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The thousand gigabyte-per-disk era is almost upon us

Earlier this year Seagate confirmed it would ship a 1TB hard drive before the second half of this year. With the first quarter of this year already over, the launch window for Seagate's next generation drive is rapidly shrinking.

Seagate would not confirm or deny the expectation of a new 7200.11 series this morning.  Seagate representatives responded to our inquiries stating, "We already stated earlier this year that we would have the 1TB drive before the second half of this year." 

Spanish-language site Chilehardware countered Seagate's announcement with specifications of the 11th generation Seagate Barracuda drive, which it listed as follows:
  • 1 Terabyte capacity
  • 7200RPM
  • SATA 3.0Gbps interface
  • Perpendicular recording
  • NCQ
  • 16MB of buffer
  • 4 platters
  • 8 heads
Seagate traditionally reserves new generation designations for platter advancements; the company has never released new generation indicators for storage increases alone.  However, it has been a year refresh since the last platter update so it would not be unrealistic to expect new features on the soon-to-ship devices.

Seagate replied to DailyTech stating, "There is no embargo yet." However, we were still assured that the company would fulfill its ship date promise.

Hitachi Global Storage and Seagate released 1TB hard drive promises within hours of each other last January.  Both manufacturers utilize Komag platter configurations -- Komag is the only platter manufacturer to announce 1TB designs to date.


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RE: Too Big
By splint on 3/29/2007 7:03:40 PM , Rating: 5
He is not saying that 1TB is too big, the point being made here is that data integrity is becoming a problem. Simply put, with a (1+)TB drive you are putting too much eggs in one basket. I completely agree with this. No one in their right mind would buy a drive this size, having the potential of being used for several years to come, without redundancy. Regardless of future usage trends, 1TB of data is still 1TB of data.


RE: Too Big
By gramboh on 3/29/2007 8:00:36 PM , Rating: 2
The argument doesn't make anymore sense than saying 500/400/320GB is 'too big'. Ignoring cost, why can't you RAID1, RAID5/6 a bunch of 1TB drives (not for backup, but for redundnacy/live integrity). Or have a separate NAS for backup.


RE: Too Big
By SmokeRngs on 3/30/2007 5:47:45 PM , Rating: 3
I'd bet you data integrity is no more a problem than it was in the past. If anything, it's probably less of a worry.

The first PC I had came with a 250 meg hard drive. My next system I built myself and had a 1.6 gig drive. That is over 6x the capacity. I still had nothing bigger than floppies to backup my stuff on. And guess what, I still backed up my important stuff to floppy.

At the time I had that 1.6 gig drive I worked in a computer shop. An order came in for a machine that I had to build. It had a 9 gig SCSI drive in it. In a way, that drive did scare me a bit as it was even larger than my 1.6. I had the same fears about data loss. Guess what, I ended up slowly upgrading to a 3.2 and 6.4 gig IDE drives and then four 4.3 gig SCSI drives. It wasn't until after I had the SCSIs that CD burners were affordable. That meaning they were under $300. I had 26.8 gig of drive space. Anything truly important was backed up on floppy and then CD.

Today's situation is no different from the situation I was in years ago. I backup my important files to DVD instead of floppy. I currently have about 750 gig of drive space between three computers and most of it is in one. Soon that will jump to over a terabyte once I purchase my next hard drive which will be soon. A power surge in my apartment could wipe out every byte of that data except for 14 gig that is at a friend's house. That's no different from having a single 1 terabyte drive.

I would hope no one here waits until they fill up a terabyte drive before backing up their data. Intelligent people make backups of their important data as soon as possible. It's not like you would spend the time and money all at once to back up a terabyte. At least, not if you are intelligent.


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