Look out for 3TB enterprise hard drives from Seagate

Not much seems to be happening in the mechanical hard drive market lately, but that might only be the calm before the storm. The Register claims to have it on good authority that Seagate will introduce a 3.5″ drive with a whopping 3TB capacity later this year.

This product will reportedly be part of the enterprise-oriented 3.5″ Constellation ES series, and it should therefore have a 7,200-RPM spindle speed and a 6Gbps Serial Attached SCSI interface. Since Seagate sells existing 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB Constellation ES hard drives with 3Gbps SATA interfaces, perhaps the 3TB behemoth will come in a SATA flavor, too.

Seagate also has a 2.5″ Constellation drive with a 1TB capacity in the works, according to The Register, which expects a launch “around the mid-year point.” If the existing mobile Constellation offerings are any indication, Seagate may offer a similar choice of interfaces, a 7,200-RPM spindle speed, and optional full-disk encryption. The Register doesn’t divulge any such specifics, though.

1TB in a 2.5″ form factor wouldn’t be quite as impressive as a 3TB 3.5″ hard drive, of course. Western Digital already has a 1TB, 5,200-RPM mobile product on the market, and Toshiba announced 750GB and 1TB mobile offerings with 5,400-RPM spindle speeds back in March. Seagate might only break new ground if it provides that same capacity at 7,200 RPM, with a standard 9.5-mm form factor, or both.

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    • blackirishlad
    • 13 years ago

    In all honesty, I like that extra bit of realism.

    • d0g_p00p
    • 13 years ago

    You must be new here. That is a staple of TR whining. If they see no need for it, or they cannot afford it, it’s useless. Look at any PS review abocve 600watts. Nothing but complainers bitching about “no one needs a 1kw PS” blah blah blah. Same with video cards; “who would need this card? my 9600GSO runs everything at full detail at 800×600, if you spend more than $49 dollars for a video card you are a fool, or have more money than brains”

    etc
    etc
    etc

    • d0g_p00p
    • 13 years ago

    You forgot about the bitching that

    A: “you must have more money than brains to purchase this.”

    B: “if it was $29.99 for 10TB, then I might purchase it, as is it’s too expensive”

    C: Also Krogoth posting that “it’s a gimmick” he only needs 80GB.

    • StashTheVampede
    • 13 years ago

    RAID isn’t backup. You should know better.

    • mcnabney
    • 13 years ago

    RAID is unneeded. All that might provide is uptime. It doesn’t matter how big the drives are, just make sure your data is backed-up.

    • johnrreagan
    • 13 years ago

    That’s why everybody needs to use some sort of RAID solution along with some backup solution. I would never buy a prebuilt PC with a single drive inside.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 13 years ago

    Wow, that’s pretty hot. Almost makes me wish I needed more space.

    • quarantined
    • 13 years ago

    I just checked Newegg and they have a $30 off promo code for Samsung F3 2TB drives bringing the price down to $120. I couldn’t pass that up.

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    • Farting Bob
    • 13 years ago

    Yes, that comment is made EVERY SINGLE TIME a new capacity comes around, pretty much since the days when they were still measured in megabytes.
    1KB is alot of data to lose if it happens to be critical to running the OS and cant be fixed without a reinstall.

    • link626
    • 13 years ago

    that’s a lot of porn to lose if the 3tb fails.

    hot damn. 3TB of anything is a lot to lose.

    • Krogoth
    • 13 years ago

    That is only if you want use boot off from the drives.

    • Meadows
    • 13 years ago

    What, you don’t get off to that?

    • pogsnet
    • 13 years ago
    • Kaleid
    • 13 years ago

    Hopefully 750GB platters so I’ll pick up a 1.5tb 5900.13… (5900rpm)

    • yuhong
    • 13 years ago

    Seems like with the EFI transition going on at the server end that Seagate is finally ready to break the 2TB barrier.

    • AlvinTheNerd
    • 13 years ago

    Actually, I am eating some right now

    • Kurotetsu
    • 13 years ago

    Call me when anyone who isn’t an enterprise can afford something like that.

    • glynor
    • 13 years ago

    Awesome post! I actually came into the comments expecting to see these exact arguments.

    Oh, wait… There they are!

