Seagate Debuts 750GB Hard Drive

Hard drive manufacturer Seagate today upped the ante in hard drive storage sizes as it unveiled the world’s first 750GB drive built on perpendicular recording technology. Seagate expects its newest Barracuda 7200.10 drive, part of a larger family of drives ranging from this size down to 250GB, are floating around the market right now and should hopefully be in computers and consumer electronics shortly.

The new Barracuda 7200.10 drives, said Seagate, use perpendicular recording technology which “stands data bits vertically onto the disc media, rather than horizontal to the surface as with traditional longitudinal recording, to deliver new levels of hard drive data density, capacity and reliability. The new data orientation also increases drive throughput without increasing spin speed by allowing more data bits to pass under the drive head in the same amount of time.”

Other features of these drives include a data density of 130 Gigabits per square inch (up to 188 Gigabytes per disc), cache sizes from 8MB to 16MB, 1.5Gb/s and 3.0Gb/s Serial ATA (SATA) data transfer rates, 7200-rpm and adaptive fly height for better consistency of read/write performance.

“Strong demand for personal computers and servers with unprecedented storage capacity continues as organizations and consumers worldwide rely on ever-higher volumes of digital content,” said Karl Chicca, Seagate senior vice president and general manager, Personal Storage, in a statement. “Underscoring this trend is the petabytes of music, photos and movies, computer games and other digital content spawned by the proliferation of consumer electronics services and devices. All of this information feeds a growing need for storage in what is fast becoming the center of the digital lifestyle — the home PC.”