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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 Captain Orgazmo on 3/30/2007 2:22:26 AM , Rating: 2
In four or five years I hope there are no 1TB hard drives. I'm tired of the slow transfer and seek speeds, short safe working lifetime, and ever increasing power consumption and heat production of modern high-capacity spinning disk drives. Specifically the lagging speed of hard drives is currently the worst bottleneck of PCs, and in the coming years of high-def-everything, this situation will only get worse. If a state-change type non-volatile memory storage solution could be made with data capacity in the same league as a HDD (of course, in the same price league as well), then hard disk drives would go the way of the magnetic tape.

RE: Too Big
By Mudvillager on 3/30/2007 6:15:35 AM , Rating: 2
Where are you NAND SSD's?? We love you even though you have a bit slower transfer speeds and less disk space @ higher costs - because you have serveral advantages too,

like close to 0 ms access times,
no moving parts,
close to no power consumption,
sustained transfer speeds

and your transfer speeds will soon be far ahead of magnetic platter HDD's, so please, be available in the customer market now!

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