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With the disappointment that is SATA 6Gb/s out of the way, how does the Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB hold up against other magnetic 3.5in hard drives, and does it still have any chance to live up to its outrageous performance claims?

Our PCMark Vantage results finally give us something to get excited about, as this Seagate's relatively high density, combined with its huge cache and other architectural enhancements make it one of the fastest 3.5in hard drives we have tested. Impressively, it even beats Western Digital's VelociRaptor in one test, a feat no other magnetic hard drive has managed before.

In our set of Vista boot tests, again the Barracuda XT 2TB leads the pack and even dominates the 10,000rpm VelociRaptor overall, despite spinning at a slower 7,200rpm.

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