Seagate 80GB Platter HDD Announced

Just found the news over at StorageReview.com news page by Eugene.

http://storagereview.net

The Seagate Press Release

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.—02 December 2002— Seagate today announced the Barracuda 7200.7 and the Barracuda 7200.7 Plus disc drives for PCs. Using advanced head and media technology to achieve 80-Gbytes-per-disc, the new drives add storage capacity of up to 160 Gbytes to Seagate’s popular Barracuda hard drive family. The new models will offer the choice of a native Serial ATA interface or a Parallel ATA interface. The Barracuda 7200.7 Plus has a standard onboard cache of 8 Mbytes and capacities of 160GB and 120GB, while the Barracuda 7200.7 offers cache of 2 Mbytes on 160GB, 120GB, 80GB and 40GB models. Seagate’s patented SoftSonic™ Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) motor makes the Barracuda the quietest PC hard drive on the market.

Western Digital has a 200GB and Maxtor has a 250GB already, Seagte’s a bit behind the times. At least this one is 7200RPM.

Somewhat more conservative than WD and Maxtor in offering more storage space per unit, but the new Seagate drives use 80GB platters. Only Maxtor had 80GB platter drives before Seagate.

Keep in mind that even though the rotation speed is lower, the increased density from 40GB means that the number of bits passing the head is higher per rotation than the older 40GB platter disks, so the actual older 7200 Hard drives wont be that much faster than the newer high density 5400 Hard drives.

But still, it’s a step backwards.

Progress people! Why don’t HD manufacturers realise we want progress!