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What's Inside an RDX Cartridge - It's What's Inside That Counts

The Tandberg Data RDX QuikStor is a disk-based storage system with removable cartridges that offers rugged, reliable and convenient backup, ideal for the SOHO and SMB markets. With SuperSpeed USB 3.0, the system provides performance up to 180MB/s. On this video you can see how the RDX has been ruggedized for reliable, easy and portable backups.

Today we're going to take a look at the RDX Removable Disk Cartridge - There's over 100 Petabytes and maybe well over 600,000 ships worldwide.  We're going to take a look at what's inside because What's inside is what counts.  These Removable Disks are able to take a 1 meter drop on any axis, and still be able to last on shelf for over 30 years.  So what causes that to be a reality?  First it's a polycarbonate case, able to withstand lots of shock, as well as dissipate electrostatic shock that might happen.  At the end you look and there's a SATA connection, so as long as you're able to provide power through a SATA connection you get at your data well over 30yrs from now.  Looking inside, one of the important features is the copper strap which connects the drive to the case, to dissipate any electrostatic charge that might come protecting the drive.  You see the rubber mounting on the outside that help protect if from the shock as well.   Inside the mobile hard drive you have here are important features:
First they're sealed bearings that can last likely 50yrs.
A very important feature of an RDX technology is the ramp loaded heads.  The heads that normally float over the disk drive while it's seeking data, when it's not in use it's powered down these are pulled away from the media locked down, that's important for two reasons: One is the shock, the other sticktion. 
You have standards technology with the roadmap, available in ranges from 500GB up to 2TB, able to keep it on the shelf for 30yrs in a rugged package that's protected from shock and any other abuse you may run into.

Checkout the video below - Take a look inside an RDX removable disk storage cartridge.

 


 

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