Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200RPM HD Review


When it comes to adding a performance-enhancing upgrade to your system, a good SSD can’t be beat, but storage capacity is an ever-growing need as well. There was a time when a 1TB drive seemed grossly (deliciously?) excessive for the average user, but these days anything less than 500GB seems woefully undersized. Even casual users who play a few games, shoot a little video here and there, and maintain a modest music library need lots of storage.

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.

Seagate Barracuda 3TB
Specifications & Features
Model ST3000DM001
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity 3TB
Cache 64MB
Read/Write Seek Time <8.5ms / <9.5ms
Average Latency 4.16ms
Form Factor 3.5" (3 Platter Design, 1TB/Platter)
Price $229 (approx. street price)

Seagate has previously announced a simplification of its Barracuda branding, killing off the Barracuda Green line, donating the Barracuda XT moniker to a an upcoming solid-state hybrid drive series, and streamlining their Barracuda HDD portfolio.

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.

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