Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB SATA 6Gb/s (ST2000DL003) Hard Drive

Long gone are the days when one used to be content by downloading 3-4 songs. Even generic users require bulk space for storing backups, music, videos, games/software- list goes on. Low cost, lots of storage space and reliability is the name of the game for secondary storage.

Seagate sent me their “green” version of their 2TB Hard drive with SATA 6Gb/s interface.

Now I didn’t have a SATA 6 Gb/s board with me at my disposal at first to test whether the “Green” edition drives some justice to the SATA 6 Gb/s implementation but Asus was kind enough to send me a board (Asus M4A88TD-Evo/USB 3) to review the board itself (which will be next) and I am using it to test the hard drive for putting up accurate evaluation.

Nothing much to add or emphasize, other than the basic specs of the drive itself:

Do note that Seagate did say that this drive comes with 3 years official warranty only.

Test Setup and Benchmark

The tests were done using SATA 6Gb/s cable that was bundled with the board.

Boot Load Time:


AS SSD Benchmark: Read and Write:

AS SSD Benchmark: Copy:

AS SSD Benchmark: Compression:


HD Tune Pro: Sequential Read/Write:

HD Tune Pro: File Benchmark:

HD Tune Pro: Random Write Access:

HD Tune Pro: Random Read Access:

Crystal Disk Benchmark: Read and Write performance:


ATTO Disk Benchmark:



Other than the boot time, the Seagate Barracuda Green (Formerly Barracuda LP) 2TB with the 6Gb/s interface does the job but it doesn’t really use the true potential of SATA 6Gb/s. Its just one of those implementations that is made to “move on with the times”. I am not saying SATA 3Gb/s days is a yesterday’s thing, but since AMD and the New Intel H/P67 is offering SATA 3 native support, SATA 2 will get an early retirement.


India (MRP)U.K.U.S.
Rs. 8,000/-£ 78.29

1.5TB version costs Rs. 6,500/- MRP. Despite a cut from 5 years to 3 years warranty, reliability and the lifespan of the product is something that buyers would appreciate more as its not feasible for many to take a backup of so much data, even for some power users.

As of now Hard drives like the 7200.12 rpm Seagate drive and Western Digital Black editions are a default choice for buyers today but this is something you could keep as an alternate choice. Nevertheless, its a good practice to keep a separate drive (SSD or a good enough HD? 250? 320? 500gigs? Your call) for the OS and the other drive as a secondary storage.

Update 11/01/10: Seagate India confirms that despite the “Barracuda Green” labelled drives coming with “Barracuda LP” drives, they are still under “Barracuda Green” which comes with  Ramp Loading technology recording head.

  1. Acoustics- yeah. It is one of the most important factor and something that usually should be considered for green/secondary storage drives. Another is power consumption and thermal readouts. Hardware BBQ is a brand new project but she's going good so it will take some time to get a full-fledged testing methodology. If you have seen the first picture, the drive is labelled as Barracuda LP and Barracuda Green. Barracuda Green comes with Ramp Loading whereas LP comes with "contact start stop".I've sent a mail to Seagate for further clarification in regards to the recording head. By the way, we usually put up pics of the stuff that comes to us for testing in Facebook so you can check it out ;).

  2. Thanks in advance. But i think that also a your opinion on the acoustic aspect will help, me and other, in the difficult choose:- Seagate Barracuda LP- Seagate Barracuda Green (that one reviewed here)- Western Digital Green WD20EARS.Thanks again

  3. Well, I don't a proper setup and the equipment to accurately get the noise level and vibrations. I'll be most probably be getting a media sample but not too sure which one. If I do get it, I'll keep it updated.

  4. In the review there isn't any reference to the Drive noise level and vibrations.. Considering the target of this type of drives, the acoustic aspect is very important. Can you comment the drive by the acoustic/vibration point of view? How is the drive compared to the previous Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB? And compared to the Western Digital WD20EARS (Green 2TB)? Thanks

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