Traditional HDDs don’t hold a candle to the performance of an SSD but the same can be said for platter based drives price per gigabyte.  For instance if you were to try to emulate the 3TB Seagate FreeAgent drive on an SSD you would be looking at spending at least $8000 assuming there was no premium because of the large size of the drive.  Thankfully Seagate provided a USB 3.0 connection for this drive which in the testing at AnandTech proved to be faster than the SATA connection, a very interesting trend and great for those who will use this as an external drive.   Along with the benchmarks you also get an explanation as to what the 2TB limit is and why it could cause some people difficulty using this as a boot drive.

“I’ve spent so much of the past two years covering SSDs that you’d think I’d forgotten about traditional hard drives. All of my work machines have transitioned to SSDs, as have all of my testbeds for reliability and benchmark repeatability reasons I’ve mentioned before. What I don’t mention that often is the stack of 1TB hard drives I use to store all of my personal music/pictures/movies, AnandTech benchmark files that drive my lab and to power my home theater (yes, final update on that coming soon). Hard drives haven’t lost their importance in my mind, their role has simply shifted.”

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