by Jakub Han | 13th December 2016
The Western Digital 12TB and 14TB Ultrastar He12 Helium-filled HDDs are, along with some new super-fast SSDs, the latest announcement by the hard drive manufacturer. Everyone who deals with HD high-bitrate videos knows how massive files sizes can get, and that they need to be stored somewhere safe. If you’re thinking of building your own NAS at home, or just want a new high-capacity drive for your computer, check out the new Western Digital 12TB or 14TB Ultrastar He12 Helium HDDs. According to WD, this is the fourth-generation of their helium-based, enterprise-class HDDs. The HGST-branded Ultrastar He12 has 12TB of storage capacity, making it the world’s highest capacity hard disk drive. The He12 offers either a 6Gbps SATA or 12Gbps SAS interface, both using Advanced Format. HelioSeal technology utilises helium with a density 1/7th that of air, enabling the use of thinner disks while maintaining a stable recording interface. There are eight discs in this drive, making it an industry first, as other drives only have up to seven discs. For detailed specs look at this HGST product page. The company will extend the He12 platform further, leveraging SMR to provide more capacity from the same essential hardware. The SMR version of the drive will deliver 14TB. Western Digital claims their new drives are also very safe, sporting features like: Data Security: Instant Secure Erase, sanitize and safely redeploy HDDs using the Instant Secure Erase feature SED Features: Help protect end user data with encryption (Self Encrypting Drive) Reliability: Amongst the industry’s highest MTBF rating at 2.5M hours with a 5-year limited warranty When will you be able to get your He12 HDD? Well, although the company is currently sampling to select OEMs, the Western Digital 12TB Drives are expected to be available in the first half of 2017, with the 14TB SMR HDD expected around mid 2017. There is no information about pricing yet, but we can expect WD’s competitors to introduce their own 12TB drives at some point next year. How do you deal with video material storage? Are you going to wait for these new bigger drives? Let us know in the comments!Read more
by Olaf von Voss | 19th January 2016
Well, the title is only valid if you’re reading this in 2016, I assume. Technology is evolving in an increasingly rapid fashion. So, 13TB squeezed on a single 2,5″ SSD? Indeed, Fixstars just announced such a drive, however, you might want to take a seat—this 13TB SSD comes with a whopping $13,000 price tag. Personally, I own a Sonnet Fusion R800 RAID with 10TB worth of HDD storage attached to it. That’s 8 disks with 1.5TB each, bound together as a RAID5 array. I purchased it back in 2010 and compared to this 13TB SSD it is starting to look a bit like a relic. The Good Okay, let’s do the math: Just imagine you want to record some nice 4k UHD in ProRes 4444 @ 25 fps. Your recording time with this monster SSD attached to your Atomos Shogun (if they are approving the drive): 26 hr 50 min! Or you could save the equivalent of 101 XQD 128GB card on just one of these SSDs. Not bad at all! The Fixstar SSD 13000-M offers some other nice features, like a temperature control system which should prevent the drive from overheating and a proprietary error correction system. Since the unit is aimed for a very professional market, it also features a proprietary “high durability” mode. With this mode enabled, the durability and longevity of the drive is promised to be tripled but in return, the capacity is cut in half. Oh dear, “only” 6.5TB remain on your $13,000 dollar, 13TB SSD—for those of you that aren’t keeping count, that is $2,000 per Terabyte. The SSD supports SATA 3.0, with reading at up to 580 MB/s and writing at up to 520 MB/s for sequential access. The Bad No, it’s not really all that bad. But you should keep in mind that this is just a single drive – hard to imagine, I know. It’s not a RAID. If something goes wrong, everything is lost and that could be 13TB of your hard work gone—just like that! It won’t deliver the write/read speeds you can expect from a proper RAID, either. Sure, you might think, let’s build a RAID out of 10 such SSDs. Well, that brings me directly to the next problem facing this gargantuan 13TB SSD. The Ugly It’s the pricepoint of $13,000, of course—a jaw dropping sum of money. With this in mind, this 13TB SSD is more a proof of concept rather than something your average consumer would purchase. I certainly wouldn’t fancy dishing out that much money for memory! It is, however, really nice to see how technology is evolving—our first home PC was equipped with a 20MB HDD and that was considered huge back in the day! Shipping starts in February and it can only be ordered from Fixstars directly. The company will have another model, the SSD 10000-M with a capacity of 10TB, ready by then. There has been no indication of pricing, but we can only assume that it’ll be a fair chunk of change!Read more
by Nino Leitner | 2nd May 2015
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! In the 23rd episode of ON THE COUCH, I was lucky enough to sit with fellow bloggers and shooters Dan Chung, Clinton Harn from newsshooter.com and Emmanuel Pampuri from pampuri.net. In this second part of the talk, we focus on a subject that isn’t often talk about – long-term storage for data. As the discussion unfolds, it becomes clear that even professionals don’t follow a strict protocol when it comes to permanent archiving of projects that are finished. Clinton surprises us by announcing that he ends up deleting some of the stuff he is shooting for projects to save storage space. Both he and Emmanuel use LTO tape drives for permanent backup, whereas Dan Chung and I currently still store everything on slower hard drives as soon as a project is done. We also talk about how to access and actually find old projects in the stacks of hard drives and tapes that we stack in our offices. I recommend using NeoFinder, a neat little software that indexes everything from attached hard drives and can be set up to update the index automatically. When I look for something, I just enter a search query into NeoFinder and it shows me on which drive I can find the file. It also stores metadata of all files and even preview images and video clips if wanted. In the 3rd part of this episode ON THE COUCH we look at SteadXP, an very exciting new stabilizer concept that follows a different path, because it’s a combination between a hardware box and software that interprets the movement in post production – Emmanuel Pampuri was involved with developing it and will introduce the technology. Stay tuned! Please visit our sponsors’ websites to keep new episodes of ON THE COUCH coming! Thanks to G-Technology, Røde Microphones, Movidiam, FilmConvert & F&V.Read more
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