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Seagate FireCuda Gaming Hub launched in 8TB, 16TB capacities

by Mark Tyson on 23 April 2021, 11:11

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Seagate has expanded its FireCuda Gaming range with some high capacity HDDs and Hubs. Previously the range specialised in NVMe flash / high bandwidth performance using Thunderbolt interfaces, but the new offerings offer (up to) large capacities instead, based on Seagate's mechanical spinning disks. Whichever new product you choose you will get a device with Razer Chroma compatible RGB LED lighting.

The FireCuda Gaming Hard Drive is a 2.5-inch bus-powered external HDD (200g) which connects via a USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps) Micro-B interface. These drives have been readied in capacities of 1TB (US MSRP $80), 2TB ($110), and 5TB ($180). It isn't known whether the FireCuda Gaming Hard Drives use SMR HDD tech or not. Buyers get a one-year warranty and three years free access to Rescue Data Recovery services.

Seagate's FireCuda Gaming Hub is going to be released shortly after the HDDs outlined above. As this is a 3.5-inch drive based product the capacities are significantly greater, as it allows. It is also much heavier at up to 1.3kg (16TB).

This discrete adaptor powered drive has front facing USB-C and USB-A ports which are both capable of 3.2 Gen 1 - 5Gbps. Thus, it can act as a hub, where you plug other peripherals. Seagate's FireCuda Gaming Hub has the same one-year warranty and three years free access to Rescue Data Recovery services as the HDD line. The FireCuda Gaming Hub is being readied in capacities of 8TB ($220) and 16TB ($400).

Whichever drive you buy you will be able to configure the RGB LED lighting with Seagate's Toolkit software or other software that works and syncs with Razer Chroma lighting.



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Whichever drive you buy you will be able to configure the RGB LED lighting with Seagate's Toolkit software or other software that works and syncs with Razer Chroma lighting.
Oh, goody. Does it, by any chance, default to “off”?

Okay, I'm being snippy (again) and no. I'm no doubt not the intended buyer. I get that. ;)
Type-C port on the front, but Micro-B on the back? Are they really that cheap?
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps) Micro-B interface.

Oh they must have got a special deal to lower the cost of making the drive. Why use a horrible connector when USB-C is so simple even my mum can use it without getting it wrong? What a horrible end user experience.
Not worth the hassle, Seagtae are a joke.

Terrible reliability (that's a genuine understatement, they'll fail garuanteed)

If you want to claim on the warranty, they'll deny they've received it, despite providing proof they have received it.

All based on first hand evidence of myself and close friends and family. Never mind the huge amount of dissatisfied users posting online.
The 2tb gaming hard drive is £293 on EBuyer, which is a loooong way from the quoted $110 MSRP. What a rip off.