Seagate’s got a fancy new SATA6 3TB enterprise hard drive. The 3.5-inch, 7200RPM Barracuda XT ships with a 64MB cache and Seagate DiscWizard software that allows older computers to create a 3TB partition. You see, 3TB hard drives have been around on the retail market for a while, but thanks to a 2.1TB roadblock established back in the ’80s when the LBA standard was developed, many computers with legacy BIOS systems could not see the full drive in a single partition. Seagate’s solution is an elegant and simple user solution. The ST33000651AS just started shipping at an $279 MSRP.
Seagate Ships Industry’s Easiest to Deploy 3TB Desktop Drive to Overcome 2TB Capacity Barrier
Barracuda® XT Combines Highest Desktop Storage Capacity Ever Available with High-End Performance
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) today began shipments of the industry’s most elegant, easy-to-install 3TB desktop drive – the Barracuda® XT hard drive – a product that eliminates the need to purchase extra hardware or software to overcome the 2TB barrier. The Barracuda XT hard drive delivers the highest available capacity for home servers and workstations, high-definition video editing and production systems, high-performance PC gaming systems and desktop PCs.
“Seagate is squarely focused on delivering the storage performance, capacity and innovation to ensure that technology transitions remain seamless for our customers”
Legacy PC BIOS designs and device drivers and older operating systems such as Windows XP are incapable of using hard drive capacities beyond 2.1TB. The upshot is that existing desktop drives with more than 2.1TB of storage capacity must be deployed with additional software or hardware and may also require extra device drivers to overcome this limitation.
The Barracuda XT hard drive with free Seagate DiscWizard™ software is a complete, easy-to-deploy solution. DiscWizard software makes it simple to configure the computer operating system and device drivers to access the full 3TB of capacity on legacy systems using Windows XP and PC BIOS and on personal computers equipped with newer versions of Windows or the new UEFI BIOS. The new DiscWizard software is available for free download at http://www.seagate.com/beyond-2TB.com.
“Seagate is squarely focused on delivering the storage performance, capacity and innovation to ensure that technology transitions remain seamless for our customers,” said Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer service. “The Barracuda® XT hard drive epitomizes our commitment to providing end-user customers and PC manufacturers with the world’s most advanced storage solutions.”
The Barracuda XT hard drive combines a 64MB cache that optimizes burst performance in cache-intensive applications such as PC gaming and nonlinear video editing with Serial ATA 6Gb/s – an interface that delivers the highest system throughput – to enable the highest performance available in a desktop hard drive. The 3.5-inch, 7200RPM drive’s 3TB of storage capacity gives desktop PC users the most space ever available for videos, games, photos and files.
The Barracuda XT 3TB hard drive launch comes only months after Seagate introduced the Barracuda® Green hard drive, another Seagate desktop drive that streamlines technology transitions to simplify drive installations for PC makers and consumers. The eco-friendly Barracuda Green hard drive features Seagate’s SmartAlign™ technology to enable all the benefits of the new 4K sector standard while simplifying drive installation. SmartAlign technology works by eliminating the need for utilities often required to ensure optimum drive performance.