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Seagate Quietly Launches Single-platter Barracuda 7200.11 320GB HDD

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Hard drive manufacturer Seagate has quietly updated its Barracuda 7200.11 series of hard drives to now include a 320GB single-platter HDD. Previously starting at 500GB, the 7200.11 family now includes a 3.5-inch 320GB drive with only one platter (model number: ST3320613AS), which features SATA 3.0 Gbps interface, 16MB of cache (no 32MB version available like the other models) and MTBF (mean time before failure) of 750,000 hours. The drive is said to have a slightly lower noise output and power consumption as well as improved read/write characteristics.



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Hmmm... interesting. Shame about the lack of 32MB cache, that'd help a lot I would have thought.
 
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am sure they will release bigger one soon
how about a 1,2TB drive :p
the 500GB got 32MB and 16MB Cache editions
1TB only has 32MB Cache so it makes sense that 320GB has 16MB Cache
 

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I didn't say it didn't make sense, I just said I'd have liked 32MB of cache.

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1TB only has 32MB Cache so it makes sense that 320GB has 16MB Cache
What rubbish. Cache is completely unrelated to size of disk. It is directly related to performance. What samsung has noted is that with 320GB density and faster data/seek times... they can get away with less cache and still have a great performing HDD. However, 32MB cache would STILL have been an improvement... but would have put the price up a bit... and on basic drives... margins are already very thin.
 
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Well, I know what my next drive is going to be. Always liked the idea of a single-platter drive, but wanted to wait until Seagate came out with one, cause I've always liked their perpendicular recording -- though I guess that doesn't really matter on this drive, now does it? :p
 
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I've always liked their perpendicular recording -- though I guess that doesn't really matter on this drive, now does it? :p
What makes you think that? Pp-recording is the only reason why they could make a 320gb platter.