With the launch of two new hard drives – the Barracuda ES.2 and the 7200.11 – Seagate has become the latest manufacturer to offer a one-terabyte hard disk drive.
The HDDs – aimed at enterprise and desktop applications – deliver 7,200-rpm spin speeds, an average seek time of 8.5ms and have the ability to cache up to 32MB. Spread over four discs, the 1TB drive is kept cool because of its design and low power consumption.
"The need for high-capacity storage in enterprise networks and home entertainment centres is almost insatiable," said John Monroe, a research vice president at Gartner. "Historians may consider the shipment of 1TB drives as a watershed event for the industry but users will consider such devices commonplace."
"We believe 1TB (and larger) drives will become ‘standard equipment’ in, on or near virtually every television set in the world as well as in a variety of multi-user environments."
Both drives also come with a five-year warranty and are due to launch Q3 2007.