Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200RPM HD Review

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HDTune Results

EFD Software's HD Tune is described on the company's web site as such: "HD Tune is a hard disk utility with many functions. It can be used to measure the drive's performance, scan for errors, check the health status (S.M.A.R.T.), securely erase all data and much more." The latest version of the benchmark added temperature statistics and improved support for SSDs, among a few other updates and fixes.

HD Tune

Once again, we see the Barracuda 3TB hit read/write scores with a wide discrepancy, this time on the HDTune Average Transfer Rate test and Access Time test. Note that in the Access Time test, lower scores are better, so our HDD smoked the competition in that one in the write test but came in second in the read test.

In the Burst Rate test, the scores were fairly closely clustered, but even so, the Barracuda 3TB didn’t fare especially well, and its CPU usage was ugly (2.9% read, 2.6% write) compared to the other drives (1.4/1/4% and 1/1.3%).

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