Items tagged with Seagate

When we reviewed our first 3TB hard drive almost a year ago, the market wasn't quite ready for the huge storage capacity being made available. Fully compatible motherboards featuring the unified extensible firmware interface (UEFI) were still months away, and having to use a separate host bus adapter (HBA) card was inconvenient and added extra cost. But a year brings a lot of changes to the technology landscape. UEFI-equipped boards are prevalent, starting with P67 based products and spreading to the latest Intel Z68 chipset as well. Many of AMD's 990FX motherboards also sport UEFI. If you're building a new system any time soon, we've got good news for you. Chances are your mainboard will... Read more...
Multiple manufacturers in the IT industry have been keeping a wary eye on China's decision to cut back on rare earth exports and the impact it may have on component prices. An article from DigiTimes suggests consumers will see that decision hit the hard drive industry this year, with HDD prices trending upwards an estimated 5-10 percent depending on capacity. Although rare earth magnets are only a small part of a hard drive's total cost, China cut exports last year by 40 percent, which drove pricing for these particular components up an estimated 20-30x. At that point, a rare earth component that originally cost 25 cents is suddenly $5—and given how cheap hard drives have become, that translates... Read more...
Ever worry about what'll happen to the data on your portable hard drive should it crash and burn? Any paranoid data owner has, and that's why Seagate's giving you a little peace of mind with the purchase of their newest drive. The GoFlex Turbo HDD ships with SafetyNet, a data recovery service that'll sift through a busted drive once for free, so long as it happens within 2 years of buying the HDD. It's the first drive in Seagate's lineup to include such a thing, and it's certainly rare in the industry. A competitive advantage? Possibly, but it depends on how well the company can market it to consumers. There's also a USB 3.0 port, 7200RPM HDD inside and a GoFlex swapping port. It's shipping... Read more...
Seagate's GoFlex Satellite is one of the more interesting inventions to pop up in the consumer electronics space. It's a portable hard drive that includes a Wi-Fi module so content can be easily streamed to a nearby portable device, and it can easily allow an 8GB iPod touch a multi-hundred gigabyte iPod touch. Until this week, there was only an iOS app. Any mobile device could work with the Satellite, but using a mobile web browser isn't nearly as elegant. Seagate mentioned that there would be multiple mobile apps coming out for various platforms in the coming months, and now, at least one platform is getting its due: Android. The mobile OS that's taking over the world is also taking all... Read more...
After discovering that some of the 1TB hard drives used in some iMac systems could fail under certain conditions, Apple has started a replacement program. The replacement program affects 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac systems that were sold between May 2011 and July 2011. For users who are affected by this recall, Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will replace the drive without cost to the user. Apple is in the process of contacting affected iMac owners who provided a valid email address during the product registration process. If you think your system might be included in this replacement program, you can visit Apple's drive replacement program Web page to find out more and see if your... Read more...
Seagate and solid state drives go hand-in-hand these days, and to wit, the company has recently begun shipping out its brand-new Pulsar XT.2 SSD. The XT.2 is a high-performance drive, designed to meet stringent business needs, and it's the first Multi-Level Cell (MLC) Flash-enabled SSD from an enterprise hard drive maker. The drive is hitting the distribution channels now, and should be in consumer hands starting on July 29th. The Pulsar XT.2 combines Single-Level Cell (SLC) flash with a native 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface to make it the fastest drive in the Seagate portfolio. The 2.5-inch drive comes with up to 400GB of capacity and is optimized for complex, mixed workloads typical... Read more...
Is it a hard drive? Or is it a media streamer? Or is it both? The answer, believe it or not, is "C." Seagate has just created a totally wild new portable hard drive, which not only holds 500GB of storage and ships with a GoFlex adapter and a USB 3.0 cable, but also has a built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi module that enables it to serve media (photos, videos, music, etc.) to any device with a web browser. The company's shipping it with an iOS app that works with iPod touch, iPhone and iPad, but Android devices and PCs/Macs are supported as well so long as there's a web browser ready to be used. It's called the first battery-powered external hard drive to wirelessly extend the storage capacity of any... Read more...
