Seagate brings a kind of 4TB hush

Posted by a staff writer

Seagate has announced its Video 3.5 HDD, which it boasts is the industry's first 4TB 3.5 inch HDD with digital video recorders, set top boxes and surveillance systems specifically in mind.

The Video 3.5 HDD was built for video, so it can store up to roughly 480 hours of HD content. This makes it a contender for satellite and cable providers as well as surveillance system builders, the company says, and is designed to deliver good performance in three key areas, those being high capacity and streaming capability, reliability, and acoustics.

Seagate's drive can support up to 16 simultaneous HD streams or 20 standard definition streams, and can manage 24x7 operation capabilities.

Because the drive will be sitting in places where acoustics are crucial to limit other audible distractions, Seagate says this HDD lets designers manufacture the very quietest home entertainment systems. The company claims the Video 3.5 HDD is near silent and runs below the range of audible sound for the human ear - at 2.3 decibels - so it'll only bother your dog.

Additionally, Seagate says this drive has a 0.55 percent annual failure rate which means it can be out in the field longer than the competition, as well as being made for low power consumption and heat emissions.

Seagate marketing veep Scott Horn said in a statement that the company's experience in the video market has ultimately led to this product. "We've combined our knowledge on heat, acoustics and power to deliver what we believe to be the most reliable DVR drive in the world," Horn said.