The Seagate BarraCuda bears the suffix Fast SSD. The manufacturer naturally raises great expectations here. In the test, we clarify whether the external hard drive delivers really fast speeds and whether the rest of the device is also convincing.
Scope of Delivery
The scope of delivery has a little surprise in store for the buyer. In addition to the hard drive itself, there are two cables in the packaging. In addition to a conventional USB 3.0 cable, a USB-C to USB-C cable also made it into the box – commendable. The BarraCuda can therefore be operated with either USB Type A or USB-C interfaces. In addition, there are rudimentary instructions and a 2-month membership for Adobe Creative Cloud included. However, if you want to use the latter, you must first register the hard drive with Seagate.
Both cables are around 45 centimeters long. This is sufficient for a compact external hard drive that is usually operated close to the computer, but a few more centimeters would not have hurt. For example, if the USB connection on the tower PC is unfavorable and the user wants to place the hard drive on it.
Design & Quality
The compact dimensions of 79 millimeters in width, almost 93.5 millimeters in depth and 9.1 millimeters in height immediately catch the eye when unpacking the hard drive. There are even more space-saving devices available, but the BarraCuda can easily be taken with you on trips – if necessary, even in your pocket. The low weight of 140 grams also plays a role here and the Seagate is hardly noticeable – great. We like the restrained, almost completely black exterior. The only color accent is the Seagate logo on the top. Almost three quarters of the top protrudes a little and is clearly separated from the rest of the case. The resulting edge shimmers slightly green. At least until the user puts the SSD into operation. Then the lower edge shines in a rich green thanks to an integrated LED bar – a very chic effect.
The processing quality also leaves little cause for criticism. The housing is largely made of plastic, which looks robust, even if it can be dented a little. The BarraCuda withstood our drop tests without any problems, so the housing skillfully protects the sensitive inner workings from damage. Seagate does not have rubber feet on the bottom, which is why the hard drive slides very easily on smooth surfaces.
Since the Seagate BarraCuda is an external 2.5-inch hard drive, it is wonderfully easy to set up. An external power source is not necessary, the hard drive receives the energy directly from the computer. The Seagate supports Windows 7 or higher and MacOS from version 10.11. Thanks to Plug & Play, no installation is necessary, our Windows and Mac devices recognize the BarraCuda immediately after plugging it in.
Operation & Speed
According to the information on the packaging, the Seagate BarraCuda reads at up to 540 megabytes per second and writes up to 500 megabytes per second. Our CrystalDiskMark measurements confirm these values and even go slightly higher. But of course only if the computer has a modern USB-C connection from version 3.1 of the second generation. Then users can look forward to 565 megabytes per second with sequential reading and over 538 megabytes per second with sequential writing. With a common USB 3.0 Type A connection, the Seagate does not quite reach the top values, but with 464 (read) and 284 megabytes per second (write) the hard drive is anything but slow here, too.
In order to test the hard disk in practice, we copy a large film file with 1.9 gigabytes and 4000 small image files with a total size of one gigabyte to and from the hard disk via USB Type A. The final speed depends on various factors, but a trend can still be identified. It took 7 seconds in the test to find the large file on the Seagate – an excellent value. The BarraCuda writes the images in 50 seconds – many hard drives have problems here, which is why the measured time is very good in this case. The large video file is copied back to the computer in a whopping 2 seconds. The pictures take almost 20 seconds – not a bad time either.
Heat & Noise
To measure the temperature development, we use the Seagate continuously for an hour. The case of the BarraCuda warms up significantly, the temperature fluctuates between 35 and 40 degrees in our test. Although this is not yet worrying, the value is in the upper midfield. The noise development is negligible. We do perceive a slight whirring noise, but with normal background noise, for example in the office or on the train, it goes down. We did not notice strong, unnatural vibrations.
Conclusion: Seagate Barracuda Fast SSD 500GB
The BarraCuda Fast SSD is a very good hard drive. Our only real point of criticism is the increased heat development. Apart from that, there is nothing to complain about. The Seagate even surpasses the manufacturer’s speed specifications via USB C and the drive also convinces with USB type A when reading and writing. The build quality is good, and we have to praise the compact dimensions of the design. There are also two matching cables included. With this we give a buy recommendation.
Last product update on 2021-07-31 | Source: Amazon Affiliate