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Seagate reveals first 8TB hard drive for enterprise

updated 04:43 pm EDT, Tue August 26, 2014

New drive uses increased areal density for mass data storage

Storage solutions provider Seagate today announced it is shipping the world's first 8TB hard disk drive. The five-platter enterprise-oriented drive is in limited availability right now to "select customers," with wide scale availability next quarter, and a retail release shortly thereafter.

The new large capacity drive uses a conventional 3.5-inch form factor, and utilizes the SATA-3 interface, pushing up to 6Gb/s of data. The offering features multi-drive rotational velocity tolerance, assisting the drive in maintaining speed, even when grouped with multiple other drives. Other specifications of the drive are not yet known.

Pricing for the drive is not yet available.

by MacNN Staff



  1. svencito

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 12-12-99

    Title should read 8TB, not 8GB. :-)

  1. prl99

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 03-24-09

    The capacity is great, especially in a standard 3.5" format but I doubt it's any faster than an "old" 1TB drive so we'll still need a RAID with at least 4-5 of these drives to get the R/W performance most pro users need. Put six in a box would give you ~40TB of RAID in a desktop package. Not bad but I know these drives won't be cheap.

  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    I suspect its a 5400 or 5900RPM drive as its geared for enterprise.

    Thanks Svencito- fixed.

  1. chimaera

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 04-08-07

    I've found if they don't mention the RPM, then it's 5400 (Western Digital - intellipower) or 5900 (Seagate). So this one will be 5900.

    The SMR will impair random write speed a lot. Less impact on sequential write. Probably full speed on read. Seagate talks about archival use, in practice it should work great for a media library. Not good for Time Machine use - too many random writes.

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