Online backup solution BackBlaze has been publishing its data on hard drive reliability since January now, with its last update shedding some light on HDD endurance. The company uses thousands of hard drives for online backups of consumer and corporate clients and has elected to publish its performance data. DOAs are fairly common across the industry, but those are more survivable – a failed hard drive means lost data.

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 20:34

Seagate Announces First 8TB HDD

Seagate announced today that they have managed to achieve new feats of storage capacity. Seagate is the first company to get an 8TB 3.5” HDD to the consumer market, according to Seagate Vice President of Marketing Scott Horn. This comes only a few months after the company released its 6TB HDD and hopefully means they may be creating even larger HDDs as they are learning more about achieving high density storage in the restrictive space, but that’s probably overly optimistic speculation on my side.

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This weekend sales round-up lands on the anniversary of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. For those who don't know (and those who don't care but can't force themselves to stop reading), this is the volcano that destroyed Pompeii. Instead of celebrating by trying to set off more volcanic eruptions around the world, I suggest you look into these hot deals -- including a Volcanic Isles GPU -- while they last. We found a CPU cooler at $75, 8GB of low-profile RAM for $73, a 3TB HDD for only $100, and an optical gaming mouse at $30.

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Our weekend sales roundup always helps begin the month right. These deals should help get a back-to-school system ready for those late nights of … studying. This weekend, we've got a 4TB HDD for $160, a mid-tower gaming case, high-end PSU, and some extras.

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For those who heard about the recent price drop for AMD cards, we have a deal for you this weekend as a result (and those who were unaware should really read that article). Our weekend sales round-up covers a 1000W PSU for $160, a 3TB HDD under $100, a 240GB SSD at $90, and an R9 280 for only $190. Have no fear, as always, we will post additional deals throughout the week on our Facebook and Twitter accounts as we find them. 

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Time for another weekend hardware sales round-up. First, for those of you building new gaming PCs, check out our latest ultra-budget gaming PC build for some guidance on a $475 computer. Moving on to the sales, this weekend we feature some amazing deals on the NZXT Phantom 820 case, an 80+ Bronze PSU from Cooler Master, WD's Blue 1TB HDD at 7200RPM, and a 480GB PNY SSD.

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This is just a short bit of advice for those of you working on new PC builds. As the industry's manufacturing processes advance, we eventually begin to see a disproportionate cost-to-performance or cost-per-GB ratio forming at the lower-end of a particular product type. In many ways, it's more expensive for a manufacturer to continue producing lower-end products; the fab or assembly processes change to accommodate new advancements, like higher density or more desirable high-frequency yield, so continued production of devices under the new bar is undesirable and often halted.

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This is one of the best weekend hardware sales round-ups we've had yet. This weekend, there's an MSI R9 270 2GB video card on sale for $180 (yes, actual MSRP!), an ultra-wide ASUS LED LCD for $210, Fractal's Define R4 case at $90, and more.

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We return once again to our regular weekend-ly hardware sales round-up. A somewhat sizable gaming case and power supply sale was spotted in the middle of last week, so if you missed that, check out the post here -- some of the deals still apply. For this weekend, we found 16GB of ADATA RAM and 4GB of Patriot RAM on sale, a 240GB PNY SSD marked down to $120, and WD's 1TB Blue HDD with a $5 instant discount (which is big for a hard drive, sadly).

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PC components have frighteningly high failure and DOA rates when compared against other industries, but perhaps one of the least reliable components - and worst to lose - is the hard drive. While talking with a representative from the audio industry at CES, the point was made that "you only need to have the device fail one time before you decide to never buy from that company again." That's generally true, and is generally why we opt for WD or Hitachi in our gaming PC builds -- I've personally had too many drives fail from other sources not to do this.

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Online backup provider Backblaze ran an internal reliability study on 25,000 hard drives and statistically analyzed the endurance of devices from each major company: Seagate, WD, and  Hitachi. The worst hard drive manufacturer, according to Backblaze, is Seagate -- swaggering in with a 14% annual failure rate across all of its offerings.

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