Seagate, the hard disk maker, announced the release of its 1 TB hard disk drives for home (Barracuda 7200.11) and enterprise (Barracuda ES.2) users. Thus, Seagate joins Hitachi and Samsung in the Terabyte memory segment.

Salient features of the two products are:

  • Both have an rpm of 7200 with 8.5 millisecond average seek time.
  • Both drives have a 32 MB cache.
  • PowerTrim firmware to reduce power consumption.
  • Barracuda 7200.11 offers a sustained transfer rate of 105 MB/sec.
  • Barracuda 7200.11 is priced at US$399.99.

The newly designed Barracuda ES.2 drive includes:

  • Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) for optimized usage.
  • Rotational vibration feed forward system for sustained performance.
  • MTBF (Mean Time between Failure) of 1.2 million hours.

Seagate is the last to join the 1 TB series after Hitachi and Samsung (TGDaily). The increased usage of media fueled by the video boom on the Net does seem to imply the need for higher storage products.

Further links on the news:

Seagate Targets Consumers With 1-Terabyte Storage Drives (TechNewsWorld)

Seagate Joins 1 TB Triumvirate (ITBusinessEdge)