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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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This is actually exciting news!
By jiffylube1000 on 5/4/2011 8:53:48 PM , Rating: 3
I'm hearing so much misinformation in this thread, and I think a few things need to be cleared up.

Seagate is breaking their 1TB/platter barrier, not the 1TB barrier. The 1TB desktop hard drive barrier was broken back in 2007 with Hitachi's 5 platter 7K1000.


With regards to people "beta testing" these new drives, you're basically completely missing the point. Single and dual platter drives with 1TB/platter will be fantastic drives with high, ~150MB/s transfer speeds.

The unreliable Seagates of the past were primarily the 7200.11 series, and in particular the 7200.11 1TB (4 platter version; 3 platter version to a lesser extent), and 7200.11 1.5TB. The other 7200.11's did have the same firmware bug that you can update yourself using Seagate's firmware, but were less problematic than the 3 and 4 platter drives.

The new crop of 2TB drives are mostly all 4 platters each (at 500GB) - for Seagate, WD, Hitachi and Samsung, though I think a couple companies have since switched to 3x ~667GB platters.


The current single-platter 7200.12 500GB hard drive is one of the quietest, coolest running, reliable hard drives out there. The 7200.12 1TB (2x platters) is slightly hotter and in my experience picks up a few reallocated sectors in its first year, but otherwise works great.

What a 1TB/platter drive means is that we'll have uber reliable 1TB hard drives soon, and very reliable 2TB hard drives using 2 platters. All the big HDD companies have less reliable drives once you start using 3-4 platters.

By mindless1 on 5/5/2011 1:13:02 AM , Rating: 2
Thank you for the last two paragraphs, I completely agree and was about to write the same.

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