Storage solutions provider Seagate has finally rolled out the desktop compatible version of its 3TB hard drive which comes with support for Windows XP.
According to Cnet, the company shipped its 3TB Barracuda XT back in June 2010, but it was released as an external storage option for BlackArmor NAS servers.
The delay in the launch of the desktop version of the 3TB drive was because the company was making the drive compatible with Windows XP, which remains a popular operating system.
The company said that its DiscWizard software will allow desktop owners to use the full 3TB storage on the hard drive even when it is being used as a bootable main drive. The tool will allow the OS to recognise the remaining storage space left on the hard drive after installing the OS and turn it into a second partition drive.
“DiscWizard makes adding a new hard drive much easier. It can be used in several different ways. For example, you can use it to copy all the data from an old drive to the new one. The new drive will have the operating system, and will be bootable. DiscWizard can also partition and format a new drive for additional storage,” claims Seagate on its website.
The hard drive comes with a 64 MB cache, Serial ATA 6Gbps interface with 7,200rpm. The device comes with a 5 year warranty and is priced at $279.