Four 3 TB Hard Drives, Tested And Reviewed

Comparison Table And Test Setup

Comparison Table

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ManufacturerHitachiHitachiSeagateWestern Digital
FamilyDeskstar 5K3000Deskstar 7K3000Barracuda XTCaviar Green
Form Factor3.5"3.5"3.5"3.5"
Capacity3000 GB3000 GB3000 GB3000 GB
RPMCoolSpin7200 RPM7200 RPM5400 RPM
Other Available Capacities2000 GB, 1500 GB2000 GB, 1500 GB2000 GB2500 GB, 2000 GB, 1500 GB, 1000 GB, 750 GB
Cache32 MB64 MB64 MB64 MB
InterfaceSATA 6 Gb/sSATA 6 Gb/sSATA 6 Gb/sSATA 6 Gb/s
Operating Temperature5-60 °C5-60 °C5-60 °C0-60 °C
Idle Power, According To Manufacturer4.8 W6.8 W6.4 W5.5 W
Idle Power, According To Tom's Hardware5.1 W7.3 W7.3 W6.2 W
Operating Shock (2 ms, Read)70 G70 G63 G65 G
Warranty3 years3 years5 years3 years

Test Setup

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System Hardware
CPUIntel Core i5-2500K (Sandy Bridge, D2), 32 nm 4C/4T, 3.3 GHz, 4 x 256 KB L2 Cache, 6 MB L3 Cache w/ HD Graphics 3000, 95 W TDP, 3.7 GHz max. Turbo Boost
Motherboard (LGA 1155)Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3, Revision: 2.0, Chipset: Intel Z68 Express, BIOS: F3
RAM2 x 2 GB DDR3-1333, Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D
System SSDIntel X25-M G1, 80 GB, Firmware 0701, SATA 3 Gb/s
ControllerIntel PCH Z68 SATA 6 Gb/s
Power SupplySeasonic X-760 760W, SS-760KM Active PFC F3
Performance Measurementsh2benchw 3.16 PCMark 7 1.0.4
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2006.07.27 Fileserver benchmark Webserver benchmark Database benchmark Workstation benchmark Streaming reads Streaming writes 4K Random reads 4K Random writes
System Software And Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
Intel Chipset Drivers9.2.0.1030
Intel Rapid Storage Drivers10.​5.​0.​1026
  • agnickolov
    Three terabyte hard drives remain premium products, not only because they're best handled by enthusiasts who know what they're doing, but also because they're the largest disks available and you always seem to pay more for the largest, fastest, coolest...well, you know the drill.
    Well, that's no longer the case:,13371.html
  • The_King
    Seagate 5 year warranty FTW
  • vdr369
    Seagate barracuda is pulling my heart with it's performance, but punching my pocket with it's price,
  • salb99
    the hitachi 5k3000 at max throughput uses less power than at idle, is it correct? also, video power consumptions here are the same as idle for all drives.
  • dww
    I don't see the point of 3 TB drives. Too big to use in most current systems, but too small to be a useful gain over 2 TB for those that CAN handle larger sizes. At present they're also too expensive, and once 4 TB drives come out in volume they'll be superseded. So I guess they're just a short term stopgap.
  • excidium
    Graph labels for the 7K3000 are incorrect ( 5400RPM ) on page:
    Benchmark Results: Throughput And Interface Bandwidth

    Haven't finished reading the rest of the article.
  • WD30EZRS recommended for NAS?
    how about TLER ? and the issue with frequent head parking ? Though the later is correctable with wdidle3.exe..
    Considering each green drive might have different rotation speed are you sure about your NAS recommendation?
  • monkeysweat
    i know 2TB is cheaper per GB,, however i only got 4 HDD slots in my case,, and 3 are in use already,, 1.5, 2.0 & 2.5 TB model drives + 1 SSD tucked under my card reader,, either i gotta spend more on a new case + drive or just spend a little more on a nice drive...
  • chesteracorgi
    With 2 Samsung 2.0 TB F4 Ecogreen (SATA 3.0 & 32 MB cache) and 2 1.5 TB Seagate Barracuda Green (SATA 6.0 & 64 MB cache) drives installed in my home server, it is my experience that HDDs are no better off on SATA 6.0 than on SATA 3.0. If you are looking for performance then look for a faster rpm rate: the 640 GB WD Caviar Black (SATA 6.0 & 64 MB cache) kills all of the above in speed. However, none of these HDDs can touch an older generation SSD like the Crucial C300 (128 GB).

    The most important characteristic of the HDDs is reliability. So far, since 3/11, all of the HDDs have proven reliable, while the SSD had to be RMA'd after a couple of weeks.

    But the story is not complete on any of this hardware as it is still premature to talk about long term results. I believe that reliability is the biggest issue with 3 TB drives and would like to see more on failure rates and reliability.

    BTW the average feedback at Newegg on large HDDs is about 60% positive (4 or 5 eggs) on large drives. I made a decision to buy only drives with a rating of at least 80% aggregate positive.
  • nforce4max
    I went with three 2TB Hitachi drives instead.