Seagate launches 3TB Barracuda XT with legacy support

By on March 2, 2011, 5:56 PM
Following Western Digital and Hitachi, Seagate is the third manufacturer to launch a 3TB internal 3.5-inch hard drive. The Barracuda XT has five platters with an areal density of 488Gb/inē, marking an improvement over the Deskstar's 411Gb/inē. Seagate's drive spins at 7200RPM and sports 64MB of cache as well as the SATA 6Gb/s interface -- though transfers peak at 149MB/s.

As you're probably aware, there are several technical limitations that prevent most systems from being able to use a 3TB drive, but Seagate's DiscWizard software offers workaround. To use a 3TB HDD for storage you need an OS that supports GPT partitions (read: not Windows XP), while a 64-bit OS and UEFI motherboard are required to create boot partitions larger than 2.19TB.


DiscWizard installs a driver to achieve compatibility with non-UEFI systems (probably what you currently have). Additionally, the software creates a bootable 2.1TB partition alongside a second 900GB partition, but you still can't have a single 3TB volume. DiscWizard doesn't seem to do anything particularly magical, but it should make it easier for users to get the drive up and running.

"We believe UEFI will remain in a nascent category for a bit longer before there is broad adoption," said David Burks, marketing director for Seagate. "We felt strongly that we needed to create a product that didn't require UEFI for customers who wanted to use the full capacity of these big drives." The Seagate Barracuda XT is shipping now with an MSRP of $279 and a five-year warranty.




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Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

To use a 3TB HDD for storage you need an OS that supports GPT partitions (read: not Windows XP)

Windows XP x64 can handle it, but who in the hell would run that on their system? :-)

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

Windows XP x64 can handle it,

But which computers can handle Windows XP x64, then?

but who in the hell would run that on their system? :-)

Good point... UEFI better become mainstream soon, I'm so running out of storage space...

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Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

Rick said:

Windows XP x64 can handle it, but who in the hell would run that on their system? :-)

I do, then again I'm kinda special

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I ran XPx64 for a long time, and without any hitch or issue ......until 7 came around

wizardB wizardB said:

I run XP64 with a 4gig gpt partition on no problem and I can see absolutely no reason to down grade my system to 7 at all!

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