It is likely that at one point or another in your life a Seagate hard drive has passed through your hands, most likely it is an internal hard drive, which serves as the main source of information and media for the computer. Recently we met with the sales manager of the company, which is responsible for Israel and Turkey, and we decided to ask her a number of questions that are of interest to our readers.
War in the terabyte era
The war between the hard drive manufacturers, the right to be the one that says it markets the largest hard drive, has not rested for a moment. Last August Became Seagate The first time to market a hard drive with 1.5 terabyte storage. Earlier this year also Western Digital She joined And last month also Samsung Has launched A similar product.
If so, now the fight is moving to a volume of 2 terabytes. We asked Seagate about the plans for this type of drive and the answer we got is that the drive is indeed in the planning. It will be launched during the current year, as part of the Barracuda series and its physical size will be 3.5 inches, so it will be suitable for use in desktops. At Seagate, however, we were surprised to learn that it is not yet known whether its plate rotation speed will be 7,200 rpm, as is customary in desktops.
Full backup of your computer
You've all heard about Seagate's FreeAgent family. These are external hard drives, designed for a variety of uses. Seagate, like many other companies, is monitoring the growth in sales of these external hard drives and is planning to refresh the company's FreeAgent family. During the weeks, Seagate will divide the category into three families and launch new products.
For those who want to expand the storage volume of their computer, by purchasing an external hard drive, which can also be ported from computer to computer, the company will offer the new Expansion Hard Drives family. For those who also want to make periodic backups of the information and media stored on their PC, such as operating system files, software and more, Seagate will offer the FreeAgent family, which includes the familiar product series: FreeAgent Desktop (and Mac version for Macs), FreeAgent Go (together With Mac version for Mac), FreeAgent Pro and FreeAgent Theater.
The third and last family in this category will be called a replica and it will do exactly what it implies. The Replica comes with a built-in hard drive and a CD that can boot the computer. The system will perform periodic backups for you, or at the click of a button, and save all the information in the Image file. For example, if you have to format the computer, you will no longer need to reinstall the operating system. All you need to do is connect the Replica to your computer, insert the boot disc into the CD drive, and automatically start your work from your last backup.
The Replica will be connected to the computer using a standard USB connection and will be available in two versions: one for backup of one computer only and one for backup of up to 5 computers. If you have a wireless router with a USB connection, you can connect the Replica to it and back up the connected computers without having to physically access them.
Media Center Small and compact
Not only does Western Digital offer a product that claims to replace the need for Media Center Ballroom computers. Seagate also offers a product, the FreeAgent Theater, which it recently launched. It includes a wireless remote control and comes without a hard drive when a portable USB drive (Disk-On-Key) can be connected to an external hard drive using its USB connection. Unfortunately, it currently supports only English subtitles, but Seagate notes that support for additional languages, including Hebrew, will come later this year.
The constellation of Seagate
In early February Has launched Seagate is the Constellation family, designed for server use. The new family is divided into two series: Constellation - like the family name itself, is based on 2.5-inch hard drives that are primarily intended for use on blade servers, Constellation ES - is based on 3.5-inch hard drives. The plate rotation speed of the drives in this family will be 7,200 rpm.
The mass production of this drive family is expected in early May when the 2.5-inch drives will be marketed first, they will come in volumes of 160 and 500 GB and will be offered in SATA 2.5 and SAS 2.0 versions. This series comes as a complementary product to Seagate's Savvio family, which supports plate rotation speeds of 10 or 15 rpm and supports the SAS interface only. Seagate notes that thanks to support for the SATA interface, the Constellation series will be the first in the market to enable blade server production. With a hard drive in the SATA interface and industry standards.It is important to note that these drives are not intended for use in laptops, because they have a height of 15 millimeters, while in laptops the standard size is 9.5 millimeters.
Seagate certifies that the 2.5-inch Constellation will compete directly with the Western Digital VelociRaptor family, some of whom have probably already purchased to use their PC. Therefore, the drives will be marketed in Israel also in the best computer stores, and not only companies and organizations that want to use these drives in their servers.
Later this year, the Constellation ES series will arrive, which will be marketed in parallel with the Barracuda ES family, until it is replaced towards the beginning of 2010. These drives will be available in volumes of 500 GB, 1 terabyte and 2 terabytes and they will also arrive In SATA and SAS versions. Seagate prides itself on the fact that thanks to this series, it will be the first company in the world to market a 3.5-inch hard drive, with a disk rotation speed of 7,200 rpm and a volume of 2 terabytes. Until then, Seagate's competitors can launch and market a similar hard drive.
They also squint towards the market for SSDs
Of course, it is impossible to end an interview without asking about the company's plans in the SSD (Solid State Drive) drive market. At Seagate, the cards are kept very close to the chest, but they confirm that they intend to enter this category and will market a 128 GB drive again this year. , While working together with IM Flash Technologies, The partnership between Intel and Micron.
Representatives Seagate In Israel