Hard disk drives - Next step is 1TB

Seagate launched a 750GB hard disk drive at the end of April. The Barracuda 7200.10 is 50% larger than its nearest competitor in terms of capacity and has been considered by reviewers as an exceptionally good value for money.

This is especially true when you consider that the 7200.10 is almost as fast as the Raptor X, considered the fastest SATA drive available on the market and when you consider that the Raptor X's platters spin nearly 40% faster than the 7200.10.

In addition, it will fit into all recent computer cases and won't consume as much power than say, four 200GB hard disk drives daisy-chained together, which will not only reduce your electricity bill but will also decrease the chance of failure.

From a capacity perspective the 750GB capacity of the 7200.10 could spell the end of the SCSI hard disk. SCSI hard disk drives have reached 300GB but cost as much as the 7200.10 itself.

Major data centre operators will certainly consider the 7200.10 as a drop in replacement for their old 80GB HDDs and as a potent enabler for forthcoming technologies like Virtualisation. The next step is the 1GB barrier and I feel that Seagate, which has acquired Maxtor, will be the first to reach that goal post.

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