Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB Hard Drive

With Western Digital and Hitachi unveiling their own versions of TB hard drives, Seagate is surely one hard disk manufacturer that will not be left behind. In fact, they have unveiled their own model, the Barracuda 7200.12 HD. It is the first mainstream desktop hard drive to feature high areal density that allows to store more data on each disk. Now that is something worth considering as file size requirements today are getting larger by the minute.

The 7,200rpm Barracuda drive packs 1TB (terabyte) of storage capacity on an areal density of 329 Gigabits per square inch to deliver the best combination of capacity, performance and reliability for PCs, desktop RAID and personal external storage. The drive’s Serial ATA 3Gbps (gigabits per second) interface delivers sustained data rate of up to 160MBps for fast boot, application startup and file access.

If 1TB of storage is too much for you, the 3.5in drive also comes in 750GB and 500GB capacities with cache options of 32MB and 16MB. But then again, today the ideal position to take is go for the larger drives even if you think that they are too much. The price disparity may be a couple of dollars but think of the future. In the long end, you will find yourself upgrading your hard drive so why wait.


Seagate Launches Enterprise Terabyte Drives

Last week there was a post about Western Digital’s new 1 Terabyte hard drive. In that post as well, it was mentioned that Seagate had also launched its own higher capacity hard drive which was 500GB. Thanks to that first new flash, Seagate took the initiative to finally unveil its own terabyte hard drive, the 3.5 Constellation ES which comes in 1 or 2 TB.

The 2.5-inch Constellation will have capacities ranging from 160 gigabytes (GB) and 500 GB. The 3.5 Constellation ES comes in 500 GB, 1 terabyte (TB) and 2 TB. The Constellation family ships this quarter. Seagate’s Barbara Craig, senior product marketing manager, said that the drives are designed to offer a smaller footprint, cut energy consumption and be more stackable in tight data centers. “The new drives basically cut power in half,” said Craig.

Also, similar to what Western Digital unveiled, these are eco-friendly since they consume lesser power, making them an ideal hard drive solution for people who really want to cut down on cost. And if you were the computer geek, you would have to note, which do I get?

If you are brand conscious, Seagate has always been known to be a reliable brand. While Western Digital priced its hard drive at $299.00, it is likely that Seagate will have a higher price. They may practically have the same specs but it all boils down to which brand is reliable and tested.


Seagate Unveils 80-gigabyte Intel X25-M SATA Hard Disk

With the advent of better and efficient hard disks on the rise, PC geeks are now in for a treat as Seagate Technologies has unveiled a new 80 gigabyte hard disk that comes with higher performance specifications and makes swapping drives easy. For most PC owners, hard disks have a limit as far as usable life is concerned. While we now see the 160 gigabyte hard disks in the market, the new 80-gigabyte Intel X25-M SATA offers half the storage but with more reliable speed and flexibility.

The best part of it is that you can use it on a laptop or a desktop. The interface is similar to most, using an USB interface where you can copy and safeguard your data if you are worried about your hard disk crashing at any moment. So while others are still using the traditional optical storage drives or larger capacity flash drives, why bother to limit yourself if you can get an efficient hard drive that can store your files and documents handily?

The Intel drive is expensive — about $540 online — but comes with higher performance specifications and a three-year warranty. Solid-state drives are obviously an expanding niche in the world of laptop computers. The explosion of digital data is so overwhelming that even if our notebook disks become smaller, we will still have to keep our data somewhere.

So if you are looking to buy a new hard drive, hold on a bit. This may be expensive but it is sure to answer all your data storage needs.


Define Your Storage Needs

It is practically easy to buy a hard disk these days. With large storage capacity, you would have to consider what files you would place in them. If you are the hardcore techie freak, chances are you would be thinking videos and audio files to which you can easily download today over the web. But before we go a bit forward on everything, it would be best to potentially canvass and plan just how much capacity you really need.

Apparently, people will have no second guesses as far as what storage capacity to buy. The biggest of course! There would be only one thing in the way and normally it would be the area of price. These days, for a difference of a couple of dollars, you would surely get the next big storage capacity hard disk. No doubt that would be your first choice.

Next, many would consider the manufacturer. Normally it would be a toss up between:

1. Seagate
2. Maxtor
3. Fujitsu
4. Hitachi

You can really interchange which between Seagate and Maxtor would be your preference. Others turn to the little known brands, Fujitsu and Hitachi for saving and disregard on durability. They may cost less but if there is one thing that you have to consider is the fact that they may not necessarily be reliable especially in the long run. Bad sectors and warranty issues may come into play but knowing hard disks, it takes so much for them to be displaced and unreliable.