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Seagate announces 6 TB HDD

Posted 31 January 2014 13:07 CET 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.

DukeNukem
MyCE Resident Commenter
Posted on: 31 Jan 14 14:06
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.
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tmc8080
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 31 Jan 14 23:41
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). .
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debro
Blown to smitherines
Posted on: 01 Feb 14 06:50
6TB does sound nice thougn
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alan1476
Administrator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
Posted on: 01 Feb 14 12:13
I wonder how much is left after you format it . LOL
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vroom
Administrator and Reviewer
Posted on: 01 Feb 14 13:14
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 .
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alan1476
Administrator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
Posted on: 01 Feb 14 13:18
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.
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vroom
Administrator and Reviewer
Posted on: 01 Feb 14 13:35
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.
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alan1476
Administrator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
Posted on: 01 Feb 14 13:44
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.).
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DrageMester
Retired Moderator
Posted on: 01 Feb 14 16:10
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.
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OhSnApMp3
New Member
Posted on: 01 Feb 14 20:11
I thought XP could only recognize up to 2TB. Is that true?
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alan1476
Administrator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
Posted on: 01 Feb 14 20:25
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.
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CharmedonWB
MyCE Member
Posted on: 02 Feb 14 00:19
It would hold approximately 5.6GB of data
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Mastus
MyCE Member
Posted on: 02 Feb 14 08:27
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.
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pcarey
MyCE Member
Posted on: 02 Feb 14 15:32
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.
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shamino
MyCE Rookie
Posted on: 14 Feb 14 07:38
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.
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Posted on: 26 Feb 14 17:45
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