    • flip-mode
    • 13 years ago

    You missed the one about the usual tedious post where someone tells us what usual tedious posts we can expect! 😉

    • Bauxite
    • 13 years ago

    So cheap id rather just run raid 1+0, lot less headache

    • internetsandman
    • 13 years ago

    *drools at the concept*
    hey, you can already buy 2TB PCIe SSD’s, as long as you have a couple fat wallets lying around that you wanna get rid of

    • CheetoPet
    • 13 years ago

    2T drives will drop under $100 and drop a platter, 1T drives will near $50, and I’ll quadruple the amount of space on my backup server. High ends of product lines are never as interesting as the subsequent trickle-down to the low end.

    • albundy
    • 13 years ago

    so true! i fell victim to seagate 4 years ago.

    • porov
    • 13 years ago

    call me when there are 3 tb ssd’s.

    • Krogoth
    • 13 years ago

    So you can see the razor burn, pimples and wrinkles? 😉

    • continuum
    • 13 years ago

    Rebuild times and error rates on an 8-disk 2TB RAID5 get really scary. I would at least run RAID6. Eeek.

    • Vasilyfav
    • 13 years ago

    Sorry, Crysis has been replaced by Metro 2033.

    • shank15217
    • 13 years ago

    I wouldn’t use raid 5 with 8 2TB drives, I hope your job doesn’t depend on it.

    • CasbahBoy
    • 13 years ago

    Check your RAID chip manufacturer’s HCL. Adaptec has a satisfactorily comprehensive one that took most of the stress and guesswork out of finding compatible SATA disks.

    • cygnus1
    • 13 years ago

    sweet, looks like i’ll start collecting them. right now i have 8 1TB WD greens in raid 6 (with 1 of those as hot spare). doubling that would be nice

    • no51
    • 13 years ago

    HD pr0ns take up a lot of space.

    • 5150
    • 13 years ago

    I have eight of them in a RAID 5 and they seem to be working just fine.

    • iatacs19
    • 13 years ago

    I’d love a 2.5″ 5,400rpm 1TB for my SS-439 Pro NAS. 🙂

    • designerfx
    • 13 years ago

    what do you expect? People want more storage than they can get. The more that is available, the cheaper the existing stuff gets. It’s like horsepower in a car.

    • Krogoth
    • 13 years ago

    You forgot obligatory

    More room for t3h Pr0nZ! 😉

    • quarantined
    • 13 years ago

    About effing time.

    • yuriylsh
    • 13 years ago

    yeah… you forgot obligatory
    d) but can it run Crisys?

    • cygnus1
    • 13 years ago

    I was honestly just talking to a buddy of mine earlier today about HDs. I was saying that the industry must be getting ready to release something bigger than 2TB because the price on consumer 2TB drives seems to be declining quite rapidly. I’ve seen the caviar green’s for as little as $140 at retail (without any rebates or anything to get to that price), at CompUSA specifically.

    I’ve read recently that the Samsung Spinpoint F3 2TB drive works well with hardware RAID. Anybody have any experience with those?

    • Farting Bob
    • 13 years ago

    So, who’s betting these are gunna be 5 platters of 600GB each or the more usual 4 platter affair (750GB each)? Its been a while since we saw new densities debut on anything over 5400rpm, would be surprising if they could get 750GB platters spinning at 7200rpm with enterprise quality before anyone else sneaks out a 5400rpm version.

    • jstern
    • 13 years ago

    The one that sort of annoys me is B, because of the logic behind it. I mean just because that person personally doesn’t need all that space doesn’t mean a whole lot of other people like me don’t need it also.

    • continuum
    • 13 years ago

    And when can you buy it? **taps fingers for next 11 months**

    • 5150
    • 13 years ago

    Gouda?

    • Ricardo Dawkins
    • 13 years ago

    I want one for the same 82.00 750GB WD drive I got a few weeks ago.

    • thill9
    • 13 years ago

    You forgot:
    Where’s the firmware fix that cripples these drives?

    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    And now we’ll have the usual tedious spate of posts saying one or more of:
    a) these are great, but they’re not big enough and where are the 4TB drives (and the inevitable counter-posts to that)
    b) these are great, but who really needs that much space, even 1TB is overkill (and the inevitable counter-posts to that)
    c) these suck: there’s no point to spinning disks at all because the SSD rulez! (and the inevitable counter-posts to that)

    Have I missed any?

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