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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 defter on 3/30/2007 2:38:54 AM , Rating: 2
Buying a single 1TB is almost pointless.

I'm sure that some people were saying 15 years ago that buying a single 1GB drive is pointless. Just imagine how many floppies you have to use to backup it!

You have to buy these things in pairs and run them in RAID 1. I mean

Running drives in RAID1 for backup purposes is very, very stupid because:
- it won't protect your data against filesystem corruption
- it won't protect your data against accidental deleting (e.g. by yourself or by a virus)
- it won't protect your data if your power supply blows up and causes damage to hard drives

If your porn collection is so valuable, you should buy a second drive, make a backup, and then put that second drive in a closet. Repeat above when you have acquired some more important data.

unless your idea of a backup solution is an entire 100pk spindle of DVD+R DL discs.

Hard drives are getting bigger, but so is the writable media. Dual layer Blue-ray disks hold 50GB of data, and they should be affordable in a couple of years...

"I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For [Paramount] to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" -- Movie Director Michael Bay
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