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We should expect to see 1TB hard disk drive products within 6 months

Seagate Technology has just released information to DailyTech with regard to the company's upcoming highest capacity hard disk drive to date. At 1TB, if no other hard disk drive manufacturer can catch up, Seagate will have the highest capacity hard drive product to market first.

The 1TB hard disk drive will be based on perpendicular recording technology which packs bits tighter onto the magnetic platter by positioning them perpendicular to the platter as opposed to linear recording which positions bits horizontally. The perpendicular recording technology, which has been in use by Seagate and its platter supplier for over a year now, will be put to the test as Seagate states the 1TB product will implement fewer platters and heads to improve the performance of the drive.

In a statement to DailyTech earlier today, the company claimed:
Seagate’s 1TB hard drive will be our second generation 3.5-inch hard drive to feature capacity-boosting perpendicular recording technology, and it will use fewer heads and discs than similar-capacity products we expect to see from our competitors. It is clear that fewer heads and discs, along with our proven perpendicular technology, can increase drive reliability, and also reduce operating temperatures, power consumption, noise, and weight.
It is confirmed now that we should expect a 1TB Barracuda from Seagate Technology to hit the market in full force sometime in the first half of this calendar year.   Seagate was also the first company to announce a 750GB hard drive last year.  No company has since announced a drive with 750GB or greater capacity.

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i wish they would make them quieter
By noxipoo on 1/4/2007 4:06:04 PM , Rating: 3
the old seagate drives were quiet but my recently purchased 320gig sata HD clicks so loud it annoys the hell out of me.

RE: i wish they would make them quieter
By bunnyfubbles on 1/4/2007 4:13:08 PM , Rating: 2
I've got 4 of those drives in my P180 and don't have any noise problems from my HDDs.

RE: i wish they would make them quieter
By Kougar on 1/4/2007 7:26:50 PM , Rating: 2
Seconded. I have four in my P180 and no noise from them.

I have a 5th SATA Seagate drive that completely lacks Acoustic Management ability though, and that one sounds like a cricket a room over under medium to heavy writes in progress.

By FITCamaro on 1/10/2007 3:47:52 PM , Rating: 2
Heck I got 2 74GB Raptors in RAID0 and I I barely hear them unless I'm say defragging. Even then its barely audible. If I've got some source of other sound in the room I can't hear it. Makes me be able to load areas in games like Oblivion and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes nice and quick too.

RE: i wish they would make them quieter
By tobrien on 1/4/2007 8:04:21 PM , Rating: 2
Well I was talking to the anandtech guy who reviewed the perpendicular 320 Seagates and was telling him my two drives sound almost like my two Raptors and he was saying it's about where they're manufactured. I forget where the two places are (maybe China and Taiwan?) but he was saying that drives from one place would click while others wouldn't.

I have no idea why one location's drives would and another's wouldn't if they're being manufactured in the exact same way but that's what appears to be it. :/

By Kougar on 1/5/2007 12:04:43 AM , Rating: 2
Two of my drives are from China, the other two are from Singapore, all four from NewEgg during one of their specials.

The two from China have the older AAC firmware, and the two from Singapore were the newer AAD firmware. I haven't used them outside the P180 yet so I can't really say about any possible differences between them.

RE: i wish they would make them quieter
By vdig on 1/4/2007 4:14:00 PM , Rating: 1
Are you certain that the hard drive is not defective? I always thought clicking sounds was a very bad sign, indicating impending hard drive failure. Heard too many stories of clicking hard drives from my acquaintances.

One trilobite. Nice. I bet that can store tons of porn... err, data! Yes, data. I meant data, yeah.

RE: i wish they would make them quieter
By lennylim on 1/4/2007 4:25:33 PM , Rating: 5
Well, Seagate's CEO certainly isn't arguing against your usage.

By the way, a trilobite is an arthropod that died out before the dinosaurs appeared.

By encryptkeeper on 1/4/07, Rating: -1
RE: i wish they would make them quieter
By encryptkeeper on 1/4/2007 4:40:16 PM , Rating: 2
Damn I didn't mean to put the WHOLE post in italics. Although I got the Parent/Reply in italics

By encryptkeeper on 1/4/2007 4:40:59 PM , Rating: 2
Nevermind....EVERYTHING's in italics...

