Seagate claims new hard disk is greenest yet

Seagate has released a new range of high performance, energy-sipping hard disk drives in the form of the Barracuda Green range of 3.5-inch hard disk drives.

The drives are presented as the industry’s "highest performance eco-friendly internal drives" and will target a number of devices like external HDD, NAS drives, home servers, set-top boxes and low-power PCs.

The Barracuda Green family replaces the Barracuda LP. The drives runs at the unusual spin speed of 5900RPM -faster than the usual 5400RPM but a lot less than the 7200RPM which would make them less 'green' we imagine.

Seagate’s proprietary SmartAlign technology which brings support for the new 4K sector on the hard disk drive itself, allowing the drive to reach up to 144MBps data transfer rates (maximum theoretically).

Seagate says that 70 per cent of the drive will be recyclable and all the components used on the drive have low halogen content.

Rhe drives will be available in 1TB, 1,5TB and 2TB configurations with 3Gbps or 6Gbps interfaces, and up to 64MB cache.

The 1TB model starts at $60 and logically enough the 2TB model will cost about twice that. The drives were launched in the US yesterday and will be winging their way to Europe very soon.

Earlier this week, Seagate launched what it says is the first 2.5-inch professional-class 1TB hard drive.