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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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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.

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