Consolidation seems to be the theme of the year. Western Digital bought up Hitachi's HDD unit, and now Seagate is snapping up a big chunk of Samsung. IHS iSuppli has broken down Seagate's recent buyout of Sasung's HDD business, and they're accurately pointed out just how high the new entity will rank in terms of global hard disc drive clout. According to their research, the newly formed entity will have combined shipments accounting for two-fifths of an HDD market worth 652.4 million units in 2010. Based on final year-end figures from 2010, HDD shipments tallied from both Seagate and Samsung equated to 261.2 million units. That's 40% of the HDD market, which is insane for a single company to... Read more...
While SSDs are obviously the future, HDDs aren't anywhere near the end of their rope. Seagate has been pushing the boundaries of hard drives for some time now, with areal density barriers expanding by the month it seems. As these densities increase, the capacity for HDDs also increases. Just a few years ago, the mere thought of a 1TB HDD was astounding. Today, we're counting down the days until a 5TB version is revealed. Seagate's latest is the world's first 3.5" HDD to feature 1TB of capacity per disk platter, delivering storage capacities of up to 3TB and an areal density of 625 Gigabits per square inch. Seagate is on track to ship its flagship 3.5-inch Barracuda desktop hard drive with 3TBs... Read more...
Well that was fast. A day after an anonymous source told The Wall Street Journal that Samsung was shopping its hard drive business in hopes of raising $1.5 billion, the electronics maker found a buyer. Seagate today announced a "broad strategic alignment" with Samsung that, among other things, will give Seagate control of Samsung's struggling hard drive business in a deal worth $1.375 billion (half in cash, the other half in stock). Under terms of the deal, Seagate agrees to supply disk drives to Samsung for PCs, notebooks, and consumer electronics. The deal extends beyond hard drives and also extends and expands the existing cross-license agreement between the two companies, as well as a new... Read more...
Slim is in! Seagate has just announced a rediculously skinny new hard drive, with razer-thin 2.5" GoFlex Slim Drive. It's an external HDD, and it'll be easy to lose in your briefcase. The 9mm drive is slimmer than a pencil, and it ships with 320GB of capacity and a USB 3.0 port. The GoFlex addition means that it's capable of interfacing with a few other ports as well, and the 7200RPM spindle rate should mean pretty impressive performance. It's bus-powered, and it also allows compatibility between Mac and Windows machines. Additionally, the drive’s included premium backup software provides automatic and continuous backups and encrypts files and folders. The GoFlex Slim portable drive will... Read more...
Nothing like a few new storage solutions to really get your blood pumping in the morning. This fine morning, Seagate hasn't just one new drive to showcase, but several. The company today announced its latest enterprise solutions designed to deliver storage for the widest range of application environments. That's a fancy way of talking, but what it brings to the table is two new Pulsar members (SSD), two next-gen Savvio 15K and 10K HDDs, and the Constellation ES.2 3TB HDD. The Pulsar.2 SSD is the first MLC-enabled, (up to 800GB) SSD that's designed specifically for the critical uses of enterprise. It has the intelligence to automatically detect and correct a multitude of data errors than can occur... Read more...
Yowsa. 3TB, comin' atcha. Seagate has just announced that their new 3TB Barracuda XT hard drive is a figment of your imagination no longer, and as of today, it's shipping to end users who are pushing the limits already on storage capacity. Seagate's marketing this as an easy-to-deploy and easy-to-install drive, designed to overcome the barriers in using HDDs larger than 2TB. The company claims that no extra hardware or software will be needed to use this drive, so those fears can be trashed. A free copy of Seagate's DiscWizard is included, which makes it simple to configure the drive for use, even on legacy systems like Windows XP. The drive itself has a 64MB cache, SATA 6Gbps interface, a 3.5"... Read more...
Looks like Seagate hit a milestone this week, as the company topped the 1 million mark in shipments of self-encrypting hard drives for laptops and data center servers. Particularly as it relates to security and hard drives, reliability and security are two of the biggest, most important factors. When it comes to security in particular, there's just no better way to ensure that things are locked down tight than to grab a self-encrypting drive. It looks like more and more people are getting the message judging by these sales figures. There's also little doubt that sales to businesses and government entities have really helped Seagate out here. More and more of the company's drives are getting government... Read more...
If you own Seagate's GoFlex TV or FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player, and you also enjoy using your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, there' a new control app that you should consider. For now, the only real way to control either of those boxes is with the remote that ships inside of the box. But that's a hassle. Why not use a device you already own? As of today, there's a new iOS app in the App Store that turns your iPod/iPad/iPhone into a remote for both of these boxes. Not only can you switch through various menus, but you can also use the keyboard to input text in Netflix, YouTube, etc. search boxes. If you have an HDD full of content connected to your Seagate STB, you can also flip through that... Read more...
