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Seagate launches 6TB 7200rpm SATA, SAS enterprise drive line

04/07, 10:30am

New drive has highest data density of any server-class drive

Storage company Seagate Technology today announced it is now shipping a 6TB hard disk drive -- the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4. The drive comes in two versions, 12Gb/s SAS and 6Gb/s SATA, with a variety of encryption and secure data destruction options.

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LaCie refreshes 5big, 2big with Thunderbolt 2; adds 8big Rack

04/07, 10:00am

RAID arrays can drive over 1GB per second

Seagate Technology's LaCie brand announced at the 2014 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show three new storage solutions featuring Thunderbolt 2 technology. The LaCie 8big Rack, 5big, and 2big now feature Thunderbolt 2, along with the latest technologies from Seagate, including new 6TB hard drives.

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Briefly: LaCie Fuel wireless hard drive, wood bumper iPhone case

03/31, 11:30pm

New 2TB wireless hard drive offers portable storage for Apple devices

Seagate Technology has announced the upcoming availability of its newest capacity option of the LaCie brand hard drive Fuel. A wireless hard drive with a 2TB capacity, the LaCie Fuel is intended for users who would benefit from a large storage capacity, such as journalists, photographers and bloggers. Offering the same features as the 1TB model, the LaCie Fuel includes the ability to wirelessly stream content to up to five devices without an internet connection, wireless hotspot creation, Airplay compatibility, and a 10 hour battery life. The LaCie Fuel 2TB can be reordered through the LaCie online store for $250, and will be available worldwide through retailers in April, 2014.

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Briefly: LaCie's Little Big Disk, STM's Velocity collection

03/16, 2:05pm

LaCie's new portable external hard drive released

Seagate Technology's premium brand, LaCie, has released its new LaCie Little Big Disk, featuring Thunderbolt 2. Offering speeds up to 1.38GB per second, the drive's Thunderbolt 2 connectivity allows for effective manipulation of 4K video. The LaCie Little Big Disk is capable of daisy-chaining with its dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, and its two heat-dissipating aluminum plates with a thermoregulated fan quietly cool its SSD drives. Priced at $1,300, the LaCie Little Big Disk is available in a 1TB SSD capacity.

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Seagate, LaCie show Thunderbolt 2 drives, boutique Sphere [U]

01/05, 7:39pm

Sphere silver plated, USB 3.0 1TB drive, available now

(Updated with live images and additional details) Seagate and its LaCie brand have unveiled a host of new products at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. Among its new products are the Backup Plus Fast 4TB portable hard drive, LaCie Fuel wireless iPad data extender, the LaCie Little Big Disk with Thunderbolt 2, and the silver-plated LaCie Sphere.

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New hard drive technology to boost drive data density in 2014

09/09, 7:46pm

Seagate claims that the new tech is already in use in unspecified drives

A breakthrough technology by Seagate claims to be able to exceed the current 1TB per platter mechanical limit, hit at the end of last year. The technology, known as "Shingled Magnetic Recording" (SMR) is expected to boost drive data densities by the beginning of 2014 from the current 1TB maximum to 1.25TB per platter and possibly more, if the technology improves.

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Seagate launches 5mm Ultra Mobile hard drive for Android tablets

09/09, 1:16pm

Claimed to have similar performance of flash memory in tablets

Seagate has announced a way for manufacturers of Android devices to dramatically increase the storage of future devices, using a similar hard drive to the ones it launched in June. The Ultra Mobile is a 2.5-inch hard drive measuring just 5mm (0.2-inches) thick and weighing 3.3 ounces, allowing it to fit inside the tight confines of typical Android tablets, while also offering up to 500GB of storage capacity.

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Seagate releases 5mm-thick 500GB 2.5-inch hard drive

06/05, 7:47pm

Dell, Lenovo, others using drive in new products

Storage manufacturer Seagate has launched a new line of ultra-slim 2.5-inch form factor hard disk drives. The new Seagate Laptop Ultrathin line of drives are 5.1mm thick, 3.3 ounces, and come in a maximum capacity of 500GB. Manufacturers Dell and Lenovo have confirmed that some of the Computex-revealed line of slim notebooks and ultrabooks will use this drive.

