Average Bench: 95.1% (9th of 1015)

more Based on 78,258 user benchmarks.  Models: ST3000DM008-2DM166, ST3000DM008-2DM1, ST3000DM 008-2DM166, ST3000DM ST3000DM008-2DM1, Seagate ST3000DM008-2DM1, ST3000DM 008

The new 3TB Seagate Barracuda 2016 (ST3000DM008) replaces its hugely successful predecessor, the 3TB Barracuda 7200.14 2011 (ST3000DM001). Comparing performance between the two models shows that the newer drive has 12% faster sequential speeds, comparable 4K speeds, improved mixed sequential speed and reduced mixed 4K speed. Overall, the effective speed is 12% faster on the 2016 model. Since there is normally little price difference between the two models the 2016 version is the clear winner especially for use as a backup drive with its impressive sequential read and write speeds of nearly 200 MBps. See the current value leaders here[Feb '17 HDrivePro]

Excellent average bench

The Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) averaged just 4.8% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.76MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 168MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) is 52.9%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 77.6MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 0.69MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 78,258 samples)
Min Avg Max
102 Read 168 202
79.8 Write 136 176
61.8 Mixed 77.6 87.5
101 SusWrite 164 202
99.7% 136 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.6 4K Read 0.69 0.8
1.4 4K Write 1.61 1.8
0.6 4K Mixed 0.76 0.9
144% 1.02 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2.5TB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 198 199 202 204 202 200 MB/s
Read 192
Write 134
Mixed 81.3
SusWrite 201
111% 152 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.8
148% 1.03 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 178 195 193 196 196 195 MB/s
Read 168
Write 119
Mixed 81.2
SusWrite 192
102% 140 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.8
148% 1.03 MB/s
671GB free
Firmware: CC26
SusWrite @10s intervals: 99 101 101 101 101 101 MB/s
Read 194
Write 151
Mixed 81
SusWrite 101
96% 132 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.8
150% 1.07 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 35,055,525 HDDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $90 @ launch in Sep '16
BHPhotoUS $852 years
AmazonUS $994 days
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Gaming 106%
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Desktop 94%
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Workstation
Workstation 108%
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Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) - $189

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $1,257

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 Comments

Versatile, fast, dependable. The fiercest drive you've ever met...

Added 3 years ago.

Poor

2 months ago.

I hate it Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016 ım like is 2019 models 3tb dsik


Terrible

13 months ago.

I bought this new HDD for all my data accumulated in 15 years. Almost 2T of data. I have a lot of data types: zip, office, eml, rar, pdf, mod, waw, mov, png, jpg, etc, etc.... Smoothly transferred all data . I dont received any failure yet. I hope will not in future! :)


Excellent

15 months ago.

Everyone talks about the matter depending on how they fared. Of course, if you were satisfied, you'll give a good opinion about the product. Otherwise, your note won't be good at all. As far as my experience goes with my BarraCuda Compute 3TB (ST3000DM008), it has been behaving perfectly (intermitent use, as it's used as a backup data disc) for almost two years. Of course, I don't know what would happen if it was used as the main HD disc.


Poor

9 months ago.

Favorite of the data recovery services. Shat itself, with all my data... the cheapest recovery offer was 10-20 times of the drive's price...

Review  www.backblaze.com/...

32% failure rate for 3 year operation


Terrible

3 years ago.

With, after under four years of not so intensive use in a Synology DS413J NAS, a failure rate of 100% for the two Seagate ST3000DM001 drives I used in it , it is safe to say that this Barracuda series was a total disaster as is also seconded by many internet testimonials. So whether this drive was the fastest or not is totally irrelevant if it proves to be as unreliable as it is. Needles to say I think that I didn't replace them by other Seagate drives. The Hitachi 3TB drives I'm also using in the same NAS ran (an still run !) consistently cooler. Shame on you Seagate.


Terrible

7 months ago.

Get the 1TB Barracude instead as the 3TB uses shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology which can exhibit slow data write speeds and is unreliable too


Good

3 years ago.


Poor

6 months ago.

Get an ssd


Excellent

3 years ago.

Best bang for the buck!


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