Seagate rethinks tablet storage with 500GB hard drive

Shawn Knight

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Seagate has unveiled a new hard drive designed specifically for tablets that promises to deliver a wealth of storage with the same performance that flash memory delivers. Known as the Ultra Mobile HDD, Seagate’s latest uses software to boost performance...

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General Sam

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I see the main issues with this would be being prone to damage, possible vibrations on the tablet itself, noise, extra heat, it'll get slower with the more data it stores.

Things that solid state disks are much better at handling.


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Yeah, but if someone cares about capacity, there's a viable solution. Read again the last line of the 4th paragraph; tablets and smartphones get slower anyway the more data they store because the system scans all the applications on startup and it takes a while. If Android gets properly conditioned to defragment it, there should be not much problem.

And tablets and smartphones use flash memory, not SSD drives, so the performance difference is not that big between the flash memory and that HDD.


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Have a large SSD cache, about 16 to 24GB and that should smooth things out. Also, stop using ounces, they went out of fashion like a century ago...


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it'll get slower with the more data it stores.

Things that solid state disks are much better at handling.
Only you have it backwards. :p SSD's require free space for garbage collection and slow down considerably if they are near-full. HDD's don't have such a pronounced problem.


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In the 15+ tears I have been building desktop machines in a wide variety if cases for an equally wide variety of purposes, I have never heard of, done it myself or even read about an HDD being dropped and broken. Thrown very hard is another thing. This thread has good posts in it :

As the new Seagate has a circuit to detect falling it 'should' help if one were to toss the gadget and safely park the read/write heads. I tend to agree with the writer's assertion that the screen would likely break well before the HDD. I have seen far too many broken screens to be in any position to argue against it and replacing screens for all types of gadgets is a burgeoning cottage industry.


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I am not sure this technology is even worth pursuing for the little gains it would yield and the possible complications it would add to the technology. I would rather have a solid 4TB hard disk drive that was 100% reliable versus a 5TB hard drive that was based upon shaky technology.

The article doesn't give me much faith in the stability of this technology I guess. We have seen these type of incremental improvements in the technology industry before. I guess this appears to be more an optimization strategy similar to the TRIM feature of SSDs. Nothing ground breaking. I want nothing that compromises stability and mtbf on anything that stores my data.