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Seagate deploys Video 3.5 HDD high performance DVR, set-top hard drive

05/21, 9:32pm

New drive line available in up to 4TB, 64MB cache capacities

Seagate Technology has announced the new Seagate Video 3.5 HDD -- the industry’s first 4TB, 3.5-inch hard disk drive engineered specifically for use in video applications such as digital video recorders, set-top boxes, and surveillance systems. Purpose-built for video solutions, the Video 3.5 HDD can store up to 480 hours of high-definition (HD) content. The drive supports up to 16 simultaneous HD streams or 20 standard-definition streams as well as 24-hour operation capabilities optimizing it for video content applications.

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Seagate ships first 4TB retail drive with 1TB platters

04/03, 10:00pm

New platter technology reduces heat, energy use, cost

Seagate has announced the availability of a new 4TB 3.5-inch desktop form-factor drive for consumers. While 4TB capacities have been available previously either through striped dual-drive configurations or single-drive options, the newly named STBD4000400 "Desktop HDD.15" (formerly Barracuda) SATA 3 (6Gbps) drive is the first to use 1TB platters.

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Briefly: Prescription Google Glass, Seagate drive shipments

03/12, 5:36pm

Google still creating version of Glass for prescription frames

Google has shown it is still developing a version of Glass for wearers of prescription glasses. A photograph on Google+ shows Google employee and wearable computing pioneer Greg Priest-Dorman wearing a version of Glass with the frame seen in the Explorer Edition replaced with seemingly normal glasses. Google states the prescription version will not be ready for release at the same time as the Explorer Edition, but apparently will still make an appearance later this year.

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Seagate to exit 7200 RPM laptop drive market by end of year

03/04, 8:49pm

Company has no SSD product line; will likely focus on hybrid drives

Over the weekend, information surfaced that Seagate is ceasing production of 7200RPM 2.5-inch drives before the end of the year. Models affected by the move are the Momentus 7200.4, 7200.2, Momentus Thin 7200, and Momentus XT. The company cites the rise of SSDs as the reason for the production stop.

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Seagate announces new wireless hard drive

01/08, 3:01am

Wireless Plus announced by Seagate

Seagate has announced the upcoming launch of a new wireless hard drive that offers 1 TB of storage. The Wireless Plus features built-in WiFi capabilities that allows the drive to create its own network. Because of this, data can be streamed from the drive directly to another device without the need for any sort of actual internet connection. A 10-hour battery is also built directly into the device, and an included USB 3.0 adapter lets users quickly transfer content between the drive and a computer.

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Apple denies foreknowledge of jury foreman's Seagate suit

12/02, 11:34am

Velvin Hogan accused of misconduct, bias by Samsung

In a filing with Judge Lucy Koh on Friday, Apple claims to have had no knowledge of the landmark patent trial jury foreman's lawsuit with former employer Seagate Technology. Samsung demanded Apple report when it first learned about the litigation in the early '90s in an attempt to at least partially overturn the verdict by convincing the judge that Velvin Hogan acted improperly during both jury selection and deliberations.

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Seagate updates Backup Plus line with USB 3.0 Mac version

10/22, 6:26am

Social network backup software also included

Seagate has unveiled a version of its Backup Plus portable and desktop drives for the Mac. The new release includes USB 3.0 support, which did not exist on Macs until the MacBook Pro with Retina was put on the market, though it can be upgraded to use FireWire 800 or a Thunderbolt connection if required, via Seagate's Universal Storage Module technology.

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Apple expands iMac HD replacement program

10/15, 4:48pm

Seagate 1TB drives at risk for failure

Apple has expanded the range of iMacs eligible for a hard drive replacement in its iMac 1TB Seagate replacement program. The program, launched in July of 2011, formerly covered iMacs sold between May and July of 2011. Under the expansion, iMacs with 1TB Seagate hard drives sold between October 2009 and July 2011 will now be eligible for replacements.

