Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200RPM HD Review - HotHardware

Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200RPM HD Review

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When it comes to adding a performance-enhancing upgrade to your system, a good SSD can’t be beat, but storage capacity is an ever-growing need as well. There was a time when a 1TB drive seemed grossly (deliciously?) excessive for the average user, but these days anything less than 500GB seems woefully undersized. Even casual users who play a few games, shoot a little video here and there, and maintain a modest music library need lots of storage.

HDDs continue to increase in capacity yet remain reasonably priced in light of solid state offerings, to the point that you can have yourself a multiple-terabyte drive for a couple hundred bucks or less. Today we’re having a look at one such HDD, the Seagate Barracuda 3TB hard drive.


Seagate Barracuda 3TB
Specifications & Features
Model ST3000DM001
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity 3TB
Cache 64MB
Read/Write Seek Time <8.5ms / <9.5ms
Average Latency 4.16ms
Form Factor 3.5" (3 Platter Design, 1TB/Platter)
Price $229 (approx. street price)


Seagate has previously announced a simplification of its Barracuda branding, killing off the Barracuda Green line, donating the Barracuda XT moniker to a an upcoming solid-state hybrid drive series, and streamlining their Barracuda HDD portfolio.

This 3TB drive is part of the new branding, and as such it features the 7200RPM spindle speed, SATA 6Gbps interface, 1TB platters, and 64MB cache. The transition to higher-density platters is a nice move on Seagate’s part. Along with a reasonably fast spindle speed (7200RPM vs. 5900RPM on its Green drives) and combined with the denser 1TB platters, efficiency in seek times and performance should scale up nicely.

Of course, there’s more to this drive than mere specs. Let’s dig in and have a closer look at the 3TB Barracuda’s features and performance.
 

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I like this drive. While it trades blows with the Hitachi drive through much of your testing, I'm more used to the Seagate name.

I do have a Hitachi 1TB drive here, and it's been reliable so far,.....but I have a whole lot of Seagate drives that are still within their 5year warranty.

Only one of them ever died and Seagate replaced it right away for me.

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realneil:

I like this drive. While it trades blows with the Hitachi drive through much of your testing, I'm more used to the Seagate name.

Have to agree, the Seagate harddrive bought in 2006 is still going as strong as it possibly can; they're not as unreliable as people make them out to be.

Relating to the hard drive, it's nice. I don't care much about the write speeds so the read speeds should entice me quite a bit... $200 is a bit much but in terms of hard drive prices out there today, it's actually pretty cheap. I wouldn't mind picking up two of these for myself. Seth does a nice detailed review as always; everything is clean, detailed and informative, one of the things that make this one of the best hardware sites in existence.

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I agree with ya there, I've always used either Seagate or Maxtor. I've never had an issue with either of them. Usually depended on what was cheaper at the time I was looking. As a matter of fact the hd's in my rig right now are Maxtor for one, and Seagate for the other. Have been abusing both for a long time, with lots of installs, etc.(Play a LOT of different online games) And they both are still running great. Wouldn't mind adding this to my build, starting to run out of room.(Only 200 gbs each) :-P

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Considering HD prices at this time, the 3TB Barracuda model is very cheap. I should buy one soon for back up purposes.

@Neil agreed, most of the hard drives that I have owned are Seagate, extremely reliable. If a hard drive is going to fail , it usually happen in the first week which in my experience, that has been the situation. I only had three fail ever, and trust me , I have bought plenty.

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My 500 GB seagate Barracuda drive failed a few months after purchase. I started hearing weird noises and later the computer would just hang. I upgraded the firmware and while it helped a little, it still stops spinning occasionally. In my country we have week consumer protection laws so I can't return it. I'll try Western Digital next time.

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thanks for the review and appreciate how solid and concise it is..

I have the Barracuda® XT SATA 6Gb/s 3TB Hard Drive Model # ST330000651AS in the HH Labor Day rig, purring right along without a hitch.

So Thanks Again HH for the sweet rig Smile   it is solid and reliable drive and would recommend it to others.without reservation for a 3TB drive.

 

 

 

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nick4st:
My 500 GB seagate Barracuda drive failed a few months after purchase. I started hearing weird noises and later the computer would just hang. I upgraded the firmware and while it helped a little, it still stops spinning occasionally. In my country we have week consumer protection laws so I can't return it. I'll try Western Digital next time.

Try using SeaTools to diagnose your hard drive and fix problems. It can repair certain anomalies and restore proper function sometimes. It's a free download at Seagate.com.

 

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