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Pros: For a 3.5 inch drive it is very thin
Very quiet under load and idle
No bad sectors or errors
2 year warranty isn’t too bad in case something goes wrong.
Benchmark performance results are listed below:
Crystal Disk Mark:
• Seq Q32T1: Read = 220.73 MB/s, Write = 145.27 MB/s
• 4K Q32T1: Read = 2.09 MB/s, Write = 1.454 MB/s
• Sequential: Read = 216.63 MB/s, Write = 165.37 MB/s
• 4k: Read = 1.18 MB/s, Write = 1.42 MB/s
ATTO Disk Benchmark:
• Read: 214.41 MB/sec
• Write: 175.16 MB/sec
• Minimum: 105.8 MB/s
• Maximum: 210.2 MB/s
• Average: 171.0 MB/s
• Access Time: 14.2 ms
• Burst Rate: 239.63 MB/s
• Idle = 4.8 Watts
• Load Read = 6.9 Watts
• Load Write = 6.4 Watts
Maximum Temperature while testing: 93.2 °F
Cons: Write speeds are a bit low compared to the read speeds
Despite many attempts the drive refused to enter its low power sleep state where the platters stop spinning and the head docks itself. Tried changing windows settings and bios settings but still couldn’t get it to sleep.
Overall Review: Overall this drive performed very well for a mechanical hard drive while running relatively cool. It’s good to see that mechanical drives are still improving and finally getting close to the SATA II (3 Gbps) barrier. Considering its low price, this is a great choice if you need a drive with more space than then your SSD.
*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.
Pros: - Arrived with no read/write issues
- Noticeable performance improvement compared to old drive
- No problems under GNU/Linux
Cons: - None
Overall Review: - Under Fedora Workstation 25, the drive benchmarks the following averages with a sample size of 10 MB: 155 MB/s read, 91.2 MB/s write, 14.36 msec access time
- Testing done on a BIOSTAR A880G+ motherboard and Phenom II X4
- Drive ran continuously for 21 days with no signs of problem
Pros: This drive is light, quiet and thin. The price is really good considering the size and speed of the drive. It has a large 64MB Cache which greatly speeds up sequential read and write operations. It supports the SATA 6.0Gb/s interface. This drive will not overheat your case! The hottest it ever got during benchmarking and formatting was just under 95F (that would be a cool day where I live in Phoenix!). The drive, in my testing, was whisper quiet. There is nothing worse than a loud hard drive, clunking and rattling when you are trying to work.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: The drive was recognized right away, and took less than 1 hour for a full format. I always do a full format (as opposed to a quick format) on every drive before putting it into production. This is a good way to weed out weak drives before they can cause problems.
The drive was very quick in benchmark tests (Crystal Disk Mark):
Sequential read speed was 212.9 MB/s
Sequential write speed was between 203 and 210 MB/s
As fast as this drive is, random read/write speeds were, of course, predictably slow:
Random read speed was between .670 and .733 MB/s
Random write speed was between 1.341 and 1.453 MB/s
With all the advancements we have seen in hard drive density, it’s amazing how little random read and write speeds have improved. Of course, SSDs don’t have the same physical limitations.
This is just my personal opinion, but I really doubt that so-called “performance” drives are worth the money in most cases. With the lightning fast speeds this drive is getting (at this price point), I think it is really in the sweet spot of price and performance. With 64 MB cache and rotation speed of 7200 RPM, you get good value for the money.
Pros: Two year warranty
10/6/2017 an update on how this drive has performed. In a word-Flawless.
In the age of uber mass production and even cheaper prices per GB ( Listen up sonny, back when gas was affordable, a 47 Gigabyte(!) seagate scsi drive cost me $500 and I was overjoyed to get it ( very short supplies) oh yeah its like 18 years old and while a little bearing noise is present it still works like new. you have to start treating current consumer grade hard drives like the 8-track tapes they are and be ready to clone and replace them every couple of years. come on folks under $30 TB?. I'm sure they'd be plenty reliable at $100 TB, like the so-called enterprise class drives.
I'll be the first to chime in that it stinks to get a stinker, especially if you don't install it for a couple of months. I've been using seagate for a long time and never was wronged, which is pretty good in the long term players market.
Consider the time you've spent building your digital archive. clone your data to the replacement and retire the original while you have no doubts it can spit your data up if need be. I'm on a two year cycle for the SSD that is my main boot drive, not that I've had any trouble, but I have to be prepared as losing my work PC for a day would be painful.
I still rate it....
Passed without fault my torture tests, which includes killing power while writing a big file and an overnight surface test.
No Bad sectors out of the box.
