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Hard drives may not always get a lot of respect in the computer industry, but few other products have experienced more exciting price-performance movement across their lifetimes. Hard drives capable of carrying multiple terabytes of data are becoming increasingly common in mainstream machines, and with 6-Gbps SATA connections able to transfer that data quickly. So 2TB drives, like Seagate's new Barracuda Green ($279.99 list), can be good solutions for getting your storage needs under control. This drive also uses less power, thus earning its "green" moniker, which means it spins more slowly - and costs more - than most desktop 3.5-inch hard drives. But if you are willing to put up with that and only need wide vistas of empty space for photos, video, and the like, this Barracuda isn't a bad drive to hook. The Barracuda Green's biggest sticking point is, in fact, that rotational speed: 5,900 rpm, well below the 7,200 rpm that has long been the standard for desktop-size hard drives, but above the 5,400 rpm we usually see for low-power drives. The drive's 6-Gbps SATA transfer capabilities and 64MB of cache will help a little, but there's no getting around the fact that you won't want to use the Barracuda Green as a boot drive.
Drives have been exploding in size in the last year or so and with that comes speed improvements. Drive manufacturers are constantly making improvements to both hardware and software technology which keeps us on the cutting edge. Not so long ago the rave was high speed 10,000 RPM drives that blew our socks off but were limited on capacity. Recently the SSD market took off again giving us blazing speed with lower power consumption but are still plagued with limited storage space and even higher prices. People loved the speeds but were screaming for capacity as well. Since flash chips are still expensive, the next best thing are low power high capacity drives. Either as your main drive or as a complement to your high end SSD, the "Green" drives offer large amounts of storage with lower operating costs. Since the creation of the hard drive in the 1950's the densities were grouped into 512 byte sectors. With the evolution of hard drives and their capacity the old 512 byte sectors were lagging behind. This need for a change prompted the International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association (IDEMA) to come up with the Long Data Sector Committee in 2000.
With the massive amounts of digital content now at our disposals, spend enough time in front of a system, and eventually it'll require a storage upgrade. We live in a digital world where games take up more storage space, cameras generate larger images, and camcorders produce higher definition videos than ever before. It's only a matter of time before even the average user saturates the drive in their PC. Throwing a SSD into the system as an OS drive will undoubtedly improve its performance, but it doesn't address the need for more storage. That's why the need for traditional hard drives remains strong, and consumers welcome advances in technology that provide additional capacity, reduced power consumption, and lower costs. Today we take a look at the Barracuda Green 2TB hard drive from Seagate. Previously, the company's low power drives were designated with the LP nomenclature. But Seagate has made the change to a more recognizable industry standard naming convention. The 2TB Green drive sports a 5900 RPM spindle speed, SATA 6 GB/s interface, 64 MB cache, Advanced Format technology, and Seagate SmartAlign for easy integration.
It is a bit hard to image that computers make mistakes, but it does quite often, though it goes unseen. Hard disks, for example, have 1 error per every thousand bits. Imagine that the part of a system with the most valuable information contains data that isn't properly recorded. No need to panic, though. Computer hardware contains a self-correcting mechanism called Error Correcting Code (ECC) which will find the error and fix it. For decades, data was stored in hard disks in 512 byte sectors. With the explosion of digital contents, the demand for a higher capacity disk increased. Hard drive manufacturers are able to yield higher storage capacity by shrinking the areal density of the platter. However, when the areal density increased, the sectors become smaller, which led to an increase in the signal to noise ratio. As a result, a higher number of ECC are needed in order to maintain the data integrity, which means a larger data space will be used up for ECC code. So, when the areal density shrank and the storage capacity increased, the number of ECC also increased. Eventually we will reach a point where it is impossible to develop larger drive capacity.
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