Seagate's Barracuda Pro 10TB is the biggest consumer hard drive yet

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Data storage hardware maker Seagate has announced a new 10TB hard drive for desktop users, the largest capacity consumer hard drive it has released to date.

The 10TB Seagate Barracuda Pro desktop drive is one of three new hard drives the company announced today as part of its Guardian series. The other two drives, dubbed IronWolf and SkyHawk, are for NAS applications and surveillance storage respectively.

The Barracuda Pro looks like standard fare for hard drive at 3.5” with 7,200RPM disk but it’s the massive storage capacity that sets it apart. It will cost you $535 though, so the Barracuda drive is really for the hardcore user.

The new range of 10TB hard drives will help consumers and organizations alike manage the “massive deluge of data and video they confront every day,” said Matt Rutledge, Seagate’s senior vice president of client and consumer storage.

“By incorporating powerful new features and capabilities, our 10TB products also make it easier for everyone to create, consume and use data,” he said.

Seagate hopes its new products will take off in the face of a number of hurdles recently for the business. Earlier this month the company announced it would be letting go of 6,500 of its workers by next year. This marked a considerable revision for the Cupertino-based company that initially announced weeks before that that it would only be cutting 1,600 jobs. The ever struggling PC market was cited as a reason.

The job cuts and imminent savings they will bring caused its stock jump in the following days, and the latest revenue numbers are a little better than expected. But Seagate is still looking at its fifth straight year of decline, according to Fortune.

“Seagate will continue to evolve its product offering, technology investment and manufacturing footprint,” said CEO Steve Luczo on the earnings announcement. Whether or not 10TB hard drives for desktop users can turn around its fortunes remains to be seen.


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