Seagate announces new hard drives

Seagate has announced a stack of new hard drives for desktops, laptops, and consumer electronics devices. For the desktop, Seagate is serving the Barracuda 7200.9, which will be offered in capacities up to 500GB. The 7200.9 will support 3Gbps "Serial ATA II" transfer rates, hot plugging, Native Command Queuing, and be covered by a five-year warranty.

On the mobile front, Seagate is unveiling the Momentus 5400.3. Spinning at 5,400RPM, the drive supports Native Command Queuing, comes in capacities up to 160GB, and is also covered by Seagate's five-year hard drive warranty. Interestingly, Seagate claims that the new Momentus is the industry's first perpendicular recording technology drive. Perpendicular recording improves areal density by arranging bits perpendicular to the recording surface rather than parallel to it. For more on the technology, be sure to check out Hitachi Global Storage Technologies' disco-riffic presentation on the subject.

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