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Exploit found in some Barracuda firewalls, VPN hardware

01/24, 9:44pm

Flaw allows remote access to MySQL database in equipment

According to Austrian security researchers SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab, an assortment of firewall, spam filtering, and VPN hardware made by Barracuda contain undocumented accounts that allow hackers to remotely log into the devices and access information. The SSH backdoor is hardcoded into the products, and can be used to gain shell access to the equipment, according to the published advisory.

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Seagate trims Barracuda drives to one line amid Thai floods

11/01, 10:45am

Seagate narrows Barracuda line, claims simplicity

Seagate on Tuesday cut down its Barracuda desktop hard drives to just one core model line in what may be as much a supply issue as simplification. It will drop both the Barracuda Green and XT lines and fold some of their features into the main series, with performance features like SmartAlign (4K data block) formatting and hybrid SSD/hard drive models simply showing up in the regular line. Storage will start at 250GB and peak at the previous 3TB.

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Seagate ships pro-grade 3TB drive with XP support

03/01, 1:25pm

Seagate begins shipping 3TB Barracuda XP HDD

Introduced in the fall, Seagate has now began shipping its 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive. The highest capacity hard drive is rare in supporting legacy operating systems such as Windows XP, which can't normally support hard drive capacities higher than 2.1TB. DiscWizard software that's available for download ships with the drive and lets the system read and write to, though not boot from, the extra-large drive.

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Seagate ships fastest eco drive in Barracuda Green

12/14, 9:15am

Seagate intros Barracuda Green drive at 5900RPM

Seagate on Tuesday hoped to claim the distinction of having the fastest eco-friendly hard drive available by shipping the Barracuda Green. Formerly known as the Barracuda LP, the drive turns at 5,900RPM versus the 5,200RPM or 5,400RPM of most other disks while still reducing the power consumption. The 3.5-inch unit is simultaneously environmentally friendly in its actual materials, as it has low use of halogen and is up to 70 percent recyclable.

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Seagate outs first 6Gbps, 2TB hard drive

09/21, 7:35am

Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB

Seagate today updated the Barracuda line to include the industry's first drive to use an 6Gbps SATA interface. The 2TB Barracuda XT has twice as much theoretical bandwidth as existing SATA II drives and gives the disk up to 600MBps in burst transfers. In actual speed, the drive is still fast with a 140MBps sustained transfer rate and is helped by Seagate's first use of 64MB of onboard cache for a mainstream drive.

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Seagate intros low-power Barracuda LP drives

04/22, 9:25am

Seagate Barracuda LP

Seagate on Wednesday seized on the eco-friendly trend with the launch of its Barracuda LP (Low Power) hard drives. The disks have the same capacities as regular desktop drives, up to 2TB, but throttle the rotation speed back from 7,200RPM to 5,900RPM. This and other optimizations help cut the active power use by as much as half versus regular drives. The company also aggressively claims that the LP series uses about 25 percent less power than competing hard drives.

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Seagate Barracuda drives failing en masse?

01/13, 5:00pm

Seagate Barracuda Failures

A chronic firmware problem is triggering failures in Seagate's current-generation Barracuda 7200.11 hard drives, according to owners in the company's forums, NewEgg buyers and elsewhere. The disk series, particularly the 1TB model, reportedly suffers from a bug triggered on boot that incorrectly locks up the drive as a protective measure and prevents the system from recognizing the storage from then onwards. The problem appears tied to firmware from drives issued in Thailand but isn't exclusive to models from those factories.

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Seagate outs fast, two-platter 1TB drive

01/05, 9:05am

Seagate Barracuda 7200 12

Seagate today preempted CES by launching a major update to its Barracuda drives. The 7200.12 is the first desktop hard drive to fit 500GB of data on to a single platter and manages to hold 1TB by using just two platters versus as many as four on other disks. Condensing the data improves reliability by reducing the points of failure and also improves performance through sheer density. Seagate itself estimates sustained transfer speeds of 160MB per second and thus competes more closely with some solid-state drives.

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Seagate reveals first 1.5TB drive, more

07/10, 10:25am

Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB

Seagate today broke through a long-held barrier and released a 1.5 terabyte version of the Barracuda 7200.11. The storage is 500GB more than any other 3.5-inch desktop hard drive and is accomplished through extra refinement of perpendicular magnetic recording that allows it to fit 375GB on each of its four platters. The density also helps improve speed and lets the disk transfer data at a sustainable 120MB per second, or higher in bursts thanks to the extra bandwidth of its Serial ATA II connection.

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