Seagate Unveils New SSD Line for Consumers, Enterprise
May 7, 2013 10:23 AM
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New SSD's are aimed at consumer and enterprise use
Seagate has been making storage devices for decades now. The company is particularly well known for traditional hard drive storage where it makes some of the fastest and highest capacity hard drives on the market. However, Seagate has now announced a brand new complete line of SSD drives using flash storage.
The company unveiled its first client solid-state storage drive and its next-generation enterprise SSD this week. The line features the new Seagate 600 SSD, the Seagate 600 Pro SSD, and the Seagate 1200 SSD. All of storage solutions are designed to be fast and provide high data integrity.
“By adding more SSDs to our family of hard disk and solid state hybrid drives, we now have the broadest portfolio of storage products in the industry, delivering one-stop shopping for our customers and partners,” said Gary Gentry, senior vice president and general manager of Seagate’s solid state drive business. “Seagate is committed to becoming a premier supplier of both solid state drives and storage class memory products. We have put in place a winning strategy for developing multiple high value, flash based products and solutions for our customers.”
The Seagate 600 SSD promises fast boot times, short application load times, and improved responsiveness. It will be offered in multiple Z-heights including an industry first 5 mm high drive a new ultrathin devices and laptops. The drive has a 480 GB of storage and uses a 2.5-inch form factor.
The Seagate 600 Pro SSD will also be available in up to 480 GB and uses a 2.5-inch form factor. It's optimized for performance and low power consumption promising the best IOPS/watt performance of any drive in its class.
The Seagate 1200 SSD is optimized for high-performance and uses a dual port 12 Gb/s SAS connector. It will offer up to 800 GB capacity and comes in 1.8-inch or 2.5-inch form factors. Pricing on the drives is unknown at this time.
AnandTech tested both the 600 and the 600 Pro
, and found that while both drives offer admirable performance, power consumption (especially at idle) isn’t exactly up to par with competitors. The drives also don’t support hardware encryption.
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RE: SSD Reliability
5/7/2013 12:53:45 PM
I agree. When I was in the market for an SSD not long ago, ultimately what it came down to wasn't IOPS or throughput, but the wash-out rate and PE cycles, followed only by capacity. I was upgrading from a mechanical drive; ANY SSD was going to rock. I just had to be sure it was quality and met storage needs.
If I need more capacity, I'll run a large external or double-up if it comes to it. Most people will be far better off just getting a reliable SSD and putting premium bucks into other components.
RE: SSD Reliability
5/7/2013 4:07:36 PM
I did it the opposite way on my desktop (though it'll also work with a mSATA SSD and 2.5" HDD on a laptop). I got a cheap but fast SSD for Windows and programs. Then I used the SSD system copy CD to mirror the SSD to the HDD (i.e. the opposite of what they expect you to do). Then I set up the remaining HDD space as a data partition.
I had a backup program which ran once a day, mirroring the SSD's boot partition to the HDD. This meant if the SSD ever died, I could just pull it out and boot off the HDD. Its backup was never more than a day old so I'd only lose system setting changes and programs which were installed that day.
The SSD never died, but I did eventually pull it to use it a different system. And my desktop booted off the HDD just fine. If it had died, I could've booted off the HDD for the week or two it'd take to RMA the SSD and get a replacement. I'd argue that even with a reliable SSD, you're taking an enormous risk not having a backup. And if your backup can be a drop-in replacement, why do you need a reliable SSD?
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