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Seagate 1TB Barracuda ES_2

Last updated 2009-06-01 - Send Feedback
Related: hard drive, Seagate, storage

The Seagate 1TB Barracuda ES.2 is an enterprise-class drive, performing well singly or in a striped RAID. It was a solid performer in Photoshop tests, though not as fast as the Western Digital RE3. Six of these internal to my Mac Pro have provided flawless operation.

Like other Seagate models, partitioning and/or creating new volumes sometimes takes curiously long compared to Western Digital or Hitachi drives (easily 5X to 10X as long). This true on the Mac Pro and on the MacBook Pro (different hardware). However, once initialized it works without a hitch.

The ES.2 is very quiet, with head seeks barely audible.

CAUTION: see notes on Seagate drive failures (many models).

Raw data

Test mule: MacPro quad-core 3.0GHz
SATA card: Sonnet E4P
Enclosure: FirmTek SeriTek 2eEN4
Driver: SoftRAID 3.6.7
Drive model: ST31000340NS
Date code: 09183
Firmware: SN05
Site code: KRATSG # single drive $ disktester run-area-test -i 3 -c 1M -t 1G SeagateES_2 == Tuesday, November 25, 2008 10:45:08 PM PT, volume "SeagateES_2" (931.2GB) = ------------ Write Details for "SeagateES_2" (1GB/1MB, 3 iterations) ----------- Area (929.1GB) Slowest Median Fastest Average Range 0% 102.6 104.0 104.3 103.6 1.75 10% 102.6 104.2 104.3 103.7 1.66 20% 100.2 101.8 101.8 101.3 1.61 30% 99.5 100.7 101.1 100.4 1.55 40% 93.1 94.3 94.3 93.9 1.21 50% 89.2 90.2 90.3 89.9 1.07 60% 81.6 81.9 82.6 82.0 0.95 70% 75.6 75.6 75.8 75.7 0.13 80% 68.7 68.8 69.0 68.8 0.23 90% 61.5 61.6 61.6 61.5 0.11 100% 52.1 52.1 52.1 52.1 0.03 ------------ Read Details for "SeagateES_2" (1GB/1MB, 3 iterations) ------------ Area (929.1GB) Slowest Median Fastest Average Range 0% 102.6 103.6 103.7 103.3 1.13 10% 103.5 104.1 104.1 103.9 0.53 20% 100.8 101.3 101.4 101.2 0.66 30% 99.9 101.0 101.0 100.6 1.15 40% 93.5 94.1 94.2 93.9 0.64 50% 89.4 89.7 90.4 89.8 1.05 60% 81.2 82.7 82.7 82.2 1.58 70% 75.1 75.5 75.6 75.4 0.46 80% 67.9 68.7 68.7 68.5 0.84 90% 61.4 61.5 61.5 61.5 0.18 100% 52.2 52.3 52.5 52.3 0.36 -------------- Averages for "SeagateES_2" (1GB/1MB, 3 iterations) -------------- Area (929.1GB) Write MB/sec Read MB/sec 0% 103.6 103.3 10% 103.7 103.9 20% 101.3 101.2 30% 100.4 100.6 40% 93.9 93.9 50% 89.9 89.8 60% 82.0 82.2 70% 75.7 75.4 80% 68.8 68.5 90% 61.5 61.5 100% 52.1 52.3 Average write speed across the volume: 84.8MB/sec Average read speed across the volume: 84.8MB/sec # 4-drive stripe $ disktester run-area-test -i 3 -c 1M -t 4G sg4 ======= Friday, November 14, 2008 9:20:34 PM PT, volume "sg4" (3.64TB) ======= ---------------- Write Details for "sg4" (4GB/1MB, 3 iterations) --------------- Area (3.63TB) Slowest Median Fastest Average Range 0% 384 393 394 390 10.06 10% 395 405 406 402 11.55 20% 384 385 393 387 9.81 30% 386 392 393 390 7.05 40% 356 357 363 358 6.72 50% 342 348 348 346 5.94 60% 318 319 324 320 6.15 70% 295 296 297 296 1.38 80% 266 267 267 266 0.15 90% 241 241 242 241 1.15 100% 202 203 205 203 2.99 ---------------- Read Details for "sg4" (4GB/1MB, 3 iterations) ---------------- Area (3.63TB) Slowest Median Fastest Average Range 0% 385 390 390 388 5.26 10% 394 402 403 400 8.32 20% 364 388 392 381 28.41 30% 385 387 389 387 4.36 40% 360 361 362 361 2.65 50% 330 348 348 342 18.81 60% 321 322 323 322 2.77 70% 285 291 292 289 6.60 80% 262 262 262 262 0.56 90% 238 239 239 239 1.27 100% 197 200 202 200 5.00 ------------------ Averages for "sg4" (4GB/1MB, 3 iterations) ------------------ Area (3.63TB) Write MB/sec Read MB/sec 0% 390 388 10% 402 400 20% 387 381 30% 390 387 40% 358 361 50% 346 342 60% 320 322 70% 296 289 80% 266 262 90% 241 239 100% 203 200 Average write speed across the volume: 327MB/sec Average read speed across the volume: 325MB/sec
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