Seagate Barracuda 2TB hard drive review

Reading Benchmarks


HD Tune

Seagate Barracuda HD Tune read test

HD
Tune Test – Sequential reading test 4MB

The result is very good for a
mechanical
drive.

Seagate Barracuda HD Tune write test

Here
is also the write test for the Seagate Barracuda 2TB HDD.

As we can see the drive starts
to lose speed
as it get closer to the outer edge, so over time, and when you start
filling
the drive with data, you will see a drop in the write speed.


ATTO disk benchmark

ATTO has become a standard tool
for measuring
the data throughput of HDDs and SSDs. It measures the reading and
writing
performance, using different file sizes and block sizes.


Seagate Barracuda ATTO test result

With ATTO we can extract the
maximum
performance from the Seagate HDD.


CrystalDiskMark 3.0

CrystalDiskMark is quite a
handy
benchmarking application, as it focuses on the file sizes that can
cause problems
for a system drive.

Seagate Barracuda Crystal Disk Mark test result

The result for the Seagate
Barracuda HDD is
very good for sequential reads and writes, but in the 4K test, as
expected, the
numbers were very low.


Anvil’s Storage Utilities

As well as performing SSD
endurance tests.
Anvil’s Storage Utilities has a very nice SSD benchmarking application.
The SSD
benchmark tests many different aspects of SSD performance, including 4K
random
at different queue depths, and also sequential performance, but more
importantly than this, all using real test data.

Another very nice feature of
Anvil’s SSD
benchmark is the fact that you can change the compression levels of the
test
data. The compression levels of the data sets used for the tests can be
varied
from 0% compression right up to 100% compressed data, and there are
even a few
data profiles already included, such as database (8%) compression, and
also an
application profile (46%) compression, which is designed to simulate
real
application data being read and written to the SSD.

Anvil’s Storage Utilities is
still in beta
at the moment, but the application is currently solid enough to use in
this
article, and I have already verified the results obtained using an SATA
analyser.

I will include a screenshot of
the review
drive, and all comparison results will be presented in the form of
graphs. If
you would like to see screenshots of the test results obtained on the
other
SSDs in this article, you can do so by following the link here.

I will also be testing three
different
compression profiles, which are as follows.

  • 100% (non compressible data)

 So let’s begin the tests.

100% Incompressible

Seagate Barracuda Anvils Storage Utilities test result


The results for the Seagate Barracuda HDD are not that impressive, and
the
numbers that we get show that this is not the best drive for your OS,
on the
other hand if you plan to use the drive for storage then things look
better.

 

Let’s head to the next page
and run some
tests using PCMark 8…..