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Distributor announces 2.5" 15K hard drive

Distributor announces 2.5" 15K hard drive

2.5" hard drives are due to get a boost if Compellent's announcement of 15K drives is true.

A hardware distributor has announced a product that, thus far, no manufacturer is laying claim to: ultra-fast 900GB 2.5" hard drives.

According to The Register, a hardware roadmap unveiled by distributor Compellent at the C-Drive Conference talked about a new 2.5" small-form-factor hard drive due "in the relatively near future" that would bring high storage capacities and massive speed to ultra-dense server environments.

Designed for enterprise use, and likely to have an extremely deleterious effect on your battery life if you jam one in your laptop, the 2.5" drive spins its platters at 10,000 RPM - a speed normally associated with enterprise-grade 3.5" hard drives.

While that's impressive enough, Compellent also announced something for those who find seek times more important than capacity: a second 2.5" drive spinning at 15,000 RPM - making it the fastest mechanical small-form-factor hard drive available.

While the drives are certainly something for enterprise buyers to look forward too, there is one little hiccup on the horizon: thus far, no manufacturer has come forward to announce that Compellent's roadmap contains its products. While rumour has it that Seagate is a likely candidate, further specifications and additional details about the new drives will have to wait until whichever company is responsible makes itself known and boasts of its achievement.

Are you imagining what delights could result from a 15K RPM drive in a desktop replacement notebook, or will you reserve judgment until the manufacturer or Compellent releases full specifications - and, more importantly, pricing? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Redkachina 7th May 2010, 11:53 Quote
Apart from the battery life..I rather keep the 15K spinning drives in my desktop rather than inside the laptop..
confusis 7th May 2010, 11:53 Quote
I can imagine someone accidentally putting pressure on the top and the disc shattering at those speeds
mi1ez 7th May 2010, 12:02 Quote
also a potential competitor to the velociraptor?
rickysio 7th May 2010, 12:20 Quote
Most likely from the company that makes the VelociRaptor.
liratheal 7th May 2010, 12:23 Quote
..What the ****
livenoise 7th May 2010, 12:25 Quote
Wouldn't it be as noisy as hell spinning at 15k?
Picarro 7th May 2010, 12:30 Quote
As soon as you could hear that spinning up, you could see the battery meter of your laptop draining :D
B3CK 7th May 2010, 13:54 Quote
Pricing would have to be well below SSD prices to warrant consideration in my notebook.
general22 7th May 2010, 14:16 Quote
Would be madness to put this in a notebook, I am not well versed in storage in servers but would the performance gains really make a difference over arrays of hundreds of drives? Otherwise I am guessing the 2.5" form factor allows greater storage density as you can use more drives.
Iorek 7th May 2010, 14:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Picarro
As soon as you could hear that spinning up, you could see the battery meter of your laptop draining :D

lol, indeed.

Its more use for a desktop PC, or a "desktop replacement" rather than a laptop. Think about the heat generated in a laptop too, mine gets hot enough and thats on a 5400rpm drive :/
general22 7th May 2010, 14:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by Iorek
Think about the head generated in a laptop too, mine gets hot enough and thats on a 5400rpm drive :/

Sooo can I buy your laptop
Iorek 7th May 2010, 14:51 Quote
heat :p
rickysio 7th May 2010, 16:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by general22
Would be madness to put this in a notebook, I am not well versed in storage in servers but would the performance gains really make a difference over arrays of hundreds of drives? Otherwise I am guessing the 2.5" form factor allows greater storage density as you can use more drives.

Greater storage density, lower power draw (assuming same number of drives) and probably lesser heat vs a 3.5" HDD.

This probably uses 3 300GB platters.
Tulatin 7th May 2010, 18:12 Quote
If it's using 3 x 300GB platters, it's going to be 12-15mm thick, rather than the standard 9. Couple that with the rather INSANE heat, and the incredible fragility of laptop drives, and this might be a drive best suited for enterprise usage. Where's it's not going to move. And be in datacenters.
rollo 7th May 2010, 18:56 Quote
SSD please

be cheaper id think too
Fordy 7th May 2010, 19:45 Quote
Aww, I'm still saving for an SSD :P
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Originally Posted by rickysio
Most likely from the company that makes the VelociRaptor.

Ie. Western Digital.
HourBeforeDawn 7th May 2010, 20:08 Quote
Well that goes to be one hot mother....
kHAn_au 8th May 2010, 05:09 Quote
Thank god and about time, I need these in the enterprise sector!
900GB and being able to fit 4 of these in the space of every 3.5 inch drive finally breaks the capacity density stand-off between the form factors.
The biggest 15k drive i can get currently is only 600GB in 3.5 factor too!
Odd there has been no whispers around the channel or enterprise news about this until now...
rickysio 8th May 2010, 05:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fordy
Quote:
Originally Posted by rickysio
Most likely from the company that makes the VelociRaptor.

Ie. Western Digital.

It's not that I don't know - heck, I run 2 WD drives in my PC. It's just a reply to the post above mine. (Which is quoted below.)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mi1ez
also a potential competitor to the velociraptor?
TSR2 8th May 2010, 18:59 Quote
Weren't the Velociraptors 2.5", just had some kind of heatsink to prevent them burning their way out of the case? Or am I thinking of something else?
Mister_Tad 8th May 2010, 21:45 Quote
The heatsink on the velociraptor is just so it will fit in a standard 3.5" drive slot. The drive runs cooler than your average 7200rpm desktop drive.

15k 2.5" drives are old hat, but if they've managed to get 900GB spinning at 15k would be impressive, though I'm suspicious that the 900GB part is a 10k drive, as reported by Engadget - http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/06/distributor-roadmap-shows-super-speedy-900gb-2-5-inch-hdd/

The drive will never see the inside of a laptop though. This drive is an enterprise drive, will certainly be on the SAS interface (maybe FC, but unlikely as 2.5" drive's haven't really made their way to enterprise level arrays), and will be a whole 5mm thicker than your average laptop drive. These drives will be living almost exclusively in datacentres with anything up to ~1100 brothers and sisters just like it.
rickysio 9th May 2010, 04:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by TSR2
Weren't the Velociraptors 2.5", just had some kind of heatsink to prevent them burning their way out of the case? Or am I thinking of something else?

VelociRaptors ARE 2.5", but fatter than normal 2.5"s
Sparrowhawk 9th May 2010, 07:48 Quote
Yeah, for the price of this new drive, you could likely buy a SSD with (maybe) half the capacity, and more than twice the performance. Seems an interesting, if expensive, compromise.
rickysio 9th May 2010, 11:06 Quote
Half?

Not very likely...
C-Sniper 10th May 2010, 00:38 Quote
Pair this beast up with the mobile Fermi cards and the intel quad core and your battery life will only be as long as it takes for the capacitors to discharge
knuck 10th May 2010, 05:04 Quote
Had this news be dated "may 7th 2005" I would have been excited about this but now, as of 2010, I couldn't care less to be honest.


SSD cheesecake
Grimloon 10th May 2010, 12:55 Quote
According to The Register it looks like it's going to be Seagate rather than WD making the 15K drives. WD look to be entering the SSD market instead.
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