Seagate to launch 6Gbps Barracuda XT Hard Drive (Sept. 21, 2009) — Seagate announced to ship the world’s first 3.5-inch 6Gbps 2TB hard drive, the Barracuda XT for high-performance desktops, low-cost servers, and external storage devices.

Seagate_3The new hard drive claimed to transfer the entire contents of an 800MB CD in just one second.

The new drive is based on the third generation of the Serial ATA (SATA) standard, roughly called SATA3. The majority of existing hard drives use the SATA2 standard that caps at 3Gbps.

The new hard drive works at 7200rpm, makes use of four 500GB platters, and boasts 64MB of cache memory.

The new hard drive claimed to deliver a sustained transfer rate of up to 140 MB/s, and has a mean time between failures (MTBF) rate of 750,000 hours.

The power consumption will be at 9.23 watts on average and up to 2.9 bels in acoustic power while seeking.

This is first SATA 6Gbps controller that is now incorporated in Asus P7P55D Premium or Gigabyte -P55-Extreme.

The new 6Gbps HDD is available for $299.

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