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Paper-launch be damned

Unless you've been living under a rock since last Thursday, you probably know Seagate leaked details of behemoth 750GB hard drives, which was followed by an official announcement early Wednesday morning.  Original claims from Seagate said the drives would ship "earlier than expected," but it appears as though the new drives are already here.

NewEgg currently has the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750GB ST3750640AS for $540, a cost per gigabyte of $0.72.  Unfortunately, the PATA version of the same drive has not surfaced yet, and neither has the rest of the Barracuda 7200.10 family.

500GB SATA hard drives generally have a cost per gigabyte of about $0.54, so the $0.72 for the Barracuda 750GB is a tad steep.  However, like any other new technology, the new drives have a large premium.  As soon as other merchants and distributors begin to pick up the line, we can be sure the cost per gigabyte will drop down into more competitive ranges.

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By NoToRiOuS1 on 4/28/2006 4:00:45 AM , Rating: 2
certainly nice to see a bump in size. though im glad i dont need to splurge on a bigger capacity drive. im happy with my 36gb raptor for games and 120gb seagate for storage. maybe if/when i work on a htpc project, i might decide to pick this or 1TB(if they make it) up.

also nice to see that not all companies are pulling an ATi and getting products out very soon after the announcement ;)

RE: awesome
By Lakku on 4/28/2006 4:10:08 AM , Rating: 2
Well, it can be easy to get products/put products on shelfs when fewer people really want to purchase them. ;)

RE: awesome
By Lakku on 4/28/2006 4:11:37 AM , Rating: 2
shelves even!

RE: awesome
By redbone75 on 4/29/2006 4:43:09 AM , Rating: 2
lol oh, the hilarity!

RE: awesome
By akugami on 4/28/2006 12:18:09 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe they're pulling an nVidia with product available only for one day out of the week at exhorbitant prices.

RE: awesome
By Trisped on 4/28/2006 5:45:59 PM , Rating: 2
As of late ATI has fixed this problem, though it was well documented in the past.

By Souka on 4/28/2006 3:27:04 AM , Rating: 2
only 1 per customer at theegg.... :(

Was gonna pickup 4 and be the first person with a 3TB Raid-0 setup on my block.

I'm soo depressed.... ;)

But I will say "kudos to Seagate" for this being a 7200rpm drive.

My < $.02

RE: bummer....
By Phynaz on 4/28/2006 10:10:56 AM , Rating: 2
Sure you were...

RE: bummer....
By codeThug on 4/28/2006 10:02:26 PM , Rating: 2
and what were you going to back it up with?

RE: bummer....
By MrSmurf on 4/29/2006 1:23:05 PM , Rating: 2
Was gonna pickup 4 and be the first person with a 3TB Raid-0 setup on my block.

Yep, that'll make the panties drop...

By drunkenmastermind on 4/28/2006 3:57:01 AM , Rating: 2
I can lokk at the website but i can't buy anything, not because I can afford it but because they don't ship internationally. Boo frickety hoo.

By MarkHark on 4/28/2006 5:50:24 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I know exactly how you feel!
Boy, you look at all those tempting deals, a new Opteron dual core at Monarch, a pair of 1GB sticks at newegg, quite a few little gadgets at SVC, a $69 300GB hard drive here, a nice video card there, a free treat elsewhere, but...

none of these offers are good outside USA :(
Besides the fact that almost every single good online store chooses not to ship internationally, most of them also do not even accept foreign credit cards altogether.

To make things worse, even in the case a store DOES ship to Brazil, shipping costs and taxes would make it nearly double the original price. :(((

By Inkjammer on 4/28/2006 8:47:38 AM , Rating: 2
A lot of companies won't ship overseas due to support -- the cost of mailing, as you put it, makes it prohibitive. Plus the import taxes make it difficult to deal with. VAT will get you ever time.

