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Seagate 2TB Barracuda SATA 3 6Gbps Review

ccokeman    -   December 7, 2009
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Testing:

To test the drives, I started with an image of Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1 with all the latest updates and patches and the testing software. Each drive was filled with data, then imaged to simulate a used drive. Testing is accomplished by using the Seagate Barracuda XT as the main drive containing the OS. This is done so that the testing is not just plugging in a raw drive and showing stellar numbers – that's not real life. You don't purchase a new drive to let it go unused. Write testing was completed before the drive was imaged. Each of the comparison drives were tested on the SATA 6Gb/s connection, while the Barracuda was tested on both the 6 and 3 Gb/s interfaces, to show a difference in the capabilities.

Testing Setup:

Comparison Modules:

 

Benchmarks:

  • Drive Tests:
  1. HDTune 3.50 Pro
  2. HD Tach
  3. SISoft Sandra 2009
  4. Crystal Disk Mark
  5. ATTO Disk Benchmark
  6. AS SSD
  7. PCMark Vantage

 

The benchmarks will give a broad picture as to how each of the drives performs so you can make your conclusions based on the performance of each drive.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup
  4. Testing: HD Tune 3.50
  5. Testing: HD Tach 3.0.4.0, SiSoft Sandra
  6. Testing: Crystal Disk Mark
  7. Testing: ATTO
  8. Testing: AS SSD
  9. Testing: PC Mark Vantage
  10. Conclusion
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