Items tagged with Seagate

We've seen plenty of announcements so far this week with respect to notebooks and desktops, but Seagate is delivering the goods with speedy storage solutions. The company has announced new external drives in the form of the FireCuda Gaming SSD and BarraCuda Fast SSD. The FireCuda Gaming SSD takes the existing FireCuda PCIe NVMe 510 SSD and hooks it up with a USB 3.2 Gen2×2 interface (SuperSpeed USB 20Gb/s). Seagate says that the storage solution will deliver read speeds topping out at 2GB/sec. According to the company, the FireCuda Gaming SSD will be available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities. The SSD is nestled within a metal chassis that is adorned with customizable RGB... Read more...
Solid state drives (SSDs) have taken over the gaming space thanks to their blazing fast speeds compared to HDDs and their downward-trending pricing that make then even more attractive. Seagate is homing in on the performance aspect with its new FireCuda 520 gaming SSD. The FireCuda 520 uses the newly adopted PCIe 4.0 interface, which means that the only consumer platform out there that currently fully supports it is AMD's X570 for Ryzen 3000 processor. However, if you have a compliant X570 motherboard, you'll be able to enjoy read speeds of up to 5GB/sec and write speeds of up to 4.4GB/sec. This is right in line with other PCIe 4.0 SSDs that we've seen announced over the past... Read more...
You'd be forgiven if you simply haven't been keeping up with advancements in hard drive storage these days. After all, many PC OEMs -- especially on the laptop side -- are abandoning HDDs in favor of SSDs to give customers a better (i.e. faster) computing experience. But that isn't stopping Seagate from throwing down the gauntlet with its new lineup of 16TB helium-filled hard drives covering the Exos and IronWolf product families. When it comes to cost per gigabyte, SSDs still can't match HDDs, hence the arrival of the Exos X16, which is targeted at hyperscale computing and the datacenter markets. The 3.5-inch drives have a spindle speed of 7200rpm and consume on average 5W of power... Read more...
Consumers have never had more choices if they need to purchase storage, whether it's hard drives, flash drives, solid-state drives, or even cloud or network-attached storage. Save for a couple of blips, prices have steadily creeped downward and today you can score a 10TB hard drive for only $300, or a measly $0.03 per gigabyte. For many users, that's plenty of space -- more than enough to store their movies, photos, music, and documents. For others, though, 10TB just won't cut it. For those users, thankfully, it's almost HAMR time... With "heat-assisted magnetic recording", or HAMR, Seagate will use heat to increase density much further than they can be with traditional PMR (perpendicular... Read more...
Seagate is flexing its mechanical hard drive line like its 1999, only with much larger capacities for the modern era. Sure, many of us have moved on to solid state drives, at least for our primary storage. But there is still a market for good old fashioned HDDs. Several markets, actually, and Seagate hopes to serve them all with several new 14 terabyte models. The storage maker updated its entire range of HDDs with new 14TB models, including its IronWolf and IronWolf Pro for network attached storage (NAS) appliances, BarraCuda Pro for consumer desktops, SkyHawk for surveillance applications, and Exos X14 for hyperscale data centers. In other words, there's a 14TB model for everyone. "Data protection,... Read more...
Back in late 2017, Seagate gave us a taste of what's to come with its multi-actuator technology for modern hard drives. Whereas today's hard drives use a single actuator to sweep across the spinning platters, Seagate actually uses two actuators that move independently around a single pivot point, potentially doubling drive performance. While all of this sounds great in theory, Seagate is actually putting its money where its mouth is and says that prototype drives featuring this tech are already delivering on its promises. In addition, Seagate's multi-actuator tech has been given a fancy marketing name: MACH.2. A single MACH.2-based hard drive was able to set a new speed record, delivering up... Read more...
A few weeks back, Seagate launched an array of 12TB hard drives targeted a variety of market segments, from desktops to workstations and high-performance Network-Attached Servers. The Seagate Barracuda Pro, IronWolf, and IronWolf Pro are fundamentally similar, but each drive is tuned for specific applications. The Barracuda Pro is designed for HEDT and creative professional platforms. The IronWolf targets Network-Attached Servers (NAS) with one to eight bays. And the IronWolf Pro is designed for the same segment, but with servers with up to 18 bays. We’ve had the Barracuda Pro and standard IronWolf NAS drive in-house for a little while and have some thoughts on their performance and features... Read more...
