Samsung EcoGreen F4 & Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB Hard Drives

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Our entire test suite was run start to finish three times on each drive with a reboot and defragmentation in between runs for each drive except for SSDs and the Momentus XT (defragmentation resets optimizations made to the XT's flash memory). The best times were collected for comparison.

Load time was very low for the Barracuda XT, beaten only by the Kingston SSDNow, and the Momentus XT, Seagate's Hybrid laptop drive. Total loading time for all three tests was shaved by a few seconds compared to the 1TB Barracuda 7200.11. The EcoGreen F4 came in second last. It was slightly behind its predecessor, the F3, and the WD Scorpio Blue in total load time, a slightly disappointing result.

Application performance was even more impressive for the Barracuda XT, taking the crown in anti-virus scanning using NOD32, and coming in second behind the SSDNow in ExactFile. Both drives performed extremely well in TrueCrypt, but the F4's total time for all three application tests was five seconds slower than the F3.

When copying files to itself, both drives are pretty fast, particularly with large files.

Timed installs of PowerDVD and 3DMark06 favored the SSDNow and Barracuda 7200.11. Both the Barracuda XT and EcoGreen F4 hold their own here, marginally faster than the rest of the field.

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