Seagate New Barracuda XT 3TB Reviewccokeman - November 6, 2011
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In the world of computing, everyone likes a computer that can start up and shut down quickly. The ability to boot into your system as fast as possible allows you to start the tasks you set out to do that much quicker. Not to mention that the older you get, the greater the chance you'll forget what you wanted to use the computer for in the first place! The sweet spot is about 30 seconds or less. It is possible with conventional hard drives, though very difficult to attain this "golden" 30-second time. This should be easier with the speed of an SSD, but the only way to tell is to test it out. To run the startup test, I used a stopwatch to calculate the number of seconds it took from pressing the power button on the case, to having a fully-functioning desktop. For the shutdown test, I began timing from the click of the shutdown button in the start menu and stopped when the system power was off.
Seagates "New" Barracuda XTR 3TB drive continues to impress with a reduction in start up time over the drive released in June. Shutdown time still falls into the six second range mirroring many of the comparison spindle based drives.