Hard drives

Seagate breaks 1TB per platter barrier

Seagate on Tuesday unveiled the first 3.5-inch hard drive featuring 1TB of storage capacity per disk platter, breaking a previous area density benchmark.

Seagate's GoFlex line is the first to deliver capacities of up to 3TB and an area density of 625 gigabits per square inch, the industry's highest.

Seagate plans to begin shipping the technology with its flagship Barracuda desktop hard drive through its distribution channel in mid-2011. The drive will also be available in 3TB, 2TB, 1.5TB and 1TB capacities.

Rocky Pimentel, Seagate's executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, said the drive will go a long way in addressing customer data growth, allowing customers to store more in a smaller footprint.

The GoFlex drives include an NTFS driver, which makes the GoFlex drives compatible with Windows and Mac OS X without the need for reformatting. The GoFlex Desk external drive's sleek black 3.5-inch design sits either vertically or horizontally to accommodate any desktop environment.

Seagate did not disclose pricing for the new drives.

[Lucas Mearian covers storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial services infrastructure and health care IT for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at @lucasmearian or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed . His e-mail address is lmearian@computerworld.com.]

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