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Seagate's New 15,000 RPM, 600 GB Monster

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Seagate today unveiled what could be the fastest hard drive on the planet: the Cheetah 15K.7.

Long accepted as the fastest enterprise hard drive on Earth, the Seagate Cheetah drives had one major drawback: capacity. But now, Seagate has upped the ante with the new 15K.7 Cheetah by delivering a whopping 600 GB capacity. While it's nowhere near the 1.5 TB drives that are out there, it's a huge plus considering that the previous Cheetah had less than 1/3 of the new drive's capacity. Did we also mention that the drive's platters spins at a blistering rate of 15,000 rotations per minute?

The new Cheetah 15K.7 drives will ship with 6 Gb/sec. serial attached SCSI (SAS) and 4 Gb/sec. fiber-channel (FC) interfaces.

Worried about durability? Seagate claims that the new Cheetah 15K.7 can run at 15,000 RPMs for up 1.6 million hours. To put 1.6 million hours into perspective, that's:

- 66,667 days
- 182.6 years
- 1.826 centuries

While solid state drives (SSDs) get most of the publicity these days, HDDs are still going strong. We're still nowhere near to hitting the limits of magnetic storage, and HDDs will continue to offer the best solution for capacity hungry consumers for years to come.

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    hellscook , July 13, 2009 7:45 PM
    Try running a hard drive for 1.6 million hours. Just try. It'll be bad in 5 years or so.
  • 15 Hide
    dingumf , July 13, 2009 7:39 PM
    The question is how much?

    Also, I guess this sure beats those Velociraptor HDDs I've seen.
  • 13 Hide
    audioee , July 13, 2009 7:49 PM
    Sweeeeeet...

    But, how fast will it load Crysis? JK!!!

    (I just had to) You know some one else would have asked.
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  • 15 Hide
    dingumf , July 13, 2009 7:39 PM
    The question is how much?

    Also, I guess this sure beats those Velociraptor HDDs I've seen.
  • 0 Hide
    xc0mmiex , July 13, 2009 7:40 PM
    how much?
  • 22 Hide
    hellscook , July 13, 2009 7:45 PM
    Try running a hard drive for 1.6 million hours. Just try. It'll be bad in 5 years or so.
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    mcnuggetofdeath , July 13, 2009 7:47 PM
    Where, when, and for how much can I pick this up. Ill buy myself a freakin' controller card so i can run this in my gaming rig. Also transfer rates plz.
  • 13 Hide
    audioee , July 13, 2009 7:49 PM
    Sweeeeeet...

    But, how fast will it load Crysis? JK!!!

    (I just had to) You know some one else would have asked.
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    jacobdrj , July 13, 2009 7:50 PM
    Cost?

    Crysis?

    Raid 0+1/5?
  • 13 Hide
    Anonymous , July 13, 2009 7:51 PM
    The question is: Why not a SATA version?
    I know it's a stupid question but I would like to see one of these on my home computer one day.... (But for sure I will not spent on a SAS controller...)
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    alvine , July 13, 2009 8:03 PM
    yeah no sata? maybe its to slow for it (3gb cap)
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    Anonymous , July 13, 2009 8:05 PM
    how loud?
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    derek2006 , July 13, 2009 8:13 PM
    Are you sure the it's not the MTBF that is 1.6million hours?
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    Hovaucf , July 13, 2009 8:17 PM
    Of course these drives are faster than Velociraptors, its a 15K SAS drive compared to a 10K SATA drive.

    Plus this drive launch price will most likely be approaching $900 US.

    You can still get a current gen raid card to run these drives as no one is going to buy enough of these to top the max throughput of 2100 MB/s for current 3Gb raid cards, for home use.
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    thegreatgathby , July 13, 2009 8:20 PM
    the new sata is 6gb though, I don't see why they would not include it as an option...
  • 0 Hide
    fonzy , July 13, 2009 8:24 PM
    "$900?" might as well just buy an SSD for that much.
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    kezix_69 , July 13, 2009 8:24 PM
    According to this site: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-222-SE it is selling for £478.25 ex VAT which is $773.66 US dollars.

    Basically, not cheap.
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    mlcloud , July 13, 2009 8:28 PM
    How loud are they? Will it go WHIIRRR WHIIRRR WHIIRRR, or must I purchase an SSD?

    I understand what this article was trying to do, but let's not paint hard drives in too glorious a light...

    and... price? xD.
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    B-Unit , July 13, 2009 8:32 PM
    Its called a server hard drive fellas. Your not gonna get a SATA connector.

    If Seagate decides that WD is gettin too much love for the V-raptor, they might make a desktop version, but I wouldn't hold your breath.
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    Hovaucf , July 13, 2009 8:39 PM
    SATA III is being released more so because SSD are already approaching SATA II limitations, you can take a Velociraptor and it still wont sustain speeds above SATA I which is ~150 MB/s. But all SAS drives are loud and they run really hot w/o excellent cooling.

    Kezix_69 that link you provided is not a 15K.7 Cheetah as they havent even been released yet, thats a NS drive which stands for "Nearline SAS"

    The 15K.7 model # is ST3600957SS
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    maigo , July 13, 2009 8:43 PM
    how do you test a batch of drives and get 182.6 years as an average?
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    strandwolf , July 13, 2009 8:51 PM
    I got excited about it when the big press release was made back in early January. No sign of them until now. I called Seagate about a month ago and was told they'd be out in July. There are two smaller capacity versions as well, according to the January articles.
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    Anonymous , July 13, 2009 8:57 PM
    "how do you test a batch of drives and get 182.6 years as an average?"

    Where we're going, we don't need MTBF tests
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