|Seagate Barracuda XT 6 Gbps SATA Drive Preview|
|Written by BigBruin|
|Monday, 21 September 2009|
Seagate Barracuda XT 6 Gbps SATA Drive Preview
The Serial ATA (SATA) computer bus first burst on to the scene in 2003 at a speed of 1.5 Gb/s, with 3 Gb/s being introduced shortly after. Fast forward 6 years, and we see the Serial ATA standard is being doubled again, to 6 Gb/s. In the past few years hard drive capacities have skyrocketed to amounts we would never have believed possible 6 years ago. In 2008 over 70% of desktop drives were 250GB and under. It is estimated that 250GB and smaller drives will only account for around 25% of the market in 2010. Owning Terabytes of hard drive space would have been like having a million dollars a few years ago, but here in 2009 a Terabyte hard drive can be purchased for under $100. And with that great amount of data to access, speed is obviously critical.
I had the pleasure of talking with the Director of Product Marketing from Seagate about the details of their new product line. Seagate is launching the industry's first 2TB SATA 6Gb/s, 64MB cache hard drive with its Barracuda XT product line. Seagate has tagged the Barracuda XT 2TB SATA 6G hard drive with the phrase: "Speed and capacity, uncompromised." I personally think the last word can be removed; because how could anything possibly be compromised with a 6 Gb/s speed, and a huge amount of storage and cache? BigBruin
Benchmark Reviews also offers a Seagate Barracuda XT 6Gbps SATA-III HDD Preview