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Seagate Unveils 1TB Hard Drives

Seagate announced 1 terabyte hard drives for a wide range of enterprise and desktop PC applications as rampant growth of digital content continues worldwide.

As the second-generation desktop and enterprise perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) hard drives, the Barracuda 7200.11 and Barracuda ES.2 deliver 1TB of capacity, 7,200-rpm spin speeds, average seek times of 8.5ms, caches up to 32MB and Seagate's five-year limited warranty. Seagate's newest hard drives pack 1TB of data on four discs to provide cool operating temperatures and low power consumption, which help extend drive life.

The flagship of enterprise storage - Barracuda ES.2 - is a newly designed product optimized for demanding business-critical and nearline enterprise storage environments including: networked and tiered storage solutions, reference/compliance storage, disc-to-disc backup and restore, archiving solutions, rich media content storage and collaboration.

The Barracuda ES.2 hard drive's new features include the new RVFF (Rotational Vibration Feed Forward) system, designed to sustain performance in densely-packed multi-drive systems. The Barracuda ES.2 also boosts reliability with improved unrecoverable error rate that is 10 times better than desktop class drives and a 1.2 million hour Mean Time Between Failure at full 24 x 7 data availability.

With the introduction of the Barracuda ES.2, Seagate provides customers with a SAS interface option in addition to SATA. SAS offers greater levels of reliability, data integrity and performance for business-critical and nearline enterprise environments. The choice of SATA or SAS also enables greater system-design and integration flexibility for solution builders and OEMs.

Another technology integrated into the Barracuda ES.2 is the PowerTrim that dynamically manages drive power consumption at all levels of activity. It's claimed to provide 20% reduction in overall drive power consumption and 55% reduction in watts-per-gigabyte.

The second novelty - Barracuda 7200.11 - supports the highest 105MB/s sustained transfer rate and consumes 8 watts when idle. It also delivers acoustics as low as 2.7 Bels, which is nearly undetectable by the human ear.

The Barracuda ES.2 and 7200.11 will begin shipping in volume during the third quarter. The 1TB Barracuda 7200.11 will be offered at an MSRP of $399.99.

Source: Seagate

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