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Seagate Technology has today unleashed the world’s first 750 gigabyte desktop hard drive.

The drive marks a 50 percent increase in storage from the previous industry maximum of 500 gigabytes. For consumers, this means more music, photo, movie and games storage than ever before.

“Strong demand for personal computers and servers with unprecedented storage capacity continues as organisations and consumers worldwide rely on ever-higher volumes of digital content,” said Seagate Senior Vice President and General Manager, Karl Chicca.

“With data center storage requirements increasing at a rate of 50 percent to 60 percent per year, and users storing more hours of digitized video on hard disk drives, demand is growing for disk drives with higher storage capacities. Seagate’s new Barracuda 7200.10 ups the ante for desktop-class drives, providing capacity to meet these growing storage needs,” said IDC’s John Rydning.

The monster drive is part of Seagate’s new Barracuda 7200.10 family, which is built on ‘perpendicular’ recording technology to boost disk density.

The product is first being released as an internal drive for PC makers. After that, Seagate plans to introduce external hard drives and versions for other consumer electronics, such as digital video recorders.
 
The new Barracuda 7200.10 family is now shipping to the worldwide distribution channel. It is backed by a five year warranty.

Cost: $970 for the PATA drive and $980 for the SATA drive.

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