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Seagate announces multi-actuator hard drive tech

January 4, 2018

Storage specialist Seagate has announced what it proclaims to be ‘a new performance breakthrough‘ for traditional mechanical hard drives, potentially doubling their throughput: multi-actuator technology.

A traditional mechanical hard drive is made up of a series of discs, known as platters, coated in a magnetic substance. As these platters spin, data is stored on them by flipping the magnetic polarity of each ‘bit’ using read-write heads attached to an actuator arm.