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HGST has introduced a disk drive to stop you getting lost in Death Valley. Cars and disk drives mix surprisingly well - so long as you ruggedise the drive so the head and platter can move each move around a bit, taking vibration and temperature changes into account, while still being able to read data. Today's satnav and …


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  1. Tom_

    Racetrack Playa

    The road past Teakettle Junction, heading out to Racetrack Playa is perfect for testing this. There's a good long stretch that's like driving along corrugated iron, with corrugations about a foot apart. I've never vibrated so much in my life.

    1. Omgwtfbbqtime

      Re: Racetrack Playa

      That's what she said

  2. Ross K

    Remember The DeathStar Drive?

    I wouldn't use an IBM/HGST hard disk if you were giving them away for free.

    The *scratch* *scratch* *scratch* *scratch* *CLONK* *scratch* *scratch* *scratch* *scratch* *CLONK* *scratch* *scratch* *scratch* *scratch* *CLONK* soundtrack is still lodged in my brain.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Remember The DeathStar Drive?

      The large pile of HGST drives sitting before me awaiting warranty return agree with you.

  3. Ian Michael Gumby


    SSDs like mSATA drives can take more abuse and have enough storage capacity to handle storing maps.

    The other thing to consider that the move is to wi-fi enable your car so that you can get updates to the maps over the air. (Also enable things like too)

    The other thing to consider is that if your car is in the US, its highly unlikely to also be in Europe so why store Europe, Asia, Australia maps on your sat nav if you're never going to use them?

    Just saying...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Altitudes up to 18,000 feet??

    What about altitudes below sea level? That would be rather important, seeing as how Death Valley is all well below sea level!

  5. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

    Everything's fine...the clicking is nothing

    IBM's drive tech must carry a curse. Every Hitachi drive that came with my computers failed within two years, which is only a few months better than the infamous IBM "Deathstars". I could maybe forgive that but I can't forgive that the SMART status always said that everything was perfectly fine even as the drive's media was deteriorating faster than blocks could be re-mapped to spares. That's willful incompetence.

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