Seagate squeezes out 4TB desktop monster
Bye bye Barracuda
Seagate seems set to replace its desktop Barracuda brand with the Desktop HDD brand and introduce a 4TB desktop drive with it.
The Desktop HDD 15 line runs up from 250GB through 320GB and 500GB all the way to 1TB, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB. It uses 1TB/platter technology, spins at 7,200rpm, has a 64MB cache, transfers data at up to 160MB/sec and uses the 6Gbit/s SATA interface. The 4TB product was announced in the Middle East via a press release which is not available on Seagate's US website. The release also claims Seagate has now produced 2 billion hard drives, four years after reaching the 1 billion level.
The 4TB desktop drive is mentioned on a Seagate Desktop HDD comparison data sheet (PDF), but there is no availability information available for it. A Seagate UK spokesperson confirmed that the drive is being announced. ®
Seagate has now produced 2 billion hard drives :(
it's because their failure rate is so fucking high, not because people want MORE of them.
And yes,10 years down the line we will find out - MAYBE - that it was, indeed, an extreme case of "planned obsolescence", and they'll be fined 10 billion rubles (or rupees), of which every Seagate customer (US only) will be entitled to big mac voucher to the value of 10 bucks. And it'll be hailed as another case of "ultimate justice for the customer". Like shit.
Looks like someone's enjoying the great El Reg app débâcle
I remember when a 2TB drive cost £50 ... the prices haven't returned to normal since the floods even though the factories are back to full production. The competition commission absolutely should be looking into the prices and questioning why the Seagate/Samsung and WD/Hitachi mergers were allowed when that left just 3 huge companies to dominate the market which isn't in the interests of consumers or competition.