The era of affordable 8TB consumer hard drives is upon us. And Seagate is leading the charge with their latest release, the Archive HDD 8TB 3.5-inch hard drive that costs just 3.25 cents per GB. Seriously, who needs the cloud when it’s affordable enough to set up your own?
A part of the company’s Archive HDD line, it uses Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology, which allows it to cram more data in a single platter compared to traditional magnetic recording methods. Just how much? A whopping 1.33 terabytes on one platter, a step up from the 1TB limit of pre-SMR methods.
Described as the “lowest cost per terabyte online data archive solution,” the Archive HDD 8TB uses just six platters to accommodate the lot, as opposed to the 8 platters similar units will normally require. It comes in both Standard and Secure versions, with the latter getting a hardware encryption chip. Drive speed is 5,900 RPM, with a 128MB cache and a mean time between failures of 800,000 hours. The catch? Cramming as much data into a single platter also means read and write speeds are affected, leaving it with an average throughput of just 150 MB/sec (which can top out at 190 MB/sec, occasionally). So, while it’s probably not the drive to have running your OS and read/write-intensive applications (pair it with an SSD for that), it’s certainly good enough to be a repository for the troves of data, media, and other digital content you accumulate from both legitimate and questionable sources.