Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Seagate ups the ante with 1.5 Terabyte Drive

Dang! Just as I was thinking I was "it" for buying a 1 terabyte drive a while back, I now have hard drive envy again. Seagate has announced that in August they will begin selling a 1.5 terabyte drive (that's 1500 gigabytes for those that don't know). Disk space just keeps expanding at an almost unbelievable rate. No word on price yet, but the good news is that usually a new large drive like this will drop the price of smaller drives (read - cheaper 1 Tb drives!). This drive is designed for desktop computers, but read on for information on the expanding hard drives for laptops.

Seagate will also be bringing a 500Gb hard drive to the market in a form factor that will fit in laptops. That makes the 120Gb drive in my MacBook Pro look tiny in comparison. Amazing!

The drives are offered with a free-fall sensor technology that helps prevent damage when dropped. According to Seagate, the sensor detects any changes in acceleration equal to the force of gravity and parks the heads off the disk to prevent contact with the platter in a free fall of as little as 8 inches and within 3/10ths of a second.

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