A mere decade ago, 1-Gbyte hard drives—considered state-of-the-art at the time—were priced at nearly $1,000. Fast forward 10 years, and Seagate has introduced its 750-Gbyte hard drive, the Barracuda 7200 RPM 750 GB, for $590. This means that the same 1 Gbyte of storage space of yesteryear now costs less than $1. Seagate’s timing is good since music and picture storage requires more space than in the past.
The first desktop hard drive on the market to reach 750 Gbytes in capacity, Seagate’s entire Barracuda 7200.10 line of hard drives use perpendicular recording technology to reach new levels of areal density and capacity. Offered in capacities ranging from 200 Gbytes to 750 Gbytes, the Barracuda 7200.10 maintains a data density of 130 Gbits per square inch and up to 188 Gbytes per disk platter.
This drive has yet to be fully tested for length of life span, stability, and other factors. However, its technology to reach the 750GB capacity proves to allow for fast transfer and file access.