Cons: For those who buy on impulse or don't fully read descriptions, there are no cables or fixing screws included with a _bare drive_ However, they can always be found for just a few bucks.
Unless you have a specific reason, stay away from locking sata cables. Easy to damage a drive if you "forget" that the cables lock in place.
Overall Review: I'm hoping Seagate has tilted their budgets to better QA on products people trust their important memories to, even when they are foolish enough not to keep a full readable backup on an external drive.
I guess we'll see how many people complain about issues on this new series of hard drives.
The 3TB range is pretty optimal for a whole bunch of reasons and with prices hovering around $25-30 a TB this drive falls into the sweet spot of brand loyalty. You can populate an array without breaking the budget.
Seagate drives appear to have had some quality issues in the past if you read the reviews, but consider all the working drives people don't care to write a review about.
While today's manufacturing systems have reduced prices drastically, we're packing data tighter then ever and even a minor fault will result in lost data. (like all the pics from your bachelor party!). Keep good backups.
I consider today's drives sort of disposable; if you do also, have a look at the other drives in Seagates line, specifically the Firecuda, with it's five year warranty. Easily worth the extra costs if you can get by with a 2TB unit and do not have the budget to purchase enterprise level hardware. A five year warranty shows confidence. I need confidence.
After two years my drives get replaced and I use the old drive as a long term backup and I have a box at the bank holding my drives from the last ten years. One of em wouldn't spin up during the annual review. I eventually broke the stiction (GTS) and was able to mount the drive and copy all the data back to my PC. What's a ten year old 80GB drive worth ? ( $10) The data on it?..well you don't want to know what that is worth now do you?
I'm using this drive in a HTPC as the primary recording drive now, data rates are what I expected, your results will most certainly vary but in the 3TB drive segment, the Seagate puts on a good show at a competitive price.
I'd rate it as a good buy with it's two year warranty and five eggs
I'll update this review in the event of something noteworthy happens, but I expect it to be smooth sailing
Pros: This is a large 4TB drive. It's 5400RPM, so the read/write speeds aren't the best. I tested this drive at average 168MB/s write and 172MB/s read. I have been running this drive for almost a year and it still runs great.
Pros: Overall, the drive performs very well. The capacity is a bit on the small side, but a very good drive nonetheless. The physical size of the drive is slightly thinner than the standard 3.5" internal hard drive, which also makes it slightly lighter in weight.
Here are my test results from ATTO Disk Benchmark:
Average write: 208 MB/s
Average read: 218 MB/s
Overall Review: I've been using Seagate drives for decades and they are still one of my top brands when choosing hard drives.
Pros: This is a very fast drive with a 7,200 RPM spindle speed.
I benchmarked the drive compared to another 3 TB drive from a different manufacturer with a 5,400 RPM spindle speed. Both drives were freshly formatted prior to this testing.
The Barracuda's sequential read tested at 191 MB/s, compared to 114 MB/s for the 5,400 RPM drive.
The Barracuda's sequential write tested at 99 MB/s , compared to 79 MB/s for the 5,400 RPM drive.
In real world testing, I tested copy speed for a 6.36 GB folder with 745 files, both to and from SSD. Each test was performed three times and the results were averaged:
Time to copy from SSD to Barracuda was 62 seconds.
Time to copy from SSD to 5,400 RPM drive was 69 seconds.
Time to copy from Barracuda to SSD was 36 seconds.
Time to copy from 5,400 RPM drive to SSD was 60 seconds.
Thus, in real-world testing, the Seagate Barracuda drive was 11% faster on writes and a blazing 67% faster on reads than a competitor's 5,400 RPM drive.
Seagate has a two-year warranty on the drive.
Cons: The drive is not completely silent and has a faintly audible motor sound. Although higher in pitch, motor sound is a drawback that all physical hard drives share.
No physical hard drive has speeds that can compare with even the least expensive SSD.
Overall Review: I would recommend this drive for anyone needing a large, fast hard drive, although I would also advise them to regularly back up their data, which is good advice for anyone regardless of what storage they use.
Pros: Quiet Operation
Cons: None observed
Overall Review: I've had this drive for a few weeks and thus far it's been rock solid. This additional drive compliments the four drives I already have in my FreeNAS deployment. When this disk came in I added another and then dropped that pair in as an additional Mirror pair in my existing mirror stripe for a six disk "Raid10" in other NAS devices. With a total of 8TB of useable space this NAS provides a data dump of storage for my home lab environment. These disks are quiet and do not chew up a large amount of power. They also do not generate a shed load of heat either.
Overall a solid purchase. Seagate has cleaned up their act and I won't hesitate to purchase more when the time comes.