Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA 6G HD Review

rated by 0 users
This post has 21 Replies | 3 Followers

Top 10 Contributor
Posts 25,800
Points 1,163,620
Joined: Sep 2007
ForumsAdministrator
News Posted: Thu, Mar 18 2010 12:43 PM

Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA 6G HD ReviewAlthough 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...

Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA 6G HD Review

  • | Post Points: 230
Not Ranked
Posts 4
Points 20
Joined: Mar 2010

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/$.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 4,817
Points 45,650
Joined: Feb 2008
Location: Kennesaw
rapid1 replied on Thu, Mar 18 2010 12:51 PM

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

OS:Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
MB:ASUS Z87C
CPU:Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 4770 ***
GPU:Geforce GTX 770 4GB
Mem:***ingston 16384MB RAM
  • | Post Points: 5
Top 500 Contributor
Posts 90
Points 945
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Calgary, AB
JoelB replied on Thu, Mar 18 2010 2:33 PM

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?

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 50 Contributor
Posts 2,356
Points 48,595
Joined: Apr 2000
Location: United States, Connecticut
ForumsAdministrator
MembershipAdministrator
Marco C replied on Thu, Mar 18 2010 2:40 PM

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

Marco Chiappetta
Managing Editor @ HotHardware.com

Follow Marco on Twitter

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 75 Contributor
Posts 1,248
Points 11,580
Joined: Jan 2005
Location: Florida

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).

Smooth Creations LANShark "Blue Flame" + ASUS G73JH-A2 + ASUS EeePC S101H

"I frag therefore I am!"

  • | Post Points: 20
Not Ranked
Posts 51
Points 515
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: Baghdad (FOB Prosperity), Iraq
Kasel23 replied on Thu, Mar 18 2010 3:37 PM

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. :)

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 25 Contributor
Posts 3,772
Points 40,510
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: New York
Inspector replied on Thu, Mar 18 2010 3:51 PM

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 :)

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 50 Contributor
Posts 2,356
Points 48,595
Joined: Apr 2000
Location: United States, Connecticut
ForumsAdministrator
MembershipAdministrator
Marco C replied on Thu, Mar 18 2010 4:06 PM

There is definitely demand for drives this size. I have a 7TB NAS device set up and I can easily fill it with pictures, music, and movie rips. A single blu-ray rip, if uncompressed can use upwards of 40GB in many cases. That's only 50 movies.

Marco Chiappetta
Managing Editor @ HotHardware.com

Follow Marco on Twitter

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 51
Points 515
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: Baghdad (FOB Prosperity), Iraq
Kasel23 replied on Thu, Mar 18 2010 4:09 PM

Haven't messed with blu-ray rips yet, but 40GB per movie, I can definitely see filling it up. Right now I have nearly 1TB of media (movies mostly), but they aren't much bigger than a couple GB each.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 6,372
Points 80,290
Joined: Nov 2004
Location: United States, Arizona
Moderator

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

"Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window."

2700K

Z77 GIGABYTE G1.SNIPER

GIGABYTE GTX670

G.Skill Ripjaws X 16gb PC2133

Antec P280

Corsair H100

Asus Blu-ray burner

Seasonic X650 PSU

Patriot Pyro 128gb SSD

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 500 Contributor
Posts 105
Points 960
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: Massachusetts
Zestia replied on Thu, Mar 18 2010 4:14 PM

So Marco, would you say that support for SATA 6g is wasted on this or any traditional hard drive? It seems to me based on the results that the SATA upgrade does little to nothing for Seagate's XT and I suspect this is probably the case for any other traditional drive that spins at 7200 rpm. Perhaps a 10,000 rpm drive or two drives in a raid 0 array may fare better but otherwise, what's the point? I feel like I'm missing something. Good review. I also liked how you set it up so that we could zoom in on each of the graphs independently.  Gracias!

