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Seagate is on shipment target with 3TB HDD with three platters

Seagate has announced a new storage solution that is the first hard drive in the world to hit the 1TB per platter mark.

The new 3.5” Seagate Barracuda desktop HDD breaks the 1TB areal density barrier and will help to meet the demand for more storage capacity with the glut of digital media that is consumed by your average person today. The new HDD will have 3TB of storage with three platters inside.

Seagate notes that it is on target to ship the drive, but offers no details on what that target ship date is.

“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.”

Seagate also took the time to talk about its GoFlex Desk products that are reaching 3TB storage capacity using an areal density on internal drives of 625GB per square inch. That is the industry's highest capacity per square inch of space. The GoFlex external HDDs will work with Windows and Mac computers and come with an NTFS driver for Mac computers.

Pricing is unannounced on both the GoFlex and the 3TB Barracuda.



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Eh?
By brundall on 5/3/2011 4:57:48 PM , Rating: 1
I am not sure this breaks the 1TB barrier does it? A 3TB HDD with 3 platters = 1TB per platter.

" The new 3.5” Seagate Barracuda desktop HDD breaks the 1TB areal density barrier and will help to meet the demand for more storage capacity with the glut of digital media that is consumed by your average person today. The new HDD will have 3TB of storage with three platters inside."




RE: Eh?
By therealnickdanger on 5/3/2011 5:05:40 PM , Rating: 2
If you break the sound barrier, you only have to attain that limit, not exceed it.


RE: Eh?
By DanNeely on 5/3/2011 5:05:54 PM , Rating: 2
With all the space used for ECC, you need more than 1TB of storage space on the platter to give 1TB/platter to the user. 4k sectors greatly reduced the amount of overhead but it's still non-zero.


RE: Eh?
By mindless1 on 5/5/2011 1:10:35 AM , Rating: 2
Two words. Spare Sectors.

When a sector goes bad there are spares so the HDD can (silently to the user) reallocate the space elsewhere. To have 3TB storage capacity + spare sectors per platter, it is inevitable you have over 1TB/platter areal density, OR an additional platter for the spare sectors which wouldn't be a cost or materially effective way to solve this problem, and is not what was released as info in the press release so we also know that as another reason such a suboptimal method wouldn't be implemented.


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