26 April 2006 – Seagate Technology, the world’s number one hard drive maker, today surged to new levels of areal density and storage capacity leadership with the introduction of the world’s first desktop hard drive to hit the 750GB capacity mark. The monster drive is part of the new Barracuda 7200.10 family built on perpendicular recording technology to meet the growing storage capacity, performance and reliability requirements of desktop computers and low-end servers.
The new Barracuda 7200.10 family is now shipping to the worldwide distribution channel. With the introduction of these drives, Seagate now delivers perpendicular recording technology across its desktop, notebook, enterprise, consumer electronics and retail hard drives. The technology stands data bits vertically onto the disc media, rather than horizontal to the surface as with traditional longitudinal recording, to deliver new levels of hard drive data density, capacity and reliability. The new data orientation also increases drive throughput without increasing spin speed by allowing more data bits to pass under the drive head in the same amount of time.
The specs page has more details but here’s the net on the differences in the four models: ST3750840AS and ST3750640AS are SATA 3Gb/s with 8MB and 16MB of cache respectively while ST3750840A and ST3750640A are Ultra ATA/100 with 8MB and 16MB of cache. One wonders why they bother with the smaller cache size. In any case, what struck me besides the lack of estimated average seek time, was the 5 year warranty. Even better is the pricing:
Surprisingly, Seagate’s 750GB drive won’t carry a high premium, even though it’s first to market at this capacity–and using a new technology at that. In the past, many new hard drives have debuted at $1 per gigabyte; the first 500GB drives sold for $500 at launch.
The SATA version of the 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 drive, however, will debut at $590, which works out to $0.79 per gigabyte.
Speaking of prices, a little looking around the Web found the ST3750640AS already available for ordering at some vendors with prices ranging from $517 to $549 (at US vendors). As always, your shopping may vary.