the fact that flash memory has experienced such a boom prices have fallen making them a more viable storage solution for smaller needs. The speed at which these drives spin can range from 5,400 to 7,200 rpm the later of which was the long standing standard for server-type SCSI hard drives that were very expensive. Most mobile computers (laptops) come with a 5,400 rpm drive due to the sound considerations when using the device, the faster the device the louder the sound (the spinning sound or hum you hear). You can in theory use faster hard drives on mobile computers but they would reduce battery life and make it noisier defeating the overall design of the laptop. Continue reading »

SyQuest Technology, Inc.

October 29th, 2014

med_ap104s3062.jpgSyQuest Technology, Inc. abbreviated as SYQT Inc was known in making removable hard disk for personal computers. Syed Iftikar started the company back in 1982. It was name in some extent to him, short for Sy’s Quest. SYQT first product were 3.9” detachable hard disk. SyQuest products aim to give personal computer users non-stop storage for data-driven applications like desktop publishing, Internet information management, multimedia, audio, video, digital photography, fast backup, data exchange, and archiving. Nonetheless, they can not capture their target market

Between 1995 and 1997 their sales have been dropping down. It was for the reason that their products have quality issue. Later in 1998 the company filed for bankruptcy.


October 22nd, 2014

med_ap104s3060.jpgQuantum was founded from designers and executives Shugart Associates, IBM and Memorex. They came up with the eight inch drive. The idea of the product was to achieve very good performance without costing much on full closed servo system.

The Q500 series was the most popular of Quantum. In 1982 it had a market share of 25%. Later on Quantum was also started to develop SCSI hard drive. The product was released in 1986, it was the Q280 drive. Further developing resulted to ProDrive. A combination of Q500 series and Q280 series technology were used in prototyping it. ProDrive supports the ATA interface.

To Slave or Not to Slave

October 15th, 2014

This is a manually set designation done on an IDe hard drive that tells the computer system whether the drive is the boot drive or primary or secondary. This is vital for it tells your CPU where the boot drive is that contains the Operating system(usually windows). This can be determined with a quick check on the label of the drive where the pin designations are shown.

Setting this, you take a look at the IDE hard drive(preferably when it is still not installed on the computer system) in between the IDE cable and the power supply. There are normally three pairs of pins, one for master another for secondary or slave and the last one is for auto-detect with the computer system determining on it’s own which is which.

Hard Drive Fact

October 8th, 2014

The normal process of the platters is to spin up once the hard disk is started and keep spinning. The spinning course is the most tiring part on the spindle motor of the hard disk. A lot less effort is require maintaining the speed of the spindle. To get the maximum performance of the hard disk is the keep it on spinning. Before the hard disk can read or write it need to spin up on full speed.

When the hard drive is spinning down it doesn’t only reduce power consumption at the same time it reduces the thermal output. Thus, spinning down the spindle increases the longevity of the hard disk.

Understanding IDE Hard Disks

October 1st, 2014

1.jpgHard disks or sometimes called hard drives allow the storage of huge amounts of data on an electromagnetically charged surface or set of surfaces. A hard disk is actually composed of a stack of disks similar to old phonograph records where data is recorded in concentric circles known as tracks. The disk drive head records and reads information stored on the tracks. There are two heads located on both sides of a disk that either reads or writes data as the disk is spinning. Every read or write event needs for the data to be located which is known as seek operation. Hard disks come with varying speed and mapped to logical block address (LBA) which is commonly found in larger hard drives.

HDD’s will get even smaller next year

September 24th, 2014

Laptop and Notebooks are making strides like never before this year. Therefore, one of its major components needs to change or, in this case, shrink but retain its memory size.

HDDs apparently represent the most expensive component in a netbook system, as CPUs, LCD panels, optical disc drives and batteries mostly fall between US$20 and US$25 each, while a 2.5-inch HDD can go for as much as US$43-45, a perfectly good reason for trying to lower the cost of these specific components. The three storage companies are said to be focusing on minimizing the cost of the drive’s ICs, magnetic platters, and pick-up heads. Storage capacities for the lower priced hard drives are to fall between 80GB to 120GB, on the condition that the price cut is effective.

Small is the future…