Items tagged with Seagate

Like it or not, "green" is still a buzzword with a lot of traction, and regardless of your thoughts on the matter, there's no doubt that saving energy and money is a win-win. Particularly if there's no performance hit. Seagate has just shipped a drive that they are calling the "industry's highest performance 'green' desktop hard drive." The new Barracuda Green HDD is a 3.5" drive designed for low-power PCs, multi-drive home networking systems and external PC storage. Previously, this unit was known as the Barracuda LP, and it combines the industry’s highest spin speed (5900 RPM) with Seagate’s SmartAlign technology. Still not quite as fast as some 7200RPM drives, but probably a lot... Read more...
The hard drive war continues to wage on, particularly in the 2.5" space. This mobile sector is becoming more and more important as devices shrink and desktop use continues to slowly fade. Today, Seagate is making a big mark on the sector, introducing the first 1TB 2.5" enterprise HDD. The new drive is called te Constellation.2, and it's designed for server storage applications and offers a solid combination of high capacity, leading 6Gb/s performance, superior data integrity, and best-in-class low power consumption. It's tailor made for system builders and OEMs who want to offer competitive, feature-rich, bulk storage solutions, and is fit for use in a range of applications in Directed Attached... Read more...
When the likes of WD or Seagate launch a new hard drive, the product is hailed as a more efficient means of storing data. Useful? Very. High class or sexy? Not so much. You've got to admit that hard drives have gotten a bum rap. Granted, they're still the slowest part of the system, but HDD manufacturers deserve a bit more credit than they typically get. We decided to take a look at how standard, spinning hard drive performance has evolved over the past 14 years. We rounded up a representative group of hard drives, formatted them, scanned them for bad sectors, and ran a few modern benchmarks to see how much performance has improved. Unsung Heroes: 14 Years of Hard Drive Performance... Read more...
Of all the components in a typical PC, the hard drive is typically viewed as the least sexy and most scorned. When AMD or Intel launch a new CPU, they fill PR statements with promises of incredibly fast databases and improved 3D rendering. If AMD and NVIDIA launch new GPUs, the Intertubes hum with promises of realistic graphics, higher resolutions, and multi-monitor gaming. When the likes of Western Digital or Seagate launch a new hard drive, the product is hailed as a more efficient means of storing por...umm, data. Useful?  Very. High class or sexy? Not so much. To add insult to injury, hard drives are often dragged into conversations on completely different topics. HDD performance is... Read more...
Mac Davis once sang about the difficulties of being humble, but Davis never shipped out 1.5 BILLION hard drives. Seagate has, reaching the milestone on October 20, 2010, and somehow managed to keep mum about it for nearly an entire month. But what's most impressive about the feat is Seagate skyrocketed to the 1.5 billion threshold just 2 and a half years after shipping its 1 billionth drive. According to Seagate's numbers, 1.5 billion hard drives equates to about 118.5 million terabytes capable of storing 237 billion hours of digital video or 1.8 trillion hours of music. But that's enough about this milestone, what's next for Seagate? "At this rate, the 2 billion drives milestone will happen... Read more...
Seagate this week announced what it claims are the industry's highest-capacity, 4-bay and 2-bay NAS boxes (BlackArmor NAS 440 and 220) capable of scaling up to 12TB. Naturally these are aimed at small businesses, but hey, cost considerations aside, there's nothing from stopping you, Joe Consumer, from tucking one of these bad boys in the back of the closet and storing every music file, dirty video, and all the rest of your digital bits in one central location. Both the BlackArmor NAS 440 and 220 come with a handful of standard features, including: Software management tools Support for Microsoft Active Directory 2000, 2003, and 2008 Hardware-based encryption Remote access Quick start features... Read more...
Need a portable hard drive, but aren't willing to get two in order to have enough space? Maybe Seagate can help. The company just launched the industry's first 1.5TB portable HDD, a GoFlex-branded product that gets 1.5TB of space onto a single, portable 2.5" HDD. The case itself is somewhat larger than "typical" 2.5" external HDDs, but it does include a GoFlex dongle on the bottom in order to support GoFlex docking solutions. Another new protocol that this unit supports is USB 3.0. It also ships with a load of Paramount films, which can be unlocked and view instantly via an online key. Seagate expects this drive to perform around 10x faster than your portable USB 2.0 drive, and it ships with... Read more...
