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Seagate releases a 6TB enterprise hard drive, while taking a shot at Western Digital

Longtime hard drive maker Seagate has just released its inaugural 6TB enterprise hard drive. The hard drive, which wears the name Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD, targets the cloud storage data center market, and comes in a variety of capacities, including 2TB, 4TB, and 5TB.

Unlike Western Digital’s enterprise-focused Ultrastar He6 drives, Seagate’s newest desks don’t pack in helium into them, and a Seagate marketing manager was clear to point that out, taking a dig at the rival company in the process.

“We didn’t have to use helium to get to this capacity, and it’s 25% faster than their helium drive,” Seagate marketing manager Barbara Craig said. “You can rest assured, when we need [helium] we’ll use it.” By putting helium into its drive, Western Digital’s Ultrastar He6 can pack in more data, while also using less power.

Seagate’s new drive sports either 6Gbps SATA or 12Gbps SAS connectivity. On top of that, the drive self-encrypts using its Instant Secure Erase tech, which writes over the data on the disk multiple times. The drive also spins at 7,200 rpm, and sports a 128MB cache.

Though pricing for Seagate’s new Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD has yet to be released, the company did say that the company will sell it to producers of hard drive arrays at the same price per GB as the last 4TB Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD was.

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