Seagate has been pumping out its 750GB hard drives since April 2006. Well apparently the company had enough of all the “when’s there gonna be a one-terabyte drive?” questions and sent out an e-mail to the media letting us know that a drive of that size will be coming in the first half of 2007.
Seagate’s 1TB hard drive will be our second generation 3.5-inch hard drive to feature capacity-boosting perpendicular recording technology, and it will use fewer heads and discs than similar-capacity products we expect to see from our competitors. It is clear that fewer heads and discs, along with our proven perpendicular technology, can increase drive reliability, and also reduce operating temperatures, power consumption, noise, and weight.
The announcement goes on to say the drives will use four platters, will have a rugged, shock-absorbing design and they’ll be quiet. No pricing yet, but I’m guessing it won’t be as cheap as two 500GB drives. But really, it’s just crazy how big single consumer drives have gotten. Yippee! Mass storage for everyone!
Seagate [company site]