Seagate Barracuda 2TB review
The Seagate Barracuda 2TB SATA3 HDD is currently one of the most popular disks among PC manufacturers; we've seen a lot of it in PCs submitted for our group tests, so we've welcomed the opportunity to put it through its paces.
Although this is a 7,200rpm disk, we don't expect massively fast transfer speeds from low-cost models. The disk averaged 133MB/s in our large file throughput tests, with a write speed of 136.9MB/s and a read speed of 129.1MB/s, making it one of the slowest SATA3 disks we've tested. Its performance in our small file tests was particularly poor, with a write speed of 25.5MB/s and a read speed of 37.6MB/s, for an average of just 31.5MB/s.
Although its throughput is remarkably slow by any measure, this is to some extent made up for by the disk's low price. This makes it one of the cheapest 2TB hard disks you can get, with an average price of a little over 3p per GB. Its slow access speeds mean that it's definitely best suited to serving as a storage disk, perhaps in conjunction with a fast SSD system disk.
Although its one-year warranty means that you don't have the peace of mind you'd get from many more expensive hard disks, it's excellent. Only the better-performing Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB keeps this disk from an award.
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