Ever since SSDs began to hit the mass market several years ago, analysts have tied themselves in knots attempting to predict when solid state drives would reach price parity with their magnetic counterparts. This isn't expected to occur anytime in the immediate future—SSDs remain some 34x more expensive than HDDs when compared in terms of cost-per-GB—but an increasing number of voices have wondered how much longer traditional hard drives will be around. At the 21st Magnetic Recording Conference today, Toshiba demonstrated a new prototype hard drive that could push HDD capacities far higher by using bit-patterned media. At present, modern drives use what's called perpendicular recording;... Read more...
Thanks to Seagate hard drives which have reduced in size from 12.5 mm to 9.5 mm, Eurocom has been able to crack the 3TB 7200rpm barrier in its Mobile Servers and Mobile Workstations. With these smaller drives, Eurocom has been able to put up to four hard drives in its D900F Panther, X8100 Leopard, and the upcoming EUROCOM X7200 Panther 2.0. By putting these drives in these notebooks, Eurocom has increased the processing power, speed, and storage of its products. To achieve the maximum performance and storage capacity, Eurocom can fit up to four physical hard drives in its high performance mobile workstations. Using the large storage capacity of Seagate's Momentus 3Gb/s 750GB hard drives,... Read more...
Seagate and Samsung are teaming up to develop and cross-license controller technologies for solid state drive (SSD) storage devices. In doing so, the companies hope to satisfy the needs of enterprise storage applications by offering high levels of performance, reliability and endurance. The partnership will combine Seagate's leadership in enterprise storage technology with Samsung's 30 nanometer-class MLC NAND flash memory technology. The jointly developed controller will be used in Seagate's enterprise-class SSDs. "Seagate has long recognized that solid state technology has an important role to play in the comprehensive solutions the storage industry will deliver today and in the future, particularly... Read more...
Seagate is expanding their hard drive line once more, with the latest device fitting into the "at-home backup" category. Yes, it's a new NAS drive, but it's unlike any standard consumer NAS device you've seen before. The new GoFlex Home is a wireless backup device that's highly flexible, and aside from backing up files from home computers, it also allows for media streamer and printer sharing around the network. At its heart, the GoFlex Home is a dockable NAS device. The dock itself plugs into your router, and there's a USB port there to add external HDDs or a printer. Then, you dock your 1TB or 2TB GoFlex Hard Drive into that, so if you need to upgrade in the future with a larger drive, you... Read more...
Seagate introduced the new BlackArmor NAS 400 network storage server. Targeting small businesses and households that want data storage protection, performance, and flexibility, the new BlackArmor server has a four-bay storage enclosure that supports a variety of Seagate-certified disk drives. The BlackArmor NAS 400 is scalable, letting you add extra drives when and if you need them. In addition to space for four drives, the BlackArmor NAS 400 comes with backup and protection tools that include full-system remote backup functionalities, user-configurable RAID, and JBOD capabilities. The system also offers a full system recovery option in the event of failure. The BlackArmor NAS 400 is available... Read more...
Can it ever be big enough? If we're talking about hard drives, the answer is definitely "no!" As multi-media continues to grow larger and larger, and digital photographs do the same as the megapixels swell, having enough storage is becoming more and more difficult. Hard drive makers are cranking out bigger drives as fast as they can, and while we really need to move to another format altogether in order to see quantum leaps in sizes, hardly anyone will complain with 3TB in a single external drive today. Seagate has broken yet another record in the storage arena with their new FreeAgent Go Flex Desk External Drive, which includes 3TB of space and is said to be the first in the world of its kind.... Read more...
A lot has been written and discussed regarding Advanced Format. It's the wave of the future for hard drives, but there's still a lot of mystery surrounding it. Many people have brushed it aside since it's not really causing major changes right away, but the hope of seeing HDDs expand in capacity relies heavily on the understanding and implementation of it. Seagate was one of the first to jump onboard, and now ll major hard drive manufacturers have agreed to migrate to the Advanced Format standard for new desktop and notebook platforms introduced after January 1, 2011. But the change will not be easy...unless Seagate has something to say about it. Currently, Advanced Format hard drives still communicate... Read more...
