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Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT 6Gb/s SATA III Hard Drive Review

Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT 6Gb/s SATA III Hard Drive Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: On the PCSTATS test bench today is Seagate's 3TB, 6Gb/s SATA III Barracuda XT hard drive which gets around the 2.1TB desktop storage capacity limitation by creating two partitions (2.1TB + 0.9TB) with the aid of Seagate's free DiskWizard software.
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HDD Benchmark: File Transfer & Conclusions

File Copying

For this test a single 8.5GB file is copied from an OCZ Vertex 2 SSD system disk to the test disk (write to), from the test disk to the OCZ Vertex 2 SSD (read from), and from the test disk to itself (read and write to self). While this test is heavily influenced by the SATA controller and by the number of files being transferred, it provides a good indication of the sustained transfer rates capable from the hard drive being tested. Higher transfer speeds are best.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportLarge File Transfer Test - 8.5GB Single File
Avg. Speed: Write To: (MB/s) Points Ranking
OCZ Vertex 2 128GB SSD 56
Plextor PX-128M1S SSD 51
Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT HDD 63
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT HDD 63
Seagate 750GB Momentus XT SSHD 63
Seagate 500GB Momentus XT SSHD 39
Avg. Speed: Read From: (MB/s) Points Ranking
OCZ Vertex 2 128GB SSD 49
Plextor PX-128M1S SSD 63
Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT HDD 48
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT HDD 48
Seagate 750GB Momentus XT SSHD 47
Seagate 500GB Momentus XT SSHD 45
Avg. Speed: Read / Write To Self: (MB/s) Points Ranking
OCZ Vertex 2 128GB SSD 60
Plextor PX-128M1S SSD 48
Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT HDD 50
Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT HDD 48
Seagate 750GB Momentus XT SSHD 38
Seagate 500GB Momentus XT SSHD 36

A simple copying test in Windows Explorer illustrates the basic advantages this 3TB Seagate Barracuda XT drive brings to the table.

Breaking the 3TB Barrier in Two Steps

Hard drive capacity is always on the up and up, but the standards which enable the PC to access those Terabytes of data change much less frequently.

With the 3TB Barracuda XT, Seagate has inaugurated the era of +2.1TB SATA III storage devices for mainstream desktop computers.

What's notable about Seagate's 3.5" desktop 3TB Barracuda XT hard drive is its five platter 7200RPM spindle speed, 64MB of onboard cache and SATA 6Gb/s NCQ support. Seagate gets around the 2.1TB desktop storage capacity limitation by creating two partitions (2.1TB + 0.9TB) from the 3TB drive with the aid of its free DiskWizard software.

As we saw in the benchmarks the 3TB Barracuda XT drive performed well compared to HDDs of similar capacity. On the price per GB front, the 3TB Barracuda runs about $0.13/GB, or $390USD. While SSDs are markedly faster, at a price of nearly ~$1.58/GB (120GB) SSDs are hardly cost effective for storing GBs of movie, television and music data.

Hard drives are the fundamental building blocks of every computer system, it's good to know that Seagate is so confident about about its Barracuda XT series that the company backs each drive with a 5 year warranty! That's commitment. Whatever type of PC you're building, the 3TB Seagate Barracuda XT is a worthwhile hard drive to consider.

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Contents of Article: Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT
 Pg 1.  Seagate 3TB Barracuda XT 6Gb/s SATA III Hard Drive Review
 Pg 2.  Seagate's Solution to the 2.1TB Barrier - DiskWizard
 Pg 3.  6Gb/s SATA III Requirements
 Pg 4.  HDD Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 5.  HDD Benchmarks: HD Tune Pro Read / Write
 Pg 6.  HDD Benchmarks: Sandra 2011
 Pg 7.  HDD Benchmarks: HD Tach
 Pg 8.  — HDD Benchmark: File Transfer & Conclusions

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