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Hands on: Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter

07/07, 9:26am

Is the Seagate GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter worth the upgrade?

Earlier this year we had the opportunity to review the Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter designed for Seagate's portable hard drive range. Seagate has since released the GoFlex Desk Thunderbolt adapter which can be used to upgrade its USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 desktop GoFlex drives. The concept is a good one - pay a little more for the Seagate GoFlex drive upfront, but you then have the flexibility to upgrade to a faster I/O as the technology becomes available. So is it worth upgrading your USB drive to Thunderbolt and is it worth the $190 price of admission?

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Seagate rolls out Backup Plus portable and desktop drives

06/12, 2:00am

Allows for easy social media backup from Facebook, Flickr

With the intent of simplifying users' backup needs, hard drive purveyor Seagate has announced the Backup Plus line of storage. Available in either desktop or portable versions, the drives and the associated Seagate Dashboard software package are capable of not only backing up local data and media, but also making a local copy of photos and content stored on social media, such as Facebook or Flickr, with more services promised for the future.

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Seagate to buy majority of LaCie for $186 million

05/23, 12:52pm

Seagate buy will include LaCie CEO coming over

Storage drive makers Seagate and LaCie on Wednesday announced an agreement that will see the former buy a majority, 64.5-percent share in LaCie. The deal will see about $186 million change hands, and the product portfolios will be merged. The focus will also be on expanding the storage market in Europe and Japan.

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Seagate chief still down on ultrabooks, sees media shortage

04/14, 1:45pm

Seagate CEO sees flash too young

Seagate chief Steve Luczo in an interview published late in the week remained skeptical of flash memory. In the sit-down with Forbes, he saw systems like the MacBook Air and Windows ultrabooks as still far too cost-prohibitive to make sense for most users. Befitting his company's heavy dependence on rotating storage, he saw many of those systems either needing a hybrid flash and rotating hard drive or else leaning heavily on cloud storage with a conventional disk.

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Seagate heat tech hints 20TB notebook, 60TB desktop drives

03/19, 1:55pm

Seagate HAMR to surge drive storage in years

Seagate on Monday outlined a new technology that promised very high storage density. Heat-assisted magnetic recording, or HAMR, would be just the third major rotating hard drive technique in the market and even in its first generation would lead to one terabit per square inch, a 55 percent boost over today's 620 gigabits per inch. While shy on what HAMR entailed, it noted the technique was delivering performance that had previously been thought "impossible."

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Review: Seagate portable GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter

03/16, 2:15am

Seagate tackles external Thunderbolt storage

Seagate has continued to expand its GoFlex hard drive system, which features interchangeable interfaces for interoperability between various connection types. The company's latest adapters enable users to upgrade their existing GoFlex drives with a Thunderbolt interface to take advantage of fast transfer speeds on Apple's latest Macs and a number of upcoming Windows machines. In our full review, we'll take a closer look at the Thunderbolt adapter for GoFlex portable drives.

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FTC requires WD to sell off some assets, rights to Toshiba

03/06, 1:30pm

FTC imposes restrictions on WD buy of Hitachi

The Federal Trade Commission has ruled that Western Digital sell its desktop hard drive manufacturing assets and some Intellectual Property rights to Toshiba, following its multi-billion purchase of Hitachi. The condition of the sale is needed, the FTC believed, because the original deal would have left WD as one of just two global desktop hard drive makers. The FTC ruled the deal as uncompetitive and feels its ruling will maintain "vigorous competition" in the worldwide market that should result in competitive prices and innovation in the field.

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DealNN roundup: refurb. 1.5TB Seagate Hard Drive, only $119

02/28, 11:45am

Deals on hard drives, headsets, and more

Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on hard drives, headsets, and more. Onsale.com has recently lowered the cost of the refurbished Seagate 1.5TB GoFlex Portable Hard Drive, complete with both Mac and PC compatibility, plug-and-play support, and an upgradeable USB 2.0 interface. Currently featured at DealNN, this hard drive has now dropped $80 in price and can be purchased for only $119.99.

