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WD Black vs Seagate Barracuda: Which Hard Drive is Better?

WD Black vs Seagate Barracuda

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 large files, there comes a point when you need to consider additional storage for your PC.

There are plenty of storage options, but today, we are going to focus on two internal hard drives for PCs. We will take a close look at the WD Black vs Seagate Barracuda from two of the top hard drive manufacturers. 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.

WD Black vs Seagate Barracuda – Similarities

Quick Glance

Name
Our Pick
Western Digital 4TB WD Black Performance Internal Hard Drive HDD - 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 256 MB Cache, 3.5" - WD4005FZBX
Seagate BarraCuda 4TB Internal Hard Drive HDD – 3.5 Inch Sata 6 Gb/s 5400 RPM 256MB Cache For Computer Desktop PC – Frustration Free Packaging ST4000DMZ04/DM004
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Western Digital 4TB WD Black Performance Internal Hard Drive HDD - 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 256 MB Cache, 3.5" - WD4005FZBX
Seagate BarraCuda 4TB Internal Hard Drive HDD – 3.5 Inch Sata 6 Gb/s 5400 RPM 256MB Cache For Computer Desktop PC – Frustration Free Packaging ST4000DMZ04/DM004
Size
5.79 x 4 x 1.03 inches
5.79 x 4 x 0.79 inches
Weight
1.66lbs
0.91lbs
Form Factor
3.5 inches
2.5 or 3.5 inches
Storage Capacity
4TB
4TB
Cache
2X DRAM 256MB
256MB
Revolutions per Minute
7,200RPM
5,400RPM
SATA 6.0 Gb/s
Technology
Dual-core processing, StableTrac to stabilize and reduce the impact of vibrations
Multi-tier caching for faster loading. Optional data recovery
Warranty
5-year limited warranty
2-year limited warranty
Prime status
Price
Our Pick
Name
Western Digital 4TB WD Black Performance Internal Hard Drive HDD - 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 256 MB Cache, 3.5" - WD4005FZBX
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Western Digital 4TB WD Black Performance Internal Hard Drive HDD - 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 256 MB Cache, 3.5" - WD4005FZBX
Size
5.79 x 4 x 1.03 inches
Weight
1.66lbs
Form Factor
3.5 inches
Storage Capacity
4TB
Cache
2X DRAM 256MB
Revolutions per Minute
7,200RPM
SATA 6.0 Gb/s
Technology
Dual-core processing, StableTrac to stabilize and reduce the impact of vibrations
Warranty
5-year limited warranty
Prime status
Price
Name
Seagate BarraCuda 4TB Internal Hard Drive HDD – 3.5 Inch Sata 6 Gb/s 5400 RPM 256MB Cache For Computer Desktop PC – Frustration Free Packaging ST4000DMZ04/DM004
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Seagate BarraCuda 4TB Internal Hard Drive HDD – 3.5 Inch Sata 6 Gb/s 5400 RPM 256MB Cache For Computer Desktop PC – Frustration Free Packaging ST4000DMZ04/DM004
Size
5.79 x 4 x 0.79 inches
Weight
0.91lbs
Form Factor
2.5 or 3.5 inches
Storage Capacity
4TB
Cache
256MB
Revolutions per Minute
5,400RPM
SATA 6.0 Gb/s
Technology
Multi-tier caching for faster loading. Optional data recovery
Warranty
2-year limited warranty
Prime status
Price

Interface

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.

Uses

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.

RoHS Compliant

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 WD Black and the Barracuda Seagate drive are different.

Differences Between WD Black and Seagate Barracuda

Appearance

WD Black Comparison

They are fairly similar in dimensions with the obvious difference of the brand design.

WD Black

This is a black mechanical hard drive with the WD logo. It is 5.79 x 4 x 10.3 inches and weighs 1.66 pounds.

Seagate Barracuda

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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Form Factor

Seagate BarraCuda Comparison

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.

WD Black

This form format is 3.5 inches.

Seagate Barracuda

With this hard disk drive, you have two options, 2.5 inches and 3.5 inches.

The Winner Is – The Seagate Barracuda

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The Cache

WD Black Review

A larger cache will increase the read write speed of the data transfer.

 WD Black

This cache is an impressive 2X DRAM dynamic RAM) 256MB cache.

Seagate Barracuda

The cache is also a 256MB cache

The Winner Is – The WD Black

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Revolutions per Minute

Seagate BarraCuda Review

Again, you want to look for a higher RPM number because this means the disk inside the hard drive spins faster, optimizing the performance.

WD Black

Here, the WD Black outshines the Seagate Barracuda with a 7,200RPM.

Seagate Barracuda

Although not as fast, it is still the average at 5,400RPM

The Winner Is- The WD Black

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Technology

WD Black no.1

WD Black Awards

The technology that comes with an internal hard drive can make all the difference in its performance.

WD Black

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.

Seagate Barracuda

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

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Value for Money

Seagate BarraCuda hard drive

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.

WD Black

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.

Seagate Barracuda

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

WD Black

Pros:

  • It is amazingly fast
  • The installation is straightforward
  • It’s extremely reliable and will last for a long time

Cons:

  • It is louder than you would expect

Seagate Barracuda

Seagate BarraCuda

Pros:

  • It’s an affordable way to increase your PC storage
  • Good read and write speeds
  • You can hardly hear it

 

Cons

  • The reliability is questionable

Video Comparison

WD Black

Seagate Barracuda

Download the manufacturer PDF manuals

 

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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.

WD Black vs Seagate Barracuda infographic

The Final Verdict

Today’s winner is the WD Black drive. The 4TB capacity and the 256MB cache allow for great capacity in internal storage and speed, but with the higher RPM and the dual-core processing, the WD Black is faster and smoother. It also comes with better technology, like StableTrac.

The Seagate Barracuda is a good budget option and we did like how you had the two form factors, 2.5 and 3.5 inches.

Installation for both is relatively easy if you know what you are doing. We found that there was more online support if you needed assistance installing the WD Black.

There will always be cases of products failing but we did notice that the WD Black had fewer issues over time. This, on top of the 5-year warranty, made the WD Black a much better buy, despite being more expensive.

 

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

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Last update on 2022-08-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API