With the holiday season nigh everyone is getting together their lists for the best gadgets and gear of 2009. One item that doesn’t usually receive much attention is hard drives, frankly very little changes between drives. The lack of fan fair in this market has allowed Seagate to subtly release the Barracuda XT in a 2TB flavor while that by itself is unremarkable the fact that it comes in the new SATA III standard couldn’t get much better unless they wrapped it in bacon. Theoretically by doubling the SATA pipe you allow for a staggering 6GB/s data transfer, coupled with a beefy 64mb of DRAM could this be the drive to beat? Follow me while we review this potentially impressive drive.
- A massive 2-TB drive capacity provides plenty of room for downloading today‘s space-hungry PC games or up to 45 hours of 1080i, HD-DVCPRO-encoded, high-definition video.
- The 7200-RPM performance platform complements high capacity, delivering a power combination of extreme storage and top-end desktop performance.
- A 64-MB cache optimizes burst performance and reduces data throughput bottlenecks.
- The SATA 6Gb/s interface enables the use of the industry‘s newest and fastest hard drive controllers while providing backward compatibility to legacy SATA 1.5Gb/s or 3Gb/s systems.
- Configurable with Seagate® SeaTools™ software—Users can optimize the drive configuration and tune for capacity or performance for the ultimate in customer choice and control.
Just to wet your taste buds….
|Interface||SATA 6 Gb/s|
|Capacity||2 TB ( 2,000 GB)|
|Areal Density (avg)||347 Gbits/inch2|
|Spindle speed||7200 rpm|