Seagate 750 GB Barracuda SATA 3.0 GB/s 7200.10Former staff writer - June 22, 2006
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Price: $429 USD
Can you smell what Seagate is cooking?! That’s right Western Digital, Hitachi, Samsung, and Fujitsu. Seagate has released their SATA 750 GB Sea monster, the Barracuda. This is also the first perpendicular recording hard drive on the market and it is so big that it’ll take the average user years to fill.
The hard drive is a major component of anyone’s computer system. It stores your operating system, videos, mp3s and games along with any other business or personal programs you prefer. So when you think of a hard drive, the first two thoughts that should come to mind are: reliability and storage. The Seagate 750 GB SATA Barracuda has the storage capacity, but is it reliable? If you were to ask me that question about ten years ago I would have said no, but within the last five years Seagate has become one of the most trusted players in the reliability category. This information comes first hand, I am running two of their drives now, they are both four years old, and I haven’t had a problem yet.
Seagate was founded in 1979 and was the first manufacturer to produce a 5.25” hard drive. Being in business for twenty-seven years is a long time in this industry and this is the reason why Seagate in now always on the front line with new technologies and more so reliability.
So lets take a look at this Monster!
On the outside the Seagate 750 GB Barracuda looks like any other hard drive but beware of its contents, this is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
A closer look at the bottom of the drive shows that it is no different than other drives, just don’t block the breather hole.
A look at the interface shows that the drive is SATA and if you look at the far right of it you can see that there is a jumper in it. Unlike ATA hard drives, this is not to set the drive as a master or slave. It is used for other purposes, which will be discussed later in this review.
The exterior, as I referred to earlier, is the same as many hard drives on the market today: not very impressive. With that said, let's find out why this hard drive is unlike any other.