Seagate Joins 1 TB Triumvirate

Arthur Cole

The battle over 1 TB hard disk drives is now in full swing with all three of the major players vying for market supremacy.


Seagate was the last to come out of the shadows, says eChannelLine, officially launching the Barracuda 7200.11 and ES.2 drives earlier this week. The company joins Samsung and Hitachi in the drive to meet the steadily increasing demand for storage across the enterprise spectrum. Both devices spin at 7,200 rpm with 32 MB caches and average seek times of 8.5 ms. To run cooler and cut power consumption, Seagate utilizes four discs within the drive frame.


The ES.2 drive also features a Rotational Vibration Feed Forward (RVFF) system designed to improve performance in densely packed environments. The company claims an unrecoverable error rate 10 times lower than typical desktop drives, and an MTBF af 1.2 million hours.


Notable on the 7200.11 is the 105 Mbps sustained transfer rate and a power rating of 8 watts at idle.


Only time will tell if the 1 TB drive is the watershed that some make it out to be. If storage demands continue to rise in the wake of growing audio and video demands, it might not be long before we see the 2 TB drive.

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