Largest hard drive? Been there, done that. Let's do speed now. Seagate has announced "the world's fastest hard drive".
The Savvio 15K touts a seek time of a mere 2.9 ms. The drive offers a 30% decrease in power consumption (5.8 watts at idle) while increasing reliability (1.6 million hour MTBF). A 2.5-inch form factor slims the size and weight from the typical 15K-rpm 3.5-inch drives. Such a change is driven by data center requirements for greater storage performance density while focusing on lowering power consumption and cooling costs. The Seagate Savvio 15K drives are currently shipping in 36GB and 73GB capacities, but only via OEM. HP has Proliant systems with 15K Savvio drives available today.
"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. 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," said Sherman Black, senior vice president and general manager of Seagate Enterprise Compute Business.