The 6TB hard drive is now old news because Seagate announced that the spacious 8TB 3.5-inch hard drive is now ready to ship for desktops and it offers 2 additional Terabytes than the version before it. The new drives are now available to its select enterprise consumers that needs spacious disk capacity.
According to PCWorld, if the new drives will be made available to everyone, it could mean a price drop for the smaller capacity drives. For regular consumers, the 8TB drive will be more than enough since the average two hour 1080p movie on iTunes could take up to 5GB of storage and according to PCWorld, the 8TB drive can store up to 1600 movies.
This hard disk drive features enterprise- class reliability. The 3.5-inch SATA3 hard drive is made for data infrastructures that can certainly be used for cloud computing and backup disaster recovery storage. Its multi-drive RV tolerance is said to increase its performance.
"Seagate's new 8TB HDD provides IT managers with a new option for improving storage density in the data center, thus helping them to tackle one of the largest and fastest growing data categories within enterprise storage economically." said Seagate's VP of Marketing on its press release.
The company believes that the higher capacity will be cost effective for those who uses cloud computing services. The details on the specs are quite low but it features reliability to enterprise-class consumers and it also supports archive workloads. It also incorporates SATA 6Gb/s interface for easy implementation.
The pricing and the full specifications for the 8TB drive are yet to be announced by Seagate but it will be shipping to select enterprise consumers with wider availability next quarter. Gamers will have to wait before it becomes available for all. The 8TB drive is reported to be available for all its enterprise consumers by fall. The company did not provide the price of the product yet but it is expected to be quite hefty since the product is made for enterprise devices and it comes with a SATA 6 gigabit-per-second interface.