What is the Seagate FireCuda? What is the Seagate BarraCuda? What are the differences between FireCuda and BarraCuda? This post from MiniTool will elaborate on Seagate FireCuda, Seagate BarraCuda, and their differences.

Overview of FireCuda and BarraCuda

Seagate has been one of the most popular storage manufacturers around the world. Among the storage devices that it has launched in recent times, the FireCuda and BarraCuda are very popular and have been excellent choices for storage enthusiasts and enterprises. However, what are the detailed differences between FireCuda and BarraCuda? So, in this post, we will elaborate on their differences.

What Is FireCuda?

At first, we will show what the Seagate FireCuda is. FireCuda is an SSHD or a hybrid hard drive and it is designed for gamers. Seagate FireCuda is built with the latest NAND technology, which is based on the NAND logic gate and is a type of flash memory.

With SSHD feature, Seagate FireCuda has good speed and capacity. It offers speeds that are five times better than regular hard drives, improving the computer performance and the gaming experience. In addition, it offers a large storage capacity reaching up to 2TB, allowing you to save more files.

Seagate FireCuda

What Is BarraCuda?

The Seagate BarraCuda is a series of hard drive produced since 1991. Seagate BarraCuda is the first drive with the 7200 rpm. (For more information about RPM, read the post: 5400 RPM vs 7200 RPM: Is RPM Still Important?)

The Seagate BarraCuda hard drive comes with large storage size, which enables you to save a lot of data and files. Built on proven reliability and innovation, BarraCuda hard drives are available in a versatile mix of capacity and price point options to fit any budget.

Seagate BarraCuda

After knowing some basic information about Seagate FireCuda and Seagate BarraCuda, do you know what their differences are?

So, in the following part, we will show some differences between Seagate FireCuda and Seagate BarraCuda.

Seagate FireCuda vs BarraCuda: What Are Their Differences?

In order to compare FireCuda vs BarraCuda, you should know their difference among form factor, capacity, performance, reliability, prices, and so on. So, in the following section, we will compare BarraCuda vs FireCuda among these aspects.

FireCuda vs BarraCuda: Form Factor

First, we will show the form factor of FireCuda and BarraCuda, which defines and prescribes the size, shape and other physical specifications of components, particularly in electronics. Now, we will show you the form factor of Seagate FireCuda and BarraCuda.

Both FireCuda and BarraCuda come with two different form factors that are 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch. The 2.5 inch hard drive would be used for laptop storage and the 3.5 inch hard drive will be used for desktop PCs. Both FireCuda and BarraCuda hard drives come with SATA 6Gb/s interface.

2.5 VS 3.5 HDD: What Are the Differences and Which One Is Better?
2.5 VS 3.5 HDD: What Are the Differences and Which One Is Better?

What are the differences between 2.5 HDD and 3.5 HDD? This post shows some differences between these two hard drive form factors.

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FireCuda vs BarraCuda: Capacity

Both Seagate FireCuda and BarraCuda comes in large hard drive capacity, but there are also some differences. In addition, the hard drive with different form factor comes with different storage size. As we have mentioned in the above part, the FireCuda and BarraCuda come in two different form factors. So, they also have different storage sizes.

Now, you can find detailed information in the above charts.

FireCuda Capacity

2.5-inch FireCuda 3.5-inch FireCuda
Capacity 500GB, 1TB, 2TB 1TB, 2TB

BarraCuda Capacity

2.5-inch BarraCuda 3.5-inch BarraCuda
Capacity 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB,5TB 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB,6TB,8TB
Note: The Seagate BarraCuda also comes with Pro series, whose hard drive capacity can reach up to 14TB.

From the above chart, you can find that the Seagate BarraCuda is better than FireCuda, because whose hard drive capacity can reach up to 8TB and it allows you to save more files, videos, documents, pictures, etc.

FireCuda vs BarraCuda: Performance

When selecting a suitable hard drive, the performance would be a key factor to be considered. So, in this part, we will show you the performance of the Seagate FireCuda SSHD and Seagate Hard Drive.

In fact, Seagate FireCuda and BarraCuda are equipped with the Multi-Tier Caching Technology (MTC). MTC takes your PC to new performance levels so you can load applications and files faster than ever before. They provide improved read and write performance by optimizing data flow with intelligent layers of NAND Flash, DRAM, and media cache technology. But they also have some tiny differences and keep on your reading to know more.

As for the 2.5 inch FireCuda hard drive, its sequential read and write speed are reaching up to 140MB/s. As for the 3.5 inch FireCuda hard drive, according to Seagate’s official site, its average data rate is 190MB/s. In addition, Seagate declared that FireCuda delivers blazing load speeds that allow for nonstop performance, play and productivity up to 5 times faster than traditional hard drives.

Now, we can see the performance of the Seagate BarraCuda. As for 2.5 inch BarraCuda hard drive, its data transfer rate can reach up to 140MB/s, enabling users to enjoy superior PC end-user experience and snappier file transfer speed. As for 3.5 inch BarraCuda hard drive, its data transfer speed is about 190MB/s.

So, from the above information, you can find that there is no obvious difference between FireCuda and BarraCuda. But, for they are different hard drive types, Seagate FireCuda would be more suitable for game playing. Compared to a standard hard drive, Seagate FireCuda is 5 times faster and is excellent for gaming. Though Seagate BarraCuda is not so good for gaming like FireCuda, it is suitable for creative applications and other operations.

