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  1. Something wrong with the story link. I'm trying to access the story from here, because the pop-up thing on the front page happens before I can click on a story link there. I know ad rates are terrible today. But that front-page popup is majorly annoying.
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    What to do with 8 new FC Drives

    Yes, eBay. Don't try for a swap, you'll wait too long for someone with the right combination. Sell them, buy what you need.
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    What to do with 8 new FC Drives

    Can you return the drives? Especially for an exchange if the store also sells SAS?
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    Toshiba L200

    Just visited Newegg for something else. Random observation: When the 2TB Toshiba L200 first hit at $90, M9T prices on Newegg were $156-200. Today, about a month later. The L200 is still at $90. All the other 2TB drives (7-9.5mm, including the M9T) have dropped to $90 or below. The benefits of competition.
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    Samsung 860DCT SSD Review Discussion

    I brought this up here a short time ago. SR needs to link these graphs to an explanation page, or people are going to keep asking. They're testing loads at successive % of capacity (0% - 120%) for each drive on a third axis (not shown). Then measuring both X and Y values. At any given test point, there is only one measurement. For each drive, the graph gets weird when they hit 100% of their capacity. Flatter, more-natural curves are typical of higher-performance drives.
  6. Thanks, that makes sense. As opposed to people not noticing a glitch for 8 months. I couldn't picture how you'd get such graphs by setting either axis, then measuring the other. You're actually setting values on a 3rd axis (% of capacity) then measuring both X and Y.
  7. It's not just this review. I started checking older reviews in Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera. It's the graphs, not the browsers. Here's a typical one: My personal favorite, resembling kindergarten scribbles: Am I the only person who noticed the corruption? Checking reviews, it began happening around January 2018. Dec 22, 2017. Crucial MX500 1TB review. Graph is clean. Jan 10, 2018. Crucial MX500 500GB review. Corruption present. It appears the graph data avoids an elliptical region in the upper right corner. But the ellipse size and proportions vary by graph.
  8. How did you get the impossible graphs? Graphs #2, 4, 5, 6, 7 require multiple measured values for some levels of IOPs or throughput. Assuming you threw IOPs at it, and measured the latency. There's some minor glitching in the comparison drives too. But the 660p is the main culprit, with squiggly plots.
  9. It looks like we'll be getting some long-term reliability stats on Toshiba 14TBs as well. BackBlaze is buying 1,200 for deployment. From their Q2 2018 stats: StorageReview does different tests, so we're going to have a broad data set on the 9-platter design. I'm looking forward to the SR review. If the drives are good enough, they may force Seagate to start shipping HAMR models.
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    Toshiba L200

    The key concern is SSD price. If SSD prices crashed, I'd completely lose interest in HDDs. But SSDs remained stubbornly high for several years, then resumed a slow downward creep. Since SSDs don't drop despite repeated process improvements and new factories opening, the only near-term hope is larger HDDs. At least those have to be competitively priced to sell vs SSDs. So upgrade choices are: (A) no upgrade, keep waiting. (B) 4TB SSD for $1000+. (C) potential 3TB HDD in the $120--140 range. I've been stuck at (A) for around 4 years now, because I'm not willing to be ripped off with (B). In my experience, most people do not like to be ripped off. That leaves denser HDDs as the only realistic hope.
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    Toshiba L200

    The sizes offered imply it's a 2-platter drive. Which would be inline with current platter densities. If it is PMR, it would be a solid improvement over the M9T (3 platters). Since Toshiba offers that (3.5") 14TB PMR drive with a crazy 9 platters, it opens the door to a 3-platter 3TB in the near future. Maybe we'll finally get some upgrade options before SSDs take over the space.
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    Toshiba L200

    I do not recall this being announced. Newegg shows stock available today. Toshiba has a new 2.5" / 7-9.5 mm lineup out, in 2 TB / 1 TB / 500 GB. Apparently all 5400 RPM. L200 in 2TB (9.5mm) for $95 My question is if it's PMR. Toshiba's product page has no detailed specs. (click on the L200 pic in the banner). Their support section lists the drive, but basically has no documents. Obviously I'd like to see a notebook drive bigger than 2TB. But even at 2TB, it would be nice to have a current PMR available. The M9T is running $156-200 on Newegg (about half of a basic 2TB SSD), and I'm not certain it's still being made. Any chance Storage Review could use their spies to determine if it's PMR?
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    Any word of new 2.5 drives above 2 TB?

    The annual tradition resumes. I'm approaching a vacation, and looking to upgrade my laptop. Newegg lists: 2TB HDDs (reported to be SMR): $80-94 2TB M9T (PMR): $157-200 (now 4+ years since introduction) 2TB SSD: $314 4TB SSD: $1,100 With SSD prices falling and the M9T going up, they could pass each other in a year. If they do before <= 9.5mm 3/4TB HDDs are introduced, then SSDs will exterminate all laptop HDDs. Permanent loss of a market. External 2.5s will last a bit longer. I hope the HDD makers are pleased. I'm certainly not.
  14. The V300 comes in 1-3 TB @5940 RPM. Is this a 2.5" drive? If so, what thickness, especially on the 3TB? We're long overdue for a 3TB in 7-9.5mm form factor. I tried the Toshiba link for more info, but it goes to their memory section. Flash products, and no hard drives.
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    Seagate Announces 14TB Helium HDD

    14TB and Helium. Sounds good, but all the other important specs are missing. Also missing on the pictured label - they should be in the blank space below the barcode. RPM? Cache? Sustained sequential transfer speed? Platter count? PMR/SMR/host-managed SMR? MTBF?