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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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Why only 3tb?
By DanNeely on 5/3/2011 5:06:44 PM , Rating: 2
Instead of a marginally faster 3tb drive they'd do better to leapfrog the competition and launch the first 4 or 5tb drive instead.

RE: Why only 3tb?
By UnauthorisedAccess on 5/3/2011 7:23:26 PM , Rating: 2
That's what I'm interested in. 4 platter hdd's are common, so the fact that they're not announcing a 4TB unit is a bit strange. I always imagined hdd manufactures hanging flags in their office stating "first 1GB hdd", "first 1TB hdd", "first 32MB cache", etc.

Being the first 4TB 3.5" hdd in this day and age of "I must wget the Interwibble" would make a better headline (though I do understand that they have to hit a certain density to reach that).

RE: Why only 3tb?
By fleshconsumed on 5/4/2011 8:14:23 AM , Rating: 2
I reckon this new drive is a rebadged Samsung. Samsung was first to announce 1TB platter and Samsung drives traditionally have 3 platters max which is probably why this new "Seagate" drive only goes up to 3TB.

RE: Why only 3tb?
By Iketh on 5/4/2011 11:02:52 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure, especially considering the comments for this article, that Seagate is field-testing the new density first

RE: Why only 3tb?
By mindless1 on 5/5/2011 1:05:19 AM , Rating: 2
Not necessarily. By using fewer platters they can theoretically achieve higher profit per drive, while not devaluing their current capacity leader by introducing a higher capacity product. By waiting a while they can charge a premium for the highest capacities the industry offers then come back later with an even higher capacity model.

I'm sure they have a wee little bit of experience pricing and selling HDDs, meaning that while it could be a calculated risk, they certainly have the data to make the calculation.

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