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Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB HDD Review

Conclusion

Seagate gained a bad reputation for disk failures over the last few years, but the failures weren't entirely Seagate's fault. For many years large retailers shipped drives in substandard packaging. It was common to wrap a drive with bubble wrap and toss it into an oversized box. A large and vocal web hosting company also removed commodity desktop drives from external enclosures and used them in poorly-designed servers. The company also subjected the drives to workloads they weren't designed for and published failure rate data. Seagate has addressed many of those issues and is working on a full image makeover.

Seagate's retail products take on a more aggressive look, but the makeover is more than skin-deep. Seagate includes two years of data recovery service to instill confidence in the consumer. The race to the bottom products with a thin metal chassis are over; the BarraCuda drives are very beefy and sturdy.

Performance and capacity are on the rise again, as well. The HDD vendors were barely innovating before flash came to the consumer market. Each new release was a baby step, but that changed after margins fell. These companies, especially Seagate, quickly learned that brand loyalty isn't as important in a commodity market. Hard drive sales numbers dropped as enthusiasts and mainstream users turned to memory companies like Corsair, Crucial, Patriot, and OCZ for SSDs.

Now the HDD companies want you back. When it comes to enthusiasts, there is very little incentive to ever go back to an HDD with so many low-cost SSDs on the market. For enthusiasts, hard disk drives are only a piece of the storage puzzle. Alone, they lack the performance of low-cost flash to be a viable solution as a boot drive. They can live on as secondary storage for storing games and other infrequently accessed data. They still lack the random access performance that so many have become accustomed to with flash.

Pairing HDDs with Optane Memory and other nonvolatile cache technologies changes the script and brings impressive performance along with the capacity of an HDD. The Seagate Barracuda Pro also offers more than enough performance to serve as a solid secondary storage volume.


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Chris Ramseyer
Chris Ramseyer is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews consumer storage.
  • shrapnel_indie
    ... what's a "NAND duffer"? I guess it doesn't matter since it has none. <grin>

    Someone gonna fix the typo in the summary/verdict box?
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  • phobicsq
    Where's the 20tb??
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  • ZolaIII
    20650951 said:
    ... what's a "NAND duffer"? I guess it doesn't matter since it has none. <grin>

    Someone gonna fix the typo in the summary/verdict box?

    A NAND buffer.
    Reply
  • sstanic
    What about noise please? That is basically my only parameter, along with size.
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  • lsatenstein
    I see WD Green at high prices. My last 1terrabyte drive was Canadian $49.00. Obviously a deal.
    However I should not be paying more than $60/terrabyte. for up to 2 terrabytes, and then lower cost per terrabyte for the additional terrabytes. Note the 3TB model at $102.00
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  • douglasfouts
    I went through 6 Seagate 2tb drives in the past couple of years. Even though I bought brand new in the box disks they would only send refurbished replacements and *every single one of them* died within six months. Had to reinstall my OS multiple times and lost a fair share of files. Seagate used to be *the* brand to trust for reliability but now I wouldn't take one for free, the last two dead drives are still sitting on my shelf still under warranty and I don't even want the replacements.
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  • ElMojoMikeo
    I have had two WD drives fail from the same shipment. I got both replaced with new ones from WD and no more problems with them since. I now put that down to rough treatment in transit. It still seems strange that parked heads still seem to cause some sort of damage in transit. Is there a maximum G force for parked heads?
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  • StevenRix_from_France
    Saying it's not entirely Seagate's fault is wrong. It is entirely their fault.
    You forgot to mention Seagate had and still has designing flaws on their hardware, going from platters all the way to bad firmware. Their customer service is also a nightmare, they keep sending refurbished drives that will fail in only a few weeks of use. Once you buy a seagate drive, don't expect that much from that company. I will never buy a product from them ever again, whether it is consumer or enterprise level.
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  • tom10167
    The barracuda pro comes in 12TB, I bought one today (!)
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  • Pixel13
    Do Seagate drives still run hot enough to cook on? I've never yet had a HDD fail--and I've never owned any Seagate drives. Coincidence? Doubtful.
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