If you're looking for a great way to store your information but don't want to spend a fortune and maybe want something that looks stylish, you might wish to consider the new FreeAgent Go drives from Seagate, now available in a vast array of color options, just in time for the holidays.
While shopping for a large single drive to backup my images, I came across this giant 1.5TB Seagate 7200.11 Barracuda at newegg with an irresistible price of $149. As usual, before placing an order, I read all the user reviews I could and that has stop me from getting one due to the volume of negative comments. Apparently, there are more stories to the unconstructive remarks; further research on hardware forums- including the company’s own discussion forum– has revealed the Barracuda is having serious problems with drive freezing and raid-array dropping with OS from Linux, Windows to OSX.
Seagate are exploring new SSD technologies that combine SLC (single layer chip) and MLC (multiple layer chip) to create a cost-effective and reliable hybrid. Talking to Pocket-lint, Seagate CEO Bill Watkins revealed that the company would "love to have an SSD range" but that issues with read/write cycle performance and production cost are slowing them down. Pat King, senior vice president of global marketing, also confirmed that Seagate are planning a network-attached storage (NAS) device for home customers.
Seagate has launched a slurry of external hard drive devices today that are sure to capture the attention of those in need of some serious storage. Most notable, however, is the big one with 1.5TB of storage room!
After Hitachi stole headlines with their 1TB 7,200rpm drive the other day, Seagate have retaliated with a 1.5TB desktop drive, the Barracuda 7200.11, that uses perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology to squash in all that capacity. The unit is the largest the company has produced, and shares the limelight with new Momentus notebook drives: a pair of 2.5-inch half-terabyte 5,400rpm and 7,200rpm drives.
The major news this week came out of Google’s IO Conference, with the Android team unveiling the latest build of the mobile platform and a slick touchscreen handset to demonstrate it on. We usually leave cellphone news to our sister sites PHONE Magazine and SlashPhone, but the Android handset – complete with compass-navigated Street View and slick animations – was too good to miss. Considering the feedback over at Android Community, Google look like they’ve recaptured any momentum lost since MWC in February.
Seagate has confirmed that it will enter the SSD market, but maintains that demand for traditional hard-drives will continue as users prove reluctant to give up cheap cost-per-gigabyte storage. CEO Bill Watkins has described the upcoming solid-state drives as intended for enterprise use, the only market segment, he claims is willing and able to stump up the premium. Instead Seagate will push larger capacity platter-based drives, with a 2TB model expected sometime in 2009.
These are 3.5” hard drives that would only end up in a home computer if it were and uber-l33t gaming computer. That’s to say they are fast, expensive, and only have Fibre Channel or SAS connection options.
The 4th generation mobile disc from Seagate uses 120GB per platter design to arrange the new Momentus series with capacity of 120GB, 160Gb, 200Gb and 250GB. All of them feature a much slower 5400RPM speed, 8MB of cache with low power consumption, Seagate’s SoftSonic fluid-dynamic bearing motors and QuietStep ramp load technology to reduce noise.
It doesn’t strike us as much as Hitachi 500GB travelstar did in capacity but the market still has it large share of 5400RPM drives. The Momentus also features 2nd generation perpendicular magnetic recording with SATA II Interface with operating and non-operating shock specs of 325G and 900Gs makes it ideal for mobile systems that are subjected to rough environment. It’s available to ship worldwide now.