Related article: What Is Hard Disk? Comparisons Among SSD, HDD and SSHD

FireCuda vs BarraCuda: Data Protection

Another difference between FireCuda and BarraCuda is the data protection feature. The Seagate FireCuda does not provide the Rescue Data Recovery Plan for users. While the Seagate BarraCuda comes with the Rescue Data Recovery Plan that protects the drive for two years against accidental, natural or mechanical disaster. The data recovery experts will assist you in case you lose your data so that you have a more than 90% success rate of recovery.

Note: If you have lost data by accident, mistaken deletion, or mistaken delete, you can try MiniTool Power Data Recovery, which is a piece of professional data recovery software.

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FireCuda vs BarraCuda: Power Consumption and Warranty

As for Seagate BarraCuda vs FireCuda, the power consumption and warranty another factors we want to mention. The Seagate FireCuda drive has a Green Hybrid Feature that reduces the power consumption while providing high performance. When the power consumption is decreased, less heat is generated. As a result, this increases the durability of the drive. What’s more, when less power is generated, the system’s performance is enhanced.

The Seagate FireCuda hard drives are provided a limited 5-year warranty, while the BarraCuda hard drives are provided a limited 2-year warranty.

FireCuda vs BarraCuda: Price

If you are choosing a hard drive, the budget is another key factor to consider. Everyone wants to choose the most cost-effective hard drive. As FireCuda is a SSHD, it costs a little more than a traditional hard drive. It is because SSHD has a solid-state cache memory and firmware which is used to monitor this memory.

According to the Amazon, the 2TB 3.5 inch Seagate FireCuda SSHD is about $189, while the 2TB 3.5 inch Seagate BarraCuda hard drive is about $54.99. For more prices of the different capacities, you can search them on Amazon. Therefore, you can choose any one based on your budget.

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Upgrade System Disk to FireCuda or BarraCuda

From the above part, you can know that the Seagate FireCuda SSHD is excellent for gaming and provides good transfer speed. So, you can upgrade your system disk to the Seagate FireCuda SSHD so as to improve your computer performance. The Seagate BarraCuda comes with large hard drive capacity, allowing you to save a large number of files. If your hard drive is out of space, you can choose to upgrade the original hard drive to the Seagate BarraCuda to boost computer performance.

So, do you know how to upgrade your hard drive without data loss? To upgrade your hard drive to the Seagate hard drive without data loss, MiniTool ShadowMaker is strongly recommended. It can help you to clone OS from HDD to SSD.

MiniTool ShadowMaker is also a piece of Windows backup software, which enables you to back up the files, folders, disks, partitions, and the operating system. So, you can also use it to keep files and PC safe.

Now, we will show you how to clone the original system disk to the Seagate FireCuda SSHD or Seagate BarraCuda hard drive.

1. Connect the Seagate hard drive to your computer.

2. Click the following button to download MiniTool ShadowMaker, install it and launch it.

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3. After entering its main interface, go to the Tools page.

4. Then choose Clone Disk.

choose Clone Disk

5. Next, click Source module to choose the disk clone source. Here, you need to choose the original system disk. Then click Finish.

select the disk clone source

6. Then click Destination module to choose a target disk. Here, you need to choose the Seagate hard drive and click Finish.

select the target disk

7. Then you will receive a warning message which tells you that all data on the target disk will be destroyed. If you have important files on it, please back up them first.

8. Then the disk cloning process will begin. Please do not interrupt the disk cloning process until it is finished.

start to clone hard drive

When the disk cloning process is finished, you will receive a warning message which tells you that the source disk and target disk have the same signature. Here, you need to remove or disconnect the original hard drive and leave the Seagate hard drive on your computer. And if you want to boot from the target disk, you need to enter BIOS to change boot sequence.

read the notification

Once all steps are finished, you have successfully upgraded your original disk to the Seagate FireCuda SSHD or Seagate BarraCuda hard drive. As a result, the performance of your computer may be improved.

Bottom Line

As for FireCuda vs BarraCuda, this post has elaborated on their differences in form factor, capacity, performance, data protection, warranty and price. If you have any different ideas between FireCuda and BarraCuda, you can leave a message in the comment zone.

This post also shows how to upgrade system disk to the Seagate FireCuda or Seagate BarraCuda so as to improve computer performance. If you have any problem with MiniTool ShadowMaker, please feel free to contact via the email [email protected] and we will reply to you as soon as possible.

FireCuda vs BarraCuda FAQ

Are FireCuda drives worth it?
FireCuda is an SSHD, which comes with a large capacity reaching up to 2TB. It also provides fast transfer speed. Compared to a standard hard drive, it is 5 times faster and is excellent for gaming. So, it is worth for you buying it.
Is SSHD better than HDD?
SSHD drives’ read and write speed is much better than traditional HDDs. But as for the hard drive capacity, HDD usually is larger than SSHD. So, as for performance, SSHD would be better than HDD. But for hard drive capacity, HDD would be better than SSHD.
How long will an SSD last?
It is estimated that an SSD would last for 10 years, but the average SSD lifespan is shorter. SSD’s lifespan also is decided by other factors, such as standard age, total terabytes written over time and the amount of data written to the drive per specific amount of time. You can read the [Solved] Is SSD Good for Long Term Storage: Past VS Now to learn more information about SSD lifespan.
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