|Seagate Barracuda 3TB Hard Drive ST3000DM001|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 01 November 2011|
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ATTO Disk Benchmark
The ATTO Disk Benchmark program is free, and offers a comprehensive set of test variables to work with. In terms of disk performance, it measures interface transfer rates at various intervals for a user-specified length and then reports read and write speeds for these spot-tests. There are some minor improvements made to the 2.46 version of the program that allow for test lengths up to 2GB, but all of our benchmarks are conducted with 256MB total length. ATTO Disk Benchmark requires that an active partition be set on the drive being tested. Please consider the results displayed by this benchmark to be basic bandwidth speed performance indicators.
ATTO Disk Benchmark offered very consistent results for both the Seagate Barracuda XT ST33000651AS (five-platter) and new Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 (three-platter). Both hard drives shared a nearly identical read and write ramp-up to their maximum output, and both produced similar test scores. After comparing the results, it appears that the new Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 (three-platter) hard drive shows an advantage with this test. The read and write speeds were just a few MB/s faster with the new Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001, but they reach that maximum output just a bit quicker.
Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB Hard Drive ST33000651AS (Five-Platter)
Seagate Barracuda 3TB Hard Drive ST3000DM001 (Three-Platter)
In the next section, Benchmark Reviews tests sequential performance using the CrystalDiskMark 3.0 software tool...