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Seagate says drive shortages to last through 2012

02/01, 2:30pm

Seagate talks about hard drive production in 2012

Storage drive maker Seagate has updated its previous outlook on hard drive shortages due to the floods in Thailand. During its latest results call, it said shipments will be affected well into 2012, and the total shortage is to reach about 150 million units. Another storage drive maker, Western Digital, has stated production volumes won't be resumed until the summer.

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Seagate adds GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter for existing drives

02/01, 8:10am

Seagate GoFlex gets DIY Thunderbolt add-on

Seagate has quietly updated its accessory page with a GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter. The add-on now lets any of Seagate's mobile GoFlex drives use the 10Gbps interface on a Mac or upcoming PCs. The storage designers claim that it's about 20 times faster than USB 2.0, although only if the drive itself can maximize the bus speed.

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Seagate preps Mobile Wireless Storage with Verizon 4G

01/10, 12:45pm

Proof of concept creates 4G-capable storage hub

Seagate has teamed with Verizon to demonstrate 4G LTE integrated into a Seagate Mobile Wireless Storage device (not yet pictured) for use with smartphones and tablets. The unit can download music, movies and photos without needing another host network. It can then stream the stored content using Wi-Fi to up to three devices.

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Seagate wraps up acquisition of Samsung hard drive business

12/20, 10:20am

Seagate, Samsung complete acquisition process

Hard drive maker Seagate has completed its buyout of Samsung's hard disk drive business first announced back in April. Seagate will take over Samsung's M8 product line of high-capacity, 2.5-inch drives and employees such as senior managers, designers and engineers from Samsung's Korean plant. They will continue to focus on small form-factor drives for notebooks and similarly small ahrdware.

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Seagate, Western Digital cut back drive warranties

12/19, 10:05am

Some warranties reduced from 5 years to 1 year

Late last week, Seagate cut the warranty period for many of its popular hard drives. Western Digital (WD) has now followed suit. In some cases, the length of time has been cut from five years to one.

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Segate rolls second-gen Momentus XT notebook SSD, hard drive

11/29, 7:30am

Seagate Momentus XT hybrid hits 750GB with 8GB SSD

Seagate started off Tuesday by shipping its second-generation Momentus XT hybrid drive for notebooks. The upgrade is estimated to be about 70 percent faster than the earlier Momentus even as it goes to 750GB of internal storage. As before, the key is the inclusion of a 8GB solid-state drive, which here is twice as fast as before and should both cache and load much faster.

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Seagate still sees hard drive shortages for several quarters

11/28, 8:00pm

Seagate update paints dim picture of

Seagate in an update warned that hard drive shortages relating to Thai flooding would last for the long term. It anticipated that shortages would go on for "several quarters." Although supply would improve in 2012, some PC builders would "optimize" by using fewer drives or models with lower capacity.

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DealNN roundup: Seagate 2TB Storage System, now only $129

11/25, 1:50pm

Deals on storage systems, laptops, and more

Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on storage systems, laptops and more. Staples.com is definately doing its best to contribute to the flood of Black Friday deals, and as a result has dropped the price of the Seagate GoFlex 2TB Home Network Storage System, complete with two year limited warranty and wireless file-sharing support. Currently featured at DealNN, this model has now dropped $90 in price and can be purchased for only $129.99.

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Western Digital made to pay $525m over Seagate trade secret

11/21, 4:30pm

Company to challenge pending arbitration ruling

Western Digital has revealed that on Friday an arbitrator ruled against the company in a dispute between itself and rival Seagate over alleged misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets. The preliminary award is for $525 million, not including any prejudgement interest. WD plans on challenging the award.

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Drive shortage may lighten as Nidec's Thai factories recover

11/07, 11:15pm

Nidec restarts hard drive motor production

Japan's Nidec gave some hope to a quicker end to Thai flood-related drive shortages after it stated Monday that it had already resumed making hard drive motors in its factories in Ayutthaya. The company is responsible for making nearly 75 percent of the drive motors in the world and could ease production supplies at companies like Seagate, which are indirectly affected. Production in mainland China and the Philippines was also increasing and could help mitigate other losses, to the point where it was making 100 million motors just in the next quarter.

