Seagate Prepping 1TB Barracuda
March 29, 2007 3:02 PM
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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."
countered Seagate's announcement with specifications of the 11th generation Seagate Barracuda drive,
which it listed as follows
1 Terabyte capacity
SATA 3.0Gbps interface
16MB of buffer
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
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
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: Small typo
3/30/2007 1:07:29 AM
These 1Tb drives definately need a larger 64-128mb SSD buffer, especially if they are going to be used in server side activities.. as a rule of thumb, with having 1 x 1Tb drive doing the work of say 4 x 250mb drives, efficieny over the network is going to be reduced in reading and writing; ie, if you have 10 users accessing 1 drive, as opposed to 10 users accessing 4 drives... 10 CAD users on a network with 1 drive would really drag to a hault.. Therefore more buffer would be of greater use.
To be honest, a proposed 16mb buffer is absolutely crazy from Segate... 32mb from Hitachi is more reasonable, but even thats still low.
Regardless, for a stand alone system 2 of these 1Tb babies in RAID 0 would be just sweet..
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