With solid state drives (SSDs) having long ago taken the speed crown away from hard disk drives (HDDs), manufacturers of the latter storage device have primarily resorted to pushing the boundaries with regards to capacity. In recent months, we've seen HDDs reach capacities of 14TB, but that doesn't mean that there won't be advances that help increase performance along the way. That's where Seagate comes into focus with what it is calling Multi Actuator technology. Seagate explains that while today's HDDs have greater areal densities than ever before, it has handicapped overall drive performance. To combat this lull in performance, Seagate is taking aim at the drive actuator. A HDD's actuator... Read more...
Seagate has rolled out a pair of new HDDs with the first of them being a 12TB 3.5-inch unit in the IronWolf line aimed specifically at NAS environments. That drive has features specifically to make it perform inside a network attached storage (NAS) device including AgileArray and dual-plane balancing along with RAID optimizations built right in. Seagate also promises that the IronWolf drive has advanced power management integrated. IronWolf drives are offered in a range of capacities with the largest being the new 12TB drive. The drive was built to support a work rate of 180TB per year (Pro version is rated for 300TB per year) allowing multiple users to upload and download data to the... Read more...
The 4K-capable Xbox One X might be the gaming console hardware stare of E3 (so far), but Seagate is making some waves of its own with the introduction of the new Game Drive Hub for the Xbox One. The external hard drive offers a positively massive, for a console, 8TB of storage space. Microsoft is promoting its recently-launched Xbox Game Pass subscription service, which offers 100+ games and requires you to download each full game to your hard drive instead of streaming it directly. The 1TB HDD that is included with the new Xbox One X might not be enough to keep up with your downloading habits with Xbox Game Pass, so the Game Hub Drive definitely can help in that area. It is capable of holding... Read more...
There’s no question that solid-state drives (SSDs) are all the rage today in consumer and enterprise computing. It’s hard to argue with the speed, small form-factors and energy efficiency of SSDs; but when it comes to price-per-gigabyte (especially in large capacities drives), hard disk drives (HDDs) still reign supreme. Seagate is looking to widen that pricing gap within the next few years by ramping up the capacity of its HDDs. While Seagate’s current HDDs top out at 10TB (12TB drives are currently sampling), CEO Stephen Luczo stated during his company’s most recent earnings call that 14TB and 16GB HDDs will roll off the production line within the next 18 months. And if that isn’t enough storage... Read more...
When it comes to your data, we always suggest having multiple backups in place. Well, Amazon and Seagate have partnered up to make backing up files to different locations and storage mediums easy and seamless. What they've designed is an external hard drive called that Seagate Duet that automatically syncs all data to the cloud via Amazon Drive. The external drive offers 1TB of local storage in a slim and lightweight form factor that is as portable as a smartphone. It connects to PCs through a USB 3.0 connection for fast data transfers, though the Duet is a mechanical hard drive so it's not going to offer the level of performance as a solid state drive like Samsung's Portable SSD T3. Other than... Read more...
Last month, Seagate made headlines with the world’s highest capacity 2.5-inch hard drive: the BarraCuda ST5000. Coming in at 5TB in size, it’s hard to imagine that such a drive would leave mobile computing enthusiasts starved for storage space. A month later, Seagate has stuffed that hard drive into an external enclosure, and is calling it the Backup Plus Portable 5TB. The drive itself features 1TB platters, spins at 5400RPM and there is 128MB of cache onboard. For external duties, the Backup Plus Portable 5TB includes a metal enclosure that is available in either red, silver, black or blue. The external drive is USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compliant, and can connect with your notebook and function without... Read more...
You might think that storage makers are 100 percent focused on solid state drives these days, but that isn't the case. Mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) still offer the best price-per-gigabyte ratio for bulk storage duties, and to keep things going, Seagate today announced its Enterprise Performance 15K HDD v6 in 300GB, 600GB, and 900GB capacity options. This is the 6th generation of Seagate's Enterprise Performance HDD line and not only is it the fastest and best performing to date, Seagate claims you can't buy a faster HDD from any manufacturer. That translates into a sustained transfer rate of up to 315MB/s. Using an enhanced caching feature, Seagate says buyers can expect up to a 27 percent... Read more...
There’s no question that much of the industry is pushing towards SSDs when it comes to providing storage for our notebooks and desktops. Seagate understands this shift, but there are still users out there that need lots of storage, but don’t want to break the bank in the process. With this in mind, Seagate has just announced its new BarraCuda ST5000, which bumps the maximum storage capacity of its 2.5-inch mobile hard drive from 4TB to an impressive 5TB. Seagate was able to achieve this feat using its new 2.5-inch 1TB platters that were first announced in January. For those that don’t need a staggering 5TB at their disposal, cheaper 4TB (ST4000) and 3TB (ST3000) versions will also be offered.... Read more...
