Seagate celebrates 2bn units, unveils 4TB drive

Storage maker reaches milestone four years after 1bn mark, which took 29 years to achieve

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Seagate celebrates 2bn units, unveils 4TB drive Seagate took 29 years to ship 1bn units and just 4 years to ship the next 1bn.
By  Stephen McBride Published  February 8, 2013

Following the milestone of two billion hard disk drives (HDD) shipped globally, Seagate Technology has celebrated this week by unveiling its highest-capacity drive to date for desktop computing: the 4TB Seagate Desktop HDD.

The drive is aimed at workstations, home office and small business and home storage users. 

Seagate, which started operations in 1979, waited 29 years to ship its first billion units; its two-billion-unit milestone comes just four years later. Seagate has been operating in the UAE for the past 10 years and has shipped approximately 10 million drives to customers in the country.

"This is truly an impressive landmark to reach two billion drives shipped only four years after we reached our first billion. I am proud to lead this company and share in its accomplishment," said Steve Luczo, president, CEO and chairman of Seagate.

"This achievement is a reflection of everyone at our company, and with the release of our new 4TB Desktop HDD it is clear that the personal pride and dedication that it took to reach this milestone continues to be a part of our DNA."

"The first billion drives digitised the office, the second the home, empowering consumers with the ability to bring aggregated content from their PC into the living room, on to their mobile device, wherever," said Scott Horn, Seagate's vice president of marketing.

"It's about consumers creating, storing, sharing, and most importantly accessing digital content on their terms-anytime, anywhere- and with two billion drives shipped clearly the revolution is on."

According to Seagate, the new 4TB Seagate Desktop HDD is the industry's only 4TB/4 disk desktop solution. Nearly 800,000 times larger than the first desktop drive Seagate introduced in 1979, the new unit supports up to 800,000 photos, more than 300 hours of HD video or over 1,000,000 songs.

"By 2015 households which today routinely consume 1TB of data a month are expected to generate 20 times the amount of data than they currently save," said Richard Doherty, research director of the Envisioneering Group, a technology research and consulting company.

"Consumer's continued appetites for securely saving and organising high-definition multimedia requires higher performance and the most trusted and dependable drives. Seagate's new 4TB Desktop HDD provides the ideal solution for consumer's soaring need for storage in the home, now and in the future."

Seagate said the drive delivers the highest average data rate on the market today achieving 160 MB/second while saving 35% in power consumption over the competition. Seagate's own OptiCache technology has been incorporated, boosting overall performance by as much as 45%.

The 4TB Desktop is equipped with a SATA 6 Gb/s interface and the unit's 1TB/platter technology reduces complexity inside the drive itself greatly improving storage reliability and reducing failure rate.

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