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Seagate trims Barracuda drives to one line amid Thai floods

11/01, 10:45am

Seagate narrows Barracuda line, claims simplicity

Seagate on Tuesday cut down its Barracuda desktop hard drives to just one core model line in what may be as much a supply issue as simplification. It will drop both the Barracuda Green and XT lines and fold some of their features into the main series, with performance features like SmartAlign (4K data block) formatting and hybrid SSD/hard drive models simply showing up in the regular line. Storage will start at 250GB and peak at the previous 3TB.

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Seagate, Western Digital warn of long-term drive shortages

10/22, 7:10pm

Seagate and WD outline Thai flooding damage

Seagate and Western Digital both warned late this week that continued flooding in Thailand was worsening shortages. Western Digital has been the worst affected and anticipated a major hit to supply of its hard drives made in the country. Seagate's main plants were unaffected so far, but many of the smaller companies supplying parts were temporarily shut down, the company said.

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Sony delays NEX-7, Alpha A65 cameras over Thailand floods

10/20, 5:55pm

Troubled waters also impact hard drive production

Sony has warned that it has delayed indefinitely the introduction of two of its latest cameras as a result of recent flooding in Thailand. The company has been forced to shut down two of its three production units in the country, including those that had been preparing to roll out the new NEX-7 and Alpha A65 cameras. A worldwide shortage of hard drives as well is expected in the aftermath of the flooding.

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Seagate puts out huge 4TB GoFlex Desk, hints Thunderbolt

09/07, 12:30am

Seagate GoFlex Desk hits 4TB capacity

Seagate staked out a first for itself in shipping a 4TB version of the GoFlex Desk. The external drive is touted as the first of its kind hitting the capacity and comes with a new design that reduces the practical size of the drive on the desk. It supports USB 3.0 with a bundled adapter for the GoFlex system, which can also jump to eSATA, FireWire 800, or other connectors as they're needed.

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Seagate GoFlex Turbo adds fast USB 3.0, data recovery

08/08, 9:10am

Seagate GoFlex Turbo promises fast mobile storage

Seagate on Monday added a high-performance portable hard drive with a rare offer of special support. The GoFlex Turbo brings in-box USB 3.0 support and has a 2.5-inch, 7,200RPM drive to make better use of the faster port. As a GoFlex drive, other adapters can support eSATA or FireWire 800.

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Seagate GoFlex Satellite Wi-Fi drive gets Android app

08/01, 4:30pm

Seagate GoFlex Satellite now sees Android

Seagate has given Android users a chance at its GoFlex Satellite Wi-Fi hard drive with a new app (free, Android Market). Both smartphone and tablet owners can now get the same locla media sharing features from the drive that iOS users have had since May, whether playing music, photos, and videos or else opening general files. As before, users just need to be within Wi-Fi range of the drive, not the Internet.

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Apple offers to replace some 1TB Seagate iMac drives

07/22, 8:00pm

Sold between May and July of this year

Apple is offering a free replacement for a "very small" number of 1TB Seagate drives used in 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs sold between May and July of this year, the company notes. The drives can be replaced free of charge by bringing the unit in to an Apple Retail Store, Authorized Service Provider or other options. Apple has set up a webpage for users to enter their iMac serial number to determine if they qualify for the program.

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Archos leaps into Android 3.1 tablets with 9th-gen 80, 101

06/23, 1:55pm

Archos 80 G9 and 101 G9 tablets arrive

Archos took its turn at entering the full Android tablet category Thursday with the formal unveiling of its ninth-generation slates. The eight-inch and 10-inch 80 G9 and 101 G9 will both run Android 3.1 from the start and are unique in depending on spinning hard drives rather than flash. Either uses Seagate's Momentus Thin drives to fit as much as 250GB of storage.

