3TB Hard Drive Round-up: Hitachi, Seagate, WD - HotHardware

3TB Hard Drive Round-up: Hitachi, Seagate, WD

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When we reviewed our first 3TB hard drive almost a year ago, the market wasn't quite ready for the huge storage capacity being made available. Fully compatible motherboards featuring the unified extensible firmware interface (UEFI) were still months away, and having to use a separate host bus adapter (HBA) card was inconvenient and added extra cost. But a year brings a lot of changes to the technology landscape. UEFI-equipped boards are prevalent, starting with P67 based products and spreading to the latest Intel Z68 chipset as well. Many of AMD's 990FX motherboards also sport UEFI. If you're building a new system any time soon, we've got good news for you. Chances are your mainboard will natively support high capacity hard drives out of the box, without the need for an HBA card.


Western Digital AV-GP, Caviar Green, Hitachi Deskstar, and Seagate Barracuda XT

If you're currently in the market for a large capacity hard drive, you've come to the right place. Today we take a look at four of the latest 3TB drives to hit the market, from Hitachi, Seagate, and Western Digital. Although each HDD offers the same amount of storage, there are some distinct differences between them. Read on to find out what separates these products from one another, and then you can examine the performance numbers we recorded from each drive after running them through our benchmark gauntlet.

3TB Hard Drives Go Head-To-Head
Here We Go!

  Hitachi Deskstar 3TB
$179

Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB
$179
  Western Digital AV-GP 3TB
 $154
  Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB
 $149


 

As expected, prices are coming down on 3TB drives. A year ago, the Caviar Green sold for $239, and now it runs for only $149. Every drive in our round-up is well under $200, so prices are within reach for many consumers. And whenever the next milestone in HDD storage capacity is reached, we would expect to see these drives around the $100 mark like many 2TB are currently.

Before we get to the raw performance numbers, let's take a quick look at each product and find out makes them unique.

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Wow, a site that claims to be about hardware reviews that doesn't know the difference between GiB and GB, or that Windows misreports GiB as GB... Nice work there.

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99% of the population has been referring to Gigabytes with the letters GB and we're well aware that Windows reports capacity on a 1024 base, versus what manufacturers list. This is an age old discrepancy that has been around for a very long time. Not sure what you're point is or why the need to split hairs and be so snide.

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@Dave_HH: He is probably referring to the fact that Giga is a SI-standardized internatinal prefix that MEANS something. It actually has a certain, deifinitvie meaning, that is not up for specualation or interpretation. It simply means a million (ten in the ninth) - Or rather, a million times what it stands before. 1GB IS one million Bytes. Just as a GHz is one million Hz. Just as a GW is one million watts. This is, actually, seventh grade curriculum. It isn't hard.

Someone created ANOTHER standard and claimed that One gigabyte was a 1024 megabtyes, which was a 1024 kilobytes which was...etc. This was, and have always been wrong a fact that IEC, who issued the new "standard" admitted themselves, by effectively cancelling it in 1999 - In other words, since 1999 - twelve YEARS, there has NOT been a standard claiming a Gigabyte is anything other than one million bytes.

In twelve years, it is safe to say that anyone who tests storage devices should have had ample time to adjust, IF they had at all been using the wrong standard in the first time.

Linux knows this. Apple knows this. Microsoft fucks it all up, as is their habit - show them a standard, and they are happy to incorporate it just a little bit wrong.

If you want to do it the wrong way, at least label it correctly. The IEC way of calculating byte prefixes as a function of 2 in the n-th has since 1999 (again, TWELVE YEARS)een known as kibibytes (KiB), mebibytes (MiB), gibibytes (GiB,) tebibytes (TiB) etc.

It is not splitting hairs informing you that you are giving your readers informationtly which is undoubtedly, and indisputably wrong. And I can fully understand him being snide when you do this for a living, but haven't kept up the last twelve years. ;)

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MrGA, I'm done with this painfully obvious point that you're beating into the dirt here. Everyone knows this and it is assumed regardless.

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By the way, all references changed to TiB and GiB, and the pricing table on the last page notes cost per GiB (formatted capacity) with a footnote that GiB is ~ = to 1.074GB.... and no one gives a rat's ass except for you two knuckleheads. :)

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But then what would the world be without us?

Well, at least without MS an too many others mislabelling stuff, it would be much easier to make people understand why their 2 GiB of stuff didn't fit unto a 2GB pen drive, or why "every file I send from my Mac to a windows user gets corrupted! It's missing some megabytes" isn't a corruption issue.

Generally speaking, people "knowing" something that isn't true only serve to make them ignorant, which too often seems to cause them to be very irrational and hot-headed. Doing occasional CS work sometimes feels like being locked in a room with creationists. Guess we all have our hangups. ;)

Kudos for fixing it up though.

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MrGA:
But then what would the world be without us?

Yes, the world needs people picking fly S*H*I*T out of the pepper. A noble tradition that has led us to the wonders of political correctness.

We, (the people who are here all of the time) have always understood what they meant, (go figure) and you're taking your little piece of knowledge and pounding it down everyone's throats as your own little crusade doesn't make you any smarter than the editorial staff. It's just solid proof that you're a PITA.

In case you haven't noticed, there are a whole crapload of websites that express themselves the same way as we do/did. You should go forth and conquer!

Your cause awaits!! (see-ya!)

 

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MrGA:
it would be much easier to make people understand why their 2 GiB of stuff didn't fit unto a 2GB pen drive

Cause the number of sectors is not always the exact amount, but it is close. I mean we could market it exactly the way it is, but what would be the point with today's marketing at stake.

MrGA:

or why "every file I send from my Mac to a windows user gets corrupted! It's missing some megabytes" isn't a corruption issue.

Don't know. I have never heard of an issue like that; maybe HH can help you out on that.

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TaylorKarras:
MrGA:
or why "every file I send from my Mac to a windows user gets corrupted! It's missing some megabytes"

Don't know. I have never heard of an issue like that; maybe HH can help you out on that.

The point he was making is that Windows based computers report and actually measure file sizes differently than Macs do. The way that Macs do it is 'the proper way' and that gives a Mac user license to pick Win-7's Fly Sh*t out of the Pepper if they're so inclined.

He's just picking at people Taylor. He's the guy that always got the crap beat out of him on the playground at the elementary school.

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Looking forward to the day I can pack 15 of these in my old md1000 and turn it into a tapeless tape backup system.

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