Seagate announces new BarraCuda and FireCuda HDDs

Seagate announces new BarraCuda and FireCuda HDDs
Seagate announces new BarraCuda and FireCuda HDDs
New 2.5-inch drives range from 500 GB up to 5 TB in 7 mm, 9.5 mm, and 15 mm form factors. Multi-tier caching software will be included for improved performance.

The new fast and slim 2 TB FireCuda HDD will begin shipping for standalone sales and in high-end notebooks with 8 GB of SSD cache and with special software capable of multi-tier caching (MTC) to continuously analyze system behavior for disk optimization.

The manufacturer is promising significant performance advantages from the FireCuda series when compared to conventional 7200 RPM 2.5-inch HDDs. PCMark 7 scores, for example, are advertised as being 50 percent higher with the new Seagate HDD. Available 2.5-inch FireCuda models include the 2 TB ST2000LX001, 1 TB ST1000LX015, and 500 GB ST500LX025.

Meanwhile, the BarraCuda series will be available in the thinner 7 mm form factor in 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB capacities. Even larger capacities will be available including 3 TB, 4 TB, and 5 TB, although the overall sizes of these drives will be thicker at 15 mm. Both the BarraCuda and FireCuda series will utilize base 1 TB platters as part of the Seagate Guardian family.

Prices for these new HDDs have not yet been revealed, but more detailed specifications are provided below.

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Allen Ngo, 2016-10-13 (Update: 2016-10-13)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.