Seagate Ships 400-GB Drive

@ 2004/11/18
Seagate Technology began shipping its first 400-Gbyte drive, the Barracuda 7200.8, this week.

The 7,200-RPM drives are available in 200-GB, 250-GB, 300-GB and 400-GB capacity points, with either a native Serial ATA or parallel ATA interface. The drives feature either an 8-Mbyte or 16-Mbyte buffer, depending on the model.

Seagate did not release a price for the new drive, which will be available to retailers as well as system builders and OEMs.

Although the pace in areal density increases has tapered off, Seagate said it was able to pack 133-Gbytes onto a single disk, thus enabling the 400-GB capacity point. The drive requires an average of 8.0 milliseconds average seek time, and includes fluid-bearing motors to reduce noise.

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Comment from kr15t0f @ 2004/11/21
but you also have to defrag them, I got 520GB hdd space, and I start defraging my drives a few days before a lan
Comment from kristos @ 2004/11/21
only with windows

those tools from western digital and maxtor are super fast but I doubt the work the same way.

I know nothing about this so it's just a guess but I think the windows format tool really formats the whole disk, bit per bit and those tools from wd and maxtor only format the master boot record and don't touch the rest... but as I said, this is just an uneducated guess
Comment from kr15t0f @ 2004/11/20
man, must take long to format or defrag it