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Thursday, 14 October 2010 11:30

3TB drives listed in Germany

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Die Deutschen like them big
Two 3TB drives have popped up on a German e-tail site, but they’re still not available and there’s no pricing info.

Schottenland.de is currently listing Seagate’s 3TB Barracuda XT (ST33000651AS), a 7200rpm drive with 64MB of cache. Apart from the size, the Barracuda’s main selling point will probably be SATA 6gbps support.

The site has also listed a somewhat more conservative Western Digital Caviar Green (WD30ERZS). This is a 5400rpm drive with 64MB of cache, but it lacks SATA 6gbps support.

Sadly it’s still unclear when the drives will actually show up in stock and we don’t know the price, either.

You can check out the listings here.

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-10 #1 JAB Creations 2010-10-14 13:16
Likely an early listing that breaks a few NDA's to get some publicity for those retailers.

I don't need more then 2TB, can hardly use it however I do like seeing the capacity per platter increase which means fewer platters on the drives I would buy. It's a win-win for everyone.
 
 
+13 #2 thematrix606 2010-10-14 13:52
Quoting JAB Creations:
Likely an early listing that breaks a few NDA's to get some publicity for those retailers.

I don't need more then 2TB, can hardly use it however I do like seeing the capacity per platter increase which means fewer platters on the drives I would buy. It's a win-win for everyone.


Am I the only one annoyed by comments that say "I don't need more than X TB in my computer!".

Really. It's like me going to a site where they sell tables, for example, and post a comment on their biggest table saying "Well I don't need a big table! But perhaps it's good that they make them because of X reason".
 
 
+14 #3 leftiszi 2010-10-14 14:00
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3TBs, wow!

Imagine this thing going corrupt, lol!
 
 
+3 #4 Stewox 2010-10-14 14:19
"somewhat more conservative"


It's GREEN series , it targets low power consumption , it does not mean it's weaker or technically inferior.
 
 
+7 #5 Nerdmaster 2010-10-14 14:20
I still have two 320 GB hard disks 4 years old...

Imagine if every 4 years we have 10 times more capacity in another 8 years hard disks will be at 300 TB!!!! :eek:
 
 
-5 #6 nele 2010-10-14 14:25
Quoting Stewox:
"somewhat more conservative"


It's GREEN series , it targets low power consumption , it does not mean it's weaker or technically inferior.



There's no need to state the obvious.

Or is there?
 
 
+4 #7 Huacanacha 2010-10-14 18:07
Quote:
the Barracuda’s main selling point will probably be SATA 6gbps support


SATA 6gbps is NOT a selling point on ANY mechanical drive, considering they can't saturate SATA 3gbps.

This is purely a check box for marketing, considering it's a 'performance' grade product.

(I know 'burst' speeds may temporarily be higher, but I severely doubt that would make any noticeable difference. At all.)
 
 
+1 #8 Naterm 2010-10-14 18:54
Quoting Nerdmaster:
I still have two 320 GB hard disks 4 years old...

Imagine if every 4 years we have 10 times more capacity in another 8 years hard disks will be at 300 TB!!!! :eek:


That's probably not going to happen. For one thing, your comparison is poor. I'm thinking we had 750GB drives at the end of 2006. So the capacity increase is 4x not 8x.

Also, PMR is fast running out of steam and platters are going to have to move to HAMR or BPM. Shingle writing can be used as an interim fix to boost areal density, but it's only good for bulk storage drives that don't see a lot of writes.

That's not even taking into consideration all the legacy problems with partitions over 2TB in size.
 
 
0 #9 Alereon 2010-10-14 19:03
Also keep in mind that you need a motherboard using UEFI along with Windows Vista/7 64-bit in order to boot from one of these monster drives. Boards still using a BIOS and older/32-bit versions of Windows need not apply.
 
 
+2 #10 Bl0bb3r 2010-10-14 22:46
@Alereon, considering that SSD's will become the new boot drives and HDD will be used mainly for storage it won't mater that much.

Anyway, it's nice to see the industry moving forward

@nele, nice info, however HAMR needs platinum to work... I wouldn't want to trade my house for a 300TB HAMR HDD.
 

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