Seagate is smiling big today, having announced that it is the first ever to offer a hard drive containing 1TB platters. There are a total of four platters, making the drive an ordinary 4TB in size, but it is not the overall capacity that is the bragging point. Although it’s not the most exciting announcement,
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Seagate will be shipping a 4TB hard drive that has the distinction of being the world’s first to include a 1TB per platter design. This basically means that each spinning disk in the hard drive has a capacity of 1TB, and that there are four of them. It’s not everyday that you can claim to that have something that’s the “world’s first”, so don’t be too hard on Seagate. This certainly isn’t the first hard drive to have a 4TB capacity, but apparently the new 1TB per platter design significantly increases the hard drive’s performance over the competition. It consumes 35 percent less power than comparable drives on the market with 4TB capacities, and at 145MB/s, it has the highest average data rate as well. But most importantly, the new design will also bring down costs. A hard drive in an external casing can be had for $ 212, while just the bare drive will cost around $ 190. Bring on the terabytes, Seagate. My body and my illegally downloaded movies are ready.
crookedvulture writes “Seagate announced its third-generation hybrid drives last month, revealing a full family of notebook and desktop drives that combine mechanical platters with solid-state storage. These so-called SSHDs are Seagate’s first to be capable of caching write requests in addition to reads, and the mobile variants are already selling online. Unfortunately, a closer look at the Laptop Thin SSHD reveals some problems with Seagate’s new design. While the integrated flash cache reduces OS and application load times by 30-45%, overall performance appears to be held back by its 5,400-RPM mechanical component. Seagate’s last-gen Momentus XT hybrid spins its platters at 7,200-RPM, and it’s faster than the new SSHD in a wide range of tests. The upcoming desktop SSHDs will also have 7,200-RPM spindle speeds, so they may prove more appealing than the mobile models.”
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Seagate might have been selling hard drives since 1980, but it’s seen a huge increase in demand in the last few years, allowing it to double its total sales since 2008, crossing the two billion unit milestone in the process. It’s thanking everyone’s unabated desire for streaming video, online shopping and other heavy-lifting data services for the uptick, with the company predicting that hunger for storage is likely to quadruple in the next two years. Thanks a lot, Ultra High Definition.
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Seagate announced new models of its 2.5-in. hybrid laptop drives with 40% better performance, as well as its first 3.5-in. desktop hybrid drive.
jones_supa writes “‘We are going stop building our notebook 7200rpm hard disk drives at the end of 2013,’ said David Burks, director of marketing and product management at Seagate Technology, during a conversation with X-bit labs. The mainstream market demand is expected shift to different products, such as hybrid drives. Users who need maximum performance and care about battery life have been choosing notebooks with SSDs for years now, whereas those who required capacity and moderate price do not really care about actual performance. With the introduction of third-generation solid-state hybrid drives later this year, Seagate will position them for performance- and capacity-demanding end-users. The company will also continue to offer 5400rpm HDDs for value notebooks.”
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Seagate and Virident today announced they’re working together to produce their first PCIe SSD.
The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem — the consortium of companies attempting to develop an industry standard for digital distribution of entertainment, and the folks behind UltraViolet — can count another member among its ranks as of this week: digital storage company Seagate. The storage manufacturer announced as much in a press release this week, and threw its support behind UltraViolet. “As a DECE member, Seagate’s expertise and perspective on cloud solutions and storage devices will help the organization to evolve those benefits,” says UltraViolet GM Mark Teitell. Considering how many major content providers are supporting UltraViolet, it’s good to know that one of the largest storage companies isn’t standing against our digital futures.
When Seagate launched its PC/Mac Backup Plus offering that could safeguard not only your folders but your Facebook or Twitter content, too, it seemed like a nice idea. But conspicuously missing from the Mac side of that equation was a USB 3.0 port to hustle transfers along at a much less pedestrian 5 Gbps — likely because until recently, no Macs directly supported it. Now, Seagate has launched a USB 3.0 version of the device for those shiny new Macbook Pro Retina and Air models that pack it, while offering the option to upgrade to Thunderbolt or FireWire 800 “as the need presents itself.” Prices go from $ 110 for the 500GB model up to $ 180 for the 3TB version — check the PR after the break to see the entire range.
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Seagate today announced three new enterprise-class hard disk drives aimed at traditional data centers and emerging private and public cloud infrastructures.
The final price may end up being more than the initially proposed $ 186 million, but Seagate has successfully acquired a controlling share of LaCie stocks. The provisional price of €4.05 per share could increase to €4.17 if Seagate manages to accumulate 95 percent of the company’s stocks in the next six months. As of now, however, it hold just shy of 65 percent, enough to take control of the French manufacturer. With LaCie and its valuable consumer business under its belt and Samsung’s SSD expertise, the move to reject a Western Digital take over is looking better and better. After all, consumer choice is the engine of capitalism and now Seagate has more than enough ammunition to take on WD and its Hitachi properties. Check out the PR after the break.
