Seagate 7200.12 Drives Boast 500GB per Platter
Seagate announced today that it's newest lineup of hard disk drives, the 7200.12 family, are shipping with the world's highest areal density of 329 Gigabits per square inch. In a 3.5" format, that works out to 500GB per platter. That allows the 7200.12 products to squeeze 1TB of capacity onto just two discs with a sustained data rate of up to 160MB/s. The previous generation of drives used three platters in a 1TB capacity model. As with the previous 7200.11 generation drives, the latest are SATA 3.0 Gbps, spin at 7,200RPM and offer 16- and 32MB of cache. The lineup currently comes in 1TB, 750GB and 500GB models.