Although it will cost you a bit of a premium, the Seagate Barracuda LP 2TBgives you huge amount of storage in a single 3.5″ HDD thanks to 4 500GB platters.  The LP denotes a low power drive, in this case the drive is designed to run at an odd 5900RPM.  That slightly increased platter speed, along with the 32MB cache ensure that this drive is not left eating the dirt of a 7200RPM drive.  While it’s performance did lag behind the VelociRaptors of the world, it was not completely outclassed in Bjorn3D’s testing.  As they point out at the end of their review, this is a drive designed for large scale storage not for blazing speed.

“Hard Drive suppliers have recognized this and have alternative ‘Green Drives’ available for those that want to have good performance, tons of storage, and keep utility costs down. To that end we’re going to take a look at the Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB 5900 RPM drive that consumes only 3.88 Watts Idle and 6.88 Watts during drive operations. The idle power consumption on this ‘Green’ drive is barely more than some LED power lights you see on common electrical appliances (Some LEDS operate at 3.3w). Lower power consumption, great performance, entry level pricing, there’s a lot to like about he Seagate Barracuda LP 2 Terabyte drive.”

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