1.5TB HDD for Desktop and 500GB for Notebooks from Seagate

For weeks now, I’ve been pondering and doing some window-shopping for a decent storage setup that will serve as a backup and archive for my small home network – my laptop and the old desktop.

Last July 10, an announcement from Seagate has become a new factor in my plans:

The debut of the Barracuda® 7200.11 1.5TB hard drive, the eleventh generation of Seagate’s flagship drive for desktop PCs, marks the single largest capacity hard drive jump in the more than half-century history of hard drives – a half-terabyte increase from the previous highest capacity of 1TB, thanks to the capacity-boosting power of perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology.

The Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive combines proven PMR technology, components and expert manufacturing to provide 1.5TB of reliable storage for mainstream desktop computers, workstations, desktop RAID, gaming and high-end PCs, and USB/FireWire/eSATA external storage.

Seagate’s new 2.5-inch half-terabyte 5400- and 7200-rpm drives – Momentus® 5400.6 and Momentus 7200.4 – deliver the best combination of capacity, mobility and durability for mainstream and high-performance notebook computers, external storage solutions, PCs and industrial applications requiring small form factor.

1.5TB of hard drive space inside the chassis of your desktop computer! This is perfect now that more and more movies and videos are released in HD format and with HD screens becoming more available.

That’s for the desktop, now imagine 500GB of space in your laptop, talk about mobility and packing a universe in your notebook right? I know I won’t be able to immediately afford these new drives from Seagate once they are made available locally, but this will surely affect the prices of lower-capacity drives and that is definitely good news for techies on a tight budget like me.

Perhaps come the end of 2008 or early 2009, these monster-capacity drives will be much more affordable for the likes of me but until then it’s a good thing to know that consumer hard drives have finally reached the terabyte era.

PS. I wonder how long it would take to reformat and defrag such drives once they are used? Oh boy!

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