Seagate's New 3TB Barracuda XT HDD Plays Nice with Legacy OSes

Paul Lilly

Seagate's pitching its new 3TB Barracuda XT hard drive as an easy-cheesy way to add oodles of storage to your system, even if you're rocking a legacy OS like Windows XP. Same holds true for anyone saddled with a non-UEFI BIOS, which at this stage is pretty much everyone. So how exactly does Seagate slip past the 2.1TB barrier that would normally throw a wrench into such setups?

The trick is in the included DiscWizard software. DiscWizard works its mojo to configure your OS and device drivers to access the full 3TB of capacity on Windows XP. As for the actual drive, it ships with 64MB of cache, 7200 RPM spindle speed, and sports a SATA 6Gb/s interface. Maximum sustained data rate is pegged at 149MB/s.

"Seagate is squarely focused on delivering the storage performance, capacity and innovation to ensure that technology transitions remain seamless for our customers," said Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer service. "The Barracuda® XT hard drive epitomizes our commitment to providing end-user customers and PC manufacturers with the world’s most advanced storage solutions."

The Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB is available now for $279.

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