In August, Seagate will introduce the worlds first 1.5 Terabyte desktop hard disk and also a Half-Terbyte hard disk for the laptop PC. Seagate also states that these monster drives will be shock resistant and withstand the normal wear and tear of daily use.
Every time a bigger hard disk hits the market, my first thoughts were the days when drives in the MB size were considered big. When paying $1 per MB was the norm. According to the press release from Seagate it states:
The debut of the Barracuda® 7200.11 1.5TB hard drive, the eleventh generation of Seagate’s flagship drive for desktop PCs, marks the single largest capacity hard drive jump in the more than half-century history of hard drives – a half-terabyte increase from the previous highest capacity of 1TB, thanks to the capacity-boosting power of perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology.
The Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive combines proven PMR technology, components and expert manufacturing to provide 1.5TB of reliable storage for mainstream desktop computers, workstations, desktop RAID, gaming and high-end PCs, and USB/FireWire/eSATA external storage.
Seagate’s new 2.5-inch half-terabyte 5400- and 7200-rpm drives – Momentus® 5400.6 and Momentus 7200.4 – deliver the best combination of capacity, mobility and durability for mainstream and high-performance notebook computers, external storage solutions, PCs and industrial applications requiring small form factor.
Highlighting the global growth of digital content, Seagate expects to ship its two billionth hard drive within the next five years. Earlier this year Seagate shipped its one billionth hard drive since the company’s inception nearly 30 years ago.
What can one say. Huge new drives are nothing new. Hard disk technology in the SSD is the next step forward.