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    Default Seagate Barracuda 3TB

    3TB products may no longer be all that unique but in order to achieve such large hard drives, some sacrifices had to be made. In relation to their lower capacity brethren, such massive storage capacity meant four 750GB or five 600GB platters needed to be used which ended up increasing overall latency and lowered performance due to higher seek times. Now Seagate is pushing areal density to the next level by introducing the Barracuda 3TB; the first 1TB per platter HDD that boasts three terabytes of space (Hitachi’s new Cinemastar and Deskstar lines are only available in 1TB capacity for the time being) along with 64MB of cache.

    Read Bandwidth

    For this benchmark, HDTach was used. It shows the potential read speed which you are likely to experience with these hard drives. The long test was run to give a slightly more accurate picture. We don’t put much stock in Burst speed readings and thus we no longer included it. The most important number is the Average Speed number. This number will tell you what to expect from a given drive in normal, day to day operations. The higher the average the faster your entire system will seem.



    The average read speed of the Seagate Barracuda 3TB is simply phenomenal. These speeds are simply in a different league than any other drive we have looked at before and this includes 10,000RPM VelociRaptors.

    Write Performance

    For this benchmark HD Tune Pro was used. To run the write benchmark on a drive, you must first remove all partitions from that drive and then and only then will it allow you to run this test. Unlike some other benchmarking utilities the HD Tune Pro writes across the full area of the drive, thus it easily shows any weakness a drive may have.




    As with the sequential read speed, the sequential write performance of this new triple 1TB platter wielding drive is extremely impressive. Not only did we see a nearly 30MB/s increase in average write performance compared to the previous Barracuda XT 3TB model, the minimum write performance has also significantly increased. It was not until the last 300GB or so of space before the speed dropped below 100MB/s and even then it does not drop all that much. This allows the drive to have a nearly 90MB/s minimum write speed which is simply in a different league than any SATA hard drive we have seen, let alone used. To be blunt this drive not only starts out faster but also ends faster than anything in it class so you can fill it to full capacity and still not be disappointed with its over all performance.
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    Default Re: Seagate Barracuda 3TB

    I just got this as my main drive. It is fast and cool!

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    Default Re: Seagate Barracuda 3TB

    Once HDD prices return to our atmosphere and collective reality, I'll get a few of them too.
    I'm just lucky that I bought a few large drives before the gouge.

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