Bigger is Better – Seagate Releases 8TB Hard Drive
Seagate Releases 8TB Hard Drive
Seagate is releasing an 8TB Hard Drive this month. While it’s not the first 8TB hard to be released, it’s the first affordable drive priced at less than $300. Last year HGST released a helium-filled 8TB hard drive at a list price of $1000. It has dropped down to a more affordable $779. There is one big difference between the two drives….speed. Seagate’s new ‘Archive’ line of drives turn at 5900 RPM and are meant for use where a slower speed drive will not cause any issues. In other words, you would normally not make this your bootable drive, rather a drive where you store photos, movies, documents, etc.
Seagate is using a new technology called ‘Shingled Magnetic Recording’ technology that is able to pack more data (1.33TB-per-disk) on to a single platter than a standard hard drive. Normally hard drives store their data in non-overlapping tracks that run parallel to each other. The ‘Shingled’ technology allows a data track to partially overlap onto a previously written track. If this new technology scares you, keep in mind that Seagate came out with Perpendicular recording technology years ago and it has been successful.
Seagate is rating these drives as engineered for 24×7 workloads of 180TB per year. That would be the equivalent of completely filling the hard drive up 22 times in one year. The drive averages an energy efficient 5W and come with a 3-year warranty.
CPROU will be taking pre-orders for these drives and expects to have them sometime in late February.