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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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.