Seagate Mach.2: The world’s fastest hard drive

Finally, the specs of Seagate Mach.2 have been revealed. It has an enormous 14TB with a transfer rate and greater than 524MB/s.

Seagate has released the official data of Mach.2 Exos 2X14 and has posted it on its website for its first dual-actuator disc drive (HDD). While SSDs are now the standard for business laptops and working stations, HDDs can store massive data reasonably cheaply in data centers.

The multi-actuator technology from Seagate Mach.2 promises to speed up the rate at which HDDs can transmit data without compromising storage capabilities.

The 3.5-inch 12GB/s SAS disc has a maximum sequential 524MB/s transmission rate far quicker than any other ongoing hard drive. Though Seagate’s twin actuator technology does not offer a particularly rapid RPM spindle compared to the 10K and 15K drives, it is all superior to that of Seagate.

Seagate Exos 15E900 Specs

Seagate Exos 15E900 is a 2,5-inch 900GB latency HDD (2ms opposed to 4ms) but a sequential 210-3000MB/s transfer rate. The higher capability business Exos HDDs offer sequential transferral speeds up to 270 MB/s. For the Exos 2X14, the 524MB/s are sufficiently strong to meet or exceed the performance of the early SATA SSDs, although they are hardly competition.

Seagate HDD: Mach.2 Specs Revealed

Seagate reports that it uses twin actuator drives to expose more. There were three reasons why hard drives were speeded up: command queuing, higher spindle speeds, and drive cache integration. Short stroking the drive can also speed up since it saves data on the platter’s outer edges and reduces transmission rates.

Seagate will promote the drive as a short-stroke solution. The spindle is said to speed over 15,000 RPM, as numerous drives, all of which run at such speed, might significantly damage when enclosed.

Compared to SATA, Seagate Mach.2 Performs

Seagate indicates that the amount of IOPS/TBs available on standard hard discs has fallen over time. According to ExtremeTech, If a minimum IOPS/TB ratio needs an application, the HDD cannot utilize more than 12TB while preserving its performance measure. This will not use when it occurs with a 20TB drive.

Improved performance allows the 24TB HDD to deliver the IOPS/TB ratio of the same 12TB drive. For numerous reasons, SAS 12GB/s have allegedly been utilizing for SATA. The 1st gene Mach.2 saturates the SATA bus, a better long-term alternative for SAS 12GB/s. They are also completely independent of one other. Seagate says that the measured improvement in real-world performance is 1.85 x to 2 x range.

Is it possible to beat SSD to HDD?

Internationally, the Mach.2 discs may also raid. However, Seagate warns against using one redundancy drive. The two actuators are not so important as to duplicate/safeguard the full physical drive.

Technically, dual actuators do not provide the reaction or performance of SSDs to the HDDs. This is because no SSD performance corresponds to magnetic spinning discs. For the whole data center industry, HDDs remain vital.

The drives were pair by both Microsoft and Seagate to increase performance in only one drive bay. When it comes to consumer devices, HDDs are becoming increasingly scarce. However, the exports of companies and businesses were less affected.

Compared to the previous 18.2% drop in the whole HDD market, the sales of enterprises drive allegedly increased by 1.9% in 2020.


Image courtesy of Seagate Technology/YouTube

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