Last year, both WD and Seagate refreshed their hard drive series for desktop use. Back then we were positive about the new WD Blue 4TB, but we did not have to wait long for Seagate to answer. Today we test the Seagate Barracuda 4TB (ST4000DM005): how does this hard disk compare with its main competitor and all other 4TB-drives on the market?
While the product codes have changed and it is physically about a different product, the refreshed Seagate desktop series are still called Barracuda. The manufacturer stopped using numbers in their product names quite a while ago. In order to distinguish the two, the new variant can be found in the Price Comparison as ‘Barracuda New’.
The new Barracuda 4TB operates at 5900 rpm and with that it is mainly suited for data-storage. Anno 2017 this is by far the most common use for it, because the time when you installed your operating system on a mechanical drive is over by now. In the 3.5”-case are three platters, which results in the new ST4000DM005 having a higher data density than the old ST4000DM000 (most commonly sold as ‘Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB’). In theory the new iteration should be faster and more economic when it comes to power usage – we will find out whether or not this is the case on the next page. The cache remains the same with 64 MB.
Thanks to Alternate.nl for supplying us with the Seagate-drive for this test.
With an average price of 112 pounds / 127 euros the Seagate Barracuda New 4TB is the cheapest drive with that capacity in our Price Comparison.