Hard disc drive manufacturer Seagate Technology is to offer some models of its Barracuda drive family with the English version of the LindowsOS operating system preinstalled.
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The software, which is based on the open-source Linux operating system and produced by Lindows.com, will be loaded on some 40Gbyte Barracuda 7200.7 drives and they will, initially, be available between October and December.
The drives cost no more than Seagate's conventional drives and will mean personal computer makers need not spend time installing the operating system because the drives and software will automatically detect hardware and configure the system for optimal performance without any interaction.
The time saved by using the drives could be worth up to $100 per computer for white-box manufacturers.
The drive on offer is a 7,200 rpm model with an ATA interface, 8.5 millisecond seek time and 711Mbps maximum internal transfer rate.
Seagate shipped 65 million hard disc drives in 2002 and had a 29.4% share of the worldwide market, according to market research company IDC. That put it ahead of Maxtor, which had a 23.4% share, Western Digital at 15.9% and IBM at 13.1%. IBM has since sold its hard disc drive operations to Hitachi, which had a 3.7% share in 2002.
Martyn Williams writes for IDG News Service