Seagate announces 1TB Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive

Hitachi GST's Deskstar 7K1000 has been the only desktop hard drive on the market with a 1TB capacity for about half a year now, but it's finally about to get some competition. Seagate has unveiled two new 3.5" hard drives that both boast a 1TB capacity and are scheduled to start shipping next quarter. One of those two drives is the 1TB Barracuda 7100.11, Seagate's answer to the Deskstar 7K1000. Aside from its capacity, the new 'cuda boasts a 7200-RPM spindle speed, four platters, up to 32MB of cache, an average seek time of 8.5ms, noise levels as low as 27dB, and—keeping with what's now tradition for Seagate—a five-year warranty. The drive will retail for $399.99, roughly in line with the Hitachi 7K1000.

Seagate isn't catering only to desktop users, though. The company has also unveiled a 1TB ES.2 drive that features similar specifications but is aimed at the enterprise market. This ES.2 model has enterprise-specific functionality like its "Rotational Vibration Feed Forward" system, which helps sustain performance in "densely-packed multi-drive systems." Seagate also claims an unrecoverable error rate that's 10 times lower than that of desktop hard drives and a mean time between failures of 1.2 million hours. The 1TB ES.2 supports both Serial ATA and Serial Attached SCSI interfaces.

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