Wednesday, April 22nd 2009

New Seagate Barracuda LP Hard Drives Spin at 5900 RPM

Storage boss Seagate today adds a new line of hard drives, the Barracuda LP, to its existing Barracuda series. Barracuda LP stands for low-power and the whole line focuses on low-power, cool and quiet drives that come at an entry-level price. Barracuda LP drives are available in capacities of 2 TB, 1.5 TB and 1 TB and are ideal for desktop applications, such as USB, eSATA, low-power PCs, FireWire external storage, and SOHO NAS markets. All drives carry the latest 500 GB disk platters, 32 MB data buffers and special motors that spin not at the standard 5400 rpm but the rather unusual 5900 rpm. That moves the Barracuda LP drives somewhere between a 5400 and 7200 rpm in the performance chart, while being more energy efficient than normal drives. With this new motor, Seagate measured 3W power consumption at idle and 5.6W during load. Also improved are the noise levels, which now are rated at 19 dB and 20 dB for idle and seek. The suggested retail prices are $118 for the 1 TB Barracuda LP, $156 for the 1.5 TB model, and $358 for the 2 TB drive. Learn more here.Source: The Tech Report
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8 Comments on New Seagate Barracuda LP Hard Drives Spin at 5900 RPM

#1
newtekie1
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5900RPM? Thats weird.

Hopefully the price comes down a little once they hit the street, otherwise they won't compete with the WD Greens.
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#2
thebeephaha
I need the 2TB drives to come down in price.

Then I can make my 26 drive 10TB server a 5 drive 10TB server.
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#3
Weer
by: thebeephaha
I need the 2TB drives to come down in price.

Then I can make my 26 drive 10TB server a 5 drive 10TB server.
Crazy idea: Why not make your 26-drive 10TB server a 10-drive 10TB server, with 1TB drives that will always cost less per-GB than the 2TB versions, let alone now when the price is utterly ridiculous.
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#4
thebeephaha
by: Weer
Crazy idea: Why not make your 26-drive 10TB server a 10-drive 10TB server, with 1TB drives that will always cost less per-GB than the 2TB versions, let alone now when the price is utterly ridiculous.
Nah, when I make the switch I'm going mini itx build, low power etc.
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#5
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Nothing states that drives must run at 4200, 5400, 7200, 10000 or 15000 RPM; I like it that a company is doing something different.
I would consider buying one of them for my PC if my internet gets upgraded and I can download some movies.
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#6
Mussels
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I've pointed out to a few people offline something, that i'll point out here.

Anyone noticing a severe trend after 1TB, where drives are getting less and less reliable and slower and slower RPM's? I think technology is hitting a wall with mechanical drives and such high data densities.
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newtekie1
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by: Mussels
I've pointed out to a few people offline something, that i'll point out here.

Anyone noticing a severe trend after 1TB, where drives are getting less and less reliable and slower and slower RPM's? I think technology is hitting a wall with mechanical drives and such high data densities.
It is a trend that has existed as long as I can remember, the biggest drives were always slower at first.
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#8
Baum
funny as those drives always had higher density but currently firms compensate that by using more pattern for their hight capacity drives thus lower transfer in total
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