Talking to system builders, I occasionally get feedback that finding the right hard drive for the right application can be confusing, especially when there seems to be endless options to choose from.
Face it, the storage world, especially when it comes to hard drives, is a race. Who can actually ship the biggest and fastest drive first. Sometimes in the heat of the race, drive companies release one flavor of drive over another, and it can become difficult to keep track of what is available. New generations co-exist with previous generations, a capacity point is available on one series but not another, etc.
The good news is that companies like Seagate are working to simplify things.
Take for instance the Seagate Barracuda line of products. With the introduction of Barracuda XT, customers now have 3 varieties of Barracuda to choose from. Which one is right for you? It depends on what you want the drive to do…
Barracuda XT – for those of you that need screaming fast performance and capacity to boot.
2.0TB - ST32000641AS
Barracuda 7200 – for those of you that need solid performance for everyday PC applications.
1.0TB – ST31000528AS
750GB – ST3750528AS
500GB – ST3500418AS
320GB – ST3320418AS
250GB – ST3250318AS
160GB – ST3160318AS
Barracuda LP – for those of you that “think green” and want a low power PC or storage device.
2.0TB – ST32000542AS
1.5TB – ST31500541AS
1.0TB – ST31000520AS
Bonus – all of these drives are compatible with the Windows 7 operating system.
Hope this helps.