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Seagate’s stock price dropped 8% today after the company projected a weak first-quarter outlook based on slowing PC sales.
Seagate and DensBits team up on solid-state drives for the home, call truce in the HDD versus SSD war
It’s an understatement to say that Seagate started off on the wrong foot in its attitude towards solid-state drives: the company only slowly came around to embracing flash memory, and then mostly for the enterprise crowd and hybrid drive lovers. A newly-struck partnership between Seagate controller maker DensBits is signalling a more serious attempt to offer SSDs to everyday users. Along with catering to the business folk, Seagate wants its new teammate’s help on building “low-cost, high-performance” consumer SSDs. Most of the drives for the plebeians will use slower but denser 3-bits-per-cell memory made on a process under 20 nanometers, while the suits will get faster 2-bits-per-cell flash for their servers. The deal doesn’t have any timetable attached, although Seagate’s decision to pour equity cash into DensBits suggests it’s not just a one-time fling.
This week two giants in the digital data storage industry, Seagate and LaCie, have announced that the former has signed a purchase agreement which will give it controlling interest in the latter. This agreement was announced on the 23rd of May and today has been signed by both parties, it tying together a deal which
Seagate said it is the first hard-drive maker to achieve the milestone storage density of 1 terabit (1 trillion bits) per square inch on a disk platter. The technology will allow it to create a 60TB hard drive this decade.
MrSeb was one of several readers to submit news that drive manufacturer Seagate has announced (and demoed) the first hard drive to squeeze a terabit into each square inch of platter. “‘Initially this will result in 6TB 3.5-inch desktop drives and 2TB 2.5-inch laptop drives, but eventually Seagate is promising up to 60TB and 20TB respectively. To achieve such a huge leap in density, Seagate had to use a technology called heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR). Basically, the main issue that governs hard drive density is the size of each magnetic “bit.” These can only be made so small until the magnetism of nearby bits affects them. With HAMR, “high density” magnetic compounds that can withstand further miniaturization are used. The only problem is that these materials, such as iron platinum alloy, are more stubborn when it comes to writing data — but if you heat it first, that problem goes away.’ With HAMR, Seagate has strapped a laser to the hard drive head; when it wants to write data, the laser turns on. Reading data is still done conventionally, without the laser. In theory, HAMR should allow for areal densities up to 10 terabits per square inch (magnetic sites that are just 1nm long!), and thus desktop hard drives in the 60TB range.”
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Seagate technology for the first time in two years reclaimed the throne as the leading hard disk drive suppler, usurping Western Digital’s lead after the company suffered production shutdowns in the wake of Thailand floods last year.
In a bid to save money or redirect funds to product development, Seagate and Western Digital are cutting hard drive warranties — in some cases from five years to one.
Seagate was quick to jump into the hybrid HDD/SSD fray last year, with the decently priced and capable Momentus XT. Now we have a successor with identical branding, but with the HDD upped to 742GB, NAND storage slightly increased to 8GB, plus a faster SATA III 6Gb/s interface. The ‘flash-assisted drive’ promises to cut boot-up and lag times compared to a standard laptop hard disk, by gradually learning which of your files are popular enough to deserve a spot in that solid state VIP lounge. We’re looking at a price of $ 189, including a five-year warranty, and availability from today. Read on the full PR.
Seagate announced that it’s bumping the platter rotation speed in all of its Barracuda hard drives from 5400 rpm to 7200 rpm.
Seagate’s latest addition to its GoFlex line of hard drives is dubbed the Cinema and, as you’ve probably guessed, it’s designed to hook up to your home entertainment system. Inside is a set of spinning platters up to 3TB in size, and around back are HDMI, composite, and S/PDIF hookups. This isn’t just some hard drive with a marketing gimmick though. The hardware itself is capable of pumping out 1080p video in a slew of different formats (including MKV and MP4 amongst others), and even comes packaged with a remote for perusing your media collection fro the comfort of your
milk crate couch. The GoFlex Cinema is available now in Europe, starting at €99 ($ 136) for the 1TB version and climbing to €179 ($ 246) for the 3TB model. No word yet on US pricing or availability.
Seagate has launched its latest home entertainment storage center, the Seagate GoFlex Cinema multimedia drive, packing up to 3TB of internal storage and the ability to extend that by docking the company’s GoFlex removable drives. Capable of connecting directly to your HDTV or projector via a choice of HDMI or composite video outputs, and with [...]