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  1. The HGST 12TB drives have appeared on eBay. US seller. Going around $700 each.
  2. There are only 4 brands making 3.5" drives today, so "top 3" is probably not useful. Here they are, more-or-less in order of reliability based on recent BackBlaze stats. HGST (owned by WD, consistently highest reliability) Toshiba (small BackBlaze pool, so stats show higher variability) Seagate (2nd largest, seems to have upped their quality the last couple years) Western Digital (largest one, seems to have become less attentive to quality lately)
  3. I read daily. Mostly reply on HD news, which isn't as frequent as we'd like. Bring on HAMR.
  4. The 03 or 04 part is the series number, it gives an indication of density and possibly power efficiency. Toshiba's 05 series has just hit the markets, with 04 still going strong. 03 is an older design today. I don't know what the G or D stands for.
  5. If it's software RAID, you're all good. The hardware will see the drives as individuals. I've seen Raptors used in softraid before. Assuming it isn't software RAID, what controller are you using?
  6. OK, found a Toshiba 8TB for sale. Actual picture, and the listing claims 7 already sold. http://www.ebay.com/itm/371841480025 However, it's an MG05ACA800E enterprise drive. I don't recall anyone announcing this drive. The 8TB MN announced in this story is the MN05ACA800. Did Toshiba ship the MG 8TB without an announcement?
  7. It's about time. They were stuck at 6TB while everyone else has 10 and HGST has announced (but not shipped) 12TB. The specs and other materials do not identify the platter counts. Bottom screw locations imply the 6 and 8 use at least six platters each. Any word on availability?
  8. I detect a lawsuit happening. WD's SanDisk Skyhawk sounds a lot like Seagate's SkyHawk Surveillance drives. Which hit the market a good while earlier. Edit: I see that great minds think alike.
  9. For a 500 GB drive I would not bother. Even in 2.5", sizes top out at 5 TB and SSDs are slowly exterminating the 500 size.
  10. Apple waits until they're 7 years old - product support laws in California. You're supported until early 2018. Even then, later OSes won't deliberately break. Apple just won't test them on your machine before release.
  11. I've developed the impression all inexpensive Seagate 8TB drives are SMR. They're cagey about it - I pulled the data sheet on the 8TB Backup Plus above. It didn't give away if it was SMR or PMR.
  12. Article typo: Spindle Speed (RPM): 200
  13. Huh. And I *did* read that part.
  14. In the last graph (128K throughput) the vertical label is KB/sec. The SkyHawk's numbers range from 364,723 to 462,498 KB/sec. Or 364 MB/s to 462 MB/s. But Seagate's specs near the beginning of the article claim a max sustained throughput of 210 MB/s. Cache might speed things up, but this much of an increase seems doubtful. I'm guessing the numbers are really Bytes/sec, or is the SkyHawk cache as effective as shown?
  15. @milesaway, I thought you used kilometers in Canada. Oh right, this is about a new spammobile with low mileage. I'll invest by not clicking your link.