Seagate Announces World's Fastest Hard Drive

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.

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Title is quite misleading, it should say World's Fastest 2.5" Hard Drive. That makes a pretty big difference overall.

But 15K and even sub-3ms access has been around for awhile. I guess the form factor is new, but this really isn't that exciting for those of us who have used 15K drives for years already.

Im quite sure you are referring to the "Why does my 80GB hdd show up in windows as 76 (example)" thing... Let me have you know, manufacturers are actually playing fair... According to the S.I., 80GB = 80*1000 MB, not 80*1024MB. The right unit for computer stuff is GiB, MiB etc. So it's Windows which makes it look a little weird. If you check your HDD's real capacity, you'll notice that its more than 80GB (S.I. of course).

That's impressive, it's about time they improved the speed of hard drives. We've reached comfortable sizes for the time being just needed that extra performance boost to make everything run more smoothly.