Seagate Savvio 10K.5 900GB SAS HDD
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Most people, me included, are more than just covered with the all-time classic 3.5" hard disk drives since they are the perfect combination between price and capacity currently along with very good speeds, especially if you happen to own an SAS controller. Still there are some people who can't afford to have 3.5" drives in their systems due to space limitations and of course the same also applies for most enterprises which have countless 2.5" drives setup in large arrays. True this is not something i can reproduce here even if i wanted to but i can test the latest Seagate offering in the field, the Savvio 10K.5 SAS 2.5" 900GB hard disk drive.
Founded in 1979, Seagate is the leading provider of storage devices–in 2008, we became the first hard drive manufacturer to ship 1 billion hard drives–with the industry’s broadest product offering. Our products include 2.5–inch and 3.5–inch hard disk drives, solid state drives and hybrid drives (which incorporate both rotating media and flash memory) for compute–intensive enterprise environments that demand high performance, low–power consumption and proven reliability. In 2009, Seagate developed its first solid–state drives (SSDs) that leverage non–volatile flash memory instead of spinning magnetic media. Seagate’s first SSDs were designed for enterprise environments utilizing blade and general server applications. We followed that up in 2010 with a solid state hybrid drive for laptops–a product with a unique algorithm that enables the drive to “learn” which files are needed most often and then places them in the drive’s on–board flash memory for lightning–fast access. Seagate’s products enable high–performance desktop and laptop systems, along with ultraportable devices such as netbooks and thin laptops. We delivered the industry’s first 2TB, 7,200–RPM desktop hard drive, along with the world’s first 7mm, 2.5–inch form factor drive. These innovative storage products deliver super–sized capacities, industry–leading performance, encrypted security features and more.
Unlike the very good Constellation.2 7200RPM 2.5" hard disk drives we reviewed a while back the Savvio 10K.5 line runs at 10000RPM so we expect a nice speed increase from the extra rotations. My only real concern however is how the Savvio 10K.5 will fair against the Toshiba MBF2xxxRC line we had with us a while back since both lines run at the same rotational speed. Seagate also makes the incredible Savvio 15K unit with a lightning fast rotational speed of 15000RPM but with a limited capacity of 300GB it simply doesn't offer the same price/capacity ratio as the Savvio 10K.5. So let's see just how good the latest 900GB Savvio 10K.5 really is.