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Seagate announces world’s highest areal density hard drive at 100GB per platter

  • 17 September, 2003 16:17

<p>Sydney, Australia – 17 September 2003 - Seagate today introduced the world’s first hard drive to store 100 Gbytes of data on a single 3.5-inch platter. With the industry's most advanced head and media technology, the new addition to the Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 family achieves a 200-Gbyte capacity using only two platters, and offers the choice of a Parallel ATA (PATA) or native Serial ATA (SATA) interface.</p>
<p>The Barracuda 7200.7 is the industry’s first hard drive family capable of supporting SATA Native Command Queuing (NCQ). NCQ will be implemented on production Barracuda 7200.7 SATA hard drives when system architectures that support NCQ become more broadly available. NCQ is a feature that can only be implemented on native Serial ATA hard drives like Seagate's.</p>
<p>Seagate demonstrated SATA NCQ technology on its new 200GB Barracuda 7200.7 SATA hard drive yesterday at the Intel Developer Forum in San Jose, California. NCQ technology enables the hard drive to intelligently reorder and optimise both read and write command execution, improving the performance of queued workloads by minimising mechanical positioning latencies on the drive.</p>
<p>Barracuda 7200.7 features
The new Barracuda 7200.7 200-Gbyte SATA and PATA models are offered with an 8-Mbyte cache and a three-year warranty as standard features. Seagate's popular Barracuda 7200.7 hard drives also come in capacities of 160, 120, 80 and 40 Gbytes.</p>
<p>Barracuda 7200.7 hard drives offer excellent performance, and are the toughest PC hard drives in the industry because they resist up to 350 Gs of non-operating shock.
They are also the quietest hard drives in their class, emitting less than 2.5 bels at idle and delivering excellent performance. The low acoustics are made possible by the Seagate patented SoftSonic FDB motor, which comes standard on every drive.</p>
<p>The new 200-Gbyte Barracuda 7200.7 is ideal for near-line storage applications, Network-Attached Storage (NAS), entry-level ATA servers, mainstream and high-performance PCs, and home entertainment PCs. The 200-Gbyte Barracuda 7200.7 with a PATA interface will ship next month through distributors. Shipments of the 200-Gbyte SATA version are scheduled to begin in November.</p>
<p>About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide range of Enterprise, PC, Notebook and Consumer Electronics applications. The Company is committed to delivering award-winning products, customer support and reliability, to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at</p>
<p>Seagate and Seagate Technology are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. The WAVE logo and Barracuda are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.</p>
<p>For more information, contact:
Edwina Priest
Account Executive
Text 100 Public Relations
T: +61 2 9956 5733

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