Are 5 TB External Drives Coming Soon from Seagate?

Drive capacity has increased incrementally over the past several decades. What was once a giant piece of hardware that held very little information is now a small device that fits in your pocket, capable of holding hundreds of high-definition movies and more music than someone could listen to during their entire lifetime.

In fact, if you have US$200, you can own a 4 TB GoFlex external drive from Seagate that features a USB 3.0 connection. Here’s the kicker: the 4 TB GoFlex is a 5-platter drive. This means that each platter can hold 800 GB of data, making it one of the most compact and robust stand-alone drives on the market.

Are 5 TB External Drives Coming Soon from Seagate?Currently available at US$179, the Seagate Barracuda XT is a single 3 TB internal drive that operates at 7200 RPM and features three internal platters that each hold 1 TB of data.

This alone would tell you that 5 TB couldn’t be that far away, and a Seagate representative hinted in a recent interview that such a device could very well be available in a matter of months.

As Christian from Seagate explained, having multiple 1 TB platters inside the confines of a standard internal hard drive is already being done, and now that Seagate is producing 5-platter drives, an announcement of a 5 TB external drive couldn’t be far away.

That being said, one can only imagine what kind of storage capacity could be made available to a consumer through the use of a multi-drive NAS or storage server in the near future. Where 1 TB was previously thought an impossible space to fill, 5 TB (or more) could give everyone the ability to store a lifetime’s worth of information at only a fraction of the fortune corporations were spending for the same space just years ago.

The next question that comes to mind is how quickly this steady increase in storage capacity will be mirrored in the world of SSD. If so, how far are we away from a 1, 2, or even 5 TB solid-state drive?

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  • David Vaughan

    Honestly, it won’t matter how large the SSD is if you can’t afford it on a McDonald’s salary.

    • Anonymous

      If the limit is larger, the demand for lower capacity SSDs would be lower too. so that 300gb SSD will be very cheap when 5TB SSDs are available and in demand.

  • David Vaughan

    Honestly, it won’t matter how large the SSD is if you can’t afford it on a McDonald’s salary.

    • Anonymous

      If the limit is larger, the demand for lower capacity SSDs would be lower too. so that 300gb SSD will be very cheap when 5TB SSDs are available and in demand.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y5HYK4QMA3YPYHXWTJD6F55WZU Tom Allnighter

    I get tired of these news reports for the simple fact they never get it right. What do I mean by right. Simple, quality of the product and price along with it’s day to day use. Clearly, with SSD’s close to $1 a gig. most people should be looking to an SSD as a boot drive. This leaves 7200rpm 3.5 mechanical drives not as desirable as in times past. Currently, for $109 you can get a Hitachi 3TB external drive from Newegg. Out of Samsung, WD, Hitachi and Seagate. Seagate currently leads the industry in the highest failure rate for hard-drives. Really, all things considered, slower and more importantly, cheaper 5500 – 5900rpm 2TB and 3TB drives should be used for mass storage, media servers. Seagate should absolutely be a non-choice period. Take it from a PC business owner in the Bay Area, 25 years of experience with over 2.8 million in sales in 2010. I simply do use Seagate hard-drives any longer. From 2008 til mid 2010 I saw 1 Seagate drive returned for every 2 sold.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y5HYK4QMA3YPYHXWTJD6F55WZU Tom Allnighter

    I get tired of these news reports for the simple fact they never get it right. What do I mean by right. Simple, quality of the product and price along with it’s day to day use. Clearly, with SSD’s close to $1 a gig. most people should be looking to an SSD as a boot drive. This leaves 7200rpm 3.5 mechanical drives not as desirable as in times past. Currently, for $109 you can get a Hitachi 3TB external drive from Newegg. Out of Samsung, WD, Hitachi and Seagate. Seagate currently leads the industry in the highest failure rate for hard-drives. Really, all things considered, slower and more importantly, cheaper 5500 – 5900rpm 2TB and 3TB drives should be used for mass storage, media servers. Seagate should absolutely be a non-choice period. Take it from a PC business owner in the Bay Area, 25 years of experience with over 2.8 million in sales in 2010. I simply do use Seagate hard-drives any longer. From 2008 til mid 2010 I saw 1 Seagate drive returned for every 2 sold.