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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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Keeping up with the Jones
By borowki on 1/4/2007 5:16:14 PM , Rating: 2
It probably sounds stupid but it annoys me how quickly hard-drive capacity is growing. Just six months ago I upgraded to a 160gig drive and how it's already a small fraction of what one can buy. Not that I'm anywhere near filling up the thing, still it hurts my techie self-esteem.

Wish there's an easier way to upgrade hard-drives.

RE: Keeping up with the Jones
By DigitalFreak on 1/4/07, Rating: -1
RE: Keeping up with the Jones
By BladeVenom on 1/4/2007 6:10:50 PM , Rating: 2
Does it come with its own cleanroom, or do you have to purchase that separately?

RE: Keeping up with the Jones
By UnFaZeD on 1/4/2007 10:12:02 PM , Rating: 2
hahaha..good one BladeVenom

RE: Keeping up with the Jones
By peternelson on 1/4/2007 10:51:47 PM , Rating: 2
No you just rent the cleanroom desk space by the hour at your local "PC World / Best Buy / substitute your own generic superstore". But you have to take a shower on your way in to minimise skin particle contamination.

They will also ship the extra platters and heads with one of those special hex or torx or star key screwdriver bits.

RE: Keeping up with the Jones
By patentman on 1/8/2007 8:00:41 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't be surprised if we started seeing upgradeable hard drives once hybrid drives come to market. Seeing as how the size of flash memory is increasing every year, I don;t think it would be that hard to implement a drive with a removable flash memory where you could just pop in a higher capacity chip and voila, more space.

Can you do the same thing with a flash drive now, well year... but my idea is yeah

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