Seagate's New 2 TB Hard Drive for Enterprises

Just as Western Digital did last week, it’s now Seagate’s turn to reveal its 2 TB offering.

Seagate pulled the wraps off its new line of 3.5-inch Constellation ES hard drives, available in 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB capacities. Although WD arrived first to the 2 TB finish line, Seagate’s race is on the enterprise track with an SAS interface -- as well as an SATA version.

Unlike WD’s 2 TB drive, Seagate’s keeping the focus on performance and boasts that its Constellation ES is “the world’s only 7200-rpm 3.5-inch hard drive providing up to 2TB of storage,” and “customers don’t have to sacrifice performance in order to gain the highest capacities.

Of course, it’s currently the world’s first announced 7200 RPM, 2 TB hard drive. There’s still plenty of time for the competition as the Constellation ES hard drives will ship in calendar Q3 2009.

Seagate also detailed a couple Constellation 2.5-inch hard drives in capacities of 160 GB and 500 GB with both 3 Gbps SATA and new SAS 2.0 interface running at 6 Gb/s speeds. Those we’ll get to see this quarter.

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  • Pei-chen
    Sell a bunch of damaged 1.5TB drive and save the good stuff for business users.
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  • Astara
    Ok -- Tom -- this is something you can maybe shed some light on.

    How am I to know what Seagate Drives to trust?

    First it was 1.5TB drives. Then 1TB drives...then between 2 of my 750GB Seagate's dying, they also said it affected some 750GB drives. So now what do I believe in? These were all Seagate drives that had a 5-yr warrantee.

    Color me naive (beige?), but I'd think that 5-yr warranty drives were should be among best in class for reliability -- i.e.l they should be as good (or equiv)...as Business Class.

    But obviously something big went through the QA process. Are most of the drives we see NOT business class.

    Is the *only* way to ensure good drives to go SAS? I thought businesses were going for SATA for density -- but as someone who's had 3 Seagate drives (1T, 2x750GB) drives go bad in the past 2 months, I'm more than a little disenchanted with the brand.

    I tried a WD 1TB, 'Green' drive, but the 1 and only I tried was DOA -- so I went back with Seagate, which used to have a sterling reputation. But now? What drives are best for reliability? -- What drives can I buy and 'forget about them' until its time for a technology refresh?

    Second question -- maybe some drive manufacturers already do this -- but I was wondering -- is it possible for a multi-plate drive to act like a Raid-0 or RAID-1? I.e. read/write to multiple heads on different but aligned platters to achieve faster speeds? I.e. if you have 4 platters, you'd interleave read/writes from each of the 4 platters to achieve 4x read or write speeds?

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  • pochacco007
    is it safe? with news that the 1.5tb and other size seagate drives failing, it tells you that it's not a good choice to buy from seagate. two wrongs don't exactly make a right you know.
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