The new Barracuda 7200.8 disc drive offers PC makers and consumers the industry's highest areal density with 400GB on a three-disc platform, a new cache size up to 16 Mbytes, a choice of an Ultra ATA interface or the industry's first native Serial ATA (SATA) interface with native command queuing (NCQ), and remains the quietest PC hard drive on the market. Seagate will also offer the new 400GB capacity in its award-winning desktop Seagate External Hard Drive, which is perfect for using less desktop space and travels well with notebook PCs while still offering a 100GB capacity. The new Seagate USB2 Pocket Hard Drive is the first tiny USB-compatible 5GB drive consumers can pop in their pocket or backpack to carry data wherever they go, thanks to its tough-but-cute hard case.
"With the variety of applications served by its new product line, Seagate, the hard drive category leader, is unveiling an unparalleled combination of capacities, sizes, functions and usability, with among the most advanced specifications on the market. The announcement of these products puts Seagate at the forefront of rapidly evolving consumer storage trends," said John Kim, vice president of TrendFOCUS, a Los Altos, California-based market intelligence firm.
"With the industry's highest available capacities, the new Barracuda 7200.8 disc drive enables PC makers and System Integrators to qualify one family of drives from a trusted supplier for a wide range of personal storage applications," said Brian Dexheimer, Seagate executive vice president of Global Sales and Marketing. "Our new line of External Hard Drives in various sizes and capacities provides the greatest choice to consumers with widely varied needs. Coming from the world's most experienced hard drive maker, Seagate storage will give customers years of reliable service and top performance."
Barracuda 7200.8 disc drives, the newest generation of the world's most popular PC hard drive family, provide up to 400GB and fast performance with new cache sizes up to 16-Mbytes, a 7,200-rpm spin speed, and an 8.0-msec average seek time. It offers the industry's first Native SATA interface with NCQ and support for the latest PC technology, including Intel Hyper-Threading. Barracuda 7200.8 enables fast data-transfer rates for hot-rod PC gaming systems and mainstream PCs, PC-based home media servers and entry-level SATA servers. With Seagate's patented SoftSonic fluid dynamic bearing motors, Barracuda 7200.8 is extremely quiet, emitting as little as 2.0 bels at idle in the 120GB version.
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