Seagate this week began shipments of the the Barracuda XT hard drive - a product that eliminates the need to purchase extra hardware or software to overcome the 2TB barrier.
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.
Barracuda XT hard drive with free Seagate DiscWizard software is a
complete 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
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. 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. 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.