Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB Hard Drive Review

by AkG     |     March 31, 2011

Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB Hard Drive Review

Manufacture Page: Click Here
Part Number: ST33000651AS
Warranty: 5 years

In the cut-throat and slowly contracting world of spindle based storage drives, there has been an on going arms race between companies. The end result has been the introduction of faster and faster hard drives alongside ballooning storage space. Currently, price per GB is the only way HDDs can compete with SSDs but this hasn’t stopped manufacturers from pushing the boundaries of speed either.

Not that long ago we looked at the very first internal 3TB HDD available on the market – the Western Digital Green 3TB – and walked away very impressed considering it was a 5400 RPM drive. With that being said we were left wanting even more as the toned down 3TB Seagate XT we had “salvaged” from a Seagate GoFlex Desk external device hinted at the future of high performance drives. Today we get to find out as we now have an official, full power Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB to test.

The Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB is brand new product but it is already widely available at most retailers. As with any drive befitting of “flagship” status, expect to pay a slight premium for the biggest of the big as it has a real world price of about $240. Considering the aforementioned Western Digital Green 3TB goes for $199, it should be interesting to see how Seagate’s drive stacks up.

We have almost no doubts about this drive being a leading-edge hard drive since the Seagate XT 2TB was darn good. Rather than worrying about its performance, what we’re most anxious to see is whether it is worth its price premium over the $170 Seagate XT 2TB.


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