By KristopherKubicki on 1/4/2007 4:43:30 PM , Rating: 2
He's one hell of a human being. Brings a tear to my eye...

Sorry, I had to kill your comment to clean up that forum bug. I reported it to our developer.

RE: i wish they would make them quieter
By Xtremist on 1/4/2007 4:40:35 PM , Rating: 2
Can't say I'm an authority on Seagate drives, but they're the only brand I buy and I have a few of them. Various drives sound different, but the Seagate's do tend to sound more 'clicky' than other brands I've used in the past. Again, it could be that all mine are bad too, but I'd certainly hope not as I rely on them pretty intensively ;-)

1x 80gig
2x 200gig
2x 300gig
2x 400gig

No failures. I did have a scare with a RAID controller while testing Vista where it would continually report a degraded array and start rebuilding it and stop partially through the rebuild. I thought I was in trouble then, but I think it was just the controller not liking Vista very much since going back to Win2k3 solved the issue.

Can't wait for these terabytes to come out!!! I can't wait much longer lol.

By StevoLincolnite on 1/4/2007 8:45:32 PM , Rating: 1
Only Seagate drives?
I've tried most of the brands, I generally get whats cheapest, Never really had any problems with any drive failing on me.
Except when I got a Fujitsu 120 GB IDE drive back in the day, And that was only because I dropped it, And it fell down some steps, even then it ended up running for a few days before screaming "I'm a teapot!".

But it does seem Seagate has the upper hand in the market at the moment, Lets see if some other company's bring out some competition to lower prices :)

RE: i wish they would make them quieter
By noxipoo on 1/4/2007 5:53:35 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, i've had deathstar, WD, and maxtor HDs fail on me, these are seeking clicks. they are that loud.

By Felofasofa on 1/4/2007 9:16:02 PM , Rating: 2
Have to agree with you on the Deckstars. Some of the deckstars we'd buy would arrive dead, others fail in a short period. Had problems with early Cheetahs (SCSI) failing but that was after around 5 years of solid use. Then ran very hot though.

RE: i wish they would make them quieter
By MrDiSante on 1/4/2007 5:00:53 PM , Rating: 1
I haven't had any problems with my 320 gig barracuda 7200.10. It's silent as far as I can tell. On the topic of noise, if you make a processor that's 65W TDP (e6600) you'd think that you'd make the chipset (965P) nice and cool as well, but noooooooooo my fan's running full speed at least 1/2 the time because of the bleeding north bridge.

By stromgald on 1/4/2007 5:53:41 PM , Rating: 1
The 965 series of Intel chipsets is rather cool compared to their nVidia counterparts and chipsets from other manufacturers. Maybe you should've bought a P965 board with a passive heatsink instead of one with a puny high speed fan on the northbridge? If you want it quiet, just go buy a passive northbridge heatsink and swap it out.

By Aikouka on 1/5/2007 8:08:57 AM , Rating: 2
My 750GB 7200.10 Seagate drive is also quiet to me. I don't know if this has anything to do with my choice in case (Lian Li PC1200+) or if the drive's noise is simply being over-stated by people that're just used to "quieter drives". All I know is that the 750s are great, although the price may seem a bit high (especially when buying multiple!).

1TB drives will be nice for people that use quite a bit of space (i.e. video editors/filmers, etc) and they will also help drive the price of the lower but still big drives (500, 750) down a little bit (hopefully).

By stromgald on 1/4/2007 5:56:55 PM , Rating: 2
Most of my HDDs also click. I think its an inevitable fact of life, and I've gotten used to it. Unless you get a special enclosure for the HDD, I don't think you can avoid the noise. Supposedly, the newer WDs are quiet and Samsungs have always been fairly quiet.

It also helps if you buy drives with only one platter, like the 160GB (1 platter) 7200.9 Seagate I recently bought. Its much quieter than the 300GB (3 platter) 7200.8 Seagate I have.

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