Tuesday, May 3rd 2011

Seagate Breaks Areal Density Barrier, Unveils First HDD with 1 TB per Platter

Seagate, the leader in hard drives and storage solutions, today unveiled the world’s first 3.5-inch hard drive featuring 1TB of storage capacity per disk platter, breaking the 1TB areal density barrier to help meet explosive worldwide demand for digital content storage in both the home and the office.

Seagate’s GoFlex Desk products are the first to feature the new hard drive, delivering storage capacities of up to 3TB and an areal density of 625 Gigabits per square inch, the industry’s highest. Seagate is on track to ship its flagship 3.5-inch Barracuda desktop hard drive with 3TBs of storage on 3 disk platters – enough capacity to store up to 120 high-definition movies, 1,500 video games, thousands of photos or virtually countless hours of digital music – to the distribution channel in mid-2011. The drive will also be available in capacities of 2TB, 1.5TB and 1TB.
“Organizations of all sizes and consumers worldwide are amassing digital content at light speed, generating immense demand for storage of digital content of every imaginable kind,” said Rocky Pimentel, Seagate Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. “We remain keenly focused on delivering the storage capacity, speed and manageability our customers need to thrive in an increasingly digital world.”

GoFlex Desk external drives are compatible with both the Windows operating system and Mac computers. Each drive includes an NTFS driver for Mac, which allows the drive to store and access files from both Windows and Mac OS X computers without reformatting. The GoFlex Desk external drive’s sleek black 3.5-inch design sits either vertically or horizontally to accommodate any desktop environment.
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53 Comments on Seagate Breaks Areal Density Barrier, Unveils First HDD with 1 TB per Platter

You don't think that prices in the HDD market are already decided by what the least efficient manufacturer can afford?
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LAN_deRf_HA said:
Without samsung under cutting everyone prices are just going to go up naturally.
In reality though, Samsung drives were rarely the least expensive, it is usually a WD or Seagate drives offering the best $/GB, but that is why the others had to finally give up.

Now that it is just WD and Seagate, it is possible that they will start to release higher products and never drop the price. However, I don't see that happening. As was already mentioned, the only real reason to buy a hard drive right now over an SSD is the huge savings in $/GB, so if they don't keep that going, then they won't sell drives.

On top of that, nVidia and AMD(or rather ATi at the time) really did have a verbal agreement to raise the prices, and they got in trouble for it too.
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It's relative. Samsung was always the cheapest of what I'd consider "worth buying" drives. The F3 series was often in the price range of WD's storage drives like the green shit.

In regards to nvidia and ati I'm talking long after that, like 200/400/500 series where nvidia kept digging themselves into a hole with these big low yield cores.
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