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Hard Drive Overclocking Competition From Secau 162

Posted by timothy
from the spit-it-out dept.
Blittzed writes "We were reminiscing about the good old days of overclocking CPUs and memory, and the subject of hard drive overcloking came up. The discussion / argument we were having in the research lab ended up in a bet which now has to be settled. So, we are putting our money where our mouth is, and putting up $10,000 to anyone who can read a 500GB drive in under an hour. We will also consider other attempts with a smaller amount of money in the event that the one hour is not possible. There are a few rules (e.g. the drive still needs to work afterwards), but otherwise nothing is ruled out. Specific details can be found on the URL. Go let the white smoke out!"
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Hard Drive Overclocking Competition From Secau

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  • Hmm... (Score:4, Informative)

    by screwzloos (1942336) on Thursday June 30, 2011 @08:08PM (#36629440)
    I don't get it. 500GB in an hour would be about 140MB per second (yes, I am rounding up). Most of the enterprise level 15K drives are right in that range without any overclocking, with a couple well above that. Do I win ten grand for buying a Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 for $450 and bringing it in to show that it works?

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/enterprise-hard-drive-charts-2010/Throughput-Read-Average,2156.html [tomshardware.com]

    No, I didn't look at the page. It's Slashdotted.
  • Re:An hour? (Score:5, Informative)

    by 0123456 (636235) on Thursday June 30, 2011 @08:14PM (#36629472)

    With a Seagate Barracuda I think the challenge is getting the thing to actually run for over a minute.

    I just ran smartcl here and the two Seagate Barracudas in this machine have each been running for 29,908 hours.

  • Re:Hmm... (Score:5, Informative)

    by a_nonamiss (743253) on Thursday June 30, 2011 @08:28PM (#36629562)
    Is that 15k RPM drive a "Western Digital Caviar Black 3.5" SATA 500GB hard drive (WD5002AALX)." It's stated pretty clearly in the rules that it needs to be that model. I don't think they're going for a speed test here, because there are plenty of SSDs that blow that speed away. They're trying to take a "normal" drive and super-speed it, for forensic purposes.
  • Re:Is that all? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Sloppy (14984) on Thursday June 30, 2011 @09:10PM (#36629778) Homepage Journal

    I always wondered why this was not done

    If you look at it the right way (translation: I'm about to break a rule) it's done all the time. It's called RAID0.

    But seriously, that tells you why it's not done: because if your really care about performance that much, you can get more performance than a multi-head-set drive and spend less money by using commodity parts. If you make a drive that works this way, no one will buy it. (Except for money laundering purposes. ;-)

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