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by Rob Williams on September 20, 2010 in External Storage

With our media collections growing larger by the day, it’s sad to look at a 2TB hard drive and picture it as not being “large enough” for our goods. To help remedy things a bit, Seagate recently released a 3TB external drive, and it today remains the only 3TB single drive offering. Let’s take a look and see if it’s worth your consideration.

ATTO, Real-World

While CrystalDiskMark does well to show the absolute top-end value of a storage device, ATTO doesn’t fall too far behind, if at all. Its test uses a wide-range of cluster sizes, for both read and write, but we only note 4KB, 64KB and 1024KB of the former. For those interested, we use a queue depth value of 10 for testing.

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB

Seagate’s showing is quite impressive here, as the 4K reads are on par with the two USB SSD devices we tested a couple of months ago, and the 64KB and 1MB results aren’t too shabby either.

Real-World

For real-world testing, we use a set of files and folders for the sake of measuring transfer speeds, and also convert images and music on the storage device to see just how well it fares for large intensive operations. For the transfer speeds, we use both 4GB and 16GB files and folders, and for the former, we also perform copy tests, which refers to copying the file or folder on the storage device. We don’t do this for our 16GB files and folders as some 32GB drives refuse it due to coming so close to the total density.

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB

Impressively, our 4GB file managed to copy over to the drive in 27 seconds, but none of the other results kept quite up to those insane speeds. The performance we did see is on par with standard desktop drives though, if not a bit better, when using USB 3.0. The only drives guaranteed to be faster are SSDs.

Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB

Once again, we see quite good performance here, this time even beating out Super Talent’s SuperCrypt thumb drive SSD.