Seagate Barracuda 2TB hard drive review

It has become clear that simply
conducting
endless benchmarks on SSD drives is pointless. Real users may run a few
benchmarks when they first fit their SSD drive, but most users just
want a
drive that performs well in the real world. They want their drive to
work
“out of the box” and work fast and smoothly.

Most of the latest SSD drives
can deliver
very fast sustained reading and writing speeds, but these alone tell
you very
little about how the drive will perform in the real world.

If you intend to use your SSD
as your
primary system drive, with an operating system and applications
installed and
running from the drive, real world performance becomes much more
important than
just fast sequential read and write speeds, in this case I felt that it
was
time to move into a different method of testing.

From now on I will only use the
log files
from the Event Viewer to measure the start-up and shutdown of the
system, and
also use filecopy to measure all my copy tests from a RAM disk to the
selected
storage drive that I will be testing. For these tests I will also
enable all
power savings features that are available, since I believe that this is
the way
that the majority of the users will have them set on their PC.

Real
world copy tests


I will now conduct some real
world copy
tests so that you can have a much better view of how the drive will
perform. In
these simple tests I try to simulate what a real user does with their
drives. I
will be copying some mp3 files, various picture and MKV files, and
finishing by
installing MS Office 2007.

As I said earlier from now on
all my test
files will be stored in a RAM disk and copied/pasted to the destination
drive
using filecopy. The filecopy utility will be used from now on for all
my tests,
and I’ll be using it this way to measure the time that it takes to copy
the
files.

Before I move on to the test, I
want to
give you an idea on how fast your RAM is. Below you can find the
results.

AS SSD DDR$ RAM test result

As
we can clearly see speed isn’t going to be an issue in these tests.

Read write tests – 259 MP3 song files (1.36GB
total)

I will start this set of tests
by copying
259 MP3 files from the RAM disk to the destination SSD and also from
the SSD to
the RAM disk.

Seagate Barracuda mp3 write test result

Copying
files from RAM to HDD

Seagate Barracuda mp3 read test result

Copying
files from HDD to RAM

The read result is very good,
but the write
test isn’t that impressive.

Read write tests – 3,377 JPEG picture files
(2.56GB total)

Continuing my set of tests, but
this time I
will be copying 2.54GB of pictures that are stored in the RAM disk to
the
currently testing SSD and vice versa.

Seagate Barracuda pictures write test result

Copying
files from RAM to HDD

Seagate Barracuda read test result

Copying
files from HDD to RAM

As it was expected, with
smaller files the
performance of the HDD is just poor, the write speed is even lower and
shows that
drive does not like small files, but read speed is still acceptable.

Read write tests – 1 MKV and 1 SRT file (3.46GB)

Copying a movie is very common
task for all
of us, and in this test there are two files that will be copied from
the RAM
disk to the SSD and again from the SSD to the RAM disk.

Seagate Barracuda mkv write test result

Copying
files from RAM to HDD

Seagate Barracuda read test result

Copying
files from HDD to RAM

As I said, if you are planning
on using the
drive for storage, both read and write speed won’t be an issue, but
keep in
mind that as you fill the drive with data both  results will be
slower.

Read write tests – ISO (7927MB)

For this test, I copied ISO of
the ‘Iron
Man’ movie from the RAMDisk to the SSD and vice versa.

Seagate Barracuda iso write test result

Copying
files from RAM to HDD

Seagate Barracuda iso read test result

Copying
files from HDD to RAM

The drive was empty for this
test and the
overall performance was very good.


Windows start-up based on the Boot Racer 5.00

Start-up time

On the next screen shot you can
see the
time that the Seagate HDD needed to boot into the OS. Before running
this the
drive was defragged.

Seagate Barracuda windows 10 boot time

If you are planning on using a
spinning
drive as your boot drive, then you need to have a lot of patience, as
82
Seconds is a lot of time for a drive that had been defragged before I
ran the
test, so over time I wouldn’t be surprised to see numbers closer to
100-120
seconds.

This concludes our review.
To read the final
thoughts and conclusion, click the link below….