24 Solid State Drives in Raid

In a time when marketing is all around us, companies often have to come up with new and creative ways to get us excited. Some go the viral route, others hire famous spokes people. Samsung did well with this idea. Let some computer geeks build something awesome and have fun with it. They chained 24 drives together to create a whopping 6Terrabyte array. They run various speed tests and even test the drive integrity by bouncing on a trampoline while dangling them from their chords. Yeah, they make the computer geeks a little geekier than they need to be, but who didn’t get excited to see those transfer speeds?

63 thoughts on “24 Solid State Drives in Raid

  1. You don’t need to defragment them! In fact, that only hurts the drives…

    Besides that, the video was pretty awesome. 2GBps is nothing to laugh at.

  2. Ok, im almost rolling under the table of laughter at that marketing stunt and soundtrack.

    But really 6TB in ssd, that would be a nice setup to have, but i would put the drives inside the case :-)

  3. You know – those ssds were hardly full when doing the “defrag” – try it again when your 6 terabytes of drive has only 6 megs of free space and severe fragmentation.

    Crysis at high res? Absolutely has more to do with the ram/cpu/videocards/motherboard than drive access speeds.

    About the only part of this that impressed me was A) the 2 GBPS transfer speed and B) the fact that when bouncing on the trampoline none of the drives came unplugged.

  4. I agree with everyone on the defragging… don’t defrag an SSD >.< It’s only going to decrease the life of the drive. For being such “nerds”, they should know defragging doesn’t help anything on an SSD. Also… wtf with crysis? Hard drives don’t make an ass-worth’s difference on the games you can run unless you have an absolutely horrible hard drive. It will decrease loading times, that’s about it. What I really want to see is how quick it can make Half-Life 2 loading times =P.

  5. As said above, showing in-game footage of Crysis is nothing special. Show us how long it took to load the level.

  6. hahaha, 2gbyte/s…
    as they’ve described it, saying it’s 6tb of storage, they’d only have a huge jbod which will never give 2gbyte/s… more like 2gbit/s.
    12*raid 1+0 would possibly make the mainboard hit its bandwith limit.
    so how stupid can one be, send 24 pricey ssds to someone who tries to defragment them to prove the speed!?
    or, even better, delete a single 5gig file in ntfs… wow, what a showoff.

  7. I hope we are not talking 2 gbit/s because I spent far far less on 750 gig SATAs with a 9650SE-ML16 3ware card and get 480MB/s writes. Yes, almost 2x the speed for my guess, over 10x less.

  8. Oh, and I forgot to add, looking up the prices on 256gb SSD’s. About $500, you do the math. 24 drives. Over $12000 in SSD’s….

  9. is this the *second* time I’ve seen the word “cord” misspelled as “chord” here on hackaday? This is not a musical chord and it is not a section taken from a circle, it is an electrically cord and should be spelled as such. How can a hacker writer misspell such a common word?
    -Taylor

  10. That DeFrag thing was bogus though; They used Auslogics Disk Defrag and if you look at the numbers, even though it went through over 10,000 files only 3 of them were actually fragmented… My computer does the same thing, and I have only a 500GB 7200HDD. the rest was just CPU if you ask me, you don’t need good transfer rates to open start menu programs and to run crysis I’m not sure why the hell they think 2GB a second would help there lol. 2GB transfer rates are really awesome, but the way they showed it was plain stupid.

  11. “electrically cord”

    ROFL, taylor

    Oh the irony.

    “How can a hacker writer misspell such a common word?”

    You tell me…. you tell me….

    It’s not like these comments are professional writings or anything. Ease off man. If you’re going to be a grammar Nazi then at least have the decency to use correct grammar

  12. Not for nothing, but doesn’t delete on NTFS just erase the record int the Master File Table — not actually traverse the bits and clear them? So you could delete a 5TB file in roughly the same speed as a 5b file — no?

  13. The only way they pulled this off was of the Full custom ram and the serious processing power this thing had, it was a super computer for god sakes!! all super computers are capable of feats like this, and most of them cost way below half the price. Now if they did this with a regular computer with an average cpu, lets say an athalonx2 with 2 gigs of ram, and the system not overclocked to insane levels. Im confident a average hard drive would beat all of those solid state drives installed in a similar machine.

  14. I think the point of this was to prove the concept that SSDs can meet and even beat traditional hard drives in the performance arena. Of course, just because you *can* doesn’t mean it’s practical.

  15. I don’t get the DVD ripping either : copying a DVD iso is probably pretty fast, but ripping it will reach the DVD drive limit.

    Defrag and crysis were nonsense as well. This is marketing with a different smell.

  16. I see nobody has mentioned the “copying DVD file” test.

    It was a 700mb rip, not even a 4.7GB rip. (If I had 6TB of storage you can bet I am not going to subject my video to poor compression.)

  17. W0W and I thought that I wasted time…
    As a true geek you ARE a hacker with ETHICS…
    Use a large “marketing” program to do the same thing…
    At someone elses cost they’ll never know..
    They do have “super computers” and they CAN be hacked…

  18. funny idea did it w/seagates when 1gb hard drives did’nt exist…
    like them it looks nice lots of storage but no real use except stor lots of music!! lol

  19. lulz @ you guys

    of course its all bs, it was a marketing team

    good to see that you can all get trolled by a youtube video

  20. fwiw, it seems like you’re missing the entire point of the video if you’re dwelling on the fact you don’t need to defrag SSDs. the video was just a bunch of random tests to show their speed (some are more valid than others). defrag on normal HDs is slow, here quite the contrary.

  21. Am I the only one wondering why they needed two 1000 watt power supplies to power that? And the only one not impressed at the delete speed? I can delete files almost as fast.

  22. @nick
    in that case, why not advertise the fact that you don’t even need to defrag in the first place? an ssd has almost no seek time, therefore defragging is entirely pointless. They tried making points in the video, but the points proved nothing except that they don’t know what they’re talking about.

  23. The 2 GB/ s is impressive, but a couple of the tests were bogus. Crysis was the one that threw me off, they should’ve just showed the loading time for it.

    Still, pretty sweet.

  24. God what a miserable bunch. I think most of the people who have made comments here need a fucking sense of humour.

    Fuck Me

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