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Seagate Barracuda ES.2 and Barracuda 7200.11: 1.5TB Desktop Drive

Seagate Technologies on July 10 unveiled the industry’s first 1.5TB desktop drive along with a 500-megabyte (half-terabyte) notebook hard drive.

The Barracuda 7200.11 for desktops and Barracuda ES.2 enterprise PMR (perpendicular magnetic recording) hard drives deliver 1TB of capacity on a four-disk platform, 7,200-rpm spin speeds, and caches up to 32MB, Willis Whittington, Seagate product marketing manager, thanks to the capacity-boosting power of perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology.

Both drives will begin shipping in volume during the third quarter of this year. Pricing for each is set at $399.99.

The Barracuda ES.2 is the first Seagate drive with a SAS (server attached storage) interface option in addition to SATA (serial ATA), Whittington said.

The Barracuda 7200.11 for desktops touts a 105MB per second sustained transfer rate—the highest ever for a desktop storage system, Whittington said. It also uses a mere 8 watts at idle, he added.

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