Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA 6G HD Review

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Although Solid State Drives are all the rage lately, they comprise only a fraction of the overall desktop PC storage market. While SSDs are undeniably fast and enhance the overall user experience, they are also prohibitively expensive for many users and offer relatively low capacities. As such, traditional, spinning hard drives, with their huge capacities and low cost per gigabyte, still make up the lion's share of the market.

One of the more interesting hard drives to hit the scene recently is the Seagate Barracuda XT. Its 2TB capacity, 64MB of cache, and 7200 RPM spindle speed will automatically piqué the interest of many enthusiasts. But couple those features with the drive's support for SATA 6G and the story gets all the more interesting.

We've tested the Seagate Barracuda XT while connected to SATA 6G and SATA 3G controllers, and compared its performance to a 2TB drive from WD, and Seagate's own 7200.11 offering. Take a look at the XT's full specs below, then check out the rest of the piece to see just how this drive performs and whether or not it's worth springing for a SATA 6G capable mobo or controller...


The Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA 6G HD

Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB
Specifications and Features


Our SATA 6G Test Bed

The test the Seagate Barracuda XT, we enlisted the help of Asus and their P7P55D Premium motherboard. Among many other things, the P7P55D Premium sports a Marvell SATA 6G controller, which allowed us to test the Barracuda XT in both SATA 3G and SATA 6G modes on the exact same platform. As its name suggests, the P7P55D Premium is built around Intel's P55 Express chipset for socket 1156 Lynnfield-cased Core i5 / i7 processors. For more information on the P55, please take a look at this article.

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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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