Seagate's restructuring its hard drive lineup in an attempt to streamline its selection and make it easier to shop for storage. It starts with the introduction of a new 1TB-per-platter hard drive simply called Barracuda, which for the time being will replace all three hard drive lines. Seagate will end production of its Barracuda Green drive in February 2012, and in the short term, the high end Barracuda XT line is being folded into the new Barracuda family.
"A simpler desktop drive product family is exactly what Seagate customers are asking for," said Scott Horn , vice president of Marketing at Seagate. "The new Barracuda® family reflects the reality that end-users want a full range of hard drive capacities and as much performance as we can give them to help manage and store massive amounts of digital content. In addition, our OEM and channel customers want to reduce overhead costs by having fewer product lines to qualify and manage in their inventory."
Seagate claims its new 1TB/platter drives have a nearly identical power consumption profile as its soon-to-be defunct Green line, but deliver much higher performance. As for Seagate's flagship Barracuda XT line, it will re-emerge, in name, at some point in the future to designate Seagate's desktop solid state hybrid drives.
The new one-size-fits-all Barracuda line is available in 250GB to 3TB capacities with either 16MB (up to 500GB) or 64MB (750GB and higher) of cache. These drives feature a SATA 6Gbps interface, 7200 RPM spindle speed, and several proprietary technologies.
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