Seagate unveils world's largest consumer hard drive

The 10TB Barracuda Pro takes the top spot at the world's largest capacity consumer hard drive for desktop users.

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If your hard drive is feeling a little bit cramped and you're not in the mood to carry out a data spring clean, then Seagate has the drive for you.

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The new Barracuda Pro is the first consumer desktop drive to hit the 10TB mark. The data is crammed onto seven platters, and it has a rotational speed of 7,200rpm, giving it a sustained transfer rate of 220MBps. Impressive for a hard drive, but it's nothing to write home about when it comes to the performance offered by SSDs.

The drive is also energy-efficient, consuming just 6.8W during seek operations and 4.5W at idle.

The drive also comes with a five-year warranty.

The 10TB Barracuda Pro has a list price of $534.99, which means that the capacity works out at around $0.05 per GB. Not bad when you compare it against the $0.38 per GB that Samsung's 4TB 850 EVO drive will cost you.

If the price is a bit high for you, and performance is not an issue, then you might be better off with Seagate's 10TB IronWolf for NAS, which has a list price of $470, or the $460 10TB SkyHawk drive that's designed to store video surveillance footage. Both these drives feature a three-year warranty.

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