Seagate serves more data on 1 terabyte HDD platter

Seagate has announced the “world’s first” 3.5-inch hard drive featuring 1TB of storage capacity per disk platter.

According to Seagate exec Rocky Pimentel, the platter effectively shatters the 1TB area density barrier and ushers in a new generation of hard drives to meet the ever-growing demand for additional digital content storage.

“[Our] GoFlex Desk products are the first to [include] the new hard drive, delivering storage capacities of up to 3TB and an areal density of 625 Gigabits per square inch, the industry’s highest,” said Pimentel.

“[We remain] on track to ship [our] flagship 3.5-inch Barracuda desktop hard drive with 3TBs of storage on 3 disk platters – enough capacity to store up to 120 high-definition movies, 1,500 video games, thousands of photos or virtually countless hours of digital music – in mid-2011.”

Although pricing for the new drive was not disclosed, Seagate did confirm it would be available in three capacities: 2TB, 1.5TB and 1TB.

GoFlex drives are compatible with both Windows and OS X, with each HDD boasting an NTFS driver for Mac. This allows the drivesto store and access files from both Windows and Mac OS X computers without reformatting.