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Seagate announces 1.5 terabyte drive

Seagate launches largest single desktop hard disk in the world with a capacity 1.5 terabytes.

Seagate, the world's largest hard disk manufacturer, has launched three drives, the largest of which boasts a capacity of 1.5 terabytes (1,500GB) - which the company says makes it the single largest desktop hard disk in the world.

The 1.5TB drive - known as the Barracuda 7200.11 - is an eleventh generation model in the Barracuda 3.5 inch disk line and has its data storage platters spinning at 7200rpm. Seagate claims it has a data transfer speed of 120Mbps.

The drive uses four storage platters to achieve its capacity and the firm plans to launch two version of this particular drive; one with 16MB of cache and a higher-performance model offering 32MB. Seagate says drives will be available for purchase by August of this year. Pricing is yet to be announced.

The two other drives that were launched with the 7200.11 are 2.5 inch models destined for laptops and portable hard drives. The Momentus 5400.6 offers a starting capacity of 120GB and features 8MB of cache memory, while the higher performance Momentus 7200.4 offers a starting capacity of 250GB and offers 16MB of cache memory. Both drives are expected to become available in the fourth quarter of this year.

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