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Seagate unveils 1TB hard drive platters

Seagate unveils 1TB hard drive platters

Platter densities have doubled in the last two years.

Fresh from acquiring Samsung's hard drive business for a cool $1.375 billion, Seagate has now announced the world's first 3.5in hard disk drive with 1TB platters.

We've seen plenty of increases in the capacity of hard disk platters in the last few years, with 750GB platters previously topping the chart.

However, these new 1TB platters have an areal density of 625Gb/in2, which is currently the highest areal density in the world, potentially paving the way for cheaper and faster high-capacity hard drives.

Using the new platters, 1TB drives now only need to be shipped with a single platter rather than multiple-platters, while 3TB drives can easily be produced using three platters. It seems amazing that it was only just over two years ago that Seagate announced its first 500GB platters, with just half the capacity.

The new drives will be released under the Seagate Barracuda XT brand for internal drives, and under the Seagate GoFlex brand for external drives. The drives are scheduled to hit retailers in mid-2011, and will be available in 1TB, 1.5TB, 2TB and 3TB capacities.

It's hard to believe that hard disk capacity has doubled in the last two years. Is our need for storage really insatiable? Will cheaper storage encourage even more HD content, or have we hit a storage plateau? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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V3ctor 4th May 2011, 12:16 Quote
How much pron does a man need?
kylew 4th May 2011, 12:17 Quote
Wait, wait! Does this mean no more Samsung Spintpoint drives, or are they just getting a new name?
confusis 4th May 2011, 12:21 Quote
2x 1tb platters, internal raid of some sort = epic perfomance?
arcticstoat 4th May 2011, 12:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by kylew
Wait, wait! Does this mean no more Samsung Spintpoint drives, or are they just getting a new name?

I've asked Seagate about that, and they're currently refusing to comment. I'm guessing it'll take a while for things to settle down and for Seagate to decide exactly what they're doing.
Fizzban 4th May 2011, 12:34 Quote
1TB platters...oh baby! This paves they way for massive storage. Lovely.
perplekks45 4th May 2011, 12:41 Quote
1TB platters and a 1.5TB HDD? Seems stupid to me.
Still can't wait for performance & price information on these.
SpAceman 4th May 2011, 12:48 Quote
This might make up for potentially taking away my beloved Spinpoints..
snootyjim 4th May 2011, 12:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by perplekks45
1TB platters and a 1.5TB HDD? Seems stupid to me.
Still can't wait for performance & price information on these.

Will presumably be the same deal as those excellent WD drives, with a 1TB platter plus a one-sided 1TB platter. Same areal density, so same high performance, but at a lower cost.
perplekks45 4th May 2011, 13:33 Quote
Alright, that makes more sense now. Thanks. ;)
Mentai 4th May 2011, 13:48 Quote
I still want solid state to be affordable/be a decent size.
BRAWL 4th May 2011, 14:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mentai
I still want solid state to be affordable/be a decent size.

Don't we all?

Until then... stick 5 of these into a box, give me 5 of them and let me happy in my endless space!
Woody59 4th May 2011, 14:29 Quote
Where's the five platter 5TB drive that would have been the cherry on this story's cake? It's good news until you realise the only sizes being released are ones we already have. I hate waiting.....
azazel1024 4th May 2011, 14:44 Quote
Or even just a 4TB 4 platter drive?
Hakuren 4th May 2011, 14:58 Quote
It is not Seagate. Samsung IS the first company with 1TB platters. Seagate just bought company which came forward with this invention and now they trying to fool people that they developed something new.

Weeks before takeover it was reported that Samsung developed 1TB platters.

Anyway, lets return to 5.25" HDDs. Slap 20 such platters inside and have fun. I still do own couple SCSI 600 MB hard disks from early '90s (as paper weight mostly, but still some -amazingly- working). Big like a tank. Why not return to that idea. 1 big 5.25" [2U] disk with 20TB inside. I can see already all storage-whores drolling! Lolz
alpaca 4th May 2011, 16:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hakuren


Anyway, lets return to 5.25" HDDs. Slap 20 such platters inside and have fun. I still do own couple SCSI 600 MB hard disks from early '90s (as paper weight mostly, but still some -amazingly- working). Big like a tank. Why not return to that idea. 1 big 5.25" [2U] disk with 20TB inside. I can see already all storage-whores drolling! Lolz

i'd hate to see such a drive crash...
mucgoo 4th May 2011, 17:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hakuren
It is not Seagate. Samsung IS the first company with 1TB platters. Seagate just bought company which came forward with this invention and now they trying to fool people that they developed something new.

Weeks before takeover it was reported that Samsung developed 1TB platters.

