When you start to look at all of the space your apps, documents, photos and videos take up, it’s no wonder that your PC starts to perform poorly. Even with regular maintenance and removing , there comes a point when you need to consider additional for your PC.
There are plenty of , but today, we are going to focus on two internal hard drives for PCs. We will take a close look at the vs from two of the top . We will look at their similarities and differences and some pros and cons in order to deliver our final verdict.
With both the WD Black and the Seagate Barracuda you have multiple buying options. We are going to focus our attention on the internal hard drives HDD with a 4 TB storage capacity.
WD Black and Seagate Videos
A good place to start is by viewing these WD and Seagate videos for a quick overview.
The total run time is only a few minutes to view these informative videos.
Let’s continue by looking at how the WD Black and the Seagate Barracuda are similar. This will be for the 4 TB versions. The infographic further down goes into more detail comparing the different capacities and features.
The WD Black and the Seagate Barracuda have a third-generation interface, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, also known as SATA III. The bandwidth throughput allows for up to 600MB/s. Neither the WD Black nor the Seagate Barracuda comes with the SATA cable, so you will need to have a spare one or buy one.
Both the WD Black and the Seagate Barracuda are perfect for those who use their PCs for pleasure or professionally. They will help musicians, photographers, videographers, gamers and IT professionals.
Being RoHS compliant means that the WD Black and the Seagate Barracuda do not contain certain hazardous substances. Apart from being safer, they are also better for the environment.
So, now let’s see how the and the are different.
They are fairly similar in dimensions with the obvious difference of the brand design.
This is a black hard drive with the WD logo. It is 5.79 x 4 x 10.3 inches and weighs 1.66 pounds.
The black and green design helps to identify the series. It is 5.79 x 4 x 0.79 inches and it weighs only 14.7 ounces (0.91 pounds).
The Winner Is- A Tie
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The form factor is used to measure various components of a computer. The form factor is the size of space inside your PC where the internal hard drive will sit.
This form format is 3.5 inches.
With this hard disk drive, you have two options, 2.5 inches and 3.5 inches.
The Winner Is – The Seagate Barracuda
A larger cache will increase the read write speed of the data transfer.
This cache is an impressive 2X DRAM dynamic RAM) 256MB cache.
The cache is also a 256MB cache
The Winner Is – The WD Black
Revolutions per Minute
Again, you want to look for a higher RPM number because this means the disk inside the hard drive spins faster, optimizing the performance.
Here, the WD Black outshines the Seagate Barracuda with a 7,200RPM.
Although not as fast, it is still the average at 5,400RPM
The Winner Is- The WD Black
The technology that comes with an internal hard drive can make all the difference in its performance.
It has dual-core processing with twice the processing capacity which makes it especially good for loading games. It also has StableTrac, this keeps the motor shaft in place and reduces the impact from vibrations.
You can load files and applications faster because it has MTC Technology (multi-tier caching). Seagate Barracuda has the option for data recovery, but it’s not included.
The Winner Is- The WD Black
Value for Money
Prices will range from around $70 to $150 depending on the speed and technology. The warranty also adds to the value for money and most internal hard drives will have a one-year warranty.
It is more expensive than the Seagate Barracuda and sits at the higher end of average, but it comes with an industry-leading 5-year limited warranty.
It’s a good price, probably close to the average. There is a 2-year limited warranty.
The Winner Is- A Tie
Pros and Cons
Just before we give our final verdict, we will list a few pros and cons for the 4TB The WD Black and the Seagate Barracuda.
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WD Black vs Seagate Barracuda Infographic: Similarities and Differences
Choosing the right hard drive is not simply a question of which hard drive is better, but which hard drive is best for your needs and budget. This infographic boils it down so that you can quickly make the decision that is best for you.
A final word about storage. Have a backup plan and make sure that you incorporate these 3 layers:
- Internal storage
- External storage (as far removed from the internal as possible)
- Cloud Storage
Important Warranty Information
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Last update on 2022-05-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API