HDDs continue to increase in capacity yet remain reasonably priced in light of solid state offerings, to the point that you can have yourself a multiple-terabyte drive for a couple hundred bucks or less. Today we’re having a look at one such HDD, the Seagate Barracuda 3TB hard drive.
|Interface||SATA 6 Gb/s|
|Read/Write Seek Time||<8.5ms / <9.5ms|
|Form Factor||3.5" (3 Platter Design, 1TB/Platter)|
|Price||$229 (approx. street price)|
This 3TB drive is part of the new branding, and as such it features the 7200RPM spindle speed, SATA 6Gbps interface, 1TB platters, and 64MB cache. The transition to higher-density platters is a nice move on Seagate’s part. Along with a reasonably fast spindle speed (7200RPM vs. 5900RPM on its Green drives) and combined with the denser 1TB platters, efficiency in seek times and performance should scale up nicely.
Of course, there’s more to this drive than mere specs. Let’s dig in and have a closer look at the 3TB Barracuda’s features and performance.