In the shadow of floods in Thailand and the severe shortage of hard drives, the company is launching new Barracuda drives with terabyte tablets, presenting its plans for the near future
The hard drive market, which is generally calm most days of the year, has received many headlines during this period due to the severe floods that hit Thailand, Have significantly damaged Western Digital, Toshiba and a large number of major component manufacturersSend the market to a whirl That no one is sure when and how it might end.
In the middle of all this chaos is Seagate, the world's second-largest hard drive manufacturer whose plants in Thailand have not been affected by the floods, Its new Barracuda drives Which constitute a significant technological advancement thanks to terabyte plates - For the first time in the field.
The advantage is clear - more compressed disks store more information in less physical volume, which makes it possible to offer drives of the same volume with fewer disks (in addition to drives with a larger overall volume), which will be faster and also consume less electricity.
Seagate not only launches new drives, and announces a series of changes in the series Barracuda drives All - The Barracuda Green series drives that ran at a speed of 5,900 rpm will cease to exist by the end of February 2012 (the company claims that the new drives are so economical that the Green series becomes out of date, we believe this series was never relevant due to energy savings Which it proposed), while the Barracuda and Barracuda XT series will be merged into one series under the name Barracuda, the same new drive series mentioned in the previous paragraph.
These steps are designed to create a uniform and easy-to-understand product line - from now on, Seagate will offer only 8 models within the Barracuda family, hard drives with volumes between 250GB and 3TB, all at a speed of 7,200 rpm with SATA III connection support, memory 16MB cache (on drives up to 500GB) or 64MB and maximum continuous read speeds of up to 210MBps.
The company is still not talking about it, but using the innovative tablets means that 4TB and 5TB hard drives are becoming real sometime in the not too distant future.
The new and improved Barracuda drive series also comes with updated price tags - 2TB hard drives become very affordable with a recommended price of $ 106 (only about 5 cents per gigabyte of storage), while the 3TB and 1.5TB drives do not Far behind with a recommended price of $ 180 and $ 84 respectively (about 6 cents per gigabyte).
Those interested in a “modest” Terra Bate drive will be able to find it with a $ 72 price tag.
The hard drives manufacturer added that they planned to launch Hybrid drives (Which include large magnetic storage space along with small flash storage space used to store the most important and common files) within the Barracuda series, The successful model Which we saw in the Momentus XT drives of the company to the world of 3.5-inch drives.
In the meantime, it is not known when these hybrid drives may reach the market and what their characteristics will beAnother positive step For these drives, on their way to a "good spot in the middle" between hard drives and hard drivesSSD.