The Barracuda Green 2 TB
The Barracuda Green 2 TB, as you can infer by its name, belongs to the “Green” hard drive family from Seagate, formerly known as the Barracuda LP. All major hard drive manufacturers have a “green” product line, with drives spinning at a lower speed in order to save energy. The Barracuda Green 2 TB spins at 5,900 rpm, while regular desktop drives spin at 7,200 rpm. Therefore, the drawback of saving energy is a possible drop in performance. On the other hand, the Barracuda Green 2 TB uses the SATA-600 interface, while most other “green” hard drives are still based on the old SATA-300 standard.
In the table below, you can see the drives we included in our comparison. We included a standard desktop model based on the SATA-600 interface, the Barracuda XT, and the old Barracuda LP, which is based on the SATA-300 interface and doesn’t feature the Advanced Format technology.
|Manufacturer||Model||Model #||Rotational Speed||Interface||Buffer||Capacity||Price|
|Seagate||Barracuda Green||ST2000DL003||5,900 rpm||SATA-600||64 MB||2 TB||USD 80|
|Seagate||Barracuda LP||ST32000542AS||5,900 rpm||SATA-300||32 MB||2 TB||NA|
|Seagate||Barracuda XT||ST32000641AS||7,200 rpm||SATA-600||64 MB||2 TB||USD 160|
All prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review. The Barracuda LP 2 TB isn’t sold anymore.