The big hard drive makers generally go back and forth with major innovations, with one company leading with this new trend and the other company leading with that new trend. Recently, however, Seagate looks to have been hitting them out of the park, and their new Desktop.HDD 15 is no different.
All of the major companies have come out with their own version of a 4TB hard drive. Now that we've passed a critical 3TB barrier, a rocky transition point pre-Windows 8, 4TB drives can be adopted by mainstream users with few issues, as long as they're running a newer machine.
Until now, however, those 4TB drives have been using an older technology, with 5 spinning platters inside, each at 800GB. Seagate's new design uses just 4 platters, each with a capacity of 1TB. As a result, these new drives can use less power (Seagate says up to 35% less than Western Digital's model), run quieter, and offer faster transfer speeds, to boot. Outside of specialty server or enthusiast drives like the Western Digital VelociRaptor, Seagate is claiming their new Desktop.HDD 15 offers the highest average sustained data rates, which clock in just shy of 150MB/s.
Not at all bad for a traditional hard drive, especially considering that these units only need to spin at 7200RPM.
You can pick the new drives up now, with 64MB of cache, for right around $200.
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