Don't let them float away

Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by WB2WIK, Sep 13, 2012.

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  1. WB2WIK

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  2. K6ABZ

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    So the problem is turbulence, which is solved by using a lighter gas. That's very interesting.

    I wonder if sealing the drive and keeping a vacuum inside would work even better.
     
  3. K8ERV

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    Wonder why they didn't go with hydrogen, which is a good heat conductor. Hydrogen is used in some (most?) big power station alternators, or so I read in the Times.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
     
  4. VA3CSS

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    Too flammable.
     
  5. K8ERV

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    Picky Picky. And not if sealed.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
     
  6. KA8NCR

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    One reason, but a hint of worse things for your data. Hydrogen isn't inert and the flammability betrays its willingness to hang out with any of the transition metals. Granted, it is at temperatures much higher than those inside the computer, but who wants lonely hydrogen atoms seeking to bond with the metal on the platter when you can have something that is guaranteed not to be so promiscuous? At the density they're talking, I think there's a very real possibility of affecting data integrity.

    Western Digital and its peers are struggling to find cheaper and larger alternatives to SSDs. The article is correct, companies are beginning to move toward using SSDs in diverse locations as opposed to large RAID systems. This is going to leave WD with spinny things no one wants.
     
  7. WB2WIK

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    We use SSDs in large RAID systems. They're fast, they're quiet, but they still fail.
     
  8. K7JEM

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    Oh, the humanity!
     
  9. WB2WIK

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    Flash! The new "Hindenberg" disk drive, hydrogen-filled, with a "lighting port" on the left side.

    Lighter optional.
     
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