The first ever 1 TB solid state hard drive (flash media) has been released. What makes this all the more amazing is that it is 2.5 inch, not 3.5 inch.
The drive, produced by pureSi, called the 1TB Nitro SSD (SATA II) , is currently the worlds most compact solid state drive, per GB.
While those in the data storage business, data centres, or IT managers maintaining servers, are no doubt applauding the technology, those in the front line of data recovery and computer forensics are probably groaning as data capcity gets higher and higher.
For those in the data recovery business recovering data from these hard drives is very difficulty (if there is a physical faul), and if there is a logical fault there is more space to go through, which means turn times for data recovery companies will increase.
For the computer forensics industry, the issues of” imaging” (imaging is the process of making an exact copy of the data) has just got worse. Over the past 5 years hard drives have been getting bigger and bigger, but the imgaging speeds have not been increasing at the same rate.
A 1 TB drive could easily take over 7 hours to image; and as data collections are growing in scale (i.e more users/custodians beign collect), this could pose a real problem.
Specifications for the drive are below.
Feature summary -- 1TB SSD in 2.5-inch form-factor (highest density ever at 2.5-inch) -- 300MB/s SATA II interface -- Industry-leading performance -- State-of-the-art industrial design Specifications - Nitro Series SSD: Capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1024GB Performance -- Transfer rate: 300MB/sec -- Sustained read: 240MB/sec -- Sustained write: 215MB/sec -- Random read (IOPS 4K): 50,000 -- Random write (IOPS 4K): 10,000 -- Latency < 100 µsec Reliability -- MTTF: 2.0 million hours Environmental -- Temperature (operating): 0°C to +70°C -- Temperature (non-operating): -45°C to +85°C -- Shock (operating): 1500G, duration 0.5ms, half sine wave -- Vibration (operating): 20G peak, 10~2,000Hz, x3 axis Power -- Active: 4.8W typical -- Idle: 0.1W typical Physical -- 2.5in form factor: 100.2mm x 69.85mm x 9.5mm