Seagate introduced the highest capacity hard disk drive in the world last week. The new Elite 47 drive manages to pack in 47Gb of hard disk capacity on to a single unit. Positioning the new drive, Seagate said that the Elite 47 would make it possible for system architects to build one-terabyte arrays, which were previously very difficult to manage because they required hundreds of disk drives. According to Seagate, a one-terabyte system can be built with 22 Elite 47 drives. Since fewer drives are required, Seagate claimed that an array built from Elite 47 drives would offer more than double the reliability of arrays built on smaller drives. It would also work out cheaper to manage. The Elite 47 is a full-height 5.25in drive which can read and write data at speeds of up to 184Mbps. The drive uses UltraSCSI interface technology and has an estimated mean time between failure of 800,000 hours. Volume production is planned for the first quarter of 1998. The price of a single unit will be $2,995 (#1,793).
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