Seagate Barracuda 3TB: 1TB Platter Behemoth

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Real World Performance

A Windows 7 image loaded with our test suite was cloned to a 50GB partition at the beginning of each drive and our entire test suite was run start to finish 3 times with a reboot and defragmentation in between runs except for the Momentus XT (defragmentation resets optimizations made to the XT's flash memory). Average times were collected for comparison.

The Barracuda 3TB was in the middle of the pack in our loading tests, slightly behind some older high capacity 7200 RPM models, but ahead of the 5400/5900 econo-drives.

In application performance, the Barracuda 3TB topped the chart with a more or less average ExactFile result, but an exceptionally fast time in TrueCrypt.

When it came to copying files to itself, the Barracuda did exceptionally well with large files while small files gave it some difficulty. This mirrors the results of the application tests.

In timed installs of PowerDVD and 3DMark06, the Barracuda placed third, though the relative difference between most of the drives is quite small.

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