Portable storage at its best.
It’s been a while since we’ve reviewed Seagate devices here at T3 Towers. But the company’s latest entry-level external SSDs bring high-performance to its portable storage line, and it turns out to be a decent one. Meet the Seagate BarraCuda Fast SSD, a portable storage device that utilizes the speed of an SSD all in a small lightweight package.
The BarraCuda Fast comes in 512GB, 1TB (tested here) and 2TB capacities. We enjoyed the small and slim form factor of the hard drive, which is small enough to be placed inside your pocket. It comes with a green LED that lights up when it is plugged in. It uses a USB-C connector, and the package includes both the USB-C to USB-C cable and a USB-C to USB-A for legacy connections.
We tested the BarraCuda Fast with a computer running 7th Gen Core i5 CPU and 8GB of RAM. The benchmarks were performed while the hard drive is connected via the USB-C port on the PC.
For CrystalDiskMark, we got a reading of 564MB/s for sequential performance – at par with the promised 540MB/s that Seagate has claimed. Write levels come in at a decent 532MB/s.
For ATTO’s own disk benchmark, the BarraCuda Fast performed well within expectations. The read and write speeds are steady, evident by the results above. Write and read speeds from 128 KB all the way up to 64 MB are consistent.
The hard drive also comes with added software for both PC and Mac, along with a 2-month photography plan subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.
For $169.99 (624 AED), the Seagate Barracuda Fast is a little expensive compared to other portable hard drives. Still, its portability, performance, and added extras still make this one of the good external hard drives that you can add to your computer.
+ Great performance
+ Small form factor
Final Rating: 4/5