Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200RPM HD Review

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Performance Summary: The Barracuda 3TB displayed a few splashes of read-speed brilliance and matched up decently with the other similarly-spec’d drives in our tests. Taken as a whole, the differences between the three best performers were relatively small, although the trio beat out the Western Digital drives in our tests.However, one of those three drives is an older-generation Seagate Barracuda XT; the current Barracuda XT line is being phased out and will be reborn as a series of hybrid drives, so if you want a standard Seagate HDD with these features, the newer Barracuda 3TB is the way to go.

 

Prices for hard drives are most definitely on the increase these days due to shortages, and that issue is expected to continue (though it may abate somewhat) through 2012. Costs for HDDs are also not especially consistent from vendor to vendor at the moment. However, we did find the Barracuda 3TB for $229 in multiple places, which is frankly a good deal right now for the performance and capacity the drive offers.

Another factor to consider when making a purchasing decision, especially with a device like a mechanical hard drive that could eventually fail, is the warranty. Seagate used to offer a lengthy 5-year warranty, but this Barracuda 3TB has just a 2-year warranty. (The Hitachi Deskstar 3TB we put up against it has a 3-year warranty.)

The bottom line, though, is that other than the 3TB Hitachi Deskstars, there just isn’t much competition for the Barracuda 3TB. For the features and performance you get with this drive at the current price, it just might be your best bet for a 3TB monster.

  • Solid performance
  • Huge capacity
  • Price (comparatively)
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    • Short warranty
    • Not clearly better than drives with similar specs
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      realneil 2 years ago

      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.

      AKwyn 2 years ago

      [quote user="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.

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      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.

      deadmanet 2 years ago

      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

      OptimusPrimeTime 2 years ago

      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.

      nick4st 2 years ago

      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.

      rrplay 2 years ago

      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.

       

       

       

      realneil 2 years ago

      [quote user="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.[/quote]

      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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