Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB Hard Drive Review - HotHardware

Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB Hard Drive Review

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With the massive amounts of digital content now at our disposals, spend enough time in front of a system, and eventually it'll require a storage upgrade. We live in a digital world where games take up more storage space, cameras generate larger images, and camcorders produce higher definition videos than ever before. It's only a matter of time before even the average user saturates the drive in their PC. Throwing a SSD into the system as an OS drive will undoubtedly improve its performance, but it doesn't address the need for more storage. That's why the need for traditional hard drives remains strong, and consumers welcome advances in technology that provide additional capacity, reduced power consumption, and lower costs.

Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB Hard Drive

Today we take a look at the Barracuda Green 2TB hard drive from Seagate. Previously, the company's low power drives were designated with the LP nomenclature. But Seagate has made the change to a more recognizable industry standard naming convention. The 2TB Green drive sports a 5900 RPM spindle speed, SATA 6 GB/s interface, 64 MB cache, Advanced Format technology, and Seagate SmartAlign for easy integration. Do all of these features entice you enough to put the Barracuda Green on your upgrade list? Need more information? Read on to find out how well this drive performs as we run it through a series of benchmarks and give you our take on its strengths and weaknesses.

Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB
Specifications and Features

SATA 6 Gb/s
Average Seek Time
Average Latency
Form Factor
3.5" (3 Platter Design, 667 GB/Platter)
3 Years Limited

There are a few things worth noting about the Barracuda Green. It features the same 5900 RPM speed as previous generation Barracuda LP models, which is what makes it a low power product. But naturally, it should also provide faster performance than comparable green drives operating at 5400 RPM. Combine the speed advantage with higher aerial density from utilizing only three platters (667GB each) and the Barracuda Green targets the needs of users with a variety of system types. It’s also Seagate’s first 3.5-inch drive with Advanced Format (4K sectors) and Seagate’s unique SmartAlign technology.  We'll dig into those features on the following page so let's get to work. 

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Sweet, i'm a big fan of Green, low RPM hard drives, especially for mass storage and backup. I have a 1tb, and just got a 1.5tb WD green hdds. The 1.5 is used as an external back up and its Great! low rpm, less energy, 64mb cache.... it spins faster when needed and soo on. Though, i'm assuming they have low mtbf's. I'm really interested in those Hitachi drives that were posted here a few weeks ago. Those things looks amazing, like, an average of likr 15 years life-span realistically.

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Just one tip for the future... Majority of sales of "green" drives can be attributed to people who buy them for their NAS and HTPC devices. Dedicating 6 pages to all sorts of performance testing, and not a single page to power usage, temperature and seek/idle noise testing is a bit daft.

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I'm a little confused, why would you pick a low RPM hard drive like the green series over, say something like the WD black line?

Doesn't that lower RPM decrease the performance and speed your computer can access information?

And do green hard drives have a longer usage life because they spin slower, thus meaning less wear and tear or do companies design hard drives to last as long as possible and accommodate factors like speed the disk spin?

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The greens use a little less power and usually make less noise. This is good for Living room boxes and where ever quiet is a plus.

I personally use faster 7200 RPM drives with 64MB Memory Caches on them because I like performance in a rotational drive first. It's just my own preference though.

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Oh, I see now. Thanks realneil

and Yeah in my current computer I've got a 1TB WD Black, at 7200RPM and a 64MB cache and 6GB/S transfer rate since I figured it'd give me the best speed for a spinning disk hard drive

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Hi everyone, 

I have a questions about the SmartAlign technology on this Seagate drive.

Let's say I buy this drive and use it for data only in a Windows XP system. After a few months, i decide to buy a new PC that runs on Windows 7.

Will I be able to still view and retain the data on this drive if I just plug it out of the win xp PC and plug it into the new Windows 7 PC?

Thanks in advance.Smile

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Any ideas to my question? Thanks

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You should be looking on the Seagate support forums for this. Any problems people are having will be apparent there.

Seagate Paper on Smartalign Technology

I would just do it, but I would back the data up on another drive first. I don't think that you'll have any problems with it, but it's just a guess on my part since I haven't used XP for years.

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Thanks man.

I just found it strange because I read through the whole Seagate FAQs as well as the detailed introduction to SmartAlign. And I did not find any mention of the extremely common Scenario that i have suggested earlier.

I mean who would want to buy a hdd (for the storage of data, i.e. no operating system installed on it) that will be compatible with Win XP but loses all the data when used in a Windows 7 system?

Was hoping that Seagate would have clarified this Key and Common Issue with hardware reviewers. Smile  

I'm sure I'm not the only one that would be interested in the answers.

Thanks again for your help.


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