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Seagate May Be Dishing Out 3 TB HDD This Year

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The bigger thay are, the more fun we can store.

The Register has learned that Seagate will introduce a 3TB HDD sometime within the year. Based on information provided by unnamed sources "familiar with the company's plans," The Register claims that the upcoming storage beast will be part of Seagate's Constellation ES enterprise-class line, and will feature a 6Gbit/s SAS interface.

According to Seagate, the Constellation ES line serves as a replacement for the Barracuda ES series. The largest Constellation ES drive to date is the 3.5-inch 2TB model spinning (round like a record baby) at 7,200rpm.

On the 2.5-inch front, the Constellation ES line maxes out at 500 GB capacity. However Seagate will supposedly release a 1 TB 2.5-inch model in June or sometime thereafter, making it the world's highest-capacity 2.5-inch drive until Toshiba, WD or another manufacturer comes along and takes the crown.

On a related note, The Register also learned that a new Savvio 2.5-inch drive is on the way, building upon the current 10K.4, 10,000rpm drive capacity limit of 600GB. This new HDD may offer a storage capacity of 750GB, however the exact amount is currently unknown.

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    ksampanna , 7 May 2010 05:13
    I thought existing platters had already maxed out at 2 TB. Does Seagate, then have something new & patented?
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    ElCdt , 7 May 2010 16:50
    And to think that not that long ago, we had to make due with 512Mb drives. Technology is a wonderfull thing.
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    malphas , 7 May 2010 22:57
    ksampannaI thought existing platters had already maxed out at 2 TB. Does Seagate, then have something new & patented?

    What? Platters aren't anywhere near as dense as 2TB yet, and yeah when things are "maxed out" it's generally only a matter of months before a company comes out with something to increase it again - that's kinda how consumer tech has been operating the past 40 years.