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Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB review

Alan Lu
19 Dec 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
230
inc VAT

Given the problems that we had in testing, we recommend holding off on SATA 600 for the time being.

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Specifications

2TB sata hard disk

Seagate's 2TB Barracuda XT is the first internal hard disk we've seen to use the new SATA 600 interface. On paper, it can transfer files at a top speed of 600MB/s, which is twice as fast as the existing SATA 300 interface.

We didn't expect the Barracuda XT to come anywhere near its theoretical top speed in our file- transfer tests, but we were still surprised that it was no faster than the quickest SATA 300 disks. It copied large files at an overall speed of 92.8MB/s and transferred small files at an average speed of 78.7MB/s. Buffalo's USB3 DriveStation (below) is noticeably faster, though its USB3 connection has the same theoretical limit.

We suspect this is due to the Marvell SATA 600 controller chip on our test board (an Asus P7P55D-E Premium). It uses a PCI Express 1.0 connection to transfer data between the disk and the rest of the PC. Our colleagues at www.bit-tech.net had a similar issue with a Gigabyte motherboard equipped with the same Marvell controller. Unfortunately, no other test boards were available in time for this review.

The Barracuda is also £60 more than a SATA 300 2TB disk. Until better-performing SATA 600 boards (or PCI Express 2.0 adaptors) are available, we'd advise against splashing out on the new interface.

Basic Specifications

Rating**

Storage

Capacity2TB
Formatted capacity1876GB
Price per gigabyte£0.12
InterfaceSATA 600
Power connectorSATA
Spindle speed7,200rpm
Cache64MB
Seek time9.5ms
Platters4
Heads8
Bearing technologyfluid dynamic
Noise (in normal use)32dB(A)

Buying Information

Price£230
Warrantythree years RTB
Supplierhttp://www.morecomputers.com
Detailswww.seagate.com

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