FireCuda and Barracuda: Seagate’s World-Class Storage

There aren’t many organisations that know more about storage than Seagate. The Cupertino-based company has been at the head of the hard disk business since 1978, and its current products aren’t just maintaining that lead – they’re extending it.

Seagate's latest drives tick the right boxes when it comes to performance, reliability and capacity, and there isn’t a better place to buy than with Overclockers UK. We’re going to find out exactly what’s so special about Seagate's current range.

Straight Fire

Seagate's range of FireCuda drives deploy traditional hard disk technology alongside cutting-edge flash memory to deliver the best of both worlds.

Every FireCuda drive comes with 64MB of lightning-quick NAND memory that works as an intelligent and adaptable high-speed cache. It recognises which files you access most frequently, and then queues them up in its SSD memory – so they can be loaded with incredible speed, rather than pulled off the slower hard disk portion of the drive.

The FireCuda's cache is automatic and built-in to the hard disk – so once the drive is installed, that’s it. You don’t have to worry about installing software or updating firmware. It’s smart, too, which means it adapts to your behaviour: it’ll recognise your usage patterns and habits as they change over time, then load files that it reckons you’ll need next – so the FireCuda will get even more responsive.

Seagate's own figures demonstrate the huge speed boosts delivered by FireCuda hard disks. Game loading times improve by 50%, and some applications are 300% more responsive when it comes to loading – so your productivity will definitely improve. System boot times are 25% better with FireCuda, too.

You’ll notice your system boot times, application responsiveness and game loading times all improving with a FireCuda, and that’s not the only advantage to be gained from this drive – the smart SSD-based cache has no moving parts, which means it makes the drive cooler and quieter.

FireCuda drives all come with a five-year warranty, so you can be confident about your data staying protected, and the 3.5in desktop drives are available in 1TB and 2TB versions – so both have ample room for loads of games.

They’re good value, too: the 1TB drive costs a cool £69.95, and stepping up to the 2TB model costs £99.95.   

FireCuda drives offer the speed, capacity and intelligence for gaming systems, workstations and creative machines. If you need a drive that offers the speed that other hard disks just don’t, look no further.

The Right Choice for Professionals

Seagate's Barracuda hard drives have been delivering incredible performance and reliability for more than twenty years, and they’re not about to stop now.

The latest range of Barracuda Pro products deliver unprecedented capacity and ability. The new range is headlined by the mammoth 10TB Barracuda Pro – the highest capacity 3.5in hard disk on the market – and the Pro range also includes drives that range in size from 2TB to 8TB.

The smallest drive, the 2TB version, costs £119.99, and the 10TB beast will set you back £389.99.

People might say that it’s a lot to pay for a hard disk, but you’re not just buying your average storage – instead, you’re getting hardware based on Seagate's stunning enterprise products. That means the drive will work 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for the entire length of its five-year warranty – so that means a mighty 43,800 hours of productivity. Or, if you’re really particular, 2,626,800 minutes of rock-solid hard disk performance.

The Barracuda Pro range isn’t just reliable; it’s fast, too. These drives come with 256MB of cache for quicker file access, and their 7,200rpm construction helps make the Barracuda Pro one of the swiftest hard disks on the market.

Seagate's latest drives are perfect for creative professionals and those who need proper workstation systems – they’re ideal for saving huge workloads to a local hard disk that can provide speed and reliability.

Seagate also provides an extra layer of protection for users who have a hard disk full of mission-critical data. Every Barracuda Pro drive comes with two years of free data recovery, so if anything happens to the drive, Seagate will try to save your vital work. The firm has drive reception centres in more than ninety countries, and recovery experts who are ready to save the day.

This world-class hard disk has the performance, reliability and capacity to sate the most demanding professional users, and it’s useful elsewhere, too: it’ll form a perfect backbone for a gaming rig, and could also find a home in NAS and DAS drives that store films, TV shows or work backups.

All in all, then, there isn’t much better than a Barracuda Pro. If you need a high-capacity drive you can rely on, then this is a game-changing bit of kit.

The World’s Best Hard Drives

Seagate's two latest hard disk releases are both belters. The FireCuda range marries SSD technology with hard disk capacities to deliver an unprecedented combination of speed and size, and the Barracuda Pro drives have class-leading capacities in a reliable package.


Every one of Seagate's hard disks can be found for an affordable price at Overclockers UK, too, and we’ll deliver quickly and safely – so you can upgrade your machine or build a new rig with minimal delay.


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