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Seagate has been very secretive about what they are set to release at the CES show, however SmartHouse sources tell us it is a 1 TB version of its Barracuda 3.5″ desktop hard drive.

Company spokesman Michael Hall said that the firm expects “to be the first to deliver 1 TB hard drives in high volume for global customers during the first half of 2007.”

The drive will be the company’s second generation perpendicular hard drive, following a 750 GB version that has been shipping since April 2006. Hall added that the four-platter drive “will use fewer heads and discs than similar-capacity products [from competitors].”

While not confirmed, 1 TB hard drives are expected to be shown either by Seagate and/or other vendors at the Consumer Electronics Show this weekend.

Following our original story Seagate has now released the following statement: As the worldwide leader in hard drives, Seagate has been shipping products with 750GB of storage capacity, the highest available, since April 2006. We expect to be the first to deliver 1TB hard drives in high volume for global customers during the first half of 2007.

 Seagate’s 1TB hard drive will be our second generation 3.5-inch hard drive to feature capacity-boosting perpendicular recording technology, and it will use fewer heads and discs than similar-capacity products we expect to see from our competitors. It is clear that fewer heads and discs, along with our proven perpendicular technology, can increase drive reliability, and also reduce operating temperatures, power consumption, noise, and weight.

 To date, Seagate has shipped more than 10 million 3.5-inch hard drives with its proven perpendicular recording technology in the PC, enterprise, and consumer electronics markets – significantly more than any other hard drive maker.

 Seagate’s 1TB drive is designed to deliver:

  • Industry-leading areal density to deliver the first 4-platter 1TB drives and provide the highest levels of power efficiency, heat dissipation and reliability
  • Proven, best-in-class perpendicular recording technology
  • A rugged design with best-in-class shock tolerance
  • Whisper-quiet acoustics
  • A leading combination of capacity, performance and reliability

 

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