Wednesday, 02 September 2015 13:28

Seagate crams 2TB into 2.5in hard drive

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Seagate has claimed an industry first by achieving 1TB of storage per platter in a 2.5in hard drive.

A forthcoming 2.5in hard drive from Seagate packs up to 2TB of capacity into a 7mm package.

The drive is intended for mobile devices, and is said to be substantially cheaper than a 240MB SSD.

2TB is enough to store more than 500,000 songs, 320,000 photos, 240 hours of high definition video or 26 hours of 4K ultra-high definition content, according to Seagate.

A variety of technologies were applied to achieve this storage density along with low weight (90g), quiet operation and the ability to handle shock and vibration.

Seagate did not say when it expects to start shipping the drive.

The company is investigating the possibility of a hybrid drive in this format, as that would deliver performance closer to that of an SSD but at lower cost.

Image: an existing Seagate model, used for illustrative purposes only


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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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