Reviews and Problems with Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT
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Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB
11 January 2010
Summary: The Barracuda XT’s performance on a 3Gb/s SATA controller rivals the Kick Ass 1TB Barracuda 7200.12, though it’s much more expensive. So don’t sweat it if you don’t have a board with 6Gb/s SATA yet (and who does?). However, the WD Caviar Black has higher average sustained transfer rates, lower random access times, and a higher burst transfer rate, so it remains our champion high-capacity drive.
Pros: 100MB/s-plus reads and writes; props for early adoption of 6GB/s SATA.
Cons: Performs better on 3Gb/s SATA; can't match WD Caviar Black; 6Gb/s SATA is unnecessary.
Summary: We were expecting Seagate Barracuda XT 2 TB to smash its main competitor, Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB, because of the use of the new SATA-600 interface, but this didn’t happen: both achieved the same performance level. In fact, Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB achieved a somewhat lower access time; so if you are looking for a fast 2 TB hard drive, Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB has a little bit of an advantage.