I went to my local computer store today looking for a 1TB drive. They were out of stock of the ones at the top of my list (WD1001FALS, WD10EVCS, WD10EADS), so I decided to go for the in-stock Seagate, thinking itâ€™d be the same model (ST31000333AS) I had purchased a few months earlier.
I was presented with a brand new drive in a static bag, bearing a label that read Barracuda GT 7200.11. This immediately threw me off as Iâ€™d never heard of a â€œBarracuda â€“ something â€“ 7200.xâ€ before... well, not since the Barracuda ATA V. When I saw it was the old 4-platter ST31000340AS model with the problematic SD15 firmware, I said no thanks. I also noticed it was made in China, site code WUXISG, if thatâ€™s any help. (I had wanted the 333AS model partly to try and replicate an unusual issue I have with mine.)
What do you suppose this GT is, a rebadged/relabelled drive? Something that will only be sold in a few markets?
Googling a few different combinations of those keywords reveals very few hits, and none that I could find in English, so thisâ€™ll be the first. If noone here knows now, hopefully others will be drawn in to enlighten us at some point.