If you thought that Samsung’s monstrous 15.3TB PM1633a SAS solid-state drive (SSD) was impressive, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Seagate strutted into the Flash Memory Summit this week touting a new SAS SSD that offers four times the storage capacity of the PM1633a — that’s right, this new enterprise-class SSD has a 60TB capacity. This 60TB SSD prioritizes maximum capacity over outright speed, and uses a dual-port 12 Gbps SAS interface. Inside the 3.5-inch form-factor SSD you’ll find Micron 3D TLC NAND, a single SSD controller and ONFi bridge chips. Read/write speeds (128KB) are nothing to write home about, at 1,500 MB/s and 1,000 MB/s respectively. Random read IOPS (4KB QD32) are rated at 150,000.... Read more...
Back in April, Seagate began shipping a new helium-filled 10TB hard drive for the enterprise market. The 3.5-inch form-factor HDD is available in 6Gb/s SATA and 12Gb/s SAS versions and comes backed by a 5-year warranty. Seagate is now ready to start spreading the helium love with three new product families that are available in capacities up to 10TB. The first of these drives, and the one likely to be most relevant to our readers is the 7200rpm BarraCuda Pro. This is the first HDD to use the BarraCuda moniker (albeit this time with a capitalized “C”) since the name was originally retired in 2013. The BarraCuda Pro family is available in 6GB, 8GB and 10TB capacities, which are backed with 128MB... Read more...
Seagate Technology may be raking in the dough, but it is still letting employees go. The company estimated fourth-quarter revenue higher than Wall Street expectations, however, it will lay of 6,500 employees by the end of the fiscal year of 2017.Seagate Technology is an American data storage company best known for its hard drive disks (HDD). In just 2016 alone, Seagate announced the world's fastest and slimmest 2.5-inch HDD and debuted the world’s fastest NVMe SSD with 10GBps throughput. Seagate headquarters in Cupertino, CaliforniaSeagate, however, has also faced a lot of heat. In February the company was entangled in a class action lawsuit for defective 3TB internal and external HDD’s. A reliability... Read more...
Cloud storage company Backblaze is at it again with its latest report on failure rates for hard drives. Backblaze’s early 2015 study showed alarmingly high Seagate 3TB failure rates. For the first quarter of 2016, the overall failure rate for Seagate drives has fallen to a somewhat more respectable level, but Western Digital HDDs haven’t improved nearly as much overall. HDDs are still one of the most cost-effective ways to store large quantities of data, and Backblaze’s analysis is quite thorough and of great use for enthusiasts as the company almost exclusively uses consumer-grade 3.5-inch HDDs. When it comes to hours in service, over 51 percent of Backblaze’s HDD fleet is serviced by HGST drives,... Read more...
Seagate first revealed its 10TB enterprise-class hard drives to us back in January, and at the time, the storage monsters were being sampled at Alibaba and Huawei. Now, those same drives, which Seagate claims are the “highest capacity drives available worldwide,” have entered regular production and are currently shipping. The drives come in a 3.5-inch form-factor and are filled with helium, which helps to reduce power consumption. Given that these drives will likely be occupying space in countless server racks within data centers around the globe, any reduction in power is appreciated because companies can realize savings directly in their power bills. The 10TB drive will come in two varieties... Read more...
When it comes to storage excess, there are few companies that regularly come out with outrageous “museum ready” external hard drives like the folks from LaCie. Look no further than the company’s Sphre, Mirror and Chromé. The company does, however, also have plenty of professional-level storage solutions, which is the topic of discussion today. The company today announced its 12big Thunderbolt 3, which is a 12-bay RAID enclosure the supports up to 96TB of data. While most business and enterprise customers are moving to SSDs for the best balance of performance and power savings, the 12big makes use of twelve, enterprise-class 7200rpm Seagate hard drives with 256MB of cache each. In a RAID 5 configuration,... Read more...
If you have an older system that is still chugging along with a traditional hard disk drive (HDD), the easiest and most cost-effective way to speed up the machine in many standard uses is to drop in a solid state drive (SSD). This not only true for consumer and small businesses, but especially for enterprise market where fast IO response times in servers and workstations are critical. Seagate has just unveiled what it is calling "the world’s fastest SSD," and the performance differential between it and the next closest competitive offering is significant, if their claims are true. The SSD, which Seagate today announced is in "production-ready" form, is fully compliant with the Open Compute Project... Read more...
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