Seagate has been hard at work over the last few months, and now that Computex is over, we are beginning to see products launch left and right from the storage giant. The Desktop HDD .15 launched in April of this year, and takes storage capacity to another level.
Using just four platters, Seagate was able to pack four terabytes into a 3.5" form factor, instead of the five used in competing products. Of course, Seagate did have a few trade-offs to make, and chose to slow the drive down to 5900RPM to maintain data integrity. As technology progresses, we will see Seagate ramp up the spindle speed and offer drives of this magnitude in much faster 7200RPM speeds. To offset the lower RPM, areal density is another area Seagate has really stepped up their game, offering an industry leading 625GB/sq. in.
At this point in the game, mechanical drives have been relocated to backup operations as a secondary drive on your desktop system, or even thrown on a sled in your favorite NAS appliance. Seagate has embraced this concept, designing the Desktop HDD .15 to use less power, creating less heat and even less noise than preceding drives. All of this was done with the average consumer in mind, and to cement Seagate's future in the storage marketplace.
Pricing of the Seagate Desktop HDD .15 4TB is set at $189.99 USD with high availability. This effectively removes all competition from the market when it comes to high capacity drives, as the next best thing cost $120 more currently.