First 1.5-TeraByte(TB) Desktop Hard-Drive Unveiled

About 7-8 months back, Toshiba launching a 1-terabyte hard disk created a lot of buzz. With worldwide demand for digital-content storage in home and business environments rising exponentially, Seagate is back in action with a 1.5-terabyte hard drive, which is the industry’s first for Desktops. Half-terabyte hard drives for notebooks were also revealed.

The eleventh generation of Seagate’s flagship drive for desktop PC is marked by the debut of the Barracuda 7200.11 1.5-TB hard drive, a half-terabyte increase from the previous highest capacity of 1TB. The Barracuda 7200.11-RPM hard drive combines proven PMR technology, components and 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.It is likely to be available only with an option of 32MB cache.

Also at the same venue, two 2.5 inch hard drives for notebooks were shown which can 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.

Seagate’s new half-terabyte 5400 and 7200-RPM drives namely Momentus 5400.6 and Momentus 7200.4 are the fourth generation of Seagate’s laptop hard drive family to use the PMR technology. The Momentus 5400.6, a 5400-rpm drive, combines a powerful Serial ATA 3Gb/second interface and capacities ranging from 120GB to 500GB with an 8MB cache. The Momentus 7200.4 hard drive, with its 7200-rpm spin speed and a Serial ATA 3GB/second interface, delivers true desktop performance. These power-efficient drives maximizes battery life and comes with a 16MB cache.Seagate also claims that both the Momentus drives are reasonably vibration-resistant.

Seagate’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Personal Computer Business, Michael Wingert said, “Seagate is committed to powering the next generation of computing today with the planet’s fastest, highest-capacity and most reliable storage solutions.”

The pricing for these drives have not yet been set, but these are expected to start shipping in the last quarter or this year.