In this episode of Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz, and Marco discuss the new Dell Streak 7 Android-based tablet and Seagate’s 2TB Barracuda Green SATA 6G hard drive. We also talk about HotHardware’s open letter to system builders regarding bloatware, in addition to the plethora of announcements from HP’s event where the company unveiled the 9.7” TouchPad Tablet with WebOS 3.0 and the WebOS 2.2-powered Pre 3 and Veer smartphones. Of course, we also plug the current contest as well... Show Notes: 00:44 - Dell Streak 7 Android Tablet Review 03:50 - Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB A SATA 6G Hard Drive 05:37 - An Open Letter To PC Makers: Ditch Bloatware 09:05... Read more...
Today at HotHardware we take a look at the Barracuda Green 2TB hard drive from Seagate. Previously, the company's low power drives were designated with the LP nomenclature. But Seagate has made the change to a more recognizable industry standard naming convention. The 2TB Green drive sports a 5900 RPM spindle speed, SATA 6 GB/s interface, 64 MB cache, Advanced Format technology, and Seagate SmartAlign technology for easier integration. Do all of these features entice you enough to put the Barracuda Green on your upgrade list? Need more information? Read on to find out how well this drive performs as we run it through a series of benchmarks and give you our take on its strengths and weaknesses...... Read more...
With the massive amounts of digital content now at our disposals, spend enough time in front of a system, and eventually it'll require a storage upgrade. We live in a digital world where games take up more storage space, cameras generate larger images, and camcorders produce higher definition videos than ever before. It's only a matter of time before even the average user saturates the drive in their PC. Throwing a SSD into the system as an OS drive will undoubtedly improve its performance, but it doesn't address the need for more storage. That's why the need for traditional hard drives remains strong, and consumers welcome advances in technology that provide additional capacity,... Read more...
Seagate issued a general announcement yesterday in an apparent attempt to clarify its SSD plans going forward. Of all the various hard drive vendors, Seagate has been by far the most acrimonious towards SSD development; former CEO Bill Watkins' plans for dealing with the introduction of SSDs was to threaten to sue the companies out of existence. Watkins is gone, but Seagate has barely dipped a toe into the SSD market. Seagate's latest official press release statement attempts to justify the company's decision to mostly ignore SSDs in favor of conventional hard drives or hybrid drives. ...the yawning gulf between NAND flash memory production capacity for solid state drives and demand for laptop... Read more...
Solid state drives have been making waves in the storage industry since they first entered the consumer market about four years ago, but Western Digital is still dubious about the value of both SSD's and hybrid drives. In a recent company call with investors, Western Digital's CEO, John Coyne, remarked: ""We have taken a look at and in fact shipped product into the SSD, in the client environment, and we do not find a compelling value proposition there either for manufacturer or for customer because the economics do not work. The cost of the storage/performance is too high."  Asked what the company's position is regarding hybrid drives, Coyne responded: "We also continue to evaluate the opportunity... Read more...
Turns out hard drives are useful for all sorts of things -- way more than just backing up your music, photos and other important documents. HDDs are critical in the enterprise space, and they're also vital in the surveillance realm. Seagate is recognizing that this week with the introduction of their 6th-generation of SV35 hard drives. The company is shipping these out starting today, with this 3.5" HDD engineered to meet the high demands of surveillance digital video recording, and of new high-capacity additions to the Pipeline HD family of purpose-built hard drives for consumer video applications. The new SV35 supports capacities as high as 2TB, and they are approved for 24x7 video surveillance... Read more...
Got a Mac? Need storage? Look Seagate's way, as they have just introduced a new GoFlex for Mac external drive collection that comes pre-formatted in HFS+ format. Of course, any of these new models can be re-formatted to work with a PC. The GoFlex certification means that you can swap out the connectors to work best with your setup, and they are all designed to work well with Apple's Time Machine backup solution. Each GoFlex for Mac drive ships with FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 adapters and cables, but you can order USB 3.0 and eSATA interfaces should you need to. Each of the 2.5" units feature a metallic finish to match the Mac Pro you're probably buying this for. More details on the entire collection... Read more...
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