Anyway, lets return to 5.25" HDDs. Slap 20 such platters inside and have fun. I still do own couple SCSI 600 MB hard disks from early '90s (as paper weight mostly, but still some -amazingly- working). Big like a tank. Why not return to that idea. 1 big 5.25" [2U] disk with 20TB inside. I can see already all storage-whores drolling! Lolz

A bigger drive surface area would only worsen seek times and random reads/writes + cases are built for 3.5"

Maybe for media/storage though.
gagaga 4th May 2011, 18:13 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hakuren
It is not Seagate. Samsung IS the first company with 1TB platters. Seagate just bought company which came forward with this invention and now they trying to fool people that they developed something new.

Weeks before takeover it was reported that Samsung developed 1TB platters.

Anyway, lets return to 5.25" HDDs. Slap 20 such platters inside and have fun. I still do own couple SCSI 600 MB hard disks from early '90s (as paper weight mostly, but still some -amazingly- working). Big like a tank. Why not return to that idea. 1 big 5.25" [2U] disk with 20TB inside. I can see already all storage-whores drolling! Lolz

It probably takes them 4-5 months to do the branding and marketing alone on a new drive ... this is Seagate tech, not Samsung. It'll be 12 months at least before Samsung is integrated into Seagate and will probably start with the Samsung bits still making the drives with labels that look identical to now but with Seagate stuck over where it said Samsung before. Chances are it'll be the next range (possibly but one) where they merge.. so think Seagate Spinpoint F7 or so. F6s are way too close to release for this deal to have any effect on those so they'll be 100% Samsung.

Having said that, much of the tech for platters and the write heads is bought in from third parties ... though I remember WD buying one of those suppliers a year or so ago to try to bring it all in house (Seagate may be in the same position given their size).
dyzophoria 4th May 2011, 18:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hakuren
It is not Seagate. Samsung IS the first company with 1TB platters. Seagate just bought company which came forward with this invention and now they trying to fool people that they developed something new.

Weeks before takeover it was reported that Samsung developed 1TB platters.

Anyway, lets return to 5.25" HDDs. Slap 20 such platters inside and have fun. I still do own couple SCSI 600 MB hard disks from early '90s (as paper weight mostly, but still some -amazingly- working). Big like a tank. Why not return to that idea. 1 big 5.25" [2U] disk with 20TB inside. I can see already all storage-whores drolling! Lolz

im guessing those drives will generate alot of heat and will hog alot of power to get all those platters spinning inside to reach the read/seek times that most drives are doing today :)
RichCreedy 4th May 2011, 18:59 Quote
1" 1TB drives would be better [/tongue in cheek]
The_Beast 4th May 2011, 19:12 Quote
Buy samsung -> claim their work as your own
HourBeforeDawn 4th May 2011, 21:51 Quote
wow so wait doesnt this also mean higher densiter laptop sized platters?
l3v1ck 4th May 2011, 21:51 Quote
Good. The sooner we get 2TB 2.5" USB powered external drives the better.
Tulatin 4th May 2011, 23:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by RichCreedy
1" 1TB drives would be better [/tongue in cheek]

Yes, yes they would, but they'd probably be in the $99->$129 ballpark though. However with only one platter / one armature, you would think the reliability of the drive would go up drastically.

That said, this should easily pave the way for 2.5" x 9.5mm 1TB drives. But is that a good idea, really? Putting 931 gigabytes of occasionally irreplaceable data into a drive that's a muscle movement away from death?
The_Beast 5th May 2011, 00:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tulatin
Yes, yes they would, but they'd probably be in the $99->$129 ballpark though. However with only one platter / one armature, you would think the reliability of the drive would go up drastically.

That said, this should easily pave the way for 2.5" x 9.5mm 1TB drives. But is that a good idea, really? Putting 931 gigabytes of occasionally irreplaceable data into a drive that's a muscle movement away from death?

USE BACKUPS AND MANY OF THEM
Tulatin 5th May 2011, 05:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Beast
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tulatin
Yes, yes they would, but they'd probably be in the $99->$129 ballpark though. However with only one platter / one armature, you would think the reliability of the drive would go up drastically.

That said, this should easily pave the way for 2.5" x 9.5mm 1TB drives. But is that a good idea, really? Putting 931 gigabytes of occasionally irreplaceable data into a drive that's a muscle movement away from death?

USE BACKUPS AND MANY OF THEM

Telling the average user they need to back up their data often comes as a shock. Do you think people back up their information now with 500/640GB drives becoming common? Hardly. Granted, these people usually have under 500MB of data, but still.

Beyond that, doing your first full backup of a nearly full 1TB drive is going to hurt, even over Gig-E.
Xir 5th May 2011, 07:35 Quote
Is there a wy of determining how many platters are inside a drive?
I've tried to find out about Samsungs 1TB Spinpoint or 1,5TB Spinpoint, but cannot find it in the technical documantation...
(less platters is less noise/heat while slightly faster ;-)
JA12 6th May 2011, 09:10 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hakuren
It is not Seagate. Samsung IS the first company with 1TB platters. Seagate just bought company which came forward with this invention and now they trying to fool people that they developed something new.

Hopefully you're not using Microsoft Windows.
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