Thursday, July 10th 2008

Seagate First to Introduce 1.5-Terabyte Desktop PC and Half-Terabyte Notebook PC HDDs

Seagate today unveiled the industry’s first 1.5-terabyte desktop and half-terabyte notebook hard drives to meet explosive worldwide demand for digital-content storage in home and business environments. The debut of the Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB hard drive, the eleventh generation of Seagate’s flagship drive for desktop PCs, marks the single largest capacity hard drive jump in the more than half-century history of hard drives – a half-terabyte increase from the previous highest capacity of 1TB, thanks to the capacity-boosting power of perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology.


The Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive combines proven PMR technology, components and expert manufacturing to provide 1.5TB of reliable storage for mainstream desktop computers, workstations, desktop RAID, gaming and high-end PCs, and USB/FireWire/eSATA external storage.

Seagate’s new 2.5-inch half-terabyte 5400- and 7200-rpm drives – Momentus 5400.6 and Momentus 7200.4 – deliver the best combination of capacity, mobility and durability for mainstream and high-performance notebook computers, external storage solutions, PCs and industrial applications requiring small form factor.

Highlighting the global growth of digital content, Seagate expects to ship its two billionth hard drive within the next five years. Earlier this year Seagate shipped its one billionth hard drive since the company’s inception nearly 30 years ago.

“Organizations and consumers of all kinds worldwide continue to create, share and consume digital content at levels never before seen, giving rise to new markets, new applications and demand for desktop and notebook computers with unprecedented storage capacity, performance and reliability,” said Michael Wingert, Seagate executive vice president and general manager, Personal Compute Business. “Seagate is committed to powering the next generation of computing today with the planet’s fastest, highest-capacity and most reliable storage solutions.”

Momentus 5400.6 and Momentus 7200.4 hard drives are the fourth generation of Seagate’s laptop family to use PMR. The Momentus 5400.6, a 5400-rpm drive, combines a powerful Serial ATA 3Gb/second interface and capacities ranging from 120GB to 500GB with an 8MB cache.

The Momentus 7200.4 hard drive, with its 7200-rpm spin speed and a Serial ATA 3GB/second interface, delivers true desktop performance. The power-efficient 7200-rpm drive maximizes battery life and comes in capacities ranging from 250GB to 500GB with a 16MB cache.

Both Momentus drives are built tough enough to withstand up to 1,000 Gs of non-operating shock and 350 Gs of operating shock to protect drive data, making the drives ideal for systems that are subject to rough handling or high levels of vibration. For added robustness in mobile environments, the Momentus 5400.6 and 7200.4 are offered with G-Force Protection, a free-fall sensor technology that helps prevent drive damage and data loss upon impact if a laptop PC is dropped. The sensor works by detecting any changes in acceleration equal to the force of gravity and parks the heads off the disc to prevent contact with the platter in a free fall of as little as 8 inches and within 3/10ths of a second.

Seagate’s new Momentus drives are lean on power consumption, allowing notebook users to work longer between battery charges, and are virtually inaudible thanks to Seagate’s innovative SoftSonic fluid-dynamic bearing motors and QuietStep ramp load technology.

The Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive combines the capacity and speed required for today’s most demanding desktop PC applications. The drive packs 1.5TB on just four platters and its fast Serial ATA 3Gb/second interface delivers an industry-leading sustained data rate of up to 120MB/second for fast boot, application startup and file access. The 3.5-inch drive is also offered in capacities of 1TB, 750GB, 640GB, 500GB, 320GB and 160GB with cache options of 32MB and 16MB.

All Momentus and Barracuda drives are backed by Seagate’s leading five-year warranty.

Availability
Shipments of the Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB are set to begin August 2008. Momentus 5400.6 and 7200.4 hard drives are to begin shipping in Q4 calendar 2008.Source: Seagate
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11 Comments on Seagate First to Introduce 1.5-Terabyte Desktop PC and Half-Terabyte Notebook PC HDDs

#1
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Wow, this makes my 320GB WD drive seem itty bitty. time I start thinking about upgrading. Lord knows I need to with all the porn and movies and games I download :D
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#2
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
WarEagleAU said:
Wow, this makes my 320GB WD drive seem itty bitty. time I start thinking about upgrading. Lord knows I need to with all the porn and movies and games I download :D
I've had that for a while, 4x320 in RAID5. Though 1TB drives must drop in price now, perhaps it's time to replace my drives pretty soon.
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#3
thebeephaha
DanTheBanjoman said:
I've had that for a while, 4x320 in RAID5. Though 1TB drives must drop in price now, perhaps it's time to replace my drives pretty soon.
The 320x4 in RAID5 is very popular, I have the same setup but am looking to replace them soon with either 750s or now maybe some 1TBs after the price drops. :toast:
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#4
candle_86
damn 1.5 TB.

I remember when the 6gb drives came out @ 100 bucks my dad went out to get one for our windows 95 OSR 2.5 computer back in 96, how times have changed. Sadly im still on an 80GB but it works for me. Heck actully I remember arcticles about the first 160gb drives that i read back in the day, we are getting biggers driver incredibly fast i wonder when we will hit the wall on how much we can store with a magnet
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DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
thebeephaha said:
The 320x4 in RAID5 is very popular, I have the same setup but am looking to replace them soon with either 750s or now maybe some 1TBs after the price drops. :toast:
My point exactly, at the time 320GB was the best bang for the Euro. 500-750GB would be a better choice now, though now what 1TB isn't the max anymore 1TB might become the new 320GB. That'll get me a 3TB array. I'm even wondering if there is any point in keeping DVD's as I can store them cheaper, more reliable, faster accessible and in a smaller space using harddrives.
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#6
lemonadesoda
I do wish one of the HDD manufs would put an IDE interface on 1GB or 1.5GB drives. I've got so much legacy equipment I would love to upgrade:

1./ New HDD's into older machines, that have no, or only a few SATA ports that are already used up
2./ NAS, e.g. my linkstations
3./ Media Servers, e.g. my Yamaha Music Cast
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#7
[I.R.A]_FBi
lemonadesoda said:
I do wish one of the HDD manufs would put an IDE interface on 1GB or 1.5GB drives. I've got so much legacy equipment I would love to upgrade:

1./ New HDD's into older machines, that have no, or only a few SATA ports that are already used up
2./ NAS, e.g. my linkstations
3./ Media Servers, e.g. my Yamaha Music Cast
Where can i get those to buy
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#8
lemonadesoda
LOL. It's typo day! :roll:

P.S. Oh crumbs, was I wrong by a factor of 1000 or 1024? SI nazi! LOL
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#9
Hayder_Master
1.5 TB with 7200 rpm , sure it is run slow , even with high cash
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#11
candle_86
no, but still way to much space. Ive been eye balling a 500gb SATA drive for my own personal use
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