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DealNN roundup: refurb. Seagate 320GB Hard Drive, only $36

06/14, 11:30am

Deals on hard drives, power supplies, and more

Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on hard drives, power supplies, and more. Macmall.com has recently lowered the cost of the refurbished Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 320GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, which features the Seagate Dashboard management tool, powerful encryption software, and a 90 day warranty for both parts and labor. Currently featured at DealNN, this hard drive has recently dropped from $79.99 down to only $36.99, and offers savings of up to $43.

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Seagate GoFlex Satellite to carry own battery, iOS streaming

05/14, 5:30pm

Seagate GoFlex Satellite drive reaches FCC

Seagate's plans for a rare truly cable-free hard drive were uncovered through an FCC filing this week. Its GoFlex Satellite would have not just 802.11n Wi-Fi to serve storage on the local network but would have its own battery to operate completely cable-free for hours. An iOS app, GoFlex Media, would let iPad, iPhone, and iPod owners stream music or videos directly from the drive, presumably as a way of giving access to a much larger media library while travelling.

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Seagate intros first 3TB drive with 1TB per platter

05/03, 11:10am

Seagate shows first 3TB, 1TB per platter drive

Seagate on Tuesday brought out a world-first hard drive for storage density. The 3.5-inch drive breaks the 1TB per platter barrier and will first be available in the company's GoFlex Desk external drives. The drive has an areal density of 625 gigabits (78.13GB) per square inch, which is the highest in the industry.

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Samsung, Seagate unite hard drive teams in $1.38b pact

04/19, 7:35am

Samsung and Seagate strike hard drive union

Samsung and Seagate on Tuesday lived up to last-minute rumors by forging a deal for their storage businesses. Under the terms, Samsung will fold its hard drive business into Seagate's while Seagate will in turn give Samsung drives for computers and other devices. Samsung will bring its flash memory into play and feed not just Seagate's enterprise solid-state drives but also hybrid drives and "other products."

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Samsung may sell hard drive business in wake of iPad

04/17, 11:10pm

Samsung considering selloff of hard drive business

A source claimed Sunday night that Samsung was looking to sell off its hard drive business. The Korean company had set a target price of $1.5 billion but was eager enough to sell it for under $1 billion if it couldn't fetch the intended target. Seagate was the only named candidate from the Wall Street Journal's tip, but it wasn't clear how likely the US company was to land the deal.

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Seagate ships pencil-sized GoFlex Slim drive

04/05, 9:10am

Seagate GoFlex Slim drive shipping

Seagate fulfilled one of its CES promises on Tuesday and shipped the GoFlex Slim. The 320GB disk earns its name from an extremely minimalist shell that leads to a 9mm (0.35in) height about as thick as a pencil. In spite of the size, speed is a major factor and is helped along by a 7,200RPM spin speed and out-of-the-box USB 3.0 support, the combination of which can transfer at up to 40MB per second.

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Seagate intros 800GB pro SSD, new Savvios and Constellation

03/15, 12:20pm

Seagate Pulsar 2 SSD packs 800GB, MLC in pro shape

Seagate on Tuesday morning put out four pro drives targeted at both enterprise users and serious users, including a near record-setting SSD. The Pulsar.2 is billed as the first SSD using multi-level cell (MLC) in business and uses the denser storage to boost capacity, but without reducing its lifespan. It can hold as much as 800GB in its 2.5-inch form but can take as many as 15 petabytes of writes, or more than five years if its drive were completely rewritten 10 times every day.

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Samsung reaches 1TB per disk platter, hints 4TB drives

03/07, 9:50am

Samsung promises 4TB 3.5-inch hard drives soon

Samsung has found a way to build 1TB platters for hard drives, which will allow it to build 4TB hard drives for computers. The news came from CeBIT courtesy of German newspaper Heise and indicates a new record. Currently, companies can only produce 3TB 3.5-inch hard drives, with each platter at 750MB. The breakthrough also applies to notebooks, as Samsung showed off a 2.5-inch, two-platter, 1TB drive that is compatible with most average notebooks thanks to its standard height.

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