Seagate today announced a capacity increase to 500GB for its Barracuda 7200 disc drive family, as well as a powerful 3 Gigabit/second Serial ATA (SATA) interface targeted at high- performance applications such as digital video workstations, nearline storage and PC gaming systems. Seagate also announced the new half-terabyte capacity and a new FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b) interface for its family of External Hard Drives, and a new 120GB Portable External Hard Drive with FireWire (IEEE 1394a) interface that gives consumers an easy way to expand and carry Mac and PC storage. The Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 and the Seagate 120GB Portable External Hard Drive will start shipping later this summer. The Seagate 500GB External Hard Drive will ship this fall.
Driving next-generation storage performance, capacity and portability for
home and office computing, Seagate Technology today announced a capacity
increase to 500GB for its Barracuda 7200 disc drive family, as well as a
powerful 3 Gigabit/second Serial ATA (SATA) interface targeted at high-
performance applications such as digital video workstations, nearline storage
and PC gaming systems. Seagate also announced the new half-terabyte capacity and
a new FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b) interface for its family of External Hard
Drives, and a new 120GB Portable External Hard Drive with FireWire (IEEE 1394a)
interface that gives consumers an easy way to expand and carry Mac and PC
On The Desk
The new Barracuda 7200.9 internal disc drive will combine 3Gb/s SATA throughput
— double that of first-generation SATA — with 500GB of capacity, 16 Mbytes of
cache and Native Command Queuing (NCQ) for even higher performance, and the
quietest operation in a desktop PC hard drive. Seagate will also begin offering
3Gb/s SATA across all Barracuda drives, from 40GB to 400GB capacities.
The new Seagate External Hard Drive will offer a whopping 500GB for easy storage
expansion with push-button backup and a huge speed increase with the new
FireWire 800 interface. FireWire 800 offers a significant advance in the speed
of external hard drives — it gives consumers an easy way to install storage
that’s fast enough not just for backup but for real-time applications running on
the external drive.
On The Go
For those looking for on-the-go storage, the hand-held Seagate Portable External
Hard Drive will come with an impressive 120GB capacity and fast FireWire
"Seagate remains the recognized leader of the hard drive industry, with strength
in both technology and product portfolio," said John Buttress, IDC’s research
manager for hard drives. "The company’s focus on consumer markets includes
leading-edge products that are enabling new mobile and high-performance consumer
storage applications. By every key metric — capacity, speed and reliability —
Seagate’s new hard drives rank among the best the industry has to offer."
Barracuda 7200.9 disc drives, the newest generation of the world’s most popular
PC hard drive family, will feature a 7,200-rpm spin speed and an 8.0-msec
average seek time. With 3Gb/s SATA performance, these drives are ideal for
bandwidth-hungry digital video workstations, mainstream PCs, low-cost servers,
souped-up PC gaming systems, home media PCs and other high-performance
applications. Additionally, the Barracuda 7200.9 is a great choice for storage
of secondary data – a fast-growing storage sector as more businesses turn to
cost-effective SATA drives for easy-to-access bulk storage.
Seagate’s SATA interface with NCQ supports Intel Hyper-Threading to increase the
performance of workstations and entry-level servers for computationally
intensive applications such as financial, engineering and scientific digital
media, gaming and special effects. NCQ also increases reliability in heavy
workloads by significantly reducing the drive’s mechanical wear. And with
Seagate’s patented SoftSonic fluid dynamic bearing motors, Barracuda 7200.9 is
the quietest desktop PC drive available.
Seagate External Hard Drive
The new Seagate External Hard Drive is the first to herald a massive 500GB
capacity and the speedy new FireWire 800 interface on an external hard drive for
PCs and workstations. The new FireWire 800 interface is the fastest FireWire
ever — and the fastest interface available on any external PC hard drive; it’s
capable of supporting data rates up to 800Mbps (megabits per second) on many
FireWire 800-capable systems available today. Seagate’s drives also continue to
offer high-speed USB 2.0 and Firewire (IEEE 1394a) interfaces.
With a wide range of capacities from 80GB up to 500GB, the Seagate External Hard
drive is the perfect solution for storing hours of video memories, volumes of
music, years of digital pictures, and thousands of vital business files. Its
massive capacity and speedy interfaces give consumer or professional video
editors and producers the performance and capacity needed to work in real time
with massive amounts of compressed and uncompressed digital media files, as well
as archiving them. With its simple push-button backup and plug-and-play storage
expansion, the drive makes it easy for users to archive, backup, retrieve and
protect huge amounts of data — hundreds of hours of high-quality video and
thousands of multimedia and business files and digital photos.
Seagate Portable External Hard Drive
Seagate’s newest cool, rugged Portable External Hard Drive will offer FireWire
(IEEE 1394a) and USB 2.0 interfaces and up to 120GB of capacity — the most in
its class — in a package small and light enough to carry in a briefcase, purse,
backpack or pocket. Weighing less than one pound (300 grams), the drive’s low
power consumption, shock-absorbing aluminum enclosure and small size make it
perfect for consumers and business travelers needing convenient, safe, on-the-go
storage for volumes of personal and business files, presentations, digital
photos, video and music. The Portable External Hard Drive also offers
easy-to-use BounceBack Express backup software to protect valuable data.
The new Barracuda and External Hard Drives are among 10 new notebook, desktop
and consumer electronics products Seagate announced today. The Seagate Barracuda
7200.9 and the Seagate 120GB Portable External Hard Drive will start shipping
later this summer. The Seagate 500GB External Hard Drive will ship this fall.