Seagate Technology announced the world's first hard disk capable of storing 100GB of data on one 3.5" platter. Seagate plans to include the technology in its Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 family, which offers the choice of a Parallel ATA (PATA) or native Serial ATA (SATA) interface. The Barracuda 7200.7 family will also support SATA Native Command Queuing (NCQ), a feature available only with native SATA drives. The technology enables the drive to intelligently reorder and optimize both read and write command execution, which improves the performance of queued workloads by minimizing mechanical positioning latencies on the drive.
Seagate is positioning the Barracuda 7200.7 family of drives for nearline storage applications, Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, entry-level ATA servers, and mainstream and high-performance systems. The 200GB PATA interface drives will ship next month. The 200GB SATA version is scheduled to ship in November.