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 25 Contributor
Posts 3,772
Points 40,510
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: New York
Inspector replied on Thu, Mar 18 2010 4:26 PM

Well if that is the case but if your using this for a daily rig or gaming there's really no need for 2TB of space :). I got like only around 10-20 Gb of photos, less then 50GB of videos :), 1 movie that's like 1-2Gbs only :) (i don't see a point in keeping movies on my drive after i watched them and most likely never going to watch again Smile) and the rest is programs and files :) if its for a computer i see no point, as for a storage device then ok :)

Marco that's alot of space! :) lol (is the whole thing filled yet? Big Smile)

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 50 Contributor
Posts 3,017
Points 43,210
Joined: May 2005
Location: United States, Virginia
Moderator

I could see them being handy if you wanted to fit them into a HTPC but then again you could use a NAS system which seems more practical.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 75 Contributor
Posts 1,248
Points 11,580
Joined: Jan 2005
Location: Florida

Hell, my NAS setup has 4TiB and my system has 1.25TiB of storage. Granted, I'm only using about 300GiB of my systems space, but that is because I move everything that can be run remotely to the NAS.

Smooth Creations LANShark "Blue Flame" + ASUS G73JH-A2 + ASUS EeePC S101H

"I frag therefore I am!"

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 50 Contributor
Posts 2,356
Points 48,595
Joined: Apr 2000
Location: United States, Connecticut
ForumsAdministrator
MembershipAdministrator
Marco C replied on Thu, Mar 18 2010 6:41 PM

At this point, yes, I'd say SATA 6G is wasted on spinning hard drives. When it's native to the chipset, has some time mature, and next-gen drives hit, who knows if that'll still be true. But as of today, it's just a bullet point in the specs.

Marco Chiappetta
Managing Editor @ HotHardware.com

Follow Marco on Twitter

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 500 Contributor
Posts 318
Points 3,180
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: Louisiana
la_guy_10 replied on Thu, Mar 18 2010 10:48 PM

I have had both Seagate and Western Digital drives and both performed nice. I have also herd that we cannot saturate the 3gbps spec so the 6gbps must be a selling point. Either way you cannot go wrong like Marco said just stay with the 7200 rpm and you will be alright.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 500 Contributor
Posts 180
Points 1,660
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Biddeford, ME

Nice Hard drive.... and its 7200 rpm I wouldve thought higher

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 100 Contributor
Posts 862
Points 11,010
Joined: Apr 2008
RyuGTX replied on Fri, Mar 19 2010 4:06 PM

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.

 

If you think you can’t do something, you’ll never be able to do it. No matter how easy it is.
  • | Post Points: 5
Top 75 Contributor
Posts 1,809
Points 18,105
Joined: May 2009
Location: Waikiki

Who's a Giga What?!

WD...My favorite! I am glad to see the prices coming down on these. Newegg has an Hitachi for 139$

I have two Hatachi's and have never had a problem with them. But I would much rather have WD!

Now with DX11 I am sure you will see bigger file sizes for games so the extra space will come in handy, On the DCC side, this much space is almost essential, when using HDRI's and high poly scenes. When you are doing final renders and working with HD content, just a few minutes of those images takes up a ton of space. And when you start editing and compositing that space doubles, triples...etc.

Now all I need to do is wait around four months and hopefully this one will be around $140 :)

Intel Core i7-875K Quad
Asetek 510LC 120MM
4GB Kingston Hyper-X DDR-3
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
CyberPower 800 PSU
Kingston 64GB SSD 
2 Hitachi 1-TB HDD'S
FirePro V8800
8X Blu-Ray DVD±R/±RW
HPw2207 22" LCD
Cintiq 21UX
CoolerMaster 690II Advance
Win 7 Pro 64 bit
Special thanks to HotHardware.com!
  • | Post Points: 20
Top 25 Contributor
Posts 3,772
Points 40,510
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: New York
Inspector replied on Sun, Mar 21 2010 2:50 PM

If i need a new hard drive and this drops to the 100-150 range in up for it :). I would probably never use up all the space but its handy to have around :) i always do backups of my files before i open them to edit so ya :)

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 37
Points 335
Joined: Mar 2010
a750gixr replied on Thu, Mar 25 2010 11:40 PM

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.

  • | Post Points: 5
Page 1 of 1 (22 items) | RSS