Monday, December 12, 2011
Hard Disk Drive Shortages Effecting Intel's Fourth Quarter 2011
Intel announced today that it expects fourth quarter revenue to be below expectations due to hard disk drive shortages due to the Thailand floods this past fall. Intel also stated world PC supply chain is reducing inventories and microprocessor purchases as a result of HDD shortages. Inventories for HDD's are expected to recover in the first half of 2012. The HDD shortages has effected the prices of drives, computers, workstations and servers because of the strained inventories. Approximately forty-five percent or more of the HDD's are manufactured in Thailand. Analysts predict that hard drive shortages could pull PC production down as much as 10 percent through the first quarter of 2012. Ordering a computer or server with a 2TB drive could add 2-4 weeks for delivery. All this news may be great news for the solid state drives. This may have those considering a solid state drive, to buy one. See my previous post for more information on SSD versus HDD.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
SSD versus HDD
If you are considering whether to buy a solid state or hard disk drive and deciding whether the solid state drive is worth the money.
are faster in reading and in writing, in most cases. Solid-state drive technology also known as
Flash technology, eliminates the rotational delay of a spinning platter and of
waiting for an arm to move to the correct position. In essence, SSD
drives have no moving parts, unlike the HDD
At present day prices, a standard 3 ½”
drive costs about .20 - .30 cents per gigabyte, standard 2 ½” HDD
is about .26 - .35 cents per gigabyte, SSD
drive will run you 1.50 and up per gigabyte.
Prices and availability on drives and some other computer components
have been fluctuating and have caused strained inventories due to the floods in
approximately 45% of the drives are manufactured. Thailand
You may choose capacity over speed but a lot depends on how you expect to use your computer. As processors and memory continue to increase in speed, the gap between memory and
HDD speed incessantly widens. With an
irresistible cost per GB, HDD will continue
to be a key storage technology for years to come. You may consider a higher end HDD
with 10,000 RPM performance. If the computer’s main purpose is for office
type functions such as word or excel, etc. or will you be downloading videos,
using multiple applications at the same time or are a serious gamer. Why have a multi-core processor, with a drive
that struggles to do more than one task at a time? It’s a conundrum. Then you may want or need the performance of
a SSD drive.
Tests show the SSD drives 100X better
data read and write, 5 to 50X better in shock resistance and rugged, long-life
endurance plus most have a 5 year warranty.
Solid-state drives boast a cost/performance that can’t be beat. SSD
can slash I/O-bound batch windows by up to 50%, while also improving response
time and throughput. Specializing in high I/O performance, SSD
has the upper hand in cost/IOPS.
It’s expected that
and HDD drive prices will decrease over the
next few years but at the same rate. So
the price difference between these drives will remain roughly as it is today
according to most experts. Your choice
boils down to performance and long-life endurance needs versus capacity and
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