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Seagate powers world's most popular PC Hard Drive with 1/2-Terabyte and faster 300GB/s Serial ATA interface

Driving next-generation storage performance, capacity and portability for home and office computing, Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) today announced a capacity increase to 500GB for its Barracuda 7200 disc drive family, as well as a powerful 3 Gigabit/second Serial ATA (SATA) interface targeted at high-performance applications such as digital video workstations, nearline storage and PC gaming systems. Seagate also announced the new half-terabyte capacity and a new FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b) interface for its family of External Hard Drives, and a new 120GB Portable External Hard Drive with FireWire (IEEE 1394a) interface that gives consumers an easy way to expand and carry Mac and PC storage.
On The Desk
The new Barracuda 7200.9 internal disc drive will combine 3Gb/s SATA throughput double that of first-generation SATA with 500GB of capacity, 16 Mbytes of cache and Native Command Queuing (NCQ) for even higher performance, and the quietest operation in a desktop PC hard drive. Seagate will also begin offering 3Gb/s SATA across all Barracuda drives, from 40GB to 400GB capacities.
The new Seagate External Hard Drive will offer a whopping 500GB for easy storage expansion with push-button backup and a huge speed increase with the new FireWire 800 interface. FireWire 800 offers a significant advance in the speed of external hard drives it gives consumers an easy way to install storage thats fast enough not just for backup but for real-time applications running on the external drive.
On The Go
For those looking for on-the-go storage, the hand-held Seagate Portable External Hard Drive will come with an impressive 120GB capacity and fast FireWire interface option.
Seagate remains the recognized leader of the hard drive industry, with strength in both technology and product portfolio, said John Buttress, IDCs research manager for hard drives. The companys focus on consumer markets includes leading-edge products that are enabling new mobile and high-performance consumer storage applications. By every key metric capacity, speed and reliability Seagates new hard drives rank among the best the industry has to offer.
Barracuda 7200.9
Barracuda 7200.9 disc drives, the newest generation of the worlds most popular PC hard drive family, will feature a 7,200-rpm spin speed and an 8.0-msec average seek time. With 3Gb/s SATA performance, these drives are ideal for bandwidth-hungry digital video workstations, mainstream PCs, low-cost servers, souped-up PC gaming systems, home media PCs and other high-performance applications. Additionally, the Barracuda 7200.9 is a great choice for storage of secondary data a fast-growing storage sector as more businesses turn to cost-effective SATA drives for easy-to-access bulk storage.
Seagates SATA interface with NCQ supports Intel Hyper-Threading to increase the performance of workstations and entry-level servers for computationally intensive applications such as financial, engineering and scientific digital media, gaming and special effects. NCQ also increases reliability in heavy workloads by significantly reducing the drives mechanical wear. And with Seagates patented SoftSonic fluid dynamic bearing motors, Barracuda 7200.9 is the quietest desktop PC drive available.
Seagate External Hard Drive
The new Seagate External Hard Drive is the first to herald a massive 500GB capacity and the speedy new FireWire 800 interface on an external hard drive for PCs and workstations. The new FireWire 800 interface is the fastest FireWire ever and the fastest interface available on any external PC hard drive; its capable of supporting data rates up to 800Mbps (megabits per second) on many FireWire 800-capable systems available today. Seagates drives also continue to offer high-speed USB 2.0 and Firewire (IEEE 1394a) interfaces.
With a wide range of capacities from 80GB up to 500GB, the Seagate External Hard drive is the perfect solution for storing hours of video memories, volumes of music, years of digital pictures, and thousands of vital business files. Its massive capacity and speedy interfaces give consumer or professional video editors and producers the performance and capacity needed to work in real time with massive amounts of compressed and uncompressed digital media files, as well as archiving them. With its simple push-button backup and plug-and-play storage expansion, the drive makes it easy for users to archive, backup, retrieve and protect huge amounts of data hundreds of hours of high-quality video and thousands of multimedia and business files and digital photos.
Seagate Portable External Hard Drive
Seagates newest cool, rugged Portable External Hard Drive will offer FireWire (IEEE 1394a) and USB 2.0 interfaces and up to 120GB of capacity the most in its class in a package small and light enough to carry in a briefcase, purse, backpack or pocket. Weighing less than one pound (300 grams), the drives low power consumption, shock-absorbing aluminum enclosure and small size make it perfect for consumers and business travelers needing convenient, safe, on-the-go storage for volumes of personal and business files, presentations, digital photos, video and music. The Portable External Hard Drive also offers easy-to-use BounceBack Express backup software to protect valuable data.
The new Barracuda and External Hard Drives are among 10 new notebook, desktop and consumer electronics products Seagate announced today. The Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 and the Seagate 120GB Portable External Hard Drive will start shipping later this winter. The Seagate 500GB External Hard Drive will ship this spring.
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Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, and Consumer Electronics applications. Seagates business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, and to be the low cost producer in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the worlds growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.
Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. Barracuda is either a trademark or registered trademark of Seagate Technology LLC. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are property of their respective owners. One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary depending on operating environment and formatting. Quantitative usage examples for various applications are for indicative purposes. Actual quantities will vary based on various factors including file size, file format, features and application software.