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Seagate unveils first Barracuda 7200.12 hard drive

Seagate unveils first Barracuda 7200.12 hard drive

Seagate has announced that it has begun shipping its new 1TB Barracuda 7200.12 hard drive, which packs an impressive 500GB per platter for the first time. 2TB drives are just around the corner.

CES 2009: Seagate has announced that it has begun shipping its new 1TB Barracuda 7200.12 hard drive, which packs an impressive 500GB per platter for the first time.

The company has achieved this feat thanks to achiving an areal density of 329 Gigabits per square inch on its latest platters - the highest the industry has seen to date.

The higher areal density should mean higher performance and potentially lower power consumption from fewer platters. Seagate claims the drive hits sustained data rates of 160MB/sec, up from the 115MB/sec of its previous 1TB drive.

This new platter technology will also be available in drives with 750GB and 500GB capacities with 32MB and 16MB cache options as well. Curiously though, there is no word on when we can expect to see a three-platter 1.5TB 7200.12 drive to replace the four-platter Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB drive we reviewed last week.

We suspect a four-platter 2TB drive won't be far away, either - we'll be keeping our ears to the ground over the next few days.

There's no word on pricing yet, but we suspect it'll hit a similar price point to Seagate's current 1TB offering. Do you think it'll be able to challenge the Samsung Spinpoint F1's crown? Share your thoughts in the forums.

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ssj12 6th January 2009, 03:26 Quote
man, I hate Seagate but I might have to pick up one of their HDDs when I build a new desktop..
DarkLord7854 6th January 2009, 03:54 Quote
Love Seagate. I want. :D
Oreon_237 6th January 2009, 04:08 Quote
if 2tb comes... ohh yeah!
Buzzons 6th January 2009, 04:45 Quote
2TB disk just means all that more data lost if it dies.. and if you want to raid it together, raid1 or raid6 are your only real options, and even then, raid6 could fail you. See http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=162
notatoad 6th January 2009, 05:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Buzzons
2TB disk just means all that more data lost if it dies.. and if you want to raid it together, raid1 or raid6 are your only real options, and even then, raid6 could fail you. See http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=162

you must only use 1.44MB floppies, right? higher density disks are a good thing, you've got to follow a proper backup plan no matter what size disk you use. and no, raid is not a backup plan.
rsunde 6th January 2009, 05:27 Quote
According to WIKI the 3.5" drive can take 5 patters, so thats 2.5TB .... ;) I WANT IT NOW!! probably will have to wait 2 years!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_disk_drive
Firehed 6th January 2009, 05:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Buzzons
2TB disk just means all that more data lost if it dies.. and if you want to raid it together, raid1 or raid6 are your only real options, and even then, raid6 could fail you. See http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=162
And if your 1TB drive fails, then you've lost 1TB of data. And if you lose your 1GB USB key, you've lost 1GB of data.

Back it up.

I, for one, can't wait for a 2TB drive. I currently have about 3TB of storage over 4 drives (320+750+750+1T) and I'd quite like more but only have four drives. I suppose I could wedge a fifth in place in the bay meant for a second optical drive, but whatever. Problem is that it's hard to find duplicates, and when found, determine what's a backup copy and what's just cruft.
steveday72 6th January 2009, 07:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Firehed
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I, for one, can't wait for a 2TB drive. I currently have about 3TB of storage over 4 drives (320+750+750+1T) and I'd quite like more but only have four drives. I suppose I could wedge a fifth in place in the bay meant for a second optical drive, but whatever. Problem is that it's hard to find duplicates, and when found, determine what's a backup copy and what's just cruft.

Man, you must have a huge porn collection ;)
Xtrafresh 6th January 2009, 10:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by steveday72
Man, you must have a huge porn collection ;)
THAT is your first post here? Oh well, welcome to the forums i guess :D

Anyway, i'd really like the 2T model. If i can wait long enough, i think i'll pick two up for RAID 0. I really dont care for data integrity for bulk, i'm prepared to loose most of it. The parts that i really really do not want to lose are on disks and on two other PCs.
TomH 6th January 2009, 12:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by supertoad
Quote:
Originally Posted by Buzzons
2TB disk just means all that more data lost if it dies.. and if you want to raid it together, raid1 or raid6 are your only real options, and even then, raid6 could fail you. See http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=162
you must only use 1.44MB floppies, right? higher density disks are a good thing, you've got to follow a proper backup plan no matter what size disk you use. and no, raid is not a backup plan.
On top of that comment.. How many people are seriously going to consider a 12TiB array from 2TB disks? So far as enthusiast users with a few 2TB disks are concerned, it's nothing but FUD.
cosmic 6th January 2009, 12:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim S
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2009/01/06/seagate-unveils-first-barracuda-7200-12-hard-drive/1

CES 2009: Seagate has released its two-platter Barracuda 7200.12 1TB hard drive, pushing platter densities to a massive 500GB.

That's great news, I need another hard drive so one of these will be great if its better performance with lower noise from fewer platters.

Be interesting to see what the makeup of that 750GB drive will be, maybe a 1 terabyte drive with a lot of bad sectors. :D
_DTM2000_ 6th January 2009, 13:28 Quote
Balls, I've just received 2 of those 1TB Samsung drives reviewed the other week. If these 2 platter 1TB Seagates are a similar price to the Samsungs I may get them exchanged.
Redbeaver 6th January 2009, 17:38 Quote
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :) luv seagates......... this will seal the deal.
HourBeforeDawn 6th January 2009, 20:38 Quote
man Seagate has always been awesome, cant wait to see these in action and maybe get a few myself ^_^
Hamish 7th January 2009, 12:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by TomH
On top of that comment.. How many people are seriously going to consider a 12TiB array from 2TB disks? So far as enthusiast users with a few 2TB disks are concerned, it's nothing but FUD.

12? no, but i am considering a 6tb array of 2tb disks ¬_¬
samkiller42 7th January 2009, 15:51 Quote
Hum, these look interesting, might up to these if and when i decide to go i7

Sam
DarkLord7854 7th January 2009, 17:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Buzzons
2TB disk just means all that more data lost if it dies.. and if you want to raid it together, raid1 or raid6 are your only real options, and even then, raid6 could fail you. See http://blogs.zdnet.com/storage/?p=162


I'm assuming you've never heard of nested RAID levels?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redundant_array_of_independent_disks#Nested_levels
BFT-001 8th January 2009, 10:39 Quote
It seems mechanical drives just don't want SSD to catch up, pushing the limits of memory will only get them so far. Eventually they´ll all be used for mirrored arrays.
BlackMage23 28th January 2009, 21:47 Quote
Any word on when we can buy those drive?
Speed 3rd March 2009, 17:10 Quote
Wonder when the 7200.12 larger drives will arrive, as far as I can see only the 500Gb version has been released and that only has 16Mb of Cache.
impar 4th March 2009, 09:57 Quote
Greetings!

TechReport did a recent review on a 7200.12.
Was disappointed with the results.
Speed 4th March 2009, 13:09 Quote
Got a link?
impar 4th March 2009, 17:58 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Speed
Got a link?
http://techreport.com/articles.x/16472
Speed 4th March 2009, 18:06 Quote
Thanks! :)
azrael- 4th March 2009, 18:47 Quote
Remember, once disk sizes (RAID0 arrays included) go beyond 2TB, you'd better be prepared to format your disk using GPT. Otherwise be prepared to cry a lot.
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