Sea­gate Bar­raCuda 4TB

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There are a num­ber of odd things about Sea­gate’s en­try-level drive. That its max­i­mum ca­pac­ity is 4GB rather than the 6GB norm; that this more ex­pen­sive model is slower than the 3GB ver­sion, with claimed sus­tained read/write speeds of 190MB/sec to its sib­ling’s 210MB/sec; that its spin­dle speed is 5,900rpm against the usual of 5,400rpm for bud­get drives.

Where it meets ex­pec­ta­tions is a two-year war­ranty and a data through­put rat­ing of 55TB/year, while the drives are de­signed to be pow­ered on for 2,400 hours per year. So this isn’t a good choice for sys­tems that are pow­ered on all the time or ham­mered reg­u­larly. It’s com­par­a­tively pow­er­ef­fi­cient, with standby us­age of 0.25W, idle us­age of 2.5W and oper­at­ing us­age of 5W, all of which are slightly lower than its main com­pe­ti­tion, the Western Dig­i­tal Blue.

It also beats the Blue for claimed read/ write speeds, but we found lit­tle dif­fer­ence in our tests. Aside from se­quen­tial read/write and ac­cess time in AS SSD, the WD Blue came out on top. The real tell­tale test was PCMark 8. Al­most across the board the WD Blue proved nip­pier, with a band­width fig­ure of 12.87MB/sec com­pared to 10.87MB/sec for the Bar­raCuda.

The Bar­raCuda’s noise level of 37dB is also higher than the Blue’s. A dif­fer­ence of 0.6dB isn’t huge, but it was no­tice­able to our ears. Mak­ing up for th­ese de­fi­cien­cies is the Sea­gate drives’ slightly cheaper price, so if you need ca­pac­ity over ev­ery other fac­tor then the Bar­raCuda re­mains a solid choice.

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