Seagate's Upcoming Offerings

Perpendicular recording has been in the news recently, with Toshiba bringing to the market the first drive utilizing the technology. We asked Seagate how soon it would bring a product using the new recording method to the desktop and notebook market. Back in June, Seagate introduced the 160GB Momentus 5400.3 notebook drive, the highest capacity notebook drive to date, achieved by using perpendicular recording and higher density platters for the increased disk space. The 160GB version of the 5400.3 will use two 80GB platters in combination with 4 heads to achieve this capacity. The 5400.3 line will offer 40GB, 60GB, 80GB, and 120GB as well with an 8MB cache and both PATA and SATA 1.5Gb/sec transfer rate with Native Command Queuing.

Another offering that we are looking forward to is the Momentus with FDE (Full Disc Encryption) technology. This implements a hardware-based encryption method to protect the contents on a lost or stolen drive. Since the encryption is hardware-based, there is virtually no chance of breaking into a locked volume, and in cases where the drive is to be disposed, the Disc Erase feature will completely wipe the platters clean of any sensitive data. The Momentus 5400 FDE line will come in 40GB, 60GB, 80GB, 100GB, and 120GB sizes. It will feature an 8MB cache and looks like it will be offered only in the PATA flavor - at least initially.

The 7200.9 Series


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  • PitBrz - Monday, October 17, 2005 - link

    7200.9 New King !!!
    HDTach average read: 63,6 MB/s
    RAID0 2x160GB TecBench: Average 115 MB/s, Max 143 MB/s, min 68 MB/s">
  • mariush - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - link

    What's with all the ©Seagate Confidential texts on the images ? Reply
  • blwest - Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - link

    I didn't really find this article useful. No benchmarks. I could have gotten this information from seagate's website.... Reply
  • SnowyEnigma - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - link

    I just bought 3 400g 7200.8! Reply
  • flatblastard - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - link

    I'm liking the specs of the 300GB model, can't wait to get my hands on one.
    I've been hoping Seagate would take on the 10k rpm market, but, oh well. Hopefully, this will be the last generation of the 7200.x line. I don't wanna see 7200.10 until I see 10000.x first!
  • techspeed - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - link

    why the avg seektime 11ms compared to 8.5ms in early models? Reply
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - link

    On Seagate's site, all of the 7200.8 and .9 drives look like they list 11 ms for the seek time. The 7200.7 all list 8.5 ms. However, this may be a difference in measured times. I believe the 7200.7 do not include rotational latency, which is 4.16 ms at 7200 RPM. I guess we'll have to wait for the benchmarks, but I think the .8 and .9 are supposed to seek faster. Reply
  • Adamv1 - Monday, October 10, 2005 - link

    cut the guys some slack, personaly i just started seeing these show up recently and have been on the search for info on them and at the moment its fairly hard to find any. this will at least give me some new info to chew on while the reviews are in progress. Reply
  • Mumrik - Monday, October 10, 2005 - link

    Nice advert...

    Why the hell did you post it in the "Latest Reviews" section?
  • JarredWalton - Monday, October 10, 2005 - link

    For the same reason we post tradeshows and other articles there. We really only have the short "Insider Stories" and longer "Reviews". "Reviews" can really be previews, major product releases (I think this qualifies), reports from tradeshows or other trips, etc. Buyer's Guides and Price Guides, for example, aren't "reviews" either. Reply

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