By lethalchronic on 4/28/2006 10:49:36 AM , Rating: 1
That's why I'm proud to be an American

By datacore4 on 4/28/2006 11:41:49 AM , Rating: 1
Replace the word "proud" with "lucky"....then it would make mroe sense.

By jebo on 4/28/2006 11:20:49 AM , Rating: 2
$489 + shipping here

Can't vouch for the reputation of the site though.

Back When ...
By greywood on 4/28/2006 1:39:16 PM , Rating: 1
dinosaurs still roamed the savannahs ...

I paid over $3k for a 486/33 box with a ginormous 250 Meg (yes - Megabyte) hard-drive. I later upgraded it to a 1Gb Western Digital HDD - for about the same price as this Seagate monster.

I predict that, before the end of this year, some outfit (smart money on Seagate) will be hawking a 1Tb drive for $500.

Wow - from 250 Megs to 750 Gigs (x 3000)! Now, if only my paycheck had kept pace with hard-drives - woohoo!

RE: Back When ...
By kurimja on 4/28/2006 6:27:18 PM , Rating: 2
In the Army I was the SA for an Intel 310 (286) Xenix server supporting 12 user terminals and 25 accounts. It provided word processing, spread sheet, and database capabilities.

I had the expansion chassis, so I had TWO 40 MB drives. I was the envy of the organizaton because no other SA had the expansion chassis. They had only one 40 MB drive each.

I was afraid to ask what the US Army had paid for that system.

We eventually got networked with 9.6K over the cable TV system.

Zippy when modem I used was 300 baud on my silent 700 thermal printer terminal for doing e-mail.

RE: Back When ...
By ksherman on 4/28/2006 11:32:50 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, your just bragging! Keep your 40MB to yourself!! I dont want to hear it ;-)

True though, it is amazing where computers have gone since i was little... Makes me wonder, I think we sort of at a plateau, where it will take some MAJOR archiceture changes to move beyond current computer level... I am excited to see where they go in the comming years...

Performance and reliability
By GoatMonkey on 4/28/2006 8:14:06 AM , Rating: 2
I would take a wait and see approach to this drive actually. With new perpendicular storage it is unknown what kind of performance this drive will have, not to mention how reliable is a perpendicular drive.

I know Seagate generally makes good pretty fast drives, but this one is more than just extra platters or a basic density increase.

RE: Performance and reliability
By AaronAxvig on 4/28/2006 9:31:27 AM , Rating: 2
Anyone who is seeking out 750GB of storage probably isn't going to be really concerned about speed (at least, it won't be at the top of their criteria list).

RE: Performance and reliability
By GoatMonkey on 4/28/2006 12:58:27 PM , Rating: 2
That's probably true, but there are most likely going to be similar drives from other manufacturers soon. When it's my money I want the best performance possible. I guess I'm just not the target market for this at the moment. Congrats the those who pick it up anyway though.

I didn't hear about this.
By pbrain on 4/28/2006 4:07:57 AM , Rating: 5
Apparently I live under a rock.

By RuStYwAvE on 4/29/2006 11:35:24 AM , Rating: 3
If you need to buy 4 seagate hard drive from newegg, all you have to do is place 4 different orders, thats what I did.

RE: Newegg
By PT2006 on 4/30/2006 2:08:52 AM , Rating: 2
They say the first step of overcoming addiction is admitting you have a problem.

You sir, are well on your way to recovery!

1TB disks by December
By hrpuffnstuff on 4/29/2006 12:11:41 AM , Rating: 2
Raid arrays for the masses. Great now customers will call asking how to fix a broken raid array and I have to answer them "you don't".
I AM lucky to be an American. Everytime I look at Canada or Mexico on a map I thank <insert deity here> I live here.

How about the smaller .10 drives
By hstewarth on 4/28/2006 9:15:48 AM , Rating: 1
I look at NewEgg and only 750G .10 drive was there, any idea when the smaller sizes would get there - especially like 400G.

"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke

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