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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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Am I the only one bugged by this?
By MrBungle123 on 5/3/2011 10:11:21 PM , Rating: 3
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The new 3.5” Seagate Barracuda desktop HDD breaks the 1TB areal density barrier


I hate how so many people that write articles about technology pick these arbitrary numbers and call it a "barrier"... There is nothing magical or way out the ordinary as it pertains to the evolution of computer hardware that is related to 1TB 3.5" HDD platters. Why not call it the "1TB/platter mark" or say that they "reached a milestone with 1TB platters"?

It really is nothing like when aircraft broke the "sound barrier" which actually was a "barrier" because before they knew how to do it aircraft would lose control and break into pieces. That goes for 4GHz processors, desktop systems with 16GB of RAM, the theoretical max capacity of BDROM, the number of TFLOPS a GPGPU can crunch, and efficiency of power supplies too... Not "barriers" just the limits of the current generation hardware with no intrinsic physiological reason why they can't be improved upon, refering to these things in this way sounds moronic to anyone with half a brain that thinks about it for more than 2 seconds.




RE: Am I the only one bugged by this?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 5/3/2011 10:17:08 PM , Rating: 3
Seagate's actual press release:

"Seagate Breaks Areal Density Barrier: Unveils World’s First Hard Drive Featuring 1 Terabyte Per Platter"


RE: Am I the only one bugged by this?
By MrBungle123 on 5/4/2011 10:56:35 AM , Rating: 2
That doesn't make it any better. It's still just as dumb when seagate does it.


RE: Am I the only one bugged by this?
By ppardee on 5/5/2011 7:17:37 PM , Rating: 2
Well, there's a bit more to making larger hard drives than jamming more magic dust on a platter. You have problems with corruption if you stick too many 'bits' on a platter. The EM field used to flip the bits can bleed into the adjacent bits... that's probably not a technically correct description of the phenomenon. Google superparamagnetic effect.

Getting 1TB of data onto a single platter is a HUGE accomplishment and its more than a simple incremental step. I don't see why calling a previously unattainable point 'breaking a barrier' is so annoying.


By MrBungle123 on 5/6/2011 11:00:35 AM , Rating: 2
It's annoying because there is nothing in the laws of nature that was preventing the creation of a HDD platter that could store 1TB of data. 1TB was picked for the capacity of the platter for marketing reasons.

It would be just as hard to build a platter that stored 999.99GB or 1.001TB which means in the grand scheme of things the number is meaningless. If we as humans found it easier to represent our numbers with a base 12 system instead of base 10 there would be no mention of us building a platter that stored 6B4 GB even though the data storage capacity is identical. They would instead be waiting for 1000 GB (base 12) which is 1728GB (base 10) to make this announcement. In that same base 12 world however the sound barrier would still exist because it is a natural phenomenon that exists independent of how we choose to represent it.

Were there some natural effect that required us to completely rethink the way hard drives are manufactured that seemed to only be present at capacities of 1TB weather the platter was 1.8”, 2.5”, or 3.5” I would accept it being called a “barrier”. No such effect exists, so it is nonsensical to call this a barrier.


By 91TTZ on 5/4/2011 11:43:13 AM , Rating: 2
But you know you need to take companies' claims with a huge grain of salt. They're always going to make misleading claims to hype up their product.

If you're going to repeat what they say, then I can see this headline in the future:

"New Apple iPhone operates off magic". The justification: Steve Jobs says it's magic.


RE: Am I the only one bugged by this?
By someguy123 on 5/3/2011 10:25:23 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see how barrier is anymore hyperbolic than "reached a milestone".

Would you prefer "finally crawled it's way to 1TB?".


RE: Am I the only one bugged by this?
By MrBungle123 on 5/4/2011 11:03:11 AM , Rating: 2
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Would you prefer "finally crawled it's way to 1TB?".


yes I would. What is fundamentally different about workings of a hard drive platter at 1TB as opposed to one that stores 800 or 900GB? nothing. The difference is that it takes one more digit to represent it with a base 10 numbering system... thats it... not a barrier. Its like saying "electric car breaks the 100MPH barrier!" what barrier? there is none.


RE: Am I the only one bugged by this?
By RivuxGamma on 5/4/2011 11:56:17 AM , Rating: 2
who cares?


RE: Am I the only one bugged by this?
By mindless1 on 5/5/2011 1:00:46 AM , Rating: 3
People who like truth, logic, correctness... stuff like that, call it intelligence instead of repeating nonsense.

The correct title would be more like "Seagate Exceeds 1TB/Platter Areal Density". Not breaks, milestone, or barrier. They are all nonsensical words when applied to the facts stated.


RE: Am I the only one bugged by this?
By RivuxGamma on 5/5/2011 12:31:07 PM , Rating: 1
So, anal people who require that the world conforms to their very narrow views? Maybe someone who likes the correctness of a run-on sentence or improper placement of quotation marks? Maybe someone who can't understand rhetorical questions? Maybe.

Seriously, if a headline like that causes anybody to get angry, then WTF? That's not intelligence; that's bipolar disorder. I'll answer my own question, then. Who cares? Nobody that's well-functioning.


By mindless1 on 5/5/2011 4:09:48 PM , Rating: 2
If you feel things like truth, logic and correctness makes people anal, obviously any further discussion is pointless.

I wasn't angry about the headline, but it does devalue the content on the site. A title should, even if sensationalizing, at least make sense. Words have meaning, definitions, using a word contrary to its meaning is always counterproductive.

It is in fact intelligence to recognize error and learn from it, to do things in the most communicative way possible without use of non applicable hyperbole.


By 91TTZ on 5/4/2011 11:40:04 AM , Rating: 2
It is more hyperbolic because it implies that there was a barrier when in fact there was no barrier. What difference is there at 1 TB that wasn't there at 999 GB?

When the big deal was made about breaking the sound barrier there were actually reasons for it. There are effects that occur in supersonic flight that aren't present at lower speeds. But for this hard drive claim, there was no real barrier.


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