Seagate Announces First 8 TB Hard Drive for Enterprise Customers

Seagate today announced the world's first eight terabyte hard drive, designed to provide high capacity storage for private and cloud-based data centers. The single 3.5-inch hard disk drive surpasses the storage capacity of previously available hard drives, including 6 TB HDDs from both Western Digital and Seagate itself.

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Unlike similar high-capacity offerings from Western Digital, Seagate does not use helium in either its 6 TB HDD or its new 8 TB offering. While Seagate has not released the details behind the 8 TB drive, it's likely the HDD uses Seagate's shingled magnetic recording technology, which, according to the company, adds more than 25 percent capacity growth by maximizing the number of tracks per inch on a single disk.

Seagate says that its new 8 TB HDD also uses fewer components to make it more power efficient, which ultimately lowers power costs for enterprise customers.
A cornerstone for growing capacities in multiple applications, the 8TB hard drive delivers bulk data storage solutions for online content storage providing customers with the highest capacity density needed to address an ever increasing amount of unstructured data in an industry-standard 3.5-inch HDD. Providing up to 8TB in a single drive slot, the drive delivers maximum rack density, within an existing footprint, for the most efficient data center floor space usage possible.

The 8TB hard disk drive increases system capacity using fewer components for increased system and staffing efficiencies while lowering power costs. With its low operating power consumption, the drive reliably conserves energy thereby reducing overall operating costs. Helping customers economically store data, it boasts the best Watts/GB for enterprise bulk data storage in the industry.
Seagate is currently shipping the drives to select numbers with wide scale availability coming next quarter. The company did not release pricing on the drives.

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17 weeks ago
But... It's Seagate.
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17 weeks ago
Finally. I can now store my entire porn library with fewer than 10 drives.
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17 weeks ago

I'll get my 8TB HD when they're $20 on amazon in 5 years.


Delivered by a drone too! :D
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17 weeks ago
Back in my day... we were downloading Mandrake Linux in 5-7 days on Dial-up!
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17 weeks ago
This is cool, no doubt, but as far as storage-density-that-scares-the-willies-out-of-me-in-a-sort-of-existential-way goes, the 128 gig micro sd cards still win.
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17 weeks ago

It's kind of crazy when you think about it. When I first got my computer back in 1995, it had Windows 95 on it, and had a 4GB hard drive. The salesman at Sears told me "4GB is all you will EVER need!"


If he was good at predicting the future he probably wouldn't have been working at Sears.

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Finally. I can now store my entire porn library with fewer than 10 drives.


Sure... but who wants to convert it to standard def?
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17 weeks ago
The Backblaze study really hurt poor Seagate's reputation. People forget that the drives they used (and studied) were the highest capacity-to-price ratio drives that the manufacturers offered.

It certainly made me think twice about replacing my faulty stock MBP Seagate with another Seagate. I didn't. But I really hope that Seagate can build its reputation back up. It's clearly a great innovator in the HD industry.
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17 weeks ago

It's kind of crazy when you think about it. When I first got my computer back in 1995, it had Windows 95 on it, and had a 4GB hard drive. The salesman at Sears told me "4GB is all you will EVER need!"

Now, we're at 8GB hard drives. I know they aren't producing them for consumers yet, but still. Wow.


What was really amusing was when I had a Mac LC II. It had an 80MB hard drive, and I later purchased a ZIP drive to accompany it. So, I had a 80MB hard drive, and 100MB floppies. :D
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16 weeks ago

I would estimate never. We've had 1 TB hard drives for a few years now and I haven't heard anyone complain about running out of space on them. Further, as we accelerate into the cloud, individuals requirements for storage space is going to continue going down. I expect that we're probably going to settle down around 128 GB in a few years. It'll be enough for your OS and apps, plus the other files that you always need access to, and everything else will be on the cloud, where you'll have a video and music streaming service (IE, Netflix and Spotify), plus a service where you upload your pictures and videos to (IE, flickr and YouTube), plus someplace where you share your documents (iCloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive).

So the cloud companies will obviously want these 8 TB drives because customer demand for their cloud storage is going to be going up, but customers will probably never want them.

There will probably be other specialized professionals that will want 8 TB drives. IE, people with artistic jobs, where they need to deal with a lot of raw, uncompressed, media that is of the highest quality possible.


Not happening, the cloud is unreliable and expensive. If the cloud offers me unlimited Storage space and fives me gigabit internet, I might consider it for music but not for anything else ;)
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17 weeks ago

If he was good at predicting the future he probably wouldn't have been working at Sears.


No; but he might have been working at "Seer's" instead.
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