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Seagate's Savvio 15K hard disk drive

Seagate's Savvio and Cheetah at 15K compared

The Savvios compared at 10K- and 15K-RPM
Seagate claims that its newest 2.5-inch 15K-RPM hard drive is the fastest in the world

Seagate Technology has announced what it claims to be “the world’s fastest hard drive” – the Savvio 15K with a seek time of a mere 2.9 ms. The new 15K-RPM addition to the Savvio family offers a number of advantages over 15K-rpm 3.5-inch drives including size and weight (due to 2.5-inch form factor), 30% decrease in power consumption (5.8 watts at idle), and reliability (1.6 million hour MTBF).

 “Seagate is committed to delivering solutions that will meet the needs of today’s demanding IT environment, and no product demonstrates this better than the Savvio 15K drive,” said Sherman Black, senior vice president and general manager, Seagate Enterprise Compute Business. “The development of the 2.5-inch Enterprise form factor represented a new way of thinking. Now, with the added number of performance and capacity choices offered, many of the leading enterprise system makers are transitioning from 3.5-inch to 2.5-inch form factor enterprise solutions.”

The move to small form factor enterprise disk drives was driven by data center requirements for greater storage performance density while focusing on lowering power consumption and cooling costs.

“The trend in IT is to scale down the physical size of components while scaling up capacity and performance,” said John Rydning, IDC’s research manager for hard disk drives. “Seagate’s first generation 2.5-inch 15K-rpm HDD is fitting with this trend, delivering fast I/O performance in a small package to meet the needs of demanding server applications.”

The Seagate Savvio 15K drives are shipping today in 36GB and 73GB capacities through OEM customers. HP is now shipping Proliant systems with 15K Savvio drives. The Savvio 10K.2 drive will launch in the channel this quarter as a replacement product for Savvio 10K.1 and as a transition path from Cheetah 10K.7 drives.

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2.5" right?
By Comdrpopnfresh on 1/16/2007 10:48:13 AM , Rating: 2
if these are already in the 2.5" form factor, why not put them in notebooks? faster reads, better shock protection, less power consumption, marginal capacities- they could give ssd a run for its money while its in its infancy (b/c of slow r/w and capacity, not to mention price)

RE: 2.5" right?
By Anonymous Freak on 1/16/2007 12:36:06 PM , Rating: 2
It's less power consumption than desktop 15k RPM drives. Still noticeably more than notebook 7200 RPM drives. Again, all the benefits are vs. previous server-class drives, *NOT* vs. current notebook drives.

Not to mention the fact that I haven't seen a single notebook with an internal SAS controller. (Serial Attached SCSI, the SCSI equivalent of SATA.) And while SATA drives are compatible with SAS controllers, the reverse is not true. A SAS drive will only work on a SAS controller.

RE: 2.5" right?
By FITCamaro on 1/16/2007 1:45:29 PM , Rating: 1
Also the heat generated by such as fast drive in a notebook would be insane. 7200 rpm drives are already questionable in notebooks. 15k rpm drives in a notebook would probably melt the case.

RE: 2.5" right?
By thecoolnessrune on 1/16/2007 11:19:11 PM , Rating: 2
Power consumption at idle of most notebook drives are .5 watts. So your still talking about 11x more power to sit there and idle. And at 15k RPMS, you'd drain the battery in a heartbeat. When it comes to notebook batteries, even half a watt makes a world of difference in run time.

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