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Seagate Technology said at a conference call with investors and financial analysts that it would release a hard disk drive with 6TB capacity in the beginning of the second quarter, 2014. The company did not reveal a lot of details about the upcoming product, but noted that this would be an enterprise-class hard drive.

“We are continuing to expand our offering of high capacity drives with our six-disk, 6TB drive shipping early next quarter,” said Steve Luczo, chairman and chief executive of Seagate.

At present 6TB hard disk drives in 3.5” form-factor are available exclusively from Western Digital Corp.’s HGST. Those drives are based on the HelioSealed platform and are filled with helium, which allows to install up to seven platters into an industry-standard package.

The density of helium is one-seventh that of air, delivering significant advantages to HGST’s sealed-drive platform. The lower density means dramatically less drag force acting on the spinning disk stack so that mechanical power into the motor is substantially reduced. The lower helium density also means that the fluid flow forces buffeting the disks and the arms, which position the heads over the data tracks, are substantially reduced allowing for disks to be placed closer together (i.e., seven disks in the same enclosure) and to place data tracks closer together (i.e., allowing continued scaling in data density). The lower shear forces and more efficient thermal conduction of helium also mean the drive will run cooler and will emit less acoustic noise.

Seagate’s hard drive will utilize six proven 1TB platters, which are based on PMR [perpendicular magnetic recording technology]. Usage of platters featuring shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology with 25% higher areal density could allow Seagate to offer up to 7.5TB hard drives. It is unknown whether Seagate will fill its drives with a gas, like its arch-rival, or will not.

Tags: Seagate, HDD, WD, HGST, Western Digital

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That's a lot of pics/videos of pussy..... cats? o.O
0 0 [Posted by: ozegamer  | Date: 01/31/14 05:02:04 AM]
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With the global duopoly we have right now, we are completely at the mercy of WD and Seagate. I sincerely don't understand what pretext did the world's commercial regulators use to justify letting these two companies acquire their entire competition.

It just seems that all state and international institutions are completely corrupted, just as the corporations they are supposed to regulate.

After Seagate and WD bought up all their competition, the technological advance rate has been halved, the product warranty has been also halved and the prices are at least double, compared to where they should have been.

The companies don't even bother to maintain the product quality and now, 27% of all Seagate HDDs break down in less than a year.

http://techreport.com/new...ability-study-names-names

All of this happens while Seagate and WD report profits in billions, each quarter.
2 1 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 01/31/14 06:47:21 AM]
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Yep, why they let Intel and Microsoft get so dominant during a 20+ year period is anyone's guess. In the end consumers lose.
1 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 01/31/14 06:53:04 AM]
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vested interests ... russian people don't mind to call these things with a real name - mafia, while in brave west these people are proud businessmen ... both have bureaucratic fleeces on their payroll. That bonuses give bureaucracy incentive to turn their heads from real problems and pillage slaves as much as they can.
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