Seagate BarraCuda Pro 6TB
SCORE ✪✪✪✪✪ PRICE £196 (£235 inc VAT) from pcpro.link/274sb6
The BarraCuda Pro is Seagate’s high-speed option, designed to provide responsive performance for highdemand situations without worrying about power consumption and noise. Available in sizes from 500GB to 10TB, the BarraCuda Pro is the most capacious PC drive you can buy, and has performance figures to match: Seagate claims sequential read and write speeds of 220MB/sec. Crucial to this is the 7,200rpm spindle speed, which, combined with aggressive head movement, means it’s noticeably louder than slower drives (we measured 39.4dB from 30cm away). Compensation comes in the form of floor-wiping performance. It trailed the Western Digital Black in a handful of tests, but it’s the clear leader overall. There are a few key numbers. First is sequential read/write speed: it hit near 240MB/sec in both AS SSD and CrystalDiskMark, while the Black hovered at around 200MB/sec. The second is the access time ( see graphs, right). The Black is actually quicker than the BarraCuda Pro in these tests, but both drives are far faster than the mainstream models (aside from the SSD-enhanced FireCuda). The third figure is the overall PCMark 8 score, where it only fell behind the SSDenhanced FireCuda. Along with all this speed, the Pro comes with a five-year warranty and two years of free data recovery. It’s well worth the price.