Users can install the Barracuda XT in their PCs the same as any other drive, using Windows to format and partition the drive.
If the systems platform is Windows XP, it will only access 900GB of capacity on the drive - the portion above 2.1TB. Windows Vista and Windows 7 will recognize 2.1TB capacity on the drive. Users will then be required to download and install the DiskWizard firmware.
Once installed, the user interface will show two partitions, one with 2.1TB and the other with 900GB capacity, and allow a user to adjust those partition sizes to their individual needs. Users will not be able to create a single 3TB partition.
The new Barracuda XT differs little from its 2TB predecessor . The only real difference is that the drive has five disk platters versus four. Like its predecessor, the Barracuda XT has a 7200rpm spindle speed and uses the serial ATA (SATA) 3.0 interface specification giving it 6Gbit/sec throughput.
The drive's 64MB cache also adds to its performance.
The drive's suggested retail price is $274.
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