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Seagate First With SATA 6Gb/sec. 2 TB Drive

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Seagate today started shipments of the Barracuda XT, which boasts the fastest SATA connection yet.

The Barracuda XT is a 7200 RPM 3.5-inch hard drive featuring 2 TB of storage capacity and a SATA 6 Gb/sec. interface.

"Capacity and performance remain the defining attributes of hard drives for PC gamers, digital multimedia content developers and many other customers requiring high-end systems at home and in the office," said Dave Mosley, executive vice president of Sales and Marketing at Seagate. "Seagate is meeting these requirements with the first 7200 RPM desktop hard drive to combine 2 TB of storage capacity with the fastest Serial ATA interface to date."

Of course, before you go blazing off with a SATA 6 Gb/sec. drive, you're going to need a motherboard that supports it. Right now, such boards aren't yet commonplace, but right now options include Asus' P7P55D Premium and Gigabyte's P55 series GA-P55-Extreme motherboards.

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    xaira , September 22, 2009 12:41 AM
    until seagate starts releasing ssds, they can keep sata 6g to themselves, burst rates will improve, but thats about it
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    tester24 , September 22, 2009 1:04 AM
    I can say for a fact that going to a 6 gig drive is a major improvement overall past a 3 gig and you don't have the high cost low capacity of an SSD. I used to QA testing for a company that makes 6 gig HBAs. Sure SSD will be faster but for the cost of 1 SSD you could probably buy 2 or 3 6 gig drives and RAID them so you have way more storage and top speed. Drive speeds are not just in the burst rates but over double the performance you get between 3 gig drives.
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    tester24 , September 22, 2009 1:33 AM
    njkid3until they can release a drive that doesnt run hot i wouldnt go near them.

    Only the 10k and 15k drives run that hot. 7200 should be around the same temperature. Even the 3Gb 15k drives run hot so that wasn't a big surprise from the article
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    tester24 , September 22, 2009 1:34 AM
    Err I should have said the 7200 RPM drives should be about the same temperature as your 3Gb ones.
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    XD_dued , September 22, 2009 1:45 AM
    My velociraptor at 10k rpm is at ambient :) 
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    cletus_slackjawd , September 22, 2009 2:10 AM
    I would rather have hard drive manufactures build more reliable drives rather than continually releasing pre-mature, untested high capacity drives. They should make a product line that has passed the highest of standards of Q&A, identify the product as such, and see if it works from a marketing standpoint. I know there are many like me who would rather have rock solid reliablity than risk loosing valuable data for a drive the was built primarily for speed.
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    tester24 , September 22, 2009 2:39 AM
    I know what you mean Cletus, but it's almost impossible to do that especially after you are banking alot of money on a product and want it shipped out the door to recoup the cost of R and D. That being said new technology like this has been available to 3rd party manufacturers for months now and they also test their products with these drives and give feedback on it. However the thousands of drives that are used to test this isn't a scratch on the millions of drives that will be sold. So unfortunately out of those millions a few might be inconvenienced on having a bad drive. But then again I've seen $600 top of the line SAS drives go bad so nothing is ever perfect.
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    matt87_50 , September 22, 2009 4:01 AM
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/2tb-hdd-caviar,2261-7.html
    so drives are struggling to saturate the bandwidth of sata 1, let alone sata 2.
    atleast sata2 added NCQ.

    sata 3 for this drive is just a marketing gimmick.

    also the article is misleading at the end, are they saying sata 3 is NOT backwards compatible? are they saying this drive won't work plugged into an sata 2 or 1 port?? I doubt it.

    Cletus_slackjawdI would rather have hard drive manufactures build more reliable drives rather than continually releasing pre-mature, untested high capacity drives. They should make a product line that has passed the highest of standards of Q&A, identify the product as such, and see if it works from a marketing standpoint. I know there are many like me who would rather have rock solid reliablity than risk loosing valuable data for a drive the was built primarily for speed.


    They do, they are called "raid editions" or "enterprise class", or "surveillance"

    also, drive reliability is fairly unimportant. I mean, I don't care if the drive has a 10% chance of failing, or a 0.1%, as long as there is a chance, I'm still going to have everything backed up. (within reason of course, I'd still want atleast 3 years warranty). Having said that, I agree that all the gay firmware issues popping up lately are inexcusable.
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    dimar , September 22, 2009 4:17 AM
    Wouldn't it be really cool if HDD manufacturers put 2 or 4 ddr3 sodimm slots+battery on the HD, where one could use it for cache or a RAM drive. I guess this is where the 6Gb would really shine :-)
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    ravewulf , September 22, 2009 5:47 AM
    Yes, the link is fast, but how much does it actually benefit one drive? RAID is obviously a different story
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    wildwell , September 22, 2009 8:02 AM
    If they have ample cache, you could stream 4k HD video content to a cluster of them in RAID 3 or 5.
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    mikepaul , September 22, 2009 12:59 PM
    So now I have to wait for a LGA 1366 motherboard with USB 3.0 *and* 6Gbps SATA so I can eventually build my next WonderComputer with 6+ cores? I'm suffering from information overload and I'll have to go into hiding so I don't wait for the NEXT great option to have...
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    Regulas , September 22, 2009 1:10 PM
    Seagate, Uh no. Will probably be as dependable as the first generation Xbox 360.
    Western Digital any day over Seagate.
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    amnotanoobie , September 22, 2009 1:13 PM
    Cletus_slackjawdI would rather have hard drive manufactures build more reliable drives rather than continually releasing pre-mature, untested high capacity drives. They should make a product line that has passed the highest of standards of Q&A, identify the product as such, and see if it works from a marketing standpoint. I know there are many like me who would rather have rock solid reliablity than risk loosing valuable data for a drive the was built primarily for speed.


    By the time Seagate does an even more lengthy QA the competition (WD) would have something out a long time ago. There are times when a good product is good enough.
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    Anonymous , September 22, 2009 1:28 PM
    Please say Seagate has fixed their problem of their drives crashing. As a network administrator, I've never seen a brand fail as often as Seagate.
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    matt_b , September 22, 2009 1:28 PM
    Matt87_50http://www.tomshardware.com/review [...] 261-7.htmlso drives are struggling to saturate the bandwidth of sata 1, let alone sata 2.atleast sata2 added NCQ.sata 3 for this drive is just a marketing gimmick.

    I couldn't agree more here. We haven't even topped out SATA 1 yet, and are no where near. The newer features SATA 2 brought were nice. Most average hard drives barely knock on the door of 100 mb/sec, let alone typical SSD's are in the 200-250 MB/sec range. Unless someone is running dedicated servers or running 15 SSD drives in RAID 0, what good is the 6000 MB/sec overhead?
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    nekatreven , September 22, 2009 1:51 PM
    I was building a file server at work back when Seagate's 1.5TB Barracudas were going crazy. No other drive was as big at the time though, and due to the issues though the price was unbeatable.

    I convinced the higher-ups that we could wait a few weeks and get them anyway. We ordered 9 of them once I confirmed our vendor was shipping the ones with the new firmware.

    7 of the drives went into 24/7 service last May and fortunately I haven't had the need yet to try out either of the 2 spares.
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    dark_lord69 , September 22, 2009 2:31 PM
    xairauntil seagate starts releasing ssds, they can keep sata 6g to themselves, burst rates will improve, but thats about it

    Seagate isn't a memory manufacturer. You're more likely to see SSD drives from companies that make RAM. Examples: OCZ, Kingston, Crucial, etc... Seagate will still continue making spinning disks for high capacity purposes.
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