Seagate has introduced the world's first 750GB desktop hard drive.
The monster drive is part of the new Barracuda family. It uses perpendicular recording technology, which allows for greater data storage.
Perpendicular recording technology stands data bits vertically onto the disc media, rather than horizontally to the surface as with traditional longitudinal recording, to deliver higher capacity. The technology also increases drive throughput without increasing spin speed by allowing more data bits to pass under the drive head in the same amount of time.
The company pointed to the exponential growth of individual users' image, video and music collections as a raison d'etre for the gargantuan drive.
The Barracuda 7200.10 family now offers drives with between 200GB and 750GB of capacity. These drives also offer cache sizes from 8MB to 16MB and 1.5Gbps (gigabits per second) and 3.0Gbps SATA (serial ATA) data transfer rates with Native Command Queuing. The latter feature enhances reliability in heavy workloads by reducing head movement and streamlining the delivery of queued commands to the drive.
The 7,200rpm drives ship with a five-year warranty. Pricing hasn't yet been confirmed.
This story first appeared on Macworld.co.uk.