Thursday, April 27, 2006

Seagate Ships 750-GB Drives; Standalones Due Next Week

ExtremeTech reports: "Seagate Technology officially brought its perpendicular-recording technology into the desktop drive market, announcing shipments of its first 750-Gbyte Barracuda internal drive Wednesday. A complementary external 750-Gbyte drive will be released this coming Monday."

A 1 Terabyte (TB) drive is right around the corner. The one bad thing about hitting the TB mark, is any drives that come after it will probably be produced is much smaller increments, such as 1.1TB, 1.5TB, 2.0TB, etc. Although the jump from 1TB to 2TB is huge, and any incremental change after that.

If you're part of the crowd that is wondering what you would do with 1TB of storage. Thing of things like a media center, large hard drives are a godsend. If you run a system multiple OSs, large hard drives are a godsend. If you have a large database with tons of data, large hard drives are... (you should get the idea).

One thing I want to point out is that this drive uses perpendicular recording to store its data. Hard drives for the last 50 years have used longitudinal recording, this is where the magnetic grains that are used to store data are laid flat along the disk platter. This consumes a huge amount of surface space on the disk. Perpendicular recording, works on the skyscrapers principle, which means that more bits can be stored closer together by standing the magnetic grains vertically.

For more information on perpendicular recording, see the following article.
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