Story 2016-07-20 1MW3S Seagate introduces new 10TB Barracuda hard drives

Seagate introduces new 10TB Barracuda hard drives

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story imageSeagate is pushing the boundaries on magnetic spinning media with a new suite of 10TB hard drives - and is relaunching the familiar Barracuda brand name for the new product line. In 2013 the company unofficially retired the name, choosing instead to refer to its desktop drives as "Desktop HDD." Seagate is similarly rebranding its solid state-hybrid hard drives (SSHD) as FireCuda. These new launches come as the company is prepping for significant rounds of layoffs. Seagate has previously announced plans to fire roughly 8,100 people over the next 12 months, or 14% of its current global workforce. The company also plans to build 20 million fewer hard drives per quarter, down 33%.

These new 10TB drives don't appear to use helium like other high-capacity drives, and they aren't based on Shingled Magnetic Recording, either. These drives use more-conventional perpendicular recording, which means they won't take a performance hit when writing data, though still certainly no match for the solid-state competition. These also aren't the largest capacity hard drives available, either. If you've got the money to spend, Samsung sells a 14TB SSD for upwards of $5,000.
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Anandtech Article (Score: 2, Informative)

by on 2016-07-20 21:08 (#1MYEG)

The Anandtech article #1MSRJ claims that the new 10TB drives are based off of helium.

Re: Anandtech Article (Score: 1)

by on 2016-07-25 16:02 (#1NE2J)

Unfortunately the press release doesn't mention it, and even the official manual for the Barracuda Pro seems silent on that. However, their previous annoucements (from January and April 2016) about the 10TB line did specify that the upcoming 10TB disks were helium-based, but no mention of the barracuda at the time.

It's a bit weird that the information is not clearly stated anywhere (yet). The case for the Pro version of the Barracuda sure looks similar to the sealed ones used for other helium disks.

Junk manufacturer (Score: 1)

by on 2016-07-23 00:36 (#1N6W3)

Lots more data to go poof in an instant when this heap of junk goes belly up.