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Seagate Preparing 3TB Hard Disk Drive For 2010

A 3TB hard disk drive might be just around the corner, courtesy of storage giant Seagate, and presented as part of its Constellation ES family with a 6Gbps SAS interface.

The model, which would have 50 percent more storage space compared to the biggest hard drive on the market, would be a direct replacement for the Barracuda ES drive.

The Register (opens in new tab) reports that the drive will arrive later this year without providing more details. Earlier this year, Japanese storage (opens in new tab) specialist TDK said that it would be the first company to deliver 3.5-inch platters with a capacity of more than 500GB.

At 640GB per platter, five of these could be bunched together to offer a spectacular 3TB model; in addition, Storage specialist Drobo hinted that its storage devices, which uses Western Digital drives, will have 3TB models anytime soon.

The fact that TDK produces platters for more than a few hardware manufacturers means that others, apart from Seagate and Western Digital, are likely to sell 3TB hard disk drive as well.

Désiré Athow

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 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.