Seagate 750 GB Barracuda SATA 3.0 GB/s 7200.10

Admin - 2007-01-19 23:26:35 in Storage / Hard Drives
Category: Storage / Hard Drives
Reviewed by: Admin   
Reviewed on: June 22, 2006
Seagate
Seagate
Price: $429 USD
Introduction
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!

Closer Look
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.

Installation
The installation was quite simple; screw it into the hard drive bay in your computer, plug in your power and SATA cables and you’re done.








Formatting the drive was a different story. Using Windows setup, it took NTFS full format three hours and fifteen minutes to format the drive. This, of course, is due to its large storage capacity. Compared to a Maxtor Diamond Max 200 GB SATA, which took seventy minutes to format, the Seagate drive proves to be much quicker.

I was impressed by how quickly Windows installed. From initial setup to first boot it only took fourteen minutes.

This was the moment I was waiting for; I could finally put the drive to the test. So after installing all of my drivers and antivirus, I decided to see how long Windows took to load from power up to logon.

For a large capacity drive, fifty three seconds is not bad at all.

Comparisons

Barracuda 7200.10 Barracuda 7200.9
Maximum external transfer rate 300 MB/s 300 MB/s
Average seek time ms NA 11
Average rotational latency 4.16 ms 4.16 ms
Spindle speed RPM 7,200 7,200
Available capacities 200, 250, 300, 320, 400, 500, 750 GB 80, 120, 160, 200, 250, 300, 400, 500 GB
Recording technology Perpendicular Longitudinal
Platter size 188 GB (750 GB) 100 GB (200, 300GB)
120 GB (120GB)
125 GB (250, 500GB)
133 GB (400GB)
160 GB (80, 160GB)
Idle acoustics 2.7 bels 2.5-2.8 bels
Seek acoustics 3.0 bels NA
Idle power consumption 9.3 W 6.9 W
Read/write power consumption 12.6 W 8.1 W
Native Command Queuing Yes Yes

Features and Benefits
• Perpendicular Recording Perpendicular Recording increases data density while decreasing moving parts for a more dependable drive.

• Serial ATA 3Gb/s (300MB/s)
This product is configurable from SATA 1.5Gb/s to SATA 3Gb/s for easy interoperability.

• Adaptive Fly Height
Adaptive Fly Height offers consistent read/write performance from the beginning to end of your computing workloads.

• Clean Sweep
Clean Sweep automatically calibrates your drive each time you power up.

• Directed Offline Scan
Directed Offline Scan runs diagnostics when storage access is not required.

• Seagate SoftSonic
Seagate SoftSonic motor enables whisper-quiet operation.

• Enhanced G-Force Protection
Enhanced G-Force Protection defends against handling damage.

• 5 Year Warranty
This product carries an unprecedented five-year warranty.

Testing
Testing Materials

  • AMD Athlon 4600+ X2
  • MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum
  • OCZ Platinum Rev.2 pc3200 DDR (2x512)
  • OCZ Game X Stream 600W PSU
  • Seagate 750 GB SATA HD
  • Windows XP Pro

Benchmarks

  • HD Tach: Quick Bench (8mb zones)
  • SiSoftware Sandra: Physical Disks and File System Benchmarks

As mentioned earlier, there is a jumper in the far right interface of the hard drive. This jumper allows you to change from standard SATA 1.5 to SATA 3.0.

Since the option is there the following benchmarks will be in both 1.5 and 3.0 GB/s, so the differences can be seen.

For SiSoftware Sandra we will only benchmark at 3.0 GB/s.

HD Tach









On our HD Tach Benchmark the Seagate Barracuda at SATA 150 stands up very well with our two other competitors, but once you take off the jumper and transform the drive to an SATA 300 the burst speeds skyrockets through the roof. So far I’m impressed; since this drive is so big I expected access times to be up in the twenties.

Testing

SiSoftware Sandra
The SiSoftware File System Benchmark shows how your file systems connected to storage adapters and hosts compare to other devices in a typical computer.











The SiSoftware Physical Disks Benchmark shows how your disk connected to storage adapters and hosts compare to other disks in a typical computer.





The Seagate 750 GB Barracuda does as well as, or better than, the competition, even against SCSI and RAID drives. With this much storage and speed, this drive might render SCSI and RAID obsolete.

Conclusion
Performance, Quality, Reliability and Storage is what you will get from the Seagate 750 GB Barracuda SATA 3.0 GB/s 7200.10. This hard drive can hold multiple family videos, MP3s and games; it’s the perfect addition to anyone’s system. Compatibility is not an issue since it is reversible to SATA 150 from SATA 300 and fits in your 3.5” hard drive bay. Since Seagate has mastered perpendicular recording, this drive should be more reliable than drives of the past. On a final note, since I don’t have a decimeter, I was not able to truly record the total decibels of the hard drive. One would think that since it is of such a large capacity it would be much louder than a hard drive with less storage capacity. In a side-by-side comparison the Seagate Barracuda was no louder than my 200GB Maxtor Hard Drive.

I am very impressed with the Seagate 750 GB Barracuda SATA 3.0 GB/s 7200.10. I’m almost at a loss for words. My opinion, “buy it, it’s worth every penny!”

Pros

  • 750 GB of Storage
  • SATA 150 and 300
  • Perpendicular Recording (less moving parts)
  • @ 7200 rpm it will out run a 10,000 Raptor
  • No need to RAID
  • 5 year warranty

Cons

  • None at all



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