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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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Who's first?
By Dis Gruntled on 1/5/2007 7:11:31 AM , Rating: 2
Since DT posted in the afternoon that Seagate was first to the TB mark, and PCWorld posted in the evening that Hitachi was first, it looks like Seagate managed to snipe Hitachi at the last minute for the first-to-announce props. To my mind, though, that's not quite as important as the first-to-market. We'll see who wins that race soon enough.

RE: Who's first?
By Fnoob on 1/5/2007 9:16:58 AM , Rating: 2
Could care less who is first when they are separated by hours. Who gives a F really? First to market is relevant yes. However, performance is king. The Hitachi has 5 platters, whereas the Seagate will likely have 2-3(?) and spank the Hitachi in terms of performance and reliability.

RE: Who's first?
By Doormat on 1/5/2007 9:55:09 AM , Rating: 2
Yea, I only care about who is first to market. And since Seagate says H1 2007, I'm not all that confident in saying who is winning.

RE: Who's first?
By patentman on 1/8/2007 7:57:35 AM , Rating: 2
Rememebr that this is the first terabyte commerical hard drive. I beleive terabyte capacities were feasible and achieved a long time ago through platter multiplication, but the device was not econmically feasible. Seagates perpendicular technology utilizes a twist on pretty old and well known technology (chemical vapor deposition) to product platters with substantially higher recording capacity. In other words, it costs a lot less for them to make higher desnity platters, which allowed them to finally offer a cost effective 1 TB drive.

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