Seagate Announces two new 1TB Drives

Seagate has unveiled two new hard drive lines that both offer a maximum 1TB capacity: the Barracuda 7200.11 (consumer) and the Barracuda ES.2 (enterprise). Expect both to arrive sometime this quarter and note that Seagate prices the consumer 1TB HDD at an MSRP of $399. As with other Seagate drives, the new Barracuda 7200.11 and ES.2 come with five year warranties.

Seagate packs the 1TB Barracuda 7200.11 with 32MB of L2 cache, SATA 3.0Gbps and native command queuing support. The Barracuda 7200.11 makes use of four 250GB platters with second-generation perpendicular magnetic recording technology. The company claims the new Barracuda 7200.11 can sustain a 105MB/s data rate and only draws 8-watts during idle as well as 11.6-watts during seek. Acoustically, the Barracuda 7200.11 generates around 27-to-29 decibels of noise during idle and seeking tasks. Seagate also offers the Barracuda 7200.11 in 750GB (three platters) and 500GB (two platters) sizes with the same 32MB buffer and PMR technology.

Seagate's new Barracuda ES.2 models are offered with serial attached SCSI, or SAS, interfaces. Seagate has also raised the MTBF rating of the Barracuda ES.2 to 1.2 million hours, up 200 thousand hours from the previous Barracuda ES.

News source: DailyTech

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I wonder how long it will take Seagate to get this drive to market. Seagate announced a 160GB 7200rpm SATA 2.5" Drive over a year ago. It still has yet to make it to market, and it has been entirely removed from its site. Now I am hoping they will release (not just announce) a 250GB 2.5" drive so that I do not have to put up with Western Digital or Samsung.

Why they had to announce a product twice in over a year is beyond me:

And us consumers still cannot buy one!

Has nothing to do with the fact that the formatted capacity isn't a true 1 TB worth. It's all marketing hype -- why don't you try to market a hard drive as a 931GB drive vs a 1TB drive and see how it goes... Let's face it, people are still going to buy these things like there is no tomorrow.

looks good . . just in time too . . im in need of a new media server and these drives should do nicely

5 of these in raid5 . . 4TB of goodness

cooljerk_dv said,
looks good . . just in time too . . im in need of a new media server and these drives should do nicely

5 of these in raid5 . . 4TB of goodness :)

or 500 hour HDTV or 100 Blu-ray movies :P