If you've been waiting for a triple-platter 3TB hard drive, then we have good news, your wait is over as Seagate has as the first hard drive manufacturers announced 1TB per platter drives. The new Barracuda XT series will the home for the new 347GB per square inch 1TB platter disks.

If you've been waiting for a triple-platter 3TB hard drive, then we have good news, your wait is over as Seagate has as the first hard drive manufacturers announced 1TB per platter drives. The new Barracuda XT series will the home for the new 347GB per square inch 1TB platter disks.

The Barracuda XT series does of course feature SATA 6Gbps interface, 64MB of cache, a 7,200rpm spin speed and all the usual features you'd find on a modern high-end hard drive.  Seagate claims a sustained data transfer of 138MB/s with a random read seek time of 8.5ms. Hardly impressive compared to modern SSDs, but bear in mind that the largest model can store a massive 3TB.

Seagate is asking for $299.99 (S$369) for the 3TB version, while the two platter 2TB is priced at $199.99 (S$246). Seagate also announced that it will have a 1.5TB and 1TB version of the Barracuda XT, although no pricing was announced. Retail pricing is already a lot lower than Seagate's asking price and we've spotted the 3TB drive for $229.99 (S$283) and the 2TB model for $159.99 (S$197), although the difference is that the drives Seagate sells directly comes bundled with a SATA cable, a power splitter, mounting screws and some software. That said, we don't really think that's worth the extra money compared to buying a bare drive, but even the retail kits can be had for a lot less than the MSRP.

Source: Seagate