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Seagate outs fast, two-platter 1TB drive

updated 09:05 am EST, Mon January 5, 2009

Seagate Barracuda 7200 12

Seagate today preempted CES by launching a major update to its Barracuda drives. The 7200.12 is the first desktop hard drive to fit 500GB of data on to a single platter and manages to hold 1TB by using just two platters versus as many as four on other disks. Condensing the data improves reliability by reducing the points of failure and also improves performance through sheer density. Seagate itself estimates sustained transfer speeds of 160MB per second and thus competes more closely with some solid-state drives.

The SATA II drive comes with 32MB of cache and is starting to ship the drive today in large quantities at an unmentioned price. Both 500GB and 750GB versions should also be available with 16MB and 32MB of respective cache at lower prices..

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What, is this hard drive g**?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nice timing...

    Right after they nixed their 5 year warranties...

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969




    to out something, is simply to make it public knowledge. Hence, its often use in exposing someone as being g**.

    Not that it matters, but the drive is heterosexual.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: outs

    Oh thank god! I was thinking of getting one, but then feared the backlash as Proposition 29 on the next ballot would make partnering of a g** drive to a mac illegal.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: outs

    i dunno. It has 2 platters and can hold 1 TB.. Doesnt that make it q**** drive?Testudo: according to prop 29, I think it's ok to install it, but using it in a RAID array with a matching drive would make it illegal.

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