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Seagate announces 6 TB HDD

Posted at 31 January 2014 13:07 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Seagate will release a new hard disk drive (HDD) with a capacity of 6TB in the second quarter of this year. The drive consists of six platter of a terabyte each. A competing drive from Western Digital Hitachi consists of seven platters.

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Seagate already has 1 TB platter drives for the high end market but these new drives are the first where the company was able to fit six of those platters in a single drive. Seagate mentioned the HDD in the presentation of its financial results.

During the presentation Seagate also announced it will release more HDDs using its SMR technology. With this technology the data density is increased by overlapping data areas. With SMR it’s possible to increase the data density with almost 25%, which in practice results in platters of 1.25 TB instead of 1 TB with current technology. 

Besides investment in the new SMR technology, the company also continues to invest in its HAMR technology. This technology uses less space per bit to storage and thus makes higher data density possibility.  Seagate also hopes to use this technology for higher capacity drives. The company expects that the average capacity of HDDs will exceed the 1 TB this year.

Western Digital beat Seagate in the race for the first 6 TB HDD. The He6 drives from WD are helium filled to decrease heat by air resistance. We previously revealed a roadmap in which Seagate showed it would release a 5 TB and 6 TB drives.

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There are 16 comments

DukeNukem
MyCE Resident Commenter
Posted on: 31 Jan 14 15:06
    This is great news for people, like me, who rip their Blu-ray movies to HDD for streaming.

    Hmmm.... price? Oh, wait... let me bend over first.
    tmc8080
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 01 Feb 14 00:41
      more capacity is usually always good, but the SMR technology has YET to prove itself as a LONG-TERM storage solution. Remember, many of us are USED to having a hard drive for 3, 5, maybe as long as 10 years with *reasonable* re-sectoring.. and NO catastrophic oopsy-daisy failures of the drives. The new designs including SMR & helium SEALED drives will be meet with consumer backlash if it can't be proven that these drives can withstand the typical 5-7 year cycle for most consumer use (that's about when the average consumer would DUMP an entire PC system for obsolescence reasons more than anything). .
      debro
      Blown to smitherines
      Posted on: 01 Feb 14 07:50
        6TB does sound nice thougn
        alan1476
        Administrator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
        Posted on: 01 Feb 14 13:13
          I wonder how much is left after you format it . LOL
          vroom
          Administrator and Reviewer
          Posted on: 01 Feb 14 14:14
            Quote:
            Originally Posted by alan1476
            I wonder how much is left after you format it . LOL
            If it's more than 5GB I'll more than happy .
            alan1476
            Administrator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
            Posted on: 01 Feb 14 14:18
              Quote:
              Originally Posted by vroom
              If it's more than 5GB I'll more than happy .
              My 1TB Samsung EVO was only 931gb after formatting, so I doubt that a 6TB platter drive wont lose more than 1 full TB after formatting but I may be wrong.
              vroom
              Administrator and Reviewer
              Posted on: 01 Feb 14 14:35
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by alan1476
                My 1TB Samsung EVO was only 931gb after formatting, so I doubt that a 6TB platter drive wont lose more than 1 full TB after formatting but I may be wrong.
                I seriously doubt that you will be wrong.
                Also the same capacity is available on my spinpoint F1 1TB HDD, 931GB so I should make that close to 5TB of usable capacity.
                alan1476
                Administrator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
                Posted on: 01 Feb 14 14:44
                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by vroom
                  I seriously doubt that you will be wrong.
                  Also the same capacity is available on my spinpoint F1 1TB HDD, 931GB so I should make that close to 5TB of usable capacity.
                  So in essence what we are looking at here is an advertised 6TB drive, that you only get 4.5Tbs of useable space. I am not complaining about 4+ TBs of useable space, I could never use that much space, even if I decided to save my bluray rips for ever before burning them ( which I have all but quit doing, I haven't burned a bluray disc in a year, but all that aside, I think the manufacturers of these high storage drives should say on the box, ( only 4+ usable space after formatting, it should be a requirement.).
                  DrageMester
                  Retired Moderator
                  Posted on: 01 Feb 14 17:10
                    Calculating...calculating...

                    A 6 TebiByte (base 10) harddisk would hold 5587.9 GigaBytes (base 2).

                    That's probably nearly enough to hold DukeNukem's collection of high-definition midget prØn.
                    OhSnApMp3
                    New Member
                    Posted on: 01 Feb 14 21:11
                      I thought XP could only recognize up to 2TB. Is that true?
                      alan1476
                      Administrator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
                      Posted on: 01 Feb 14 21:25
                        Quote:
                        Originally Posted by OhSnApMp3
                        I thought XP could only recognize up to 2TB. Is that true?
                        I think that's 32bit not XP but all 64bit systems can recognize over 2TBs if I am not mistaken. I do believe back in day, Seagate had something called " Extended Capacity Manager" maybe google that and see.
                        CharmedonWB
                        MyCE Member
                        Posted on: 02 Feb 14 01:19
                          It would hold approximately 5.6GB of data
                          Mastus
                          MyCE Member
                          Posted on: 02 Feb 14 09:27
                            Quote:
                            Originally Posted by alan1476
                            I think that's 32bit not XP but all 64bit systems can recognize over 2TBs if I am not mistaken. I do believe back in day, Seagate had something called " Extended Capacity Manager" maybe google that and see.
                            If I remember correctly, the 2TB partition limit is a limit of MBR-formatted drives, so the 2TB limit applies also in 64bit Windows systems.

                            You will need to format your drives as GPT (Guid partition table), if you want to have >2TB partitions.
                            pcarey
                            MyCE Member
                            Posted on: 02 Feb 14 16:32
                              Have we all forgotten that programmers consider a megabyte to be 1024KB and not 1000KB, like most normal people would? And that's why each GB of drive capacity formats to roughly (or so my calculator tells me) 976MB. Also don't forget that Windows will reserve a portion of that for it's own particular uses and you may not see that portion reported as usable capacity.

                              As far as I'm concerned, the drive manufacturers are not being dishonest at all because they can't be responsible for how a particular operating system will utilize the raw capacity of their drives.
                              shamino
                              MyCE Rookie
                              Posted on: 14 Feb 14 08:38
                                Quote:
                                Originally Posted by pcarey
                                As far as I'm concerned, the drive manufacturers are not being dishonest at all because they can't be responsible for how a particular operating system will utilize the raw capacity of their drives.
                                I agree, it wouldn't be appropriate for them to make assumptions about how the drive will be used. They should report the raw capacity - by which I mean all capacity that's available through the drive controller (but not any internal spare sectors that the outside world can't directly see or use). File system formatting is a higher layer application issue which is outside the scope of what the drive manufacturer can predict or is responsible for.

                                However, I do object to their misleading definition of a gigabyte. Data has always been properly measured in base-2, unless somebody is selling something. But I understand they have to play this game because if one company does it, the others don't want their drive to look inferior.
                                saskibrand
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                                Posted on: 26 Feb 14 18:45
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