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Pros: Very good 162 MB/s read bandwidth with ATTO Benchmark, 3rd-generation SATA 6Gb/s compliant controller, Massive 3-Terabyte storage capacity on three platters, Outstanding total-package value, 64MB Cache buffer improves burst transactions, Low-power standby conserves energy, 2-Year Seagate product warranty, Additional performance available via short-stroking, UEFI Systems can utilize 3TB, out of the box
Cons: 2.1TB Barrier not removed via native hardware instruction on older O/S's, Previous Barracuda XT series offered 5-year warranty
Conclusion: The new 3TB Barracuda drive is able to yield a 10-15% gain over the old Barracuda XT. As our tests show, the new drive excels in the sequential read and write. However, the drive is a bit slower in the random write compare to the older drive. We believe it would be very difficult for anyone to notice these minute differences in day to day use.
Pros: Good sequential read and write, Low power consumption, 1TB platter, 4K advanced format, 3TB of storage space, Low cost per gigabyte
Cons: 2 year warranty, Random write is a bit slower than older drive
Conclusion: The new 3TB Barracuda is a bit faster in sequential performance than the old Barracuda XT, at lower power consumption. In typical desktop workloads I think it's fairly safe to say that you wouldn't notice the difference between the Barracuda and Barracuda XT. As our SSD tests showed us however, when really pushed the new Barracuda performs somewhere in between the old Green and the XT.
Summary: Well, its a harddrive, what can i say. Plugged it in, switched on the PC, went into the manage thingy for Windows 7 and formatted it. It works like any harddrive should :)
Some folks in other comments have noticed a click, its a double click on spin up and spin down, simply the heads moving on and off the parked position. Apart from that the drive is super silent.
Summary: It does make a loud clicking noise at completely random times occasionally, as the other posters have pointed out. But it sounds like the heads parking or unparking so I'm assuming it's normal.
Other than that, the drive performs very well. HDtune reports 177MB/s max, 37MB/s min, and 120MB/s average, with access time of 14.3 ms.
Summary: I agree with the other 2 posts, this drive does makes a strange noise when about to seek, It also has me concerned that is on the edge of a fail ran a full format an drive has formated fine with no errors got to admit though am a little concerned now this is the 3rd post
Other than that, it is very fast!
Seagate's 3TB Barracuda performs well and helps consolidate storage space
Good Gear Guide.au
15 May 2012
Summary: Seagate's 3TB Barracuda is a good performer and it provides a lot of space in a single hard disk package. We also found it to be a relatively cool and quiet performer. It will work best as a secondary drive in a typical PC, but a motherboard with a UEFI BIOS will be required if you want to use it as a boot drive.
Pros: 3TB, Runs cool and quiet, Good performance
Cons: Can be tricky to install, Needs a modern motherboard if it's to be used as a boot disk
Summary: I would have to agree with the other poster, this drive makes a strange noise when about to seek, It also has me concerned that is on the edge of a fail (I will run some tools from UBCD) and see what happens.
Other than that, it is very fast!
Seagate Barracuda 3TB Review; A 1TB / Platter Monster is Unleashed
31 October 2011
Conclusion: Back in 1980 when Shugart Technology – what was later to become Seagate – created the first 5.25” form factor hard drive, they began laying the foundation for a legacy of innovation which has now spanned over three decades. In the intervening years Seagate may have had some rocky moments but they are still known for consistently producing some of the most reliable, cutting edge storage devices on the market.