Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA 6G HD Review - HotHardware

Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA 6G HD Review

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From the outside, there's really not much to see with the Seagate Barracuda XT. If you've seen one 3.5" hard drive, you've seen them all...

 

 
Seagate Barracuda XT, 2TB, 7200 RPM Hard Drive

The Seagate Barracuda XT looks just like every other standard 3.5" hard drive. It's got a heavy-dute metal shell with a sticker on the top side and small PCB un the underside. The decal on the top of the drive is adorned with the typical branding, specifications, and serial number info. The PCB on the underside is pretty much devoid of anything interesting--the chips and other components that let the drive do its thing are mounted on the opposite side of the PCB, out of view.

The connectors on the Seagate Barracuda XT, despite the drive's support for SATA 6G, also look identical to other SATA hard drives. We wish there was something exciting to point out from an aesthetic standpoint, but there's not, unfortunately. Regardless, this puppy is going to be stuffed in a case anyway, so who's going to see it, right?

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I'd love to put a few of these in RAID5 and add them to my media server. Just can't beat mechanical hard drives for GB/$.

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Thats very true drew, I am also glad to see big players moving to SATA3, and hope it continues with USB3 as well.

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Interesting tests.  I thought it was the 7200.11 that had some serious reliability issues - which surprised me because you guys still have some that are running.  Or am I getting it mixed up with another drive?

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I don't think you are getting it mixed up. Since Seagate bought Maxxtor the whole product line has been in the crapper. If you ever send one back and get a refurbished HD in return make sure it's not the same SN# as the old one, I've seen them send the same drive back refurbished only to crash a second time. The third time I got a new drive after calling them about the same one that they sent back to me.

Wait for Western Digital to have Sata III drives if you want to get one.

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The 7200.11 had issues very early in thier life, due to a firmware issue. Since Seagate updated them, they have been solid.

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Interesting review and I'm glad to see the move to 6G.  Although it does not make any performance difference, drives will have to start moving to the new standard for it to become the dominate one.

However, performance was pretty lacking and the price hurts.  Of course, all the 2TiB HDDs are crazy expensive compared to the 1TiB ones.  Unless you're space/power limited, two 1TiB drives are much better (and cheaper).

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InfinityzeN:

Interesting review and I'm glad to see the move to 6G.  Although it does not make any performance difference, drives will have to start moving to the new standard for it to become the dominate one.

However, performance was pretty lacking and the price hurts.  Of course, all the 2TiB HDDs are crazy expensive compared to the 1TiB ones.  Unless you're space/power limited, two 1TiB drives are much better (and cheaper).

 

I think that the 1.5TB are usually the best price/GB.

I've seen a few sales on 2TB drives but they are from Hitachi. I personally would stay away from them.

 

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I've always been scared to even use 1TB drives. Crashes on massive drives are much worse than a smaller one obviously. Can't realistically ever see myself or the casual PC user ever needing 2TB disk drives (yet). Personally, would much rather invest in a faster, more reliable drive for the $$ (SSD). On the other hand, yay for technology advancing. :)

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I agree with Kasel that 2TB is a bit much for most people, what are you storing in your HDD thats 2TB??? I have 1TB and i only used up 600-700GB(Most my files are backups i had so if i deleted them i would have around 500gb) :P. As for buying a SSD, its not in my near near future till the prices drop to where its affordable to get a high enough storage for my files :)

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I have a 128ssd and 500 spinner as i call it...lol

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