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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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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.

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