Although there has been some noise over the years about hybrid drives that somewhat bridge the gap between hard drives and solid state drives, short of getting installed in a handful of notebooks, they haven’t had a significant impact on the overall market. Hit your favorite on-line retailer and you’ll find a slew of SSDs and hard drives available, but nothing in between. If you need massive amounts of storage space, a hard drive is a necessity (unless you’ve got an unlimited budget). But if it’s maximum performance you crave, only an SSD will do. Today, however, Seagate aims to change that with the release of the new Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid. The Seagate Momentus... Read more...
Solid State Drives are all the rage with PC Enthusiasts these days. Although relatively expensive in comparison to standard hard drives, Solid State Drives have gotten very popular and have earned a reputation as one of the most significant performance upgrades available to enhance general system responsiveness. Capacities are relatively low in comparison to standard hard drives, but access times and transfer rates are in a different league altogether. And it’s a good SSD’s quick access times and speedy transfers that dramatically impact the end user experience, for the better. Solid State Drives are simply different beasts versus traditional hard drives and the performance difference... Read more...
3TB. It's a milestone that we all knew would be reached at some point, but the same probably could not be said in 1980. Decades ago, the original LBA (logical block addressing) standard was developed, which isn't capable of assigning addresses to capacities in excess of 2.1TB. No one would ever use that much space, anyway. Right? Wrong. But now that the world needs 3TB+ drives, Seagate is ready to make the required adjustments to bring it to life. According to a new report at Thinq, Seagate has confirmed to them that the company will be "announcing a 3TB drive later this year." That's great news for consumers for a couple of reasons. One, a 3TB unit will be available, which will be 50% larger... Read more...
Seagate's FreeAgent external hard drive line has competed with Western Digital's My Book line for several years now, and aside from growing capacities and the occasional feature-add, both lines have remained mostly constant. But now, Seagate is really putting the pressure on everyone else with the introduction of the GoFlex family.This range of storage solutions begins with the hard drives. Ranging from 320GB to 2TB, this drives have been slightly updated and look a lot more stylish, and they each ship with USB 2.0 support. The GoFlex cable system is unique in that it allows consumers to add support for USB 3.0, eSATA and even FireWire 800 without the need to buy a new drive or enclosure. It's... Read more...
Just recently, Seagate broke out of the box in order to introduce the Paramount-bundled hard drive with a number of digital films loaded on from the factory. But it's clear the company has no intentions of letting the entertainment-related introductions stop there. Today, Seagate is revealing a killer firmware update to the company's FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player which will enable users to access content from Netflix and other providers. Basically, this gives the player a whole new lease on life, and a whole new reason to buy in if you're waiting on the sidelines. The firmware update, which will be provided free to all existing owners, will allow the media player to access and deliver content... Read more...
Lately, it feels like the good, old, reliable hard disk drive (HDD) doesn't get any respect. When it comes to storage, Solid State Drives (SSDs) are getting all the attention these days--and it's no wonder, considering the speed, durability, low-power, and silent-running attributes of current solid state drives. But SSDs are also very expensive and offer relatively low-capacities when compared to traditional HDDs. The vast majority of systems that use some sort of fixed drive for storage----be they desktops, workstations, or servers--still use HDDs. And when it comes to maximum storage capacity in a 3.5-inch form factor, you simply can't get any higher these days than a 2TB HDD. In this roundup... Read more...
Lately, it feels like the good, old, reliable hard disk drive (HDD) doesn't get any respect. When it comes to storage, Solid State Drives (SSDs) are getting all the attention these days--and it's no wonder, considering the speed, durability, low-power, and silent-running attributes of current solid state drives. But SSDs are also very expensive and offer relatively low-capacities when compared to traditional HDDs. The vast majority of systems that use some sort of fixed drive for storage--be they desktops, workstations, or servers--still use HDDs. And when it comes to maximum storage capacity in a 3.5-inch form factor, you simply can't get any higher these days than a 2TB HDD. While most users... Read more...
Much like Western Digital's My Book line of external hard drives, Seagate's FreeAgent range has been pretty successful over the years. Here recently, the external HDD market has really heated up, with even 2.5" drives approaching the 1TB mark and enclosures becoming more port-filled and stylish all the while. One thing that companies have yet to do, however, is bundle any software or multi-media in with the drives in order to offer some differentiation, but all of that is changing with the new 500GB FreeAgent Go. The company calls their new partnership with Paramount an "industry first," and we believe it. The new FreeAgent Go looks exactly like the USB 2.0 FreeAgent Go drives that are currently... Read more...
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