Low-power consuming hard drives are popular these days for the latest crop of servers and NAS units. And why not, right? These drives like don’t need to spin at breakneck speeds for storage, which means they don’t suck down as much power as other hard drives. Seagate’s latest, the Barracuda Green, brings 4K sector performance to the line through the SmartAlign technology while featuring class-leading 5900 RPM speeds. 1.5TB and 1TB drives complete the line with all three drives available in SATA 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s flavors. Amazon currently has both the SATA 6Gb/s 2TB and 1.5TB drives available for $127 and $99 respectively.
Seagate Ships Industry’s Highest Performance “Green” Desktop Hard Drive
Barracuda Green features Seagate SmartAlign technology for seamless transition to 4K sector desktop hard drives
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. – December 14, 2010 – Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) today announced the availability of the Barracuda® Green hard drive, the industry’s highest performance eco-friendly 3.5-inch desktop drive for low-power personal computers, multi-drive home networking systems and external PC storage.
Seagate Barracuda Green, the world’s highest performance eco-friendly desktop hard drive.
The Barracuda Green hard drive, formerly Barracuda® LP, combines the industry’s highest spin speed (5900 RPM) with Seagate’s SmartAlign™ technology to deliver best-in-class performance. SmartAlign technology enables all the benefits of the new 4K sector standard while simplifying drive installation by eliminating the need for utilities often required to ensure optimum drive performance. The cool-running, lower-power Barracuda Green hard drive delivers whisper-quiet acoustics and helps reduce system costs associated with the fans and power supply devices often required for power-hungry systems.
Barracuda Green hard drives also support Seagate Think Green™ programs for a greener more sustainable world:
70 percent or more of the materials used to build the drive can be recycled.
All Barracuda Green drives use low halogen components to reduce the negative environmental impacts related to these substances.
Barracuda Green is designed and built to the highest environmental standards.
“Not only do Barracuda® Green drives offer environmental improvements in power consumption and material usage, but these drives are also among the first hard drives from Seagate to offer SmartAlign™ technology,” said Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management. “This is important because the industry is transitioning to 4K sector formatting called Advanced Format to improve capacities and maintain strong error correction. However, the transition to Advanced Format without SmartAlign™ technology can be complex and require additional integration steps and software utilities to avoid performance degradation. SmartAlign technology removes these concerns and makes this transition virtually invisible for our customers.”
The Barracuda Green hard drive, offered in capacities of 2TB, 1.5TB and 1TB, is now shipping to the worldwide distribution channel.