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Drive suppliers hit capacity increase difficulties

Hard disk drive suppliers are looking to add platters to increase capacity because of the expensive and difficult transition to next-generation recording technology. There are two candidates to replace the current Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) technology. The first is Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) and the …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2010
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Seagate hits GoFlex with bunch of fives

A report says Seagate is using five platters in its 3TB monster FreeAgent GoFlex external disk, not four. That's a quickie fix to up the capacity and not a significant increase in areal density as we suggested it might be. Western Digital, Seagate and Hitachi GST each have 2TB, 3.5-inch form factor internal drives, and have …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2010
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Why is USB 3 so slow?

USB 3.0's SuperSpeed rating is a dismal joke if magazine tests are anything to go by, with transfers at a laggardly 127MB/sec at best, only three to four times faster than good USB 2 products. So why is USB 3.0 so slow? In theory, USB 2.0 runs at a maximum of 480Mbit/s, whereas USB 3.0 runs up to 4.8Gbit/s: ten times faster. It' …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2009

Seagate dishes up 1TB drive, looks ahead to 2TB

Seagate says it's the first HDD manufacturer to ship 500GB 3.5-inch disk platters with its 1TB, 2-platter Barracuda 7200.12 HD product. The highest-capacity Barracuda, the 7200.11, can gulp up to 1.5TB of data on its four platters, meaning 375GB per platter. So a theoretical Barracuda 7200.